Another week, another food in a pouch! I’ve had a few requests for these, so they must be popular! Today’s Chewsday Review features the Mixed Berry Chia Pod.
🔹Gelled Ground Chia Seed (67%) (Filtered Water, Ground Chia Seed (5%)), Apple Puree, Coconut Milk (9%), Banana Puree, Organic Cane Sugar, Mixed Berry Juice Concentrate (3%) (Red Grape, White Grape, Blueberry (13%), Yum Berry (10%), Raspberry (10%), Mulberry (5%) Juice Concentrates), Strawberry Puree (1%), Mineral Salt (Calcium Lactate), Tapioca Starch, Natural Flavour, Vegetable Gum (Guar Gum), Grape Skin Extract, Acidity Regulators (Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid).
🔹The ingredients list is hard to read, but basically it’s 6g of chia seeds, 73g water and 11g coconut milk with a bit of fruit/starch/gums.
🔹The chia seeds are grown in Australia but the product is made in Thailand.
🔹Common allergens include: none
🔹There is a decent amount of calcium added to the product (170mg/100g) which provides 40% of a toddlers daily requirements and 29% of an older child’s calcium requirements. This is equivalent to many yoghurts.
🔹Sugar content is reasonably low at 6.9g/100g but this is mostly from added sugar (cane sugar and juice concentrate), plus some from apple and banana puree. It’s within guidelines though!
🔹Source of Omega 3 fatty acids (great brain fats) with 1.2g per pack.
🔹Fibre is reasonable at 2.2g/pack. This works out to 16% a toddlers daily requirements and 12% of an older child’s daily fibre requirements.
🔹The saturated fat content is within guidelines.
🔹The squeezie pouch isn’t great for biting, chewing and speech development, so I’d only use these sparingly. The pods are better for this reason, but don’t have the added calcium.
🔹At $2 per squeezie, this is a reasonably expensive snack.
🔹The chia pack doesn’t have the healthy tummy cultures or probiotics like many yoghurts.
🔹”Plant-based nutrition” True, there are no animal products in this pack.
🔹”Can be re-chilled” These can actually be kept in the pantry but recommended to be enjoyed cold for maximum enjoyment. This is handy and something to pack for plane or overseas travel
🔹”Good source of calcium” I was surprised to see added calcium, and it surprises me that they don’t do this with more dairy-free yoghurts.
🔹The mixed berry label surprises me, because there’s only 3% mixed berry juice concentrate (basically sugar from berries) and 1% strawberry puree, yet it has more than 12% apple and banana puree. The banana chia pod obviously isn’t as cool!
🔹I actually think this is a reasonable snack. I’m impressed by the calcium, omega 3 and fibre content. It is expensive for what it is though.
🔹Chia pudding you make it home is even better and very simple to do. You can also freeze your own version.
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