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Filed Under Stuff | July 31, 2007

Earth’s Best Snacks

We’d like to be the type of mother who always brings nutritious snacks of cut up fruit and home made crackers on our outing, but alas, we don’t always live up to our own expectations. But we do try and assuage our guilt by making sure that our grab-and-go snacks offer some nutritional goodness, or at least don’t offer trans-fats.

That’s why we were delighted to find a new (to Canada) line of snacks from Earth’s Best Organic featuring perennial favourite Sesame Street characters Cookie Monster, Big Bird and Elmo.

Made with organic ingredients and whole grains they’re are fortified with iron, zinc, B vitamins, folate and calcium. We also like what they don’t contain – no trans-fats or genetically engineered ingredients and they’re low in fat and sugar.

So far the Organic Letter of the Day Cookies in Oatmeal Cinnamon and the Crunchin’ Grahams Apple Cinnamon Sticks have met with great acclaim. Next we plan to try the Organic Letter of the Day Cookies in Vanilla and Original Crunchin’ Crackers. Our test panel consists of an eat-anything toddler, a particularly picky preschooler and their friends.

The best thing? Mums like them too. So many child-specific snacks don’t appeal to a grown-up palate, but these can be shared and shared alike.

The Earth’s Best and Sesame Street website is literally full of fun and games, plus a great section on healthy habits for life and the American version of their site has some great articles on baby and toddler nutrition, picky eaters and family meals.

We found our snacks at Capers for $3.79, and in Vancouver you can also find them at Choices, London Drugs, IGA, Safeway and Save on Foods. Not all stores carry the full line of products.

Earth’s Best Organic: www.earthsbest.ca

New today on our list of things to do around town that aren’t affected by the strike:

Why not explore downtown a little more this week?

Have you looked out at Vancouver yet? Take an exterior glass elevator (very Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) to the top of Harbour Centre and the Vancouver Lookout and explore a 360 degree view of the city from the viewing platform. The kids section on their site has some colouring sheets of the views to get your kids in the mood: www.vancouverlookout.com/kids.html

Go “sailing” at Canada Place. Kids love running up and down all the stairs at the back of the building, viewing the docked cruise ships and using the telescopes to check out Stanley Park and North Vancouver. www.canadaplace.ca/cpc/

It’s the last day of our July contest. Anyone who signs up for yoyomama in July, or forwards yoyomama along to a friend using the forward feature at the bottom of each day’s email, will be entered to win a $200 gift certificate from Natural Pod. A great local online resource, Natural Pod offers natural items for your child’s play and everyday life, including wooden toys, natural dolls, and arts & crafts.

Know someone you think would enjoy yoyomama? Be sure to let them know about us before day’s end tomorrow to increase your odds of winning! You’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see what we’ve got in store for our August contest.

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