I’ve written a lot lately about giving healthier food to my children and it’s a primary focus for me at the moment (as I type, I have wholemeal muffins in the oven for school lunches this week). I try to make as much as I can from scratch for them, limiting processed and packaged foods where I can. It’s not always possible, of course, and on those weeks when I don’t have time to bake, what can they have?
An easy thing to have on hand is something that I can control the portion size easily. For this reason I like small things such as dried fruit, clusters, or small biscuit-type things such as Orgran’s gluten free Itsy Bitsy Bears.
I trialled them on Miss 4, who loved both varieties we were given. There was a chocolate variety and choclate with berry bits added.
The biscuits had a nice crunch and were not overly sweet, while the “berry” bits (not real berries, obviously) were very distinctly flavoured. They packed quite a flavour punch.
Looking at the ingredients and comparing them to say, Tiny Teddies, these biscuits are on a par.
In a per 100g comparison Itsy Bitsy Bears vs Tiny Teddies:
- Energy: 413 calories vs 445
- Protein: 4.4g vs 6.3g
- Carbs: 66g vs 73g
- – of which are sugars: 29.7g vs 29.1g
- Fat: 13.6g vs 12.3g
- – of which are saturated: 5.9g vs 6.6g
- Sodium: 305mg vs 291mg
So really, there’s no difference between these products and Arnott’s Tiny Teddies, except that the Orgran Itsy Bitsy Bears are gluten free.