So, is it bad that when I pass by food made for kids in the frozen food aisle, I am immediately drawn to it? Well, I am known for having minor “Peter Pan Syndrome” by my own definition… I don’t want to grow up! But I have better reasons for actually perusing the kid-friendly meals. Kid’s meals are made to not taste overtly “healthy” but more plain and usually hide vegetables. Great for us picky eaters! See, to me, adult “healthy” meals tend to add way to much hot spiciness for me, which I only assume are meant to hide the fact that there is no other taste to it, and well, if I liked vegetables, I would probably not be in the predicament I am today! Now of course, I actually do KNOW there are vegetables in it, but I figure I can use any extra help I can get putting veggies in my diet!
So tonight for dinner, I finished off some HAPPYBITES Salmon Stix I had in the freezer, which are actually made by a company called HAPPYBABY. That sort of makes me feel more like a loser for eating a dinner by a baby food company, but I guess you gotta do what you gotta do!
Now, I wouldn’t say these are the best things in the entire world… it’s frozen kid food, not a gourmet meal, so don’t set your expectations too high… but I enjoy them because they are different, healthy, and super fast and easy to prepare (10 minutes in the oven or 45 seconds in the microwave)! Plus the company is really social conscious, which I like.
They’re not like what you think of as regular fish sticks. It’s more like a puree of fish, squash, potato, carrot and some other stuff that is rolled into a stick and breaded. That being said, the inside is a mushy, well different, kind of texture that I bet some adults wouldn’t like. Good thing I’m still a kid inside! I dip them in a honey mustard sauce, which really goes well with the salmon flavor. Another thing, if you are not keen on salmon, but want the health benefits, this is a more palatable way to get it! Each serving has 200 mg EPA/DHA Omega-3 Fatty Acids, a half serving of vegetables, and it’s high in protein! You get 5 pieces per serving, and there are about 2 per package.
Ok, so what else makes this stuff good? Here are the other super-cool things:
- Everything’s all organic, 100% natural ingredients. No pesticides, no chemical fertilizers, no genetic modification, no preservatives.
- Every purchase helps contribute to efforts by Project Peanut Butter to feed malnourished children in Malawi and Sierra Leone.
- They are committed to making food as healthy and delicious as homemade with the essential nutrients needed for optimal growth and development (ok, for toddlers and babies, but it’s gotta be good for adults too!).
- They are constantly making improvements to reduce their carbon footprint.
Nutrition Facts: 230 calories, 7g fat, 1g sat fat, 0g trans fat, 30mg cholesterol, 492mg sodium, 32g carbs, 2g fiber, 2g sugar, 11g protein, 10% Vitamin A, 35% Vitamin C, 2% Calcium, 4% Iron
WeightWatchers PointsPlus: 6
Estimated Glycemic Load: 16
Pros: Low in Saturated Fat, Good Source of Vitamin C
Additional nutrition info from NutritionData
Basic Ingredients: binders, black pepper, bread crumbs, butternut squash, carrot, corn starch, garlic powder, green pepper, olive oil, panko, parsley, pollock, potato, batter, salmon, sea salt, soybean oil (see packaging for more detailed information)
Store Purchased at: Whole Foods Market
Cost: Oops, I forgot to write it down!