Toddlerhood (or quaddlerhood in our house) is a time of many transitions from being a baby to a big kid. This is especially apparent with feeding. The days of bottles and thin purees are a thing of the past. I knew spoon feeds were over when Harper started letting whatever was on his spoon drop from his mouth, filling his bib. He quickly asserted his independence and insisted upon self feeding. That doesn’t mean that feeding is necessarily more simple. The quads are limited in what they can self feed since they have approximately eight teeth a piece and have finicky toddler palates to boot.
What the quads will eat varies from day-to-day. For example, steamed carrots are usually a fan favorite, but they’ve been refused with animosity as well. Plus, each of the quads has his or her own opinions about food. Mason would be content to survive on fruit and yogurt alone while Sydney prefers protein and carbohydrates.
There is one thing they all consistently agree upon: cookies and crackers. All four know how to sign, “more”, (“please” is emerging also) but they only sign for desired items. When we were given an opportunity to sample a line of organic and natural snack items under the Suzie’s brand from Good Groceries, I jumped at the chance. When feeding the quads, I prefer to avoid additives and preservatives as much as possible, and Good Groceries has the same philosophy.
I was puzzled when our UPS driver delivered a giant box to our doorstep a few weeks back. We order many things online, but I could not recall ordering anything of this size. I excitedly sliced the tape off the top and peeled back the box top to find our shipment of snacks from Good Groceries. They generously provided us with an assortment of their snack crackers and milk alternatives. I was expecting something, but did not anticipate getting to sample so many products from their Suzie’s brand.
Shortly after our box arrived, it was coincidentally snack time. Thus, we began our taste test with the baby biscuits. Before giving the babies anything, I always sample first to make sure it’s okay. I was pleasantly surprised by the light shortbread flavor and soft texture of the baby biscuits. I hate to admit it, but I scarfed a few of these myself! They crumbled with ease so they would be safe for babies with few (or no) teeth. Apparently the babies agreed as they gobbled the biscuits up and eagerly signed “more, please” repeatedly. Needless to say, the baby biscuits did not last long in our house.
In our house, we go through 3-4 gallons of cow’s milk per week. Since it takes up too much space in our refrigerator, we have to make multiple trips to the grocery store to keep the milk flowing. Sometimes, we run out of milk in the day so I keep a variety of milk alternatives that do not require refrigeration (until opened) on hand. I had no idea quinoa milk existed prior to receiving some. It is definitely another option or us to keep on hand for the days when cow’s milk is gone.
Thankfully, we don’t have any dietary restrictions, but for those who do, quinoa milk is dairy and gluten free, and is also vegan.
So what about nutritional value? Suzie’s brand uses ancient grains: quinoa, kamut, spelt, buckwheat, and oats as well as flax, sesame, and poppy seeds. Therefore, I was pleased to find at least two to three grams of protein in each serving. Because these are snacks, they aren’t totally void of sodium, sugar, and carbohydrates, but these less desirable ingredients are minimal. Therefore, I felt confident feeding them to the quads. Best of all, our entire family enjoyed the products we sampled.
Suzie’s brand products can be found nationwide at supermarket, natural, specialty, and club stores, in addition to online at amazon.com and goodgroceries.com. Because many of our household items are purchased via Amazon, I was very happy to know we could buy refills of our favorite Suzie’s items there.
P. S. I would like to thank Good Groceries for kindly providing the array of snacks for us to sample and review. No other compensation was provided. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.