As a mom, especially in this day and age, I do my best to give my kids the best when it comes to snacks. I try to stick to things like fruit, yogurt, string cheese. I’m the first to admit they have their fair share of things like cookies, but I do try to balance it all out. Between snacks at home and snacks and lunches they take to school, I feel like it’s never as good as it could be. That’s why it makes me so happy to know some snacks really are great.
Goldfish. While some parents may have a love / hate relationship with them, I’m not in that camp. My kids have always eaten them. I knew they didn’t have any artificial flavors or preservatives. But did you know that the colors of the Goldfish are sourced directly from plants? I know, right? Who knew? The Goldfish colors crackers come in four colors: red, green, yellow, and blue.
- Red – The color of the red Goldfish crackers comes from a mix of red beet juice concentrate and paprika extracted from sweet red peppers.
- Green – The green Goldfish crackers comes from watermelon and Huito juice concentrates mixed with extracted turmeric.
- Yellow – The color of the yellow Goldfish comes from extracted turmeric.
- Blue – The blue Goldfish crackers comes from Huito, which comes from a South American fruit, and watermelon juice concentrates.
Knowing this, and knowing my kid’s love Goldfish crackers, I think I’m going to tell them where the colors come from. This is a great opportunity to introduce them to new foods. I don’t think either one of them has ever eaten beets. I think of beets in the context of how they were served to us at lunch in grade school, so it wouldn’t hurt me to try them again either. I’m sure we can find good ways to make them. Also, my oldest doesn’t have an issue with sweet peppers, but my youngest won’t touch them. We’ve tried to convince her, but maybe this will help push her. I know I’ve had turmeric in my spice cabinet in the past, but there’s none in there now. We can also look up recipes and find new things to try with it.
I love that the kids are old enough that I can tell them things like this and we can talk about what things are, like Huito. It apparently comes from the genipapo plant which grows in the rainforests of South America. You really do learn something new everyday.
For the beets, I decided the best way to go was to roast them. All vegetables taste good seasoned and roasted, right? I scrubbed them really good, quartered them, seasoned with salt and pepper, and drizzled olive oil on them. Cover the dish tightly with foil and bake at 425 until they are easy to pierce with a knife. I only cooked 2 whole beets, so this took about 30 minutes. Once they are cool, you can rub them with a paper towel to remove the skins.
Through the end of the month, you can vote on your favorite color Goldfish cracker, red, green, yellow, or blue. The winner will have it’s own limited edition bag, due out next spring. Vote here and then check back to see who’s winning.