A: Nope, it's really not ideal. Puffed rice and other puffed cereals are subject to extreme pressure and temperatures (extrusion) damaging the grain (rice, oats, wheat) significantly and it has some negative effect on endocrine system.Animal studies comparing 3 groupsshowed that when rats were fed puffed rice vs. water vs the cardboard box from the puffed rice, the animals being fed puffed rice died faster and with much more aggression than those fed the cardboard box (or water)! Crazy huh? Autopsy showed something about their endocrine system getting disrupted from the puffed rice.
If you must absolutely insist on buying a dry snack at the health food store for your infant 12 months or under, a better option for dry snack is something NOT puffed, is organic (thus no GMO), has no gluten, no corn syrup, no artificial colors, and no artificial flavors.
I always encourage moms to stick to "real food" snacks like fruits. Your infant should not be having more than 1-2 snacks per day. Instead, focus on sitting down for their meals.
Healthy "real food" snacks for infants under 12 months
Note: *always buy organic and/or pastured, grassfed products for your children. And always watch for reactions when introducing new foods.
- Coconut flakes (organic, unsweetened, very thin flakes)
- Crispy Kale Chips (homemade ones melt in their mouth with a little crunch)
- SeaSnax Seaweed sheets (can be cut into squares)
- Dried Anchovies (loaded with minerals and iodine, naturally salty)
NON-DRY SNACKS AND FOODS
- Liver Pate (on a spoon or finger - read benefits here)
- Avocado cubes
- Soft boiled egg eaten with spoon, or hard boiled egg
- Salmon Egg Roe (little orange eggs)
- Fruit (raw mashed fruits--banana, melon, mangoes, papaya, avocado)
- Cooked fruit purees: organic apricot, peaches, pears, apples, cherries, berries
- Cooked vegetables/puree: zucchini, squash, sweet potato, carrots, beets, (always add plenty of of butter, ghee, or coconut oil - 1/2 Tbsp)
- SeaSnax seaweed snack sheets
- Smoothie with coconut milk, fruit, a soft egg yolk, and Cod Liver Oil. (egg either raw or soft boiled 3 min)
- Frozen fruit popsicle (homemade)
- Pureed meats--lamb, turkey, beef, chicken, liver and fish
- Soup broth--(homemade beef broth, chicken, lamb, fish bone broth) added to pureed meats and vegetables, or offered as a drink. (take an online cooking class for food allergies here)
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