Most mornings with my toddler are rushed right through breakfast. She takes FOREVER to get herself together when we have plans in the morning. I know I’m in for in once she starts school because she will find any excuse not to get ready. The ironic part is even though we have planned activities that she wants to do, she really doesn’t care about getting herself ready in a timely manner. I’m not use to this at all. I use to always be the one that showed up early to everything. Now, I’m the late one.
I get easily frustrated when we rush out of the house and skip breakfast. It didn’t take years of nutritional studies in college for me to understand that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. I see it in myself and my toddler. When we skip breakfast we are both dragging our feet the rest of the day. It is important to get ANY food in your belly, even if it is just an apple, in order to kickstart your metabolism that was resting all night. My toddler doesn’t quite understand that food affects her mood, but hopefully as she gets older she will understand the importance of breakfast.
Now, I’m not much of a TV person, but I couldn’t help but notice the belVita commercials with the Kardashians. Have you seen them? I was curious to try out these snacks and put them to the test. I wondered: were they substantial for breakfast? Did they contain adequate nutrients? Were they only for adults or could children eat them too? Do they at least taste good? There was only one way to find out – try them out myself. When I heard that belVita was looking for bloggers to try out their products and share their experiences, I knew I had to get in on the action. So, I took the belVita 5 day challenge.
belVita is not intended to replace your entire breakfast. I loved that they were easy to bring along with us in the car, so on the go with belVita I packed a car-friendly breakfast which consisted of string cheese, a banana, and of course, a package of belVita crackers. I tried the Apple Cinnamon first. Other varieties include Blueberry and Golden Oat. I was surprised that there was actually small pieces of apple in the cracker! The taste was very flavorful and delicious! My toddler LOVED them and asked for more immediately. After eating the entire package, I did notice that I had a dry aftertaste in my mouth, which is often associated with wheat products. It’s normal, and actually helps up your intake of water which is important!
My toddler only ate two crackers and a banana. I could tell she was full and didn’t even offer her any more. I, on the other hand, finished the crackers and the rest of my breakfast. I felt sustained for hours after. I can’t say I had a “boost” in energy, but I’m also 8 months pregnant, so a boost in energy is something I will be lacking for some time.
The following day we stayed home, so I didn’t have to pair up my belVita breakfast with quick food choices. I decided to try some peanut butter on the Golden Oat flavor and add some strawberries. Really, belVita is so versatile, you can put anything on them! I even tried cream cheese on the Blueberry belVita and it tasted better than a bagel with cream cheese (plus it didn’t sit on my stomach the way a bagel would.) Over the weekend I had my hubby join me in a belVita breakfast and he was just as impressed with the flavor as I was.
The verdict? These are great for on the go. They taste delicious and they are EASY. I keep a box in the car at all times now just so I know we have something to snack on while we are on the go. For more information, visit the belVita breakfast site. You can also find nutrition information on all the varieties. Be sure to connect with belVita on Facebook to stay up to date on their latest announcements.
Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of belVita Breakfast Biscuits and received belVita Breakfast product samples to facilitate my review, and a promotional item to thank me for participating.