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Best Packaged, Gluten-Free Snacks for Toddlers

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Gluten-Free Pretzel Sticks by Glutino

I’m always on the lookout for snacks that can live in the diaper bag for those five-alarm snack “emergencies.” You’ve been there. Your babe is bored, tired, annoyed, or just generally peeved and then he suddenly decides he’s hungry too, even though he just ate an hour ago. He emits a glass-shattering series of shrieks that demand immediate attention. A snack is in order this minute. For us, the greatest snack attacks always happen at the worst times — while we’re trapped on a stalled subway train, stuck in major traffic, waiting for food to arrive at a quiet restaurant, or in church.

A few weeks ago, I blogged about an organic cheesy cracker that Mason loves to snack on. But Mason also eats a lot of gluten-free foods because his mom is a snackaholic who follows a gluten-free diet.  Bug doesn’t appear to be gluten-intolerant like I am (thank goodness), but there are so many good gluten-free snacks that we frequently share. Here’s a list of our current gluten-free faves, in no particular order — all packaged items that you can keep in the diaper bag, your kid’s backpack, or in the car.

1. Gluten-Free Sesame Ring Pretzels by Glutinoso good it’s nearly impossible to tell they’re gluten-free

2. Gluten-Free Pretzel Sticks by Glutino — crunchy, fun to eat and great to dip

3. Multigrain Tortilla Chips by Food Should Taste Good — satisfying and healthier than potato chips

4. Gluten-Free Cheddar Crackers by Glutino — rich, delish cheesy flavor in a thin, crispy cracker

5. Rice Chex — crunchy, light, and easy to eat

6. Organic dried fruit — look for varieties without added sugar or preservatives in natural food stores

7.  Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies by Tate’s Bake Shop — the ultimate sweet snack

What are your go-to snacks for the car or subway?

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The Wonder of Cheerios

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Mason had never tried Cheerios until he started daycare last week. I have nothing against the stuff:  When I was a kid, I was obsessed with Honey-Nut Cheerios drenched in orange juice. We’re just not big cereal people in our household, so I never thought to buy a box. Apparently I’ve been depriving my kid of something fabulous.

On Bug’s second day of daycare the kids were just beginning their pre-breakfast snack of Cheerios when I dropped Mason off. I sat him down at the table with his classmates, the teacher offered Mason his share of the cereal, and he was overjoyed.

Ooooh, what’s this?

Cheerios! And these are all mine!

Mommy, look, Cheerios!!!

When I dropped him off yesterday morning, Bug barely noticed my departure because his teacher was handing out the small  Os. This morning, Cheerios immediately stopped Bug’s tears when he realized I was leaving, which made my departure so much easier. I was able to walk out the door happy because I knew my little boy was happy.

Mason’s enthusiasm over something so small is a great reminder to me to celebrate the little things in life. I’ve been thinking about what small thing I’m grateful for this week, and after the chilly, rainy weather we’ve had here in New York, I’d have to say it’s sunny mornings. This morning was warm and breezy, a lovely way to start the day. What about you? What small thing are you grateful for (besides your babe)?

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Quick & Yummy Toddler Snack

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

crackersI work full-time and I’ve been without childcare for the last three days due to nanny drama. Mason starts daycare tomorrow (gulp) and my boss agreed to let me work from home so I wouldn’t have to find another babysitter for such a short time. It’s been a juggling act, however, it has worked out beautifully. I’ve enjoyed having the extra time with Mason, and I’ve been able to stay on top of all of my work since Mason entertains himself so well. But to get through these hectic three days with my sanity intact, particularly since Chris is working out of town, I’ve had to develop some new shortcuts. My friend Diane’s waffle idea proved to be a great one, and it will surely help us get out the door on time tomorrow morning. Yesterday, I discovered another handy shortcut: Crunchin’ Crackers by Earth’s Best.

I’m always on the lookout for smart snacks, and I discovered these crackers during my trip to the store last Saturday for hurricane “essentials.” Mason usually snacks on cut up veggies, fruit, and/or cheese, but I needed something nonperishable that I could stick in the diaper bag to help Bug survive sweaty subway rides. Yesterday, I also needed a snack that would help keep him calm in my office so we wouldn’t disrupt my coworkers. It was my boss’ last day in the company — she’s off to San Francisco for an exciting new adventure — and I wanted to bid her farewell one final time. She was a really special boss. As it turned out, the crackers were a hit. They eased the pain of our subway ordeal into the city, and my satisfied boy was in a happy, giggly mood when it came time to say our goodbyes.  What are your go-to snacks for the car or subway?

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