By: Amy E
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I was super excited recently to be able to sample Surf Sweets. Surf Sweets are an organic and natural candy company. They are made in an allergen free facility (free of 10 common allergens) without corn syrup using organic fruit juice and sweeteners. This means that the fruit juice and sweeteners have not been exposed to chemical pesticides and fertilizers like many other candies that contain conventional fruit juice.
When you have a child who has allergies it is amazing and refreshing to find a treat that they can enjoy like their friends! Surf Sweets are made and packaged in a facility free of the 10 most common food allergens, including dairy/casein, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish, sesame and sulfites. This was a HUGE plus because my Tiny One is allergic to peanuts. I have become much more paranoid lately regarding food allergies after the recent news story involving a young girl dying from her peanut allergy. The product she ate did not contain peanuts but contained other ingredients which had a peanut base. She had eaten the product before and never had a reaction, unfortunately this time there was a FATAL reaction. A FATAL reaction can happen at anytime! Even if the person has ingested the product before safely, they can still react. As you can imagine this means that a lot of foods especially candy and cookies are now taboo in our household. Surf Sweets however is made in a facility that involves no chance of peanut contamination as well as others! So before we even sampled the candy, they had already got some major bonus points!
By the way they are also dye free, dairy free, casein free, wheat free, GMO free.... some of their products are even vegetarian and vegan free! And da da dun.... there is 100% Vitamin C per serving! I know it keeps getting better and better and I haven't even told you what I think about the candy yet!
So we were able to sample 4 different bags of candy. The Tiny One was beyond excited for this experience. We samples the Gummy Bears, Gummy Worms, Jelly Beans, and the Sour Berry Bears. I found the texture of the candy, especially the worms and bears to be quite smooth, different form the gel type texture in regular gummies. I was pleasantly surprised to find them also easy to chew. I feel like regular store ones are usually are too gelatinous, but these were smooth and busting full of flavor! I was excited to try the Sour Berry Bears, which were actually pretty good, however just a tad to much extra sugar for me personally. The Jelly Beans also packed a punch. My favorites were definitely the Gummy Bears and Worms.
Since they are so satisfying and totally curb your sugar craving without all the unwanted extras, we may have found our new favorite candy! And just in time for Halloween! They also make great rewards for potty training, a job well done, or just a treat for yourself and your mini army!
The Surf Sweets website makes it easy to find their products and where they are carried. You can purchase Surf Sweets online or from a variety of grocery stores Whole Foods. Stop & Shop & Shaw's as well as several other chains were also listed as carrying the product, however I could not confirm they are carried locally. The closest place I could confirm them carrying these in store was Whole Foods in Weymouth. You can also find them on Amazon at $20 for 24 packs! That's less than a dollar a bag!
Surf Sweets is also a proud member of 1% for the Planet. As a member, they donate a minimum of 1% of the sales from their products to a number of organizations that support environmental causes, including Climate Cycle, Healthy Child Healthy World and EcoMom Alliance.
I would definitely recommend this product and we will be purchasing more. I would avoid storing it any place that could get warm as they could meld together. If you decide to purchase some of these I would definitely recommend you hide a few in a secret area for yourself-even parents need a special treat!
Do you have a favorite candy or treat that has extra perks like this? If so share with us! We would love to check them out!
1. ) What diet additions or changes do you recommend for underweight children?
First of all it is difficult to make suggestions or changes without really knowing what your child is consuming and/or his activity level however there are a few things that are pretty much universal for everyone who is trying to gain weight.
First, create a daily diary containing the time, the food consumed and the amount. Do this for about a week and evaluate the amount of carbs, fats, proteins and calories being consumed as well as the amount of time that elapses between meals and/or snacks. Along with the food diary, start an exercise journal containing the type of activity, the duration, intensity and the amount of calories expended. Compare the amount of calories expended to the calories consumed and chart the differences. If your child is consuming less calories then he/she is expended then I would start there and begin a diet of caloric dense foods and other words, foods that are rich in calories such as peanut butter, grains, nuts and some fats such as olive oil dip for veggies (olive oil and seasonings with a little balsamic vinegar and lemon to taste)..if however your child is consuming equal or more calories than being expended than I would focus on the meals you are preparing, trying to increase the total intake of calories to about 500 more calories per day. You can do that again by following the same tips I gave you previously and/or increasing the frequency of your child's meals or snacks. You also could include smoothies to your child's diet supplementing their intake of fluids with smoothies enables you to increase calorie consumption without dramatically changing anything else..while making smoothies think yogurt, juice, milk and all the fresh fruit you can find...
2.) Do you have a healthy recipe for veggie dip?
Salmon Dip for Vegetables:
1 can (7 3/4 oz.) salmon drained and flaked
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup chopped celery
2 tbsp. chopped green onion (scallion)
1 tbsp. chopped parsely
Grated peel and juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/4 tsp. seasoned salt
Makes about 1/4 cups dip.
In a bowl, combine all ingredients. Cover and chill. Serve as a dip with assorted raw vegetables such as cauliflowerets, sweet green pepper sticks, carrot sticks, broccoli flowerettes, etc.
Creamy Crab Dip with Vegetables and Chips:
Drain and slice a 7 1/2 ounce can of crab or a 6 oz package of frozen crab. Combine the crab with a 3 oz package of softened cream cheese, 1 cup dairy sour creame, 1 tbsp of lemon juice, 2 tbsp of finely chopped green onion, 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, dash of garlic salt, and 1/2 tsp of dill weed. Chill to blend flavors.
2 cup Dannon plain lowfat yogurt
1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed & drained
1/3 cup minced fresh onion
1 env. (0.9 oz.) Lipton vegetable recipe soup mix
Assorted raw vegetables for dipping
In a medium bowl comine all ingredients (expect raw veggies for dipping). Cover and regridgerate until ready to serve. Serve as a dip for raw vegetables. Makes approximately 3 cups.
3.) What are some healthy diary free suggestions?
A dairy-free diet contains no milk, cheese, butter, cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, ice cream, whey, casein, or foods that contain any of these ingredients. To avoid milk and milk products ask about ingredients at restaurants and other's homes, read food labels and become familiar with the technical or scientific terms for milk. The following list is not complete. Consult with a healthcare professional if you are planning to omit milk from your diet or your child's diet. Many Americans recieve the majority of their calcium intake from dairy products. Therefore, when switching to a dairy-free diet, taking calcium supplements is often advisable....
Baked foods such as pancakes, biscuits, muffins, cakes, crackers, baking mixes (read labels for dairy product ingredients), Au gratin foods, Butter, Buttermilk, Calcium casinate, Candy (especially creams and chocolate), Casein, Cheese, Cheese sauces, Cholcolate mild and drinks, Coffeemate, Cold cuts (such as bologna), Cottage cheese, Cream, Creamed or scalloped foods, Curds, Dry Cereals containing milk powder, such as some granolas, Dry milk powder,Dry milk solids, Evaporated milk, Fondues, Grated cheese, Gravies (some), Ice cream, Malted milk, margarine (most), Meat loaf and patties (some), Milk- whole, skim, 1% and 2%, Milk shakes, Milk sherbets, Nondairy creamers (most), Nondairy creamers (most), Non-kosher luncheon meats (some), Ovaltine, Puddings (most), Sausage (some), Sodium caseinate, Wieners (some),Whey, White Sauces and Yogurt
Milk substitutes...Soy milk, Rice milk, Almond milk, Nondairy products....Margarine, Nondairy ice cream, Nondairy chocolate, Nondairy cheese, Nondairy yogurt, anything milk-free or nondairy products
Groups and Books
The No Milk Page... www.nomilk.com
Food Allergy Network.... www.foodallergy.org
Nondairy Milk Recipes - Leave the Cow's Milk for the Calves... www.veganmania.com/pages/non_dairy_milk_recipes.htm
Go Dairy Free... www.godairyfree.com
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