In collaboration with Nairn’s
Parenting a preschooler seems to involve a lot of one thing: food! I’m always looking for inspiration for both kids’ breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Oscar’s always been a fussy eater, so when we were offered the chance to try out Nairn’s Astro Bites I thought it’d be a perfect opportunity to introduce something that’s similar to foods he enjoys but is healthier and full of good energy.
Nairn’s Astro Bites are mini space-themed biscuits which are made with wholegrain oats, making them naturally energising and high in fibre. I always try and choose foods for the kids which give them energy without that sugar high, so these are a perfect alternative to something like porridge when we’re on the go. These space-themed goodies also contain 40% less sugar than the average children’s biscuit and are free from artificial preservatives, colours and flavours.
Another great thing about Astro Bites is that they’re gluten-free and suitable for coeliacs. We don’t have any food sensitivities, allergies or intolerances (that we know of!) but it’s always lovely to hear that brands are expanding their ranges when it comes to catering to special diets.
We’ve been sampling the snacks for a couple of weeks now and I’m happy to say that both kids enjoy them. The chocolate chip flavour is definitely a favourite in our house, we ran out of those pretty quickly as Oscar’s got a real sweet tooth. I’m so glad he likes them as it means that if we want to offer him a sweet snack we can reach for these, instead of a traditional chocolate cookie or treat which usually contain more sugar. While Oscar prefers the choc chip biscuits, Ottilie’s a fan of the cheese Astro Bites and we tend to offer her a few with a sandwich at lunch time.
What the biscuits are perfect for is travel and picnics. We recently took a few packs with us on our holiday to Cornwall and along for a cycle ride, where they were a good pit-stop snack before the ride back to the car. We’ve also started packing them in Oscar’s bag for nursery and at home they’re great for when we have a snacky picnic lunch.
With a fussy eater it’s always a battle getting them to try and enjoy something new, so it’s a joy to add something new to the list of foods Oscar will eat.
If you’d like to try Nairn’s Astro Bites they’re available from Sainsbury’s (cheese, choc chip), Morrisons (berry, choc chip) and selected independent health stores, and cost around £1.90 for a pack of five.
We were sent a variety of the Astro Bites range to sample in exchange for an honest review here on the blog.