New Year is always a great time for giving your diet an overhaul and snacks are often the first place to start, whether for you or the kids. Out with the old and in with the new is child's play with Chewy Moon, the UK’s first nutritionally-balanced subscription snack box for children between the ages of 4 and 10. They proudly explain : "Our snacks are made from natural ingredients, with no refined sugar or nasties. We provide five snacks in a box, together with a ‘fun pack’ comprising comics, fact cards and totem toys, making our box just as much fun as it is healthy."
We received a sample box to try with the Madhouse kids and they were instantly won over by the funky packaging featuring cute animals and the little extras in the box. The snacks themselves all got a thumbs up too :
Space Chimp Jack 'n' Berry - Strawberry shapes, cranberry, blueberries, flapjack ... but not just any flapjack. This one is actually healthy with no sugar, no fuss, no nasties but plenty of fibre and a good amount of protein to fill and power you up ! Very tasty it is too.
Dr Fluffy.nom Freaky Fruits - Blackcurrant drops, apricot sticks, cherry cubes, peach cubes, raspberry strips ... basically they look, feel and taste like sweets but minus the junk. Unsurprisingly these were the unanimous favourites !
Loved Up Squirrel Fantasticos - Pizza balls, edamame beans, baked cheese ... this one may not sound overly healthy on paper but cheese is a good source of protein, calcium and vitamin B12 and the pizza balls are made with wheat flour, olive oil, tomato, flax seeds, salt, yeast, wheat malt, onion, oregano and natural flavour. The Madhouse kids loved the cheese and pizza but weren't too keen on the edamame beans and didn't think they went with the rest. I liked the fact that there are savoury options as well as sweet snacks though.
Funny Duck Cherry Cola - Cola raisins, cherry, cranberry ... the Madhouse kids loved these and when I had a taste, I could see why. They're juicy, chewy, sweet and zingy. Raisins also pack more nutrition than their small size might reveal, because when grapes are dehydrated to produce raisins, the nutrients become more concentrated, making a handful of raisins a snack rich in B vitamins, iron and potassium.
Brand Stylist Happy BBQ - Smoky almonds, smoky coconut chips ... The organic smoky coconut chips in this snack are a savoury superstar! Coconuts are a great source of fibre, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids for healthy bones and teeth. The kids weren't so keen on these because they found the texture a bit dry and would have preferred a mixture of fruit and nuts, but I finished them off and loved them.
The snacks also come with "old skool stuff for you to make and do" in the box, with more activities online - on instagram you can also win instant giveaway prizes and enter video competitions for even more gifts. In our box, we got a guide to cloud spotting (and the science behind the different types), a comic strip and a pop-out-and-make Dr Fluffy.nom.
We loved the wide variety and the originality of the snacks, which are healthier than many sweet or savoury kid-oriented snacks while remaining appealing to young nibblers. They're suitable for school lunchboxes and the letterbox-friendly packaging is a great idea. The standard weekly boxes cost £3.95 + 98p postage. As the brand is only just launching in January, you can get your first box for free (and you can unsubscribe at any time).
for more information : www.chewymoon.com/
Disclosure : We received the product in order to write an honest review.