Puffs, and the pixie dust-like debris that they leave behind, seem to be a right of passage for toddlers of this generation. They are easy for little fingers to pick up once the pincer grasp is mastered, they come in vibrant colors, fun shapes, and are a super easy snack to take on the go. My daughter adored them when she was younger!
And while the puffs that are made specifically for babies and toddler are great—and they often have veggies and fruits in them, as well as a grains—it's possible to change things up a bit (and save some money) if you wander outside of the baby food aisle. The cereal aisle is where you can find plain puffed grains, regardless of whether you shop at a big box store or a natural market. They are just as easy for little ones to eat, have that similar dissolvable yet crunchy texture you are after, and offer the benefits of whole grains. Many even offer 1-3 grams of protein per serving and a few grams of fiber, making them perhaps more sustaining than the toddler-specific kind.
All of that said, we like both kinds of puffs. Here are a few of our favorites:
Puffed Kamut: Kamut is an old strain of wheat that is one of the ancient grains you might have started to hear about.
Millet Puffs: A gluten-free option, millet puffs up into little circles.
Corn Puffs: This is an organic version, which means that there aren't any GMOs to worry about. There's also a bit of iron in these, which is great for toddler who don't eat much meat.
Rice Puffs: These aren't quite as filling as the other options (they have less protein and fiber), but they are still a good option for a simple snack or a topping for yogurt. And there's no added sugar.
Happy Puffs: These colorful puffs come in 6 varieties and include more unusual ingredients like purple carrot.
Super Puffs: Shaped like little stars, this version from Plum Organics are a classic. We always loved the Strawberry Beet flavor.
Looking for other store-bought snacks to try? Here's our list of go-to buyables.