So, we're not really health food nuts here in our house. I cook healthy, good food for my family, but I'm not going to give up using butter, or eating something that has a lot of fat and calories in it. Quite frankly, butter isn't all that bad for you, and since I use MAYBE 2 tablespoons a week, I don't think I'm hurting myself using the real stuff.
*Climbing down off of soap box*
That being said, I DO look for and will buy things that are suggested from other blogs/websites for no other reason than someone said they use it, they like it, so why shouldn't I try it? I do cringe sometimes at the price and will slowly step away from the product. But every once in awhile, I find something that is completely worth the cost and my evidence is that my children will eat it.
Enter Mediterranean Snack Food Company. I saw on a blog (don't remember which one - I look at 20 a day) and this mom had purchased veggie straws for her kids to eat. I thought the straws were interesting and wanted to find some. I headed to The Fresh Market in Savannah, because it's a specialty food store, and they always have something fun and nifty to look at.
I found this bag of veggie straws and was immediately drawn to the fact that these straws are made from potato, carrot and spinach and that they're seasoned with sea salt. That seems fancy to me, like it's going to taste so much different than table salt. The only difference is the size and shape of the grain of salt. Table salt is pretty uniform in shape, sea salt is actually flakes of salt. But I digress...
I bought them and Asher and I broke out the bag when we got in the car. (So much for restraint) I can't begin to tell you how yummy these things are. They taste, no kidding, like french fries, but crunchy. I think that's why the boys love them so much. Plus, they're fun to eat. They are literally straws, with a hole in the middle, so I've spent many minutes blowing on the kids through a straw I was holding. :) They kind of melt on your tongue too, so that's a fun texture thing. They also have veggie chips, Baked Lentil Chips and Muiti Grain Chips, none of which I have tried yet, but plan to soon!
If you have the opportunity to try this particular brand, or find some veggie straws of some other persuasion, please do. It's a great way to add some crunch to your meal, but to ensure your family (read: kids) are getting a few more bites of veggies in their tummies.
*Disclaimer - Mediterranean Snack Food Company has no idea who I am. I'm just a mom looking for some fun things to add to her children's lunches so they'll want to eat them. This is not a paid endorsement. The End.