I think I have finally found a substitute for Goldfish Crackers in our home. Hello Trader Joe’s Oyster Crackers! I think TJ’s Oyster Crackers should be the new toddler snack for children (too bad they don’t advertise their products on TV). Here are my reasons why:
1) The ingredient list for TJ’s Oyster Crackers is:
Unbleached Wheat Flour, Water, Canola Oil, All Natural Evaporated Cane Juice, Salt, Yeast, Baking soda.
Wow! All ingredients we can read and understand! A big difference from the ingredient list for Goldfish crackers
2) No MSG or other additives that make food taste yummier than it actually is.
3) Oyster crackers are perfect for little tiny fingers to pick up and they are crunchy. My 2.5 year old (Simone) loves to eat these crackers.
4) Because oyster crackers are more natural you get satiated pretty quickly as your body tells you that you have had enough sodium. I find myself stopping after about 15-20 crackers. The same applies to Simone. This is very different from the goldfish crackers where you can eat and eat and eat until you are licking crumbs off your fingers.
5) Lower sodium than Goldfish Crackers when compare the sodium content of 30 grams of oyster crackers (120mg of sodium) with 1 serving of Goldfish crackers (240mg sodium). Even though there is less sodium in oyster crackers, your body signals you to stop eating because there is nothing else masking the taste of the salt. With Goldfish crackers, the MSG and the sugar combine to confuse our tastebuds.
Oyster crackers are not exotic. They are just little crackers. You can find them anywhere, but my example is from TJ’s. I know Fresh and Easy carries them, and I am sure many other places also do.
Here is a list of all the different companies that make their own oyster crackers.
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