Chewsday Review- Macro Quinoa Puffs

Thanks so much for all of Chewsday Review requests. Some really brilliant suggestions. Today’s review was asked for multiple times, so without further ado- here’s my take on Macro Quinoa Puffs in Cheeky Chicken Flavour


🔹Quinoa flour (40%), maize flour, wholegrain sorghum flour (10%), chickpea flour, chickpea fibre, rice flour, sunflower oil, natural flavouring, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, potassium chloride, sugar, dehydrated chicken powder, spices, vegetable oil.

🔹Maize is just another word for corn and sorghum is another gluten free wholegrain.

🔹Common allergens include: nil

🔶The positives:

🔹This food is a source of fibre, unlike most snack foods. Each pack (18g) contains 1.8g of fibre (this technically doesn’t make it a high fibre food though- it would need 3g per serve). This amount of fibre meets 14% of a young child’s requirements and 11% of an older child’s fibre requirements.

🔹Fat and saturated fat content meet healthy guidelines. The saturated fat is impressive (less than 1g per 100g) given the puffed chip style of food. Compared to chips, this works out to be a tenth of the fat of standard potato chips. That’s a big difference!

🔹Sugar content is low, which I’d expect for a savoury snack.

🔹The sodium content meets healthy guidelines (less than 420mg) but it’s getting up there at 392mg. Most crisps have about 500mg of sodium per 100g and Burger Rings have almost double the sodium content.

🔹Free from common allergens, which is helpful for kids with food allergies.

🔹I LOVE that this product actually has a decent amount of quinoa in it (40%) as opposed to many products which state quinoa on the label but contain a measly 1%.

🔶The negatives:

🔹These are incredibly expensive for what they are. An 8-pack costs $6, which means that each pack costs 75c, which works out to $42 a kilo! That’s equivalent to the price of fresh barramundi, making it pretty expensive baked flour!

🔶The marketing:

🔹”Oven baked” This claim is often a bit misleading on packets. In this case, the total fat content is low, so I’m not too worried. But for some products, oven baked (in a deep tray of oil) doesn’t necessarily mean low in fat. Never take this claim at face value (I see you BBQ shapes!)

🔹”50% wholegrain” which is great and contributes to the fibre content.

🔹’No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives’. Realistically, most products are free from these nowadays.

🔹”4.5 health stars” which is pretty impressive for a snack like this. Even the Messy Monkeys only got 4 stars.

🔶The alternatives:

🔹As a pre-packaged snack food, these wholegrain bites are pretty reasonable! You may need to watch for them on sale if your kids eat these regularly, but they’re definitely one of the better choices out there.

🔹Corn or rice cakes would be a much cheaper and nutritionally similar option, although watch out for the salt content if you buy flavoured ones.


About Mealtime Building Blocks

Dr Kyla Smith is a paediatric dietitian specialising in fussy eating, feeding difficulties and childhood nutrition. Lauren Pike is an occupational therapist working in fussy eating and feeding difficulties. They have a private practice called Mealtime Building Blocks in Perth, Western Australia. You can connect with Kyla and Lauren on their website and sign up for their newsletter, and the Facebook page or on the Instagram page. You can also email them.

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