I’m all for fresh food whenever possible. But I’m realistic, and I’m busy. I think it’s OK to realise that lunchboxes will not look like works of art from Pinterest every day…or ANY DAY! And if they do, I take my hat off to you.
Now I don’t have a school aged child yet, but what I do have, is one really, really, hungry toddler. Tom was pretty much born starving. He tipped the scales at 9 pound 4 and was getting impatient with breastfeeding from day dot. There was a joke the nurses were making which was “He just wants to eat steak and eggs and isn’t getting it yet”.
When we are out, if he is hungry, I am doomed if I don’t have anything to pass to him in the pram or the car. As we live rurally, we do a lot of long car trips, so I constantly need to be stocked up, and like lots of children, Tom seems to get ravenous when he is out and about!
We have been trialling the new SunRice Mini Bites as a go-to snack for that trip/appointment/shop/whatever! And I have to say, I’m going to have to start going to Woolworths when I’m in town to pick some up because they have been an absolute hit!
To give you a bit of background, SunRice Mini Bites are small rice cakes, seasoned with natural flavours and they are bite-sized for children. Packed with whole grains, they contain less fat than regular potato chips making them a healthier lunch box snack without the preparation. SunRice and thus Mini Bites are Australian made. They are available in three flavours, Spooky Original, Devilish Chicken and Creepy Cheese.
One pack of Mini Bites provides almost 70 per cent of the Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council™ (GLNC) recommended daily intake of wholegrain for toddlers and around 40 per cent of the target intake for 4 – 9 year olds.
I don’t have any complaints about any of the flavours, honestly. Judging by the way Tom polished off all the packets, I don’t think he did either. They all were very ‘lightly’ flavoured which I really liked. The Creepy Cheese didn’t leave me with that fake flavouring taste in my mouth that a lot of cheese crackers do. There was no yucky aftertaste. The Originals have a slight salt taste to them but nothing overpowering.
The portion size is great! I was quite surprised to open the packet and see it FULL. So much better than opening a packet of chips to see that most of the packet is air. They are really cute sized rice-crackers too, perfect for little hands to not make too much mess with!
The packaging is cute with a monster theme and a lot of fun could be had with these mini rice-crackers. I thought it might be worthwhile to get creative with them and use them as eyes for morning tea!
SunRice Mini Bites price is $5.79 for a pack of 8 and are found in all Woolworths stores
Have you tried these (or any rice crackers) with your children as a ‘chip’ substitute? How did it go?