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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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.
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