As a mom and daycare provider I find myself giving the kids the same snacks over and over again. It may be fruit, yogurt, homemade snack bars, muffins, animal crackers, or additional healthier foods I know are nutritious for them. I typically never give the kids sugary snacks, but it happens. One snack my kids love and wish I would purchase more often are fruit snacks. I loved them as a child, and thought my mom was the greatest when she bought them. And then at Gavyn’s first dentist appointment we were told how damaging gummy snacks are, and how they sit on and in between the teeth to rot. I guess I knew this but never thought about it as I had them all my life, and well my teeth aren’t falling out…yet. There is a great new healthier alternative to candy and fruit snacks out there which still have a delicious fruity flavor and tastes like candy with a fruit kids love, raisins. Raisels made by the National Raisin Company is a family-owned and operated company offering us the first 100% real fruit where raisins are the main ingredient.
We tried all four delicious fruity and sour flavored raisins and I will say I enjoyed these more than my kids. My kids do not like sour foods, so didn’t have an appreciation for them, but for me my favorite sour candy is sour patch kids. Raisels are golden raisins containing 100% Vitamin C, with a light dusting of sugar coating on them. You may be wondering how these are different then, if they are sugar coated. First of all they contain no artificial sweeteners or high fructose corn syrup, which is a huge plus. Secondly, raisins themselves contain about 21 grams of sugar so adding the light dusting is still healthier than soft drinks, candy, even dried cranberries which have 5x more added sugar than Raisels. They are also fat and cholesterol free, and contain no sodium. No sodium is a biggie for me as well. When purchasing items at the store I look for lower sodium products or no added sodium.
I love the portion-controlled packaging they come in as well. This makes them great for lunch boxes, or an on-the-go snack. I’m hoping my kids will keep trying them to get a liking for them. I would like to see flavors that are not sour with maybe just a regular sugar coating. My kids would really like these. Raisels come in peach, lemon, apple and orange flavors. The lemon is the best, but I’m a lemon lover! Raisels can be purchased at many retailers and also on Amazon.
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Disclaimer: This is a review based on my opinion only, yours may differ. We were sent the above mentioned item to help facilitate our review, no other form of compensation was received. Thank you to Team Mom and Raisels for this review and giveaway opportunity.