Monday Munchies: gimMe sea salt seaweed snacks

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This weeks Monday Munchies food review was requested by a mother who is searching for healthy snack options for her toddler. If you would like me to review a certain product, don’t forget to send me an email or get in touch via social media. gimMe seaweed snacks are made using nori (also called laver seaweed). This was an interesting review for me as Layla loves these snacks and would eat 3 packets at a time if I let her!

Ingredients:

  • Organic seaweed, organic sunflower oil, sea salt

  • Allergens: nil

The positives:

  • A 5g serving contains 7% of a toddlers (1-3 yrs) and 5% of an older child’s (4-8yrs) daily fibre and protein needs

  • 0g of sugar per serving is well within the healthy guidelines

  • Gluten free- making them a great option for those with coeliac disease

  • While not stated on the packaging, seaweed (nori) is an excellent source of iodine, vitamin C and Vitamin A, which are essential for growth, development, metabolism, immune function and vision. One 5g packet is likely to contain around 5% of a child’s (1-8 yrs) daily vitamin C intake; 86% of a toddler’s (1-3 yrs) and 65% of an older child’s (4-8 yrs) daily recommended vitamin A intake.

The negatives:

  • The total fat content is above healthy guidelines at 40g/100g, however, due to the small serving size this is not a huge concern, especially when most of this comes from essential omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.

  • The sodium content is almost 3 times the recommended guidelines at 1300mg/100g. This is quite alarming and means that a single 5g serve equates to around 20% of a toddlers (1-3 yrs) and 14% of an older child’s (4-8 yrs) recommended daily sodium intake.

School friendly (nut free): yes

Note: The nutritional information provided in this review is based on the nutritional panel provided on the product packaging/ website, and the Australian & New Zealand Nutritional Reference Values (ANZNRVs) at the time of publishing.

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Hi, I’m Aspen, a university qualified teacher and nutritionist. As one of seven kids, a mum and ten years teaching experience, I understand just how challenging mealtimes can be. That’s why I’m so passionate about giving families a range of strategies to reduce fussy eating and make mealtimes an enjoyable family experience. I also work with schools doing incursions, parent information sessions and canteen menu assessment.