My kids have been long time fans of Go Gourmet products. As babies and toddlers they loved Baby Gourmet, as preschoolers and kindergarten kids they adored Squoosh packs, and now as big grade school going kids they are crazy about Slammers.
Honestly the only bad thing I can say about Slammers is how quickly my kids inhale them. They’ve barely finished saying “Mom, can I have a…” and woosh, it’s already gone and they are begging me for a second round. If I let them my kids would squish down Slammers with alarming speed for breakfast, lunch, snack time and dessert.
I’ve had to instigate a one Slammer per day rule. If you decide to have one with breakfast then it’s not going in your lunch pail. If you have one in your school lunch then you can’t have one for an after school snack. Stop whining about how your sister is having one and you aren’t, because you already had one earlier!
Every once in a while I bend the rules and let them have one for an after school snack, even if they already had one in their lunch bag at school, and then there is a ridiculous amount of excitement and rejoicing. Which lasts for an incredibly brief period of time, because, woosh, squoosh, zoom, and that Slammers pack is gone and they are both begging me for just one more, “Pleeeeeeease?”.
There are few other healthy options that my kids are this jazzed up about. This is on par with ice cream and popsicles, dried mangos, chewy granola bars and goldfish shaped crackers. And while I’m not about to let my kids eat ice cream for breakfast and lunch, Slammers make the cut. Full of fruits and veggies, all organic and with no sugar added. I feel good about handing these to my kids.
The two flavours we’ve been mowing down on are Chill’n, which is a mix of fruit, vegetables and yogurt, and Awesome, which is a mix of fruit, vegetables and grain. I love that both flavours contain not just fruits but also vegetables. Getting my kids to eat fruit usually isn’t too hard, but I do often find myself worrying over whether or not they are getting enough vegetables. So another source of veggies, one that they are super excited to eat and want to have all the time, is a very welcome addition to our pantry.
Chill’n is made with bananas, blueberries, butternut squash, Greek yoghurt and yumberry. (Yes, apparently yumberry is a real thing and not just a cute name for some sort of berry mix. According to the back of the box yumberry “looks a little like a raspberry with a sweet-sour flavour and is filled with vitamins, minerals and powerful antioxidants”.)
Awesome, my kids favourite flavour, is made with bananas, blueberries, strawberries, beets, acai and amaranth. (Acai is another berry you might not have heard of, “a grape-like fruit from the rainforests of Amazon. They are a good source of antioxidants, fibre and heart-healthy fats”.)
Okay so the names are sort of silly, but the contents are 200% yum. My kids have never asked for “Awesome”, they just call it “the pink one”, and they often call Slammers “squish, squoosh or gooshie packs”, but whatever the name the result is the same, woosh, zoom, gone.
I’ve been using Slammers Snacks to help combat lunchbox amnesia. Slammers are one of the sacred trio of snacks that my kids will do anything for, including pack their own darn lunches (if you’re curious the other two are dried mangos and Quaker Chewy Super Grains granola bars).
Has your family tried Slammers yet? Are you ever astonished at the alarming rate that your kids inhale food?
For further info:
- check out the Slammers website (and don’t let the US looking website fool you, these yummy packs are definitely available in Canada, I just bought a bunch from Zehrs yesterday).
- sneak a peek at Slammers Snacks on Instagram.
- connect with Slammers Snacks on Twitter.
- follow Slammers Snacks on Facebook.