Companies who market processed foods like to trick you into thinking that certain foods are more “kid friendly.” They do this by adding cartoons, colorful pictures, fun shapes and small sizes to their products.
|Can you tolerate your child eating that kind of stuff?|
In reality, what your children eat and what you eat shouldn’t be much different. You should both be eating foods that are as close to nature as possible.
Processed foods, artificial colors, refined wheat, added sugars, artificial flavorings, etc. have been linked not only to chronic disease and illness, but also to common childhood afflictions such as aggression, ADHD/hyperactivity, mood swings, asthma, obesity and diabetes.
You live in a hard time, in a society that is full of foods with questionable ingredients. But the more you become aware and active in your food choices and start demanding better, companies will have no choice but to comply with their consumers. Let’s make the world a better and healthier place for ourselves and the next generations!
5 Processed Kids Snacks You Should Avoid & Healthier Alternatives
1. Sugary Cereals
|That thing is loaded with SUGAR!|
Even if the cereal is “fortified” with vitamins and minerals, these are most likely in a form that is not very bioavailable (your body isn’t going to get much of it).
Eat this instead: Fresh fruit, reheated quinoa or other whole grain with pure maple syrup and yogurt or almond milk, homemade granola with yogurt, green smoothies, energy bites, eggs.
2. Fruit Snacks
|This is all artificial. Avoid it!|
If you EVER give your kids fruit snacks, treat them like a candy and not a regular snack.
Eat this instead: Real fruit, apple slices, bananas, homemade fruit roll ups (yum!), homemade healthy gummies, etc.
3. Sweetened Drinks
|Don't let your kid drink this POISON!|
Eat this instead: WATER, homemade green smoothies, water with lemon, water with a tiny bit of raw honey, homemade green juices, water, water, water, water infused with colorful berries, water, etc.
4. Ice Pops
|They're fun and all, but so unhealthy!|
Pay close attention to the ingredients of the popsicles you buy. If you can’t pay an extra dollar or two for healthier options, just don’t buy them at all.
Eat this instead: Homemade popsicles made from 100% pure fruit and vegetable juice.
|This thing is made of stuff we don't even know!|
Homemade crackers can be very simple to make and much more nutritious than commercial crackers. Make big batches and store them in jars/bags to use for weeks to come.
Eat this instead: Homemade cheddar cheese crackers, energy bites, homemade fruit leather, veggies and hummus, avocado slices, fresh fruit, etc.
We all grew up eating and cooking a certain way and it can be hard to make new habits and lifestyle changes. Don’t get discouraged if you slip up – nobody’s perfect. Just take small steps in the right direction and in no time, you’ll look back and be amazed at your progress.
Make more time in your life to spend on making great food choices for your family. This will benefit them so much more than other things you could be spending your time on. Teach them healthy habits from a young age and they will carry those habits with them later on. Even if they leave the home and start eating poorly, they will know how to eat right.
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