Team Mom sent us a nice back-to-school surprise: a lunchbag filled with some of the products from Eating Right Kids, a food and beverage line featuring the Looney Tunes characters. Roo immediately fell in love with ol' Bugs Bunny:
The Eating Right Kids packaging features the color-coded Spot Your Needs System on the front, which means each product includes at least one Spot Your Needs dietary benefit– high fiber, low sodium, low fat, multi-grain, etc. To see the dietary benefits of any ERK product, just check the spot on the front of the box.
Roo and Jasper enjoyed the 100% apple juice, mixed fruit cup and chocolate coating chewy bar but were less enthusiastic about the Macaroni and Beef meal. I was pleasantly surprised at how short and recognizable the ingredient list was on the meal, considering how much it tasted like the coveted canned ravioli of my youth… my mom never let me have it but seemed to fill the pantries of all my friends which made it more desirable. (When I was in college, I went through a brief phase of buying all the crap my mom never let me have– spray cheese, canned ravioli, etc. until realizing that it didn't taste as good as homemade. Duh.) I like the easy microwave preparation, too, but was annoyed when I realized that the 160 calories listed was for half the container. So if you pack it in your kid's lunch, you need to be aware that it actually contains 300 calories and technically two servings. Which didn't matter for us, really, since Roo and Jasper split it for dinner.
Unfortunately for our family, Eating Right Kids products are available exclusively at Safeway stores and we don't have any locations in our area. If you do have a nearby Safeway, check out the new line and let me know what you think.