3 Healthy Disney Snacks for Kids
After years of being the chef and snack master in our house, I have learned to hunt for new and interesting tidbits. The Disney name popped up on my radar while in the food isle, which led me to write this review.
Who goes to the grocery store to find food made by Disney? Pepperidge Farm, Nabisco, Lays, now those are food brands we know, like and look for. If you think about it, as consumers we usually don’t see the Disney name on food unless you’re in one of their amusement parks or retail stores. We look for it on toys, movies and clothing.
This made me wonder: why are they making packaged food? And if they are making snacks, what exactly are they making?
After a little searching I found out that Disney has dipped their mouse feet very timidly (or restrictively) into the food industry snack arena. During my search, I found 3 food products sold through regular retail outlets (Walmart, Target and Safeway).
I thought I saw applesauce too, but it turned out that the “GoGo” applesauce out there is a brand Disney picked up to sell in their parks. So, they are affiliated with Disney, they are not a Disney brand.
It looks like the Disney brand (at least in terms of consumer retail food consumption) lends itself out in a very limited way.
I suspect the other “Mickey” products we’ve seen over the years have come and gone as promotional or seasonal items.
Here are 3 mainstays I found:
PICK #1: MICKEY SHAPED VEGIE CHIPS
This week at Target I stumbled upon Mickey Shaped Vegie Chips. The vegie chips are a yummy snack and are packed with vegetables, protein and nutrients, a rarity for a chip. These are a great alternative to regular chips because they offer you 35 yummy little bites per serving, with less salt and fewer chemicals compared to most major chip brands. That makes these chips satiating and fun to eat. The taste is not too bad either. If you like vegie chips in general, you’ll probably like these too.
I served them with Kale chips (I was feeling risky that week) and to my surprise, both were a hit! Click here to see how easy it is to make Kale chips :^)
PICK #2 FREEZE DRIED FRUIT CRISPS
Turns out reviews are mixed about this type of snack. On one hand fruit crisps are hydrated (all the water is taken out but not the sugar), which makes them dry, crunchy and high in concentrated sugar. Not good news for your Glycemic index. Some say that even with a higher nutrients, fruit crisps can’t replace real fruits and vegetables.
On the other hand, eating fruit, even freeze dried is a better option compared to eating a bar filled with caramel, chocolate and wafers (speaking of high sugar content!) Still a viable snack option in my book, fruit crisps offer less oils and less fat which makes them a better choice simply because they don’t add those unnecessary calories so many carb snacks do. Compare 280 calories to 40 calories. If you are counting calories, that’s quite a difference. For this argument to work, you do have to replace chips, candy and crackers with these types of fruit crisps instead. Not, add them into the array.
Disney offers the Freeze Dried Fruit Crisps Variety pack. The BrothersAllNatural have 7 flavors, a variety of packets, with only 40 calories per serving. That’s a great snack option! They say these fruit crisps offer the same nutritional value as regular fruits and vegetables.*
Definitely worth trying out. When I eat these, I add some nuts and a bottle of water for protein and hydration to make it a well-rounded snack.
PICK #3: MICKEY MOUSE GOLDFISH CRACKERS
Move over Goldfish! In honor of Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday Pepperidge Farm has teamed up with Pepperidge Farms to offer the “limited edition” Mickey Mouse Gold Fish Crackers.
Happy Birthday Mickey! What better way to honor Mickey than by eating mouse eared goldfish that are cute and yummy!
Did you know that if you visit Disneyland or Disney World, they offer packaged good for sale too? From Alice’s tea, to Goofy’s sweets and Minnie Mouse’s baking mixes, they even offer a version of Mac-n-Cheese they call Mickeyroni for sale!
For a more information about the nutritional options and food available at the Disney resorts, click here.
I have to say, for as little a food presence Disney has outside of their resorts, their efforts are spot on – they have chosen to offer good alternatives in the snacking world, which is not an easy task.
If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em with healthy stuff. Thanks to Disney you can now enjoy a healthy snack and see that cute little mouse face we all know and love so much in your kitchen.
*Note: This is not an affiliate post for profit but rather a mom just doing a food review. This site is not affiliated with Disney, nor seeking financial compensation for this post. For any dietary recommendations, advice or feedback, consult a medical professional before following any suggestions or recommendations made on this site)