Healthy and Tasty can Co-exist

My six year old daughter is currently weighting in around 38 pounds. Her 5 year old sister is in the upper 20s. While they are small for their age, they are both very healthy. Their small size runs in the family and we’re confident that as they get older, they will catch up with their peers just as I did.

It’s interesting that when new adults meet them, they seldom guess their ages correctly. Why? It’s not simply because they small for their age… it’s also because many kids these days are large for their age. Studies show that childhood obesity has been on the rise… but that shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone because the issue is constantly in the news. Even the First Lady is addressing it.

So as a parent, what do we do? We can encourage the kids to get outside and play. We can limit the amount of time they spend on the computer or with their gaming systems. But as I sit here at the computer munching on Halloween candy, I’m certainly not leading by example. What we need to do is change our habits across the board as a family and eating right is a great first step.

Even when the kids want a snack or something different for lunch, there are healthy options. Both my girls snack on cashews, hard boiled eggs and cheese, Miss K loves granola bars and sunflower seeds and Miss M doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth. Yet when I pack their lunches, we need some balance and variety.

Through a campaign presented by Team Mom (Child’s Play Communications), I had the opportunity to check out a variety of healthier – yet kid-friendly – options. You may have noticed the “Eating Right” line of foods showing up on shelves and in the freezer section of your store. But were you aware that Safeway, in cahoots with Warner Brothers (yes, I said cahoots because Looney Tunes characters are what I think of when I hear the word cahoots) created a subsidiary line of Eating Right products just for kids. It’s called Eating Right Kids and it has various everyday products that have been modified to be a little healthier. Or at a minimum, are promoted by a friendly character to help encourage kids to agree to these healthier foods.

As an example, we tested the Eating Right Kids pasta rings. They are whole wheat and I fully expected them to taste, um, like whole wheat pasta. But I tried them alongside the girls, as did DH, and we all thought they tasted great! They don’t look any different than the pasta “O’s” that kids are used to but these are made from whole wheat.

Both of the juices that we tried, apple and white grape cherry, were delicious. Not only did both the girls request they be added to their lunch boxes, but I also encouraged them to drink a few at home so I could have a little bit of it. The fruit cups, typical lunchbox stuff, tasted just like other fruit cups. I didn’t have a competitor’s product to compare it to but fruit, in lieu of junk is always a plus. I was surprised by the granola bars, with dried cranberries and blueberries and a touch of chocolate. Those seem more suited for a more mature crowd, but Miss K gobbled them up!

Of all the Eating Right Kids products we tried, the only one that met with dissatisfaction was the fruit punch applesauce. The kids tasted it and wouldn’t eat another bite. I grimaced and was frustrated with them for being difficult… then tried it myself and quickly apologized to them. I didn’t like it much either. It wasn’t so much the taste as the consistency. As I said, everything else we tried met with approval from all members of the household.

What I didn’t appreciate is finding a product that could fit so well into our family then not be able to find it in any of the stores. As I mentioned before, the Eating Right Kids product line is the brainchild of Safeway Foods and it hasn’t made it mainstream into other stores yet like its parent line, Eating Right. But every little step toward better eating habits for us (or any family) is progress.

Does the Eating Right Kids line of products sound like something your family would eat? Thanks to Team Mom, here’s your chance to win a gift pack that includes a variety of their products.

The Prize: Eating Right Kids Gift Pack (Valued at approx $75). Gift pack includes an assortment of non-perishable Eating Right Kids food products in a thermal lunch bag, an Eating Right Kids reusable shopping tote, T-Shirt, Plush Bugs Bunny and an information brochure.

Participants -
…must provide a US shipping address
…must provide an email in the first comment, email me directly with an email address or have email accessible from their profile.
Sometime on November 12, 2009, a winner will be chosen at random (using random.org) from all valid comments left. Winner has 72 hours from posting/notification to respond. If winner cannot be contacted, I will move on to the second random selection.

How to enter:
For the first entry (required) -

(1) Visit Safeway’s Eating Right Kids website.
(2) Come back and leave a comment telling me which Eating Right Kids product both you and your kids would agree on. Be specific about the variety and not just a category like “Cereal”.
If you want to increase your chances of winning, here are some options to earn additional entries -
– Three Entries: If you have a blog or website, add my button to your page. (Here’s the code:)

– Two Entries: Publish a blog post regarding this contest by November 8th and link back to it.
– One Entry: Share on Facebook. Come back and leave a comment.
– One Entry (Daily): Follow me on Twitter and Tweet this contest with @SahmReviews referenced. Comment with your link.
– One Entry: Follow SAHM Reviews on Facebook Of course, don’t forget to leave a comment.
– One Entry: Subscribe to my feed via RSS or email.
– One Entry: Follow me using Google’s Friend Connect feature.
– One Entry (Daily): Read any of my non-giveaway reviews and leave an appropriate comment on that post. Come back here and leave a comment stating which product/post you left a comment on.

Thanks to Team Mom for providing various product samples for us to review, along with a reusable tote bag and lunch bag. They’re also responsible for the special gift package that is the prize in this giveaway!

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218 comments on «Healthy and Tasty can Co-exist»

  1. Dolphin Girl says:

    My kids and I would agree on the Kids Wheatgrain Waffles

  2. lmurley2000 says:

    we like the diced peaches and pears
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  3. Anonymous says:

    My kids would love the Kids Vitamin Water Fruit Punch. Jennifer
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  4. My nephews would love the Kids Raisin With Milk Chocolate Coating Chewy Bars.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Everyone would love Kids Wheatgrain Waffles! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

  6. SH says:

    We could agree onthe Kids Apples W/ Peanut Butter Thanks ! bargainfun1@yahoo.com

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  8. Heather says:

    I Like the Mixed Berry Milk Chocolate Coating Chewy Bars because their a good source of calcium, whole grains and no high fructose corn syrup.
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  9. Joannof10 says:

    We would agree on the Kids Mixed Berry Milk Chocolate Coating Chewy Bars

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  15. Staci says:

    My son's very picky, but we'd both agree on the Kids Multigrain Mini Pancakes!
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  16. Staci says:

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  17. Kris says:

    We'd agree on the Apples with Peanut Butter.

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  18. We agree on Kids Sour Strawberry Milk Chocolate Coating Chewy Bars!

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  20. BusyJulie says:

    I think my kids and I would agreed on the bread and the pudding!

  21. Bebemiqui says:

    They would love the Wheatgrain waffles.
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  22. know my son would love Kids Mixed Berry Milk Chocolate Coating Chewy Bars – 6-.88 Oz he loves choclate and i like the 6 grams of whole grains per serving and no high fructose corn syrup.

  23. Kristin says:

    We'd definitely agree on the apples and peanut butter.

  24. Julie VW says:

    For an afternoon snack – We would agree on the rasin with milk chocolate coating chewy bars. (Healthy and easy to eat in the car!)

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  25. AStarrA says:

    I think my daughter would love the frozen Kids Chicken Nuggets, cause what kid doesn't love nuggets haha
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  26. Minnie Mama says:

    I know my daughter would love the Kids Macaroni With Turkey In Tomato Sauce – 9 Oz and I would feel comfortable with her eating it as it sounds delicious and healthy. Plus it would be an easy dinner for me to make her on a hectic night! :)

  27. Creative Mom says:

    We would agree on the kids chicken nuggets. My son loves chicken nuggets.

  28. Angela C says:

    We would agree on the Kids Grapes W/ Cheese Bites. They like to take them with them on field trips.

  29. Angela C says:

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  33. Kristie says:

    We could agree on the Kids 100% Apple Juice no problem! :-)

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  34. Kristie says:

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  38. zachsgran says:

    My kids would love the Raisin With Milk Chocolate Coating Chewy Bars
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  39. sito50 says:

    I believe the Kids Spaghetti And Turkey Meatballs would be a hit with both the kids and mom. Lots of protein and vitamin C for mom and what kid doesn't love spaghetti!

  40. sito50 says:

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  41. Stephanie says:

    I think me and my son would both agree on the Kids Grapes W/ Cheese Bites
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  47. Anonymous says:

    We'd like the kids Multigrain Mini Pancakes.JD

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  48. nicole says:

    I think me and my daughter would both love the
    Kids Grapes W/ Cheese Bites

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  49. nicole says:

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  51. I think the Kids Mixed Berry Milk Chocolate Coating Chewy Bars we could all agree on!
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  52. Pat says:

    We would like the Kids Chicken Enchilada.
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  53. Buki Family says:

    the peaches and pears… my son will always eat fruit! i also like the pasta!
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  54. Angela says:

    Kids Grapes W/ Cheese Bites sound great!
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  55. My daughter loves vanilla pudding! Kids Fat Free Vanilla Pudding – 4-3.5 Oz
    http://www.safeway.com/IFL/Grocery/CategoryDisplay?catalogIdentifier=EREatingRight&identifier=ERKPudding

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  56. Uncles says:

    Chocolate pudding

  57. follow you on twitter and tweeted http://twitter.com/janetmom2maya/status/5441601412
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  61. Jay says:

    The kids love fruit cups so their would be no complaints there!
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  62. Jen says:

    Kids Puffed Cocoa Cereal

    They sound a bit healthier than regular Coco Puffs, and my kids (and husband!) would love them.

  63. Marie says:

    My son would love the Kids Fat Free Chocolate Pudding.

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  64. laura says:

    my kids would probably love the carrots with ranch!
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  69. Kristy says:

    We would agree on the Kids Mixed Berry Milk Chocolate Coating Chewy Bars

  70. Kristy says:

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  72. Erica says:

    i know without a doubt that my kids would love the chicken nuggest.

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  73. Erica says:

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  74. Apple says:

    The kids and I will love the Kids Puffed Cocoa Cereal!

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  75. ash says:

    We could agree on Kids Mixed Berry Milk Chocolate Coating Chewy Bars!

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  76. Heidi says:

    My kids would love the chili!

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  77. wigget says:

    we would agree on the Kids Mixed Fruit Fruit Cups

  78. We liked the diced fruit like peaches, etc.

  79. AStarrA says:

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  80. Shelly says:

    Kids Macaroni With Turkey In Tomato Sauce

  81. We could definitely agree on the Fat Free Chocolate Pudding!

  82. JMarie says:

    Twitter Follower

    They'd definitely eat "Kids Multigrain Mini Pancakes – 14.1 Oz"

  83. bison61 says:

    the kids would like the Kids Mixed Berry Milk Chocolate Coating Chewy Bars

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  84. MKB says:

    I think my kids would like the kids raisin chewy bars. Kbroderi@msn.com

  85. Young in TX says:

    We all like the Kids Raisin With Milk Chocolate Coating Chewy Bars

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  86. Young in TX says:

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  87. Stacy says:

    My daughter is always asking for pudding so I'd choose the Fat-Free Chocolate or Vanilla pudding.

  88. Stacy says:

    I posted your giveaway on my sidebar at http://www.recipesformoms.com.

  89. Anonymous says:

    Kids Mixed Fruit Fruit Cups. My son LOVES fruit and anything healthier for him makes me happy!

    Charice Adams
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  90. Sharon says:

    My little guy and I went through the website, and I got a "Hmmm… that sounds good" for the Kids Grapes W/ Cheese Bites – 6.75 Oz

  91. Anonymous says:

    I think we'd agree on the Puffed Cocoa Cereal.

    Shana V
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  92. rebecca says:

    I think we'd agree on the mixed fruit cups! My son loves fruit.
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  93. rebecca says:

    I follow you on friend connect

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  94. rebecca says:

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  95. coriwestphal says:

    I love the Grapes and Cheese Bites. What a great snack in a handy little single!

  96. nicole says:

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  97. Baby Mama says:

    We would like the Kids Vitamin Water Fruit Punch.

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  98. Anonymous says:

    We'd like the Kids Raisin With Milk Chocolate Coating Chewy Bars.

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  99. Anonymous says:

    definitely the chocolate pudding or chocolate chewy bars!

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  100. Regina says:

    My kids would like the Lean pepperoni thin crust pizza. reginameeks@usa.com

  101. Ronda says:

    We would choose the chewy bars.

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  102. andrea says:

    We could agree on the fat-free chocolate pudding.

  103. Francine says:

    we would agree on the Kids Chicken Nuggets

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  104. Francine says:

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  105. Francine says:

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  106. noreen says:

    Kids Multigrain Mini Pancakes would be a hit with my girls

  107. kk says:

    Wheatgrain Waffles. Thanks!

  108. Danielle says:

    I bet my daughter and I would both love the Kids Mixed Berry Milk Chocolate Coating Chewy Bars! Thanks for the giveaway!
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  109. wmmahaney says:

    My kids would both like the wheatgrain waffles, and so would I. Would love to win this

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  110. Michelle says:

    hands down it'd be the pudding! are you surprised?

    thank you,
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  111. GabbyLowe says:

    I'd like to try the Kids Chicken Nuggets

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  112. coriwestphal says:

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  113. coriwestphal says:

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  114. The 100% apple juice would be a hit here – we all like our apple juice around here!

  115. Lora says:

    The apples and peanut butter packs would be so convenient! We take these to the beach and the zoo.

  116. Aymee says:

    My kids and I would love the kids grapes and cheese bites.

  117. sibabe64 says:

    We want to try the Kids Fat Free Chocolate Pudding – 4-3.5 Oz

  118. nicole says:

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  119. 1955nurse says:

    My Grandson would LOVE the Frozen Pizza, The Pancakes/waffles, the Mango/Acai juice, I could go on & on…. my Dtr-in-law has done a GREAT job @ introducing/encouraging healthy foods! (Sure like to win this for him :)
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  120. 1955nurse says:

    You're right about the obesity epedemic – I'm a Nurse in a Day habilitation clinic/school for kids 6 wks – 5yrs and we see so MANY of our kids OUT-OF-PROPORTIONALLY 'off the chart' wt. wise! People think it's CUTE – I think it's abusive!!! It's like sentencing your child to a LIFETIME of hig blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and many other problems.
    Thanks

  121. 1955nurse says:

    I'm also a subscriber via RSS feed, don't want to miss anything – since I don't 'tweet', FB stumble or have my own blog :(

  122. Jessica says:

    We love the pasta at our house. The fun shapes make it very pleasing for our crowd and they don't seem to notice that it is wheat. I love that I can either use them to make soup, adding potatoes and carrots, or use the pasta with traditional marinara sauce. Perfecto!
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  126. Jessica says:

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  127. Jessica says:

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  128. Michele P. says:

    we like bar snacks, so the mixed berry with chocolate coated ones would be super yummy because they give the kids a feeling they are getting a treat but I don't feel guilty because they are getting something good for them.

  129. Michele P. says:

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  130. Shelley says:

    We'd all agree on apples with peanut butter. Thanks!
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  131. monica says:

    I think we'd all like the Kids Multigrain Mini Pancakes.
    -monica
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  132. nynekats says:

    Kids Multigrain Mini Pancakes – 14.1 Oz is something everyone would love!
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  133. nynekats says:

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  134. one4earth says:

    We would all enjoy the Kids Macaroni And Cheese – 9.25 Oz.
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  135. one4earth says:

    I follow your blog.
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  136. nicole says:

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  137. Deanna says:

    We would love the Kids Apples with Peanut Butter

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  138. Hope says:

    The fruit punch vitamin water. Our whole family loves vitamin waters!
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  139. Anonymous says:

    The 100% Orange Tangerine Juice, would be something my kids would like, and I love finding juices with no corn syrup!

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  140. Anonymous says:

    I've subscribed, and confirmed by email. Love your blog, thanks for the chances!

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  141. We agree on the chicken nuggetts both of my kids love them! thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

  142. Naddez says:

    We will agree on the Kids Vitamin Enhanced Water Orange – 4-12 Fl. Oz.

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  143. Naddez says:

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  144. paulah says:

    We think that the Kid's Grapes with Cheese Bites look good.

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  145. paulah says:

    I subscribe to your Rss through Google reader.

  146. paulah says:

    I follow through Google Friend Connect.

  147. Susan says:

    The kids like the Kids Grapes with Cheese Bites at Safeway Eating Right Kids. They really do taste good.

  148. Mommy Brain says:

    We would definately agree on the wheatgrain waffles…we are always fighting over what's for breakfast…these would pass the test!

  149. Miss Lori says:

    My kids are big fans of the multi-grain mini pancakes. Which really makes me happy. They are so easy to prepare as we are hustling in the morning. At least I know they are getting some much needed nutrition to start their day with. Lunch is anyone's guess with school only offering 20 minutes to scarf down whatever food they choose while simultaneously catching up with their friends and the

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  152. 1955nurse says:

    Nicole – left you a comment on the Micheal Buble' post – have a good night!
    Thanks for the giveaways, too!

  153. Sondra says:

    My boys and I agree that the
    Kids Fat Free Vanilla Pudding is something they want to try.

  154. Sondra says:

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