2.26.2013

happy family organic superfoods review and giveaway

The Happy Family brand is synonymous with quality and organic goodness in the parenting world. Though I did make all of Ethan's baby food when he was infant, I still relied on Happy Baby for their organic puree pouches for the occasional feeding-on-the-go and, oh, their puffs. I did a review for Happy Baby in the past when Ethan's world was consumed by their puffs! Happy Family offers organic products that are able to grow with your ever-growing little one and Ethan was super excited about the opportunity to try out some products from their "big kid" package.

The first items Ethan tried were the Happy Tot Plus pouches and a Happy Morning organic breakfast smoothie -- the latter of which didn't even make it through the parking lot of the grocery store before he completely inhaled it. Each Happy Morning breakfast smoothie is packed with as much protein as an egg and a full serving of fruit. Ethan very much enjoyed the super cinnamon with pear and raisins and I was surprised that it did keep him filled up until he was ready for an early afternoon snack before lunchtime. I'm not a breakfast person and apparently neither is Ethan. He usually prefers grazing or munching on fruits in the morning rather than an actual sit-down breakfast, so this yogurt smoothie (which is packed with antioxidants!) was the perfect alternative. Plus, it contains quinoa as a protein source which is a huge, healthy plus!

The Happy Tot Plus pouches are different from a standard fruit puree pouch because they contain Salba (a supergrain!) and are fortified for Choline for the ultimate nutritional boost. Ethan enjoys these Happy Tot Plus pouches as the perfect afternoon snack. His favorite so far seems to be the strawberry, kiwi, beet and pear flavor.

We also tried three flavors from Happy Family's organic individually wrapped snack line called Happy Times. The individually wrapped packets of Happy Times snacks are a welcomed addition to our busy and on-the-go lives. The majority of individually wrapped snacks on the market tend to be sugary and filled with artificial ingredients whereas Happy Family snacks are filled with organic, natural goodness.

The first two flavors we tried were the Caramel Yogurt & Apple Bites and the Mixed Fruit Yogi's. Ethan absolutely adored both and loved having a perfectly portioned snack bag to hold on his own as he wished. What I liked about these were that they contained no artificial anything, no preservatives and contain pre- and probiotics for added digestive aid. Ethan also seemed to really like that each flavor or style Happy Times snack product was a different shape, size and texture. Sometimes he was in the mood for melt-in-your-mouth yogurt drops and other times he really liked the chewing involved in the gummier flavors. As he grows and develops an opinion on what he'd like to snack on, these Happy Times snacks make that a possibility while not giving up on the healthy snacking aspect. (It's so incredibly obvious that Happy Family was founded by a mom!)

One of Ethan's absolute favorites that we tried were the Veggie Pals. They're carrot, orange and apple gummy chews and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little hesitant before I chose them off the shelf. When I think "gummies," I think sugar and food coloring and all that other yucky stuff that I like to keep out of Ethan's diet. I should have known better. The truth is, Happy Family's Veggie Pals are the only gummy in the world that contains veggies. The ingredients are strictly fruit and vegetable purees and juices -- all USDA organic, of course! No GMO's, no preservatives - the way snacking should be!

Happy Family also sent us one of their adorable tote bags, which you may have noticed being displayed in Ethan's Tot School classroom. The tote bag is perfect for Ethan to take on trips to the library or to the grocery store, helping him learn the importance of eliminating the use of plastic bags.

All in all, we are huge fans of Happy Family's "big kid" snack line (I'm doing my best to keep my composure that my little dude fits into that category these days!) and have already purchased most of the items that we were given the opportunity to try. I can understand how healthy snacking can be a little harder as the toddler phase begins and I love that Happy Family is eliminating that worry! Of course, healthy snacking doesn't have to end with toddlers. My husband happily shared a bag of the Mixed Fruit Yogi's with Ethan on the way home from the beach this past weekend!

TO BUY: Happy Family foods are available at Whole Foods, Super Target or other major retailers (or, in my case, I found the most products at our local health food store -- shout-out to Tunie's in Coral Springs, Florida!). To find a store near you that carries Happy Family products, here is a store locator.

TO WIN: Happy Family have generously offered one of my readers the chance to win their Big Kid Snack Package which includes:

  • Happy Family reusable tote bag
  • 2 Tot Plus pouches
  • 2 Happy Morning pouches
  • 3 Happy Times

Free product coupons will be sent for all food items.

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