Fuel Your Bodies for Success
Filling our children’s snack and lunch boxes proves trying every day. We all know that most of our children prefer the standard chips, sweets and treats and we also know that these are not the best choices to help our kids brains and bodies function optimally. Here are some realistic suggestions of snacks and foods, that appear to look like kid favorites but are secretly healthier and more nutritious.
INSTEAD OF : TRY:
Cheese Its Annie’s Cheddar Squares OR From the Ground Up Cauliflower Cheddar Crackers
Gold Fish Annies Cheddar Bunnies
Ritz Crackers (plain or with peanut butter or cheese) Late July Brand or Whole Foods 365
Chocolate Chip Cookies Annie’s or Tate’s or Made Good
Peanut or AlmondButter Skippy Organic or Whole Foods 365 (check that ingredients or just peanuts, almonds, salt)
Fruit yogurts Fage yogurts, Stoneyfield Organic
Doritos Corn Tortilla Chips
Cheetos Pirates Booty or Puffs
Chocolate Energy Bars Granola bars (can be with chocolate chips); Made Good Brand, Natures Bakery, Skout, Cascading Farms,
Tips to notice to when food shipping and buying pre-packaged foods: READ LABELS.
Always notice the grams of sugar (glycemic index) will determine your child’s brains reactions to sugar spikes and drops.
Read the ingredients list. If you cannot pronounce the ingredients, try to find an alternative where you recognize the ingredients.
Stay away from preservatives and artificial sweeteners. It is better to have natural sugar, honey or maple syrup.
Kids should not be worried about calories. We should be more concerned with teaching kids about eating healthy fats, healthy carbohydrates, whole grains, fruits, veggies, proteins, and minimally processed foods. These foods will keep their brains and bodies functioning best.
Show your kids labels of foods when they ask questions, teach them so they are informed. Knowledge is Power.
Try to include a fruit and/or veggie everyday. A banana or apple are easy since no cutting necessary. A little container of mixed berries is easy also. Applesauce is a good alternative if no fresh fruit is available!
Carrots, Cucumbers, Celery with a little side of hummus or guacamole is a very brain healthy snack or lunch.
Dont forget some dairy- a yogurt, mini cottage cheese, string cheese, Horizon shelf friendly milk.