Chewy Moon – healthier treats for kids

Chewy Moon – healthier treats for kids

I read an article in a magazine today which stated that the average child (I’m assuming in Britain) spends between only 4 and 7

I wonder if you can eat moss?

minutes each day engaging in unstructured outside play, and a huge 7 hours in front of a screen (‘Unplug’ by Bernice Webb, Green Parent April/May 2017).  I knew that as a family we were outside the norm in respect to things like fewer hours of screen time, more hours playing and more hours spent outside, but reports like this remind me of how surprised I was when I crunched some numbers for Project Wild Thing a few years ago and saw that the average UK child was spending less time outside than the average UK prisoner.

 

One of the consequences of all that time our boys spend being physically active and playing outside is, however, that the they are constantly hungry.  All that energy that they expend has to come from somewhere, and after the squashed banana incident of last summer (it looked like a monkey had been sick in Toby’s backpack) I am appreciative of finding sturdier treats to carry with us while we’re out and about, ones that will provide an energy boost without being full of added sugar.  We’re also generally short of time when it comes to preparing food before going out, so scrabbling around in the cupboards filling little pots and bags with dried fruit and nuts is a pain.  As a consequence the boys are often bundled out with the slightly odd and not very exciting picnic of a home-baked bread roll, a carrot and an apple.

Chewy Moon snack selection

I was therefore really excited to receive boxes of Chewy Moon snack packs in the post to review.  The boys were especially impressed because, in a lovely personal touch, the boxes had their names written on the front.

I think the concept of these snack boxes is really good for time-poor families looking for interesting and healthy snacks.  Each week a selection pack of five treats is delivered in a letterbox-friendly pack.  Then once a month a slightly larger pack is delivered with a couple of ‘grown-ups only’ treats in addition to the kids ones.  The boxes contain a nutritional information sheet, cardboard characters to collect, a glossy fact card (ours was on the topic of geology), information about the characters, and a comic sheet.  I was expecting fruit bar type snacks, but the Chewy Moon packs were a far more interesting mixture of sweet dried fruits, brownie style pieces, nuts, and fruit stars plus two savoury mixes.

 

Great resources in each weekly box

The boys enjoyed reading about the characters – fun animals called Moonas from ChewyMoon land who are here to rescue kids from people trying to sell them junk food.  They liked the cardboard stackable characters (actually they fought over these as Toby felt that as the youngest he should have both!).  They enthused over the comic sheet with the adventures of the Moonas.  But what they were really very interested in was of course the treats themselves!

 

Fun with food

We used the first selection box for (very scientific!) taste testing, where we each got a pot with a third of a packet of treats in it and had to rate it for flavour, texture and appearance.  It became obvious very quickly that the nutritionist who came up with each mixture knew exactly what kids like, because each treat was rated 10 out of 10 for every category, apart from one savoury mix which they were not impressed by at all. The kids then saved the cardboard packaging for use in their toy sweet shop and café.  The nutritional information and ingredients sheets were very useful as the cheese used in some of the treats was not vegetarian, so we would know not to share them with friends who are strict veggies.  They are also not suitable for many allergy sufferers, with some packs including nuts and dairy ingredients.

 

A subscription for a box of five snack packs costs £4.99 a week, which at around £1 per treat is comparable to buying a chocolate bar from a vending machine, but without the worry of a heap of refined sugar and other junk.  Chewy Moon offers a trial box for free, with just the postage of 98p to pay.

Hungry work climbing up here

The snacks were designed with the idea of being a convenient and healthy after-school treat, but as that doesn’t really apply to us, the second selection box we were sent came out with us on adventures instead.  We brought along some small plastic bowls to tip the snacks into as the original packets were quite narrow and difficult to eat from, but it still made for a convenient snack to take with us.

Far more interesting than a box of raisons, but with the same ease of portability, Chewy Moon snack boxes made a very welcome addition to our rucksacks when the inevitable plaintive cry of ‘I’m starving, what have we got to eat’ started up.

 

Feeling snacky here too

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chewy Moon have kindly offered my readers the chance to win a whole month’s subscription of snacks.  Just enter using the Rafflecopter below, after reading my competition terms and conditions at the bottom of the page.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Note: Two boxes of snacks were sent to us for the purpose of a fair review, all images and opinions are my own and that of my lab monkeys, ahem I mean children.

Competition Terms and conditions:

Competitions are only open to UK residents unless explicitly stated otherwise

  • The winner will be selected at random using Rafflecopter
  • The closing date of the competition will be stated on Rafflecopter
  • Winners will be notified by email within 5 working days
  • Winners must respond within 14 days or another winner will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter
  • When the winner of the competition has been drawn, their name will be displayed on the Rafflecopter widget within that post.
  • The winner must complete all of their chosen entry methods. Failure to do so will lead to disqualification.
  • The prize will be provided and sent by the Chewy Moon .
  • The winners’ details will be given to Chewy Moon providing to allow the prize to be sent.
  • By entering this competition on the Acorn STEM blog, you confirm your agreement to these terms and conditions.

 

 

141 Comments

  • laura banks

    22nd March 2017 at 8:24 pm Reply

    usually a bag of cashew nuts

    • admin

      22nd March 2017 at 8:54 pm Reply

      We love cashews too – have you ever seen a photo of them growing? Brilliantly unexpected. Thanks for commenting 🙂

  • Matt

    22nd March 2017 at 8:30 pm Reply

    yummy!

    • admin

      22nd March 2017 at 8:53 pm Reply

      The kids were very impressed 🙂

  • Tracey Peach

    22nd March 2017 at 8:54 pm Reply

    Dried fruit non messy quick to eat filling sweet & healthy 🙂 x

    • admin

      22nd March 2017 at 8:55 pm Reply

      Yummy 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  • Jules page

    22nd March 2017 at 9:16 pm Reply

    Jelly bellys

    • admin

      22nd March 2017 at 9:42 pm Reply

      Mmmm sweets 🙂 Thanks for commenting

  • A S,Edinburgh

    23rd March 2017 at 12:04 am Reply

    It’s got to be chocolate-covered brazil nuts; substantial but with that kick of sugar to perk me up!

    • admin

      23rd March 2017 at 8:30 pm Reply

      All sorts of healthy fats and important minerals, that’s a great snack 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  • Sarah Mackay

    23rd March 2017 at 12:06 am Reply

    Raspberry

    • admin

      23rd March 2017 at 8:29 pm Reply

      I grow them in the back yard so the kids can help themselves, delicious! Thanks for commenting

  • michelle o'neill

    23rd March 2017 at 5:34 am Reply

    grapes and cheese x

    • admin

      23rd March 2017 at 8:28 pm Reply

      Excellent combination – apparently cheese protects your teeth from fruit acids for up to two hours after eating it. I read it on the internet, so it must be true 😉

  • Jennifer Haden

    23rd March 2017 at 8:20 am Reply

    We love fresh fruit and lots of nuts and trail mixes 🙂 x

    • admin

      23rd March 2017 at 8:27 pm Reply

      Us too 🙂 Thanks for commenting x

  • Jules Eley

    23rd March 2017 at 9:42 am Reply

    Dried Apricots are my favourite

    • admin

      23rd March 2017 at 8:27 pm Reply

      We love them too 🙂 Some of the snack packs we were sent had little shreds of apricot in them, very yummy!

  • Sadiyya Maryam

    23rd March 2017 at 10:47 am Reply

    Dried fruit for extra energy plus they taste yummy! Many thanks for running this giveaway and the great review my daughter has bad eczema so I am always looking out for healthier snack alternatives.

    • admin

      23rd March 2017 at 8:26 pm Reply

      Thanks so much for commenting 🙂 Eczema is such a nightmare. We’ve been lucky not to suffer from it, but I have made balm for friends with children who do. The balm is so easy to make – in a glass bowl over a pan of water melt two dessertspoons each of beeswax chips, coconut oil and cold pressed rape seed oil, plus one teaspoon of honey (manuka is great, but any will work). Take the bowl off the heat and keep stirring as it cools until it thickens up. Great for eczema but also any skin complaint, dry ends to hair, chapped lips. Best wishes!

  • Ray Dodds

    23rd March 2017 at 1:22 pm Reply

    Banana and jam sarnies

    • admin

      23rd March 2017 at 8:20 pm Reply

      A banana and a jam sarnie, or all in together? That sounds like something to try 🙂 Thanks for commenting

  • Sheena Batey

    23rd March 2017 at 3:41 pm Reply

    A little box of raisins or two keeps us going for quite a while.

    • admin

      23rd March 2017 at 8:19 pm Reply

      Really handy to pop in a bag 🙂 Thanks for commenting

  • melanie stirling

    23rd March 2017 at 6:16 pm Reply

    Crisps or peanuts.

    • admin

      23rd March 2017 at 8:18 pm Reply

      Great convenient choices 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  • Laura Pritchard

    23rd March 2017 at 6:39 pm Reply

    We love jelly babies!

    • admin

      23rd March 2017 at 8:18 pm Reply

      Fond childhood memories of them myself 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  • aj

    23rd March 2017 at 8:46 pm Reply

    crisps, but would love a healthier option

    • admin

      23rd March 2017 at 9:43 pm Reply

      I do like a packet of salt and shake after working hard at the allotment, but you’re right it’s good to look for a healthier snack too 🙂 Thanks for commenting

  • Sam Rhodes

    23rd March 2017 at 9:30 pm Reply

    peanut butter sandwiches, or butter sandwiches with quavers! x

    • admin

      23rd March 2017 at 9:40 pm Reply

      Oooh I haven’t had a crisp sandwich in years, don’t tempt me 🙂 Thanks for commenting

  • Victoria Prince

    24th March 2017 at 9:07 am Reply

    Cheese cubes and crisps!

    • admin

      26th March 2017 at 5:54 pm Reply

      Good combination 🙂 Thanks for commenting

  • jo liddement

    24th March 2017 at 10:54 am Reply

    We love taking bags of mixed nuts and dried fruit for walks

    • admin

      26th March 2017 at 5:54 pm Reply

      I have a mental image of a bag of raisons and peanuts at the end of a leash 🙂 Thanks for commenting

  • Ruth Harwood

    24th March 2017 at 12:27 pm Reply

    Energy bars!!

    • admin

      26th March 2017 at 5:53 pm Reply

      I definitely could do with some energy! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  • Fiona

    24th March 2017 at 4:51 pm Reply

    If we’re going on a big walk, cold pizza is our favourite!

    • admin

      26th March 2017 at 5:53 pm Reply

      I never think to do that, what a good idea 🙂

  • Rachel Craig

    24th March 2017 at 6:01 pm Reply

    Fruit such as banana, grapes, apple etc.

    • admin

      26th March 2017 at 5:52 pm Reply

      We love it too 🙂 Thanks for commenting

  • Elizabeth Hinds

    24th March 2017 at 6:22 pm Reply

    Either crisps or malt loaf 🙂

    • admin

      26th March 2017 at 5:52 pm Reply

      Yum, haven’t had malt loaf in ages 🙂

  • Plutonium Sox

    24th March 2017 at 10:54 pm Reply

    Brilliant post Maz, we love Chewy Moon snacks! I think my favourite snack for adventures would have to be a picnic – can I have a whole picnic, does that count as a snack?? Haha if not maybe just vegetable crisps!
    Nat.x

    • admin

      26th March 2017 at 5:50 pm Reply

      With voracious small people I think a whole picnic does count as a snack! Beetroot crisps are amazing 🙂

  • Amy J

    25th March 2017 at 9:59 am Reply

    I love raisins to snack on 🙂

    • admin

      26th March 2017 at 5:48 pm Reply

      Us too 🙂 Thanks for commenting

  • Christopher Read

    25th March 2017 at 7:46 pm Reply

    Grapes 🙂 Thanks for running this comp

    • admin

      26th March 2017 at 5:48 pm Reply

      Thanks for entering and commenting!

  • Natalie Thomason

    26th March 2017 at 2:10 am Reply

    Dried fruits 🍉

    • admin

      26th March 2017 at 5:47 pm Reply

      Yummy 🙂

  • lindsay ann chadburn

    26th March 2017 at 12:31 pm Reply

    would have to be apples in peanut butter

    • admin

      26th March 2017 at 5:47 pm Reply

      I haven’t tried that, what a yummy idea!

  • Elizabeth Smith

    26th March 2017 at 2:15 pm Reply

    Love a bit of Kendal mint cake, especially brown and covered in chocolate

    • admin

      26th March 2017 at 5:47 pm Reply

      I still haven’t forgiven Kendal Mint Cake for not actually being cake 😀

  • Emma Wolski

    26th March 2017 at 5:48 pm Reply

    Oatcakes and ham

    • admin

      26th March 2017 at 5:55 pm Reply

      Oatcakes are so handy to take out 🙂 Thanks for commenting

  • Sandra Fortune

    27th March 2017 at 9:24 am Reply

    A packet of dried fruit & nut mix.

    • admin

      27th March 2017 at 9:16 pm Reply

      Very handy. Thanks for commenting 🙂

  • Pamela Gossage

    27th March 2017 at 10:29 am Reply

    Walnuts

    • admin

      27th March 2017 at 9:17 pm Reply

      I never think to buy walnuts. Good suggestion 🙂

  • Sarah Lee

    27th March 2017 at 11:20 am Reply

    Flapjack

    • admin

      27th March 2017 at 9:18 pm Reply

      Yum 🙂 Thanks for commenting

  • Susan B

    27th March 2017 at 12:19 pm Reply

    We like Nakd bars and nuts.

    • admin

      27th March 2017 at 9:18 pm Reply

      I love those too 🙂

  • Gemma Cook

    27th March 2017 at 12:45 pm Reply

    Nuts and Dried Fruit

    • admin

      27th March 2017 at 9:19 pm Reply

      Those are coming out as very popular suggestions 🙂

  • Katy Malkin

    27th March 2017 at 12:53 pm Reply

    Bananas and ginger bread men!

    • admin

      27th March 2017 at 9:20 pm Reply

      The boys adore gingerbread men 🙂

  • Katie

    27th March 2017 at 12:56 pm Reply

    Chocolate covered rice cakes

    • admin

      27th March 2017 at 9:20 pm Reply

      Naughty but nice 🙂

  • Anthea Holloway

    27th March 2017 at 12:59 pm Reply

    I love Go Biscuits for times when I want a snack but nothing too sweet or fattening!

    • admin

      27th March 2017 at 9:21 pm Reply

      I haven’t come across those, will have to keep an eye out. Thanks for commenting

  • Andrew Hindley

    27th March 2017 at 1:25 pm Reply

    Crisps and Nuts

    • admin

      27th March 2017 at 9:21 pm Reply

      A really popular suggestion on this topic 🙂 Thanks for commenting

  • Lynsey Buchanan

    27th March 2017 at 2:02 pm Reply

    I enjoy a cereal bar

    • admin

      27th March 2017 at 9:22 pm Reply

      Us too 🙂 Thanks for commenting

  • Tasha Hamilton

    27th March 2017 at 3:22 pm Reply

    Love dried fruit bars

    • admin

      27th March 2017 at 9:22 pm Reply

      They’re the best aren’t they – sweet but not too naughty 🙂

  • Angela Kelly

    27th March 2017 at 3:44 pm Reply

    Dried fruit is always great, especially strawberries.

    • admin

      27th March 2017 at 9:23 pm Reply

      Yummy. Thanks for commenting 🙂

  • Rebecca roberts

    27th March 2017 at 3:52 pm Reply

    We take dry fruit and bandanas also rice cakes

    • admin

      27th March 2017 at 9:24 pm Reply

      Sounds great 🙂 Thanks for commenting

  • Debi Newman

    27th March 2017 at 6:33 pm Reply

    Usually raisins x

    • admin

      27th March 2017 at 9:24 pm Reply

      My eldest just announced he doesn’t like them anymore! What’s not to like? Thanks for commenting

  • Lorraine Stone

    27th March 2017 at 7:21 pm Reply

    Cut up pieces of date.

    • admin

      27th March 2017 at 9:25 pm Reply

      We had those in our lunchbox today, yummy 🙂

  • Bev Cannar

    27th March 2017 at 7:31 pm Reply

    Homemade granola bars…perfect with extra fruit

    • admin

      27th March 2017 at 9:26 pm Reply

      If you have a favourite recipe you’d like to share I’m always on the lookout for a good one 🙂

  • Diana

    27th March 2017 at 7:32 pm Reply

    Blueberries!

    • admin

      27th March 2017 at 9:26 pm Reply

      Little bits of heaven 🙂

  • Nancy Bradford

    27th March 2017 at 7:34 pm Reply

    My daughter has been in a “wrap” stage recently so that is what we are mainly bringing along on all of our adventures currently.

    • admin

      27th March 2017 at 9:27 pm Reply

      My friend makes delicious wraps with cream cheese and chopped grapes, puts my packed lunches to shame 🙂

  • ellie spider

    27th March 2017 at 10:32 pm Reply

    home made granola bites

    • admin

      28th March 2017 at 9:51 am Reply

      Sounds tasty 🙂 Thanks for commenting

  • Josh Gough

    28th March 2017 at 2:05 am Reply

    apples in peanut butter

    • admin

      28th March 2017 at 9:51 am Reply

      You’re the second person with that suggestion – I’m really going to have to give it a try 🙂

  • Jayne Townson

    28th March 2017 at 5:50 am Reply

    We enjoy some homemade flapjack or raw veggies.

    • admin

      28th March 2017 at 9:50 am Reply

      Perfect 🙂 Thanks for commenting

  • Sarah Parker

    28th March 2017 at 5:54 am Reply

    nuts 🙂

    • admin

      28th March 2017 at 9:50 am Reply

      Yummy 🙂 Thanks for commenting

  • Victoria Allum

    28th March 2017 at 8:29 am Reply

    My daughter loves to take out pistachios, full of protein and filling too! Thanks for this giveaway 🙂

    • admin

      28th March 2017 at 9:50 am Reply

      Shelling them is great for fine motor skills too 🙂 Thanks for commenting

  • Andrea A

    28th March 2017 at 9:15 am Reply

    My favourite snack for adventures is biscuits.

    • admin

      28th March 2017 at 9:49 am Reply

      You’d be lucky to find a biscuit in our house, they don’t last long!

  • sallyann Johnston

    28th March 2017 at 9:35 am Reply

    Carrot sticks & hummus we all love snacking on

    • admin

      28th March 2017 at 9:47 am Reply

      We love those too, thanks for commenting 🙂

  • Meryl Thomas

    28th March 2017 at 9:37 am Reply

    Banana

    • admin

      28th March 2017 at 9:47 am Reply

      Yum 🙂 Thanks for commenting

  • nicola ithell

    28th March 2017 at 9:46 am Reply

    Favourite snacks are fresh fruit and nuts for me with a sneaky bar of chocolate too. 🙂

    • admin

      28th March 2017 at 9:53 am Reply

      Love a cheeky chocolate treat 🙂

  • paula cheadle

    28th March 2017 at 10:28 am Reply

    usually a fruit and nut chew snack bar

    • admin

      28th March 2017 at 8:10 pm Reply

      Yummy 🙂 Thanks for commenting

  • Amy Wright

    28th March 2017 at 10:42 am Reply

    Raisins and grapes 🙂

    • admin

      28th March 2017 at 8:10 pm Reply

      Us too 🙂 Thanks for commenting

  • Rachael Sexey

    28th March 2017 at 10:43 am Reply

    Love raisin or grapes 😘

    • admin

      28th March 2017 at 8:09 pm Reply

      Us too, great little energy boost 🙂

  • lynn neal

    28th March 2017 at 10:52 am Reply

    An apple natures fast food!

    • admin

      28th March 2017 at 8:09 pm Reply

      We get through kilos of them a week! You might like our post on experimenting with different apple varieties then 🙂

  • Kat Lucas

    28th March 2017 at 11:42 am Reply

    Love cheese and crackers

    • admin

      28th March 2017 at 8:08 pm Reply

      Bit of home made chutney on that, perfect 🙂

  • Ema J Lowe

    28th March 2017 at 1:07 pm Reply

    i have always got the little boxes of raisins in my bag for when the children get hungry

    • admin

      28th March 2017 at 8:08 pm Reply

      Me too – a shame eldest has suddenly decided he doesn’t like them any more!

  • Lara Latchem

    28th March 2017 at 1:51 pm Reply

    Currently cashew nut bars

    • admin

      28th March 2017 at 8:07 pm Reply

      They are lovely 🙂

  • KARL BOROWY

    28th March 2017 at 5:31 pm Reply

    ASSORTED NUTS

    • admin

      28th March 2017 at 8:07 pm Reply

      Lovely 🙂 Thanks for commenting

  • Miss Tracy Hanson

    28th March 2017 at 5:35 pm Reply

    I love a bag of mixed dried fruit and nuts. Thanks for the chance.

    • admin

      28th March 2017 at 8:07 pm Reply

      That’s been the most popular suggestion so far. Thanks for commenting

  • Solange

    28th March 2017 at 7:03 pm Reply

    Cheese and onion crisps.

    • admin

      28th March 2017 at 8:06 pm Reply

      A perennial favourite 🙂

  • Clare Hubbard

    28th March 2017 at 7:04 pm Reply

    Yogurt covered raisins

    • admin

      28th March 2017 at 8:06 pm Reply

      Lovely sweet treat 🙂

  • Tee Simpson

    28th March 2017 at 8:47 pm Reply

    I like dry crackers

    • admin

      28th March 2017 at 9:03 pm Reply

      Very handy, thanks for commenting

  • Lia Burns

    28th March 2017 at 8:48 pm Reply

    A banana! They always give me energy x

    • admin

      28th March 2017 at 9:02 pm Reply

      Love them, but oh my we don’t take them out with us any more after the disaster involving an overripe banana and a backpack last year!

  • Adrian Bold

    28th March 2017 at 9:38 pm Reply

    Dried Apricots are my favourite. I also like mixed nuts and fruits.

    • admin

      28th March 2017 at 9:57 pm Reply

      Apricots are full of iron, perfect for growing kids 🙂 Thanks for commenting

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