Snacking is inevitable with kids. I often hear the chorus (or really whine) of "I'm hungry" right after my daughter has a meal, so I know that her growing body needs tons of nutrients. What a hate is the collection of high fat and preservative laden food that is out there for parents. Sure, fresh fruit and veggies are always the best best option, but as parents we also know that convenience is king and we need ways to get our kids healthy snacks in the easiest possible way. I am checking out Healthy Snack Options from Little Duck Organics.
Healthy Snack Options from Little Duck Organics
Enter Little Duck Organics, a Brooklyn-based brand certified company that was founded when Zak Normandin, a father of three, was looking for organic, no-sugar added snacks. Having worked in the Coast Guard, and later as a packaging design consultant with a background in graphic design, Zak had the diverse background and creative passion to get Little Ducks Organics started in 2010. The company launched with Tiny Fruits, a full line of no-sugar added, bite-sized snacks made from 100% organic fruit.
We have been sampling the line for about a month now, and both of my daughters (ages 1 and 4) absolutely love these bite-sized snacks. Not only are they flavorful, healthy and easy to travel with, I love the simplicity of how they are just dehydrated organic fruits (you can get more basic than that!). Nothing added or taken away, Tiny Ducks Organics gives children the best possible snacks in four varieties (strawberry and mango, apple and banana, blueberry and apple and pineapple and mango). The beauty of having a snack that both kids love makes it so easy to pack and go - without having to worry about anyone being picky. A lightweight package I love that I can easily pack it for outings and I don't have to worry about it spilling or smushing in bag (much like other snacks do).
I also love how it is a healthy and low-sugar option that I feel comfortable to feed my girls in-between meals, or on a recent visit to restaurant with to hungry girls, before their dinner arrived. Tiny fruits are so light that even a handful of them won't ruin their appetite and I love that they now get excited when they see the bright and vibrant packaging (they won for best package design at the Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore) that also includes clever marketing copy that will make parents chuckle.
At a recent meet and greet with Zak, I learned more about this growing company and what it exactly means to be certified organic. As a certified B Corporation, Little Duck Organics has to meet rigorous social and environmental standards. Zak mentioned that they have close relationship with each of the farmers that is a direct relationship (no middlemen or people are involved), which created a long-term relationship for the company and ensures a fair-price for the farmers fruit.
I also learned more about the drying process, which combines low temperatures and vacuum pressure that allows the fruit to retain its nutritional benefits. This also includes comprehensive organic & NON-GMO testing, so parents can rest assured that every Tiny Fruits package is high in quality, healthy and does not contain any nasty chemicals.
Little Duck Organics is also doing their part to do good where they have teamed up with 1% For Humanity where 1% of all of their revenues will be used for humanitarian purposes.
In addition to their amazing Tiny Fruits line, Little Ducks Organics will be launching Mighty Oats in Fall 2012. This interesting line includes oatmeal with flavors like Coconut and Banana and Strawberry and Vanilla that will be sold in three-packs. Not only a delicious mealtime option, the packaging will be made of a compostable, 100% corn-based plastic that will also be surrounded by cardboard with seeds where families can plant them in their home gardens!
Innovative, delicious and conscious of what our growing children need, Little Ducks Organics understands how convenient, healthy and organic food can reach the masses through their unique packages.
Little Duck Organics' Tiny Fruits are available in Whole Foods, Hannaford, Stop & Shop, Sweetbay, Diapers.com and other fine retailers nationwide for $3.99 a bag.
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