Goldfish Snacks for Growing Tweens #MakeItGoPuff

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I thought I knew what to expect with tween girls. My little sister spent an entire summer with me when she was 12, so I have some prior experience dealing with preteen mood swings and the generally cranky attitudes. My own girls have been handing out attitude and hormonal eye-rolls for a couple of years now, so I’m used to that. I’m even used to having to cajole (and sometimes threaten) them into taking showers and wearing deodorant.

However, I was not prepared for the voracious tween hunger pains. Yes, I know that tween and teen years are the period of most rapid growth, and that for girls, the growth period begins around 10 to 11 and lasts until age 15. Having that knowledge is a completely different thing from seeing the effects of that statement on one’s pantry shelves (and grocery bills)!

Goldfish Puffs for Growing Tweens #makeitgopuff

I buy snacks every week at the grocery store — applesauce, peaches and pears, carrots, bananas, cheese sticks, broccoli florets, Goldfish snacks. These are the same snacks I’ve been buying for years, but now the kids go through them like wildfire and then wander about moping that “they’re starving”. 

When I went shopping at Target last week, I came across Goldfish Puffs. They come in a larger chip-style bag and in several bold flavors — Mega Cheese (my favorite), Cheddar Bacon (the tweens’ favorite), and Buffalo Wing (David’s favorite). The Goldfish Puffs got rave reviews from the girls, and a thought occurred to me.

Goldfish Snacks for Growing Tweens #MakeItGoPuff

It seems that the best kinds of ” teen snacks” are mini-meals in between regular meals, so I’ve done a little experimenting and come up with a few ideas that incorporate the newly-discovered Goldfish Puffs into slightly larger mini-meals that will {hopefully} tide them over until dinnertime.

The girls both love macaroni and cheese, specifically the microwavable kind. When I’m making mac & cheese for family dinners, I make macaroni casserole from scratch, but there’s no accounting for taste, and the tweens love quick and easy mac & cheese. In order to spice it up a little, I crushed up a handful of Goldfish Puffs in “Mega Cheese” flavor and sprinkled them on top of the girls’ mac & cheese. They absolutely loved this… it disappeared in no time and it’s their new favorite snack.

Macaroni and Cheese with Goldfish Puffs #makeitgopuff

Next, I tried adding Goldfish Puffs in “Cheddar Bacon” to mashed potatoes — once again, rave reviews! The girls prefer their Goldfish crushed into their mashed potatoes, while my husband prefers the crunch of the non-crushed Goldfish Puffs in his potatoes. He’s developed a serious love for this particular snack and has been taking it to work for lunch.

Mashed Potatoes with Goldfish Puffs #makeitgopuff

I’ve got all kinds of things in mind now — popcorn with Goldfish Puffs mixed in, chicken breaded in crushed buffalo wing Goldfish Puffs — and they’re delicious to snack on, straight from the package (or bowl) too.

I might be fooling myself by thinking I know what to expect in raising tweens and teens, but I do seem to have solved the growing tweens’ snack cravings… at least until the next growth spurt hits!

Learn more about Goldfish snacks by Pepperidge Farms by following along on Facebook or on Twitter. Pick up your bags of Goldfish Puffs at your local Target store today! You won’t be disappointed!

Goldfish Snacks for Growing Tweens #MakeItGoPuff

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I'm Heather, a married mama of two teen girls, a stillborn baby girl (7/1/12), and a sweet and wild preschool girl (4/2/14). I've been blogging at The Destiny Manifest since 2001. I like to write about appreciating all of the beautiful little things that surround us, particularly in the face of grief, infant loss and mental health issues. Every day is an adventure!

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  • I never would have thought to put them in mashed potatoes. Genius!

    • It’s very tasty! Try it and see what you think!

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  • The mashed potatoes might be worth a shot!

  • Pary Moppins

    We are barreling down the road towards this phase with our just-turned-twelve year old. We’ll have to give these a shot. 🙂 Thanks for linking up at Pin It Tuesday. ~ Pary Moppins

  • Kristy

    Those look yummy! I would of never thought potatoes either, what a great idea!