It’s a sad fact that many brands market kid friendly products as natural or organic, while masking ingredients that may not be healthy at all. An “all-natural” snack could in fact contain xanthan gum, a bacteria produced sugar “slime” that comes from corn, soy or wheat. Even an organic juice can be loaded with too much sugar.
Even though millions of dollars are spent on a court settlements due to deceitful labels on synthetically produced products or for using terms like “evaporated cane juice” instead of sugar, families are still consuming an outrageous amount of harmful, processed food without even knowing it.
However, as a consumer you have the power to look behind that pretty “all-natural” banner that can be so dominantly placed on a product. Pick it up, turn it around and read the label. How many grams of sugar? Is there enough fiber to absorb the sugar? What about the ingredients? If you find yourself confused, Facebook us your questions!
- Check out the labels of the products you put in your kids’ lunches or eat on a regular basis.
- If you find dissatisfying nutritional info, let your kids and family know what you found and explain why the additives are harmful and how good nutrition can boost their brains and bodies.
- Stock up on Kids MVP and Power Kids so you can use them as ingredients for healthy replacement recipes (see below for some samples).
- Get your kids involved with the planning, cooking and sampling of the new alternative snacks.
- Stay consistent to make sure the changes stick.
Wholesome alternatives for:
The Salty Craving: Coco-Lina Popcorn
The Sweet Tooth: Healthy “Reese’s”
The Juice Lover: Just one scoop of Power Kids with 8-10oz of cold water in a shaker bottle.
The Lunch Box: Kids MVP Chocolate Energy Bites