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As a mom of five, I'm constantly on the hunt for easy, yet healthy, snacks for my little ones. Sure, it's easy enough to grab a snack size bag of chips or a handful of graham crackers, but I want them to eat a snack that has NUTRITIONAL VALUE, as well as being tasty.
When my kids were little I fed them countless jars of Gerber baby food. So, when I heard of these NEW Gerber Lil' Beanies Baked Snacks Made With Beans I knew I would be a fan. But, it wasn't me that needed to like them, it was them, the kids. And like them, they do!
Lil' Beanies are available at Walmart [for about $1.86 per canister] in two flavors: White Cheddar & Broccoli and Original (Sea Salt). They are made with navy beans and rice flour, so they pack 2 grams of protein and 1 gram of fiber per serving. With NO GMOs, NO preservatives, and NO artificial colors or flavors, you can rest assured that you're feeding your little one a snack that is HEALTHY for their growing bodies.
[the canisters are GREAT for building play, once empty. Mabry enjoyed stacking them up, and then knocking them over...time and time again!]
Gerber Lil' Beanies are the PERFECT snack to munch on while crafting, too. Most toddler snacks on the market are small. These puffy shaped snacks are larger - making them easier for small fingers to grab. Yes, they resemble the cheese puffs we're all used to, but Lil' Beanies are LESS MESSY!! Goodness knows, if you're crafting with a toddler, you don't need a messy snack as a sidekick to a messy craft. One mess is enough!
[Mabry and I sat down to make Paper Plate Suns. With less mess on her fingers from snacks, it left room for paint mess!]
*To make a paper plate sun, simply paint a white piece of cardstock with different shades of yellow, orange and red. We used acrylic paint, found at Walmart. Let dry.
*Then, cut triangles from your painted creation. [You should be able to cut enough triangles, to surround your small plate, with one piece of cardstock.]
*Finally, flip your plate over, so that the top is facing down, and tape your triangles around the edge, as shown. Mabry and I used small, yellow plates, found in Walmart's party supply section.
*If you'd like, you can add a face to your plate, too!
Have you tried Gerber Lil' Beanies? Tasty, huh? What is your favorite flavor? I'd love to hear which flavor your kids love most. Tell me in the comments below!