Parents are worriers. That's our job.
We worry if our kids don't eat enough.
We worry if our kids eat the wrong stuff.
My latest worry is pesticides used on foods for the kids.
While it is not always possible to go organic all the time as such items are more expensive, parents can certainly try to slip in organic snacks and breakfast treats for their kids every now and then.
Here are some organic treats for infants and older kids.
Original Teddy Puffs
This finger food is shaped as a little teddy bear and is perfect for toddlers learning how to feed themselves. It's nutritious and made of whole grain oats, whole grain brown rice and whole grain corn, among other ingredients. The puffs are wheat-free, dairy-free and soya-free for babies who are allergic. It comes in two flavours - original and apple cinnamon.
Price: $7.20 for 156g pack
Arrow Root cookies
These bite-sized cookies are a good source of calcium, iron and zinc for your toddlers. They're soya-free, dairy-free and without genetically engineered ingredients. They contain whole wheat flour, sunflower oil, unsulphured molasses and arrowroot flour.
Price: $5.95 for 140g pack
Organic Peanut Butter Puffs
These may be meant for children, but with no preservatives or additives, low sodium content, and no gluten, they can appeal to adults, too. They are also completely organic, vegetarian, kosher and have no trans fats.
All ingredients are sourced from specific organic farms that use no harmful pesticides nor chemical fertilisers.
The environmental theme extends to the packaging - there are fun illustrations of pandas on the front and cool facts about them and about preserving the environment on the back.
The company donates a portion of its sales to environmental causes. Other flavours available include the chocolate-flavoured Koala Krisps.
Price: $6.95 for 300g pack
Crispy Rice Berry Bar
These delicious gluten-free bars are studded with freeze-dried blueberries and intense red raspberries. Grown without synthetic herbicides or pesticides, they are made with brown rice flour, brown rice syrup, honey and soya oil and soya, among other ingredients. There are six bars in a pack. Available in other flavours like Crispee Rice Peanut Butter.
Price: $8.95 for 168g pack
All products are available at FairPrice supermarkets.
This article was first published in The New Paper.