Snacks. We regularly get request for ideas and for them to be quick and easy. We get it. Our kids ask for snacks too. It is something about the word “snack” that they love and not the idea of a meal. We are on an on-the-go society that likes portable so we can keep going on not have to sit down to eat. If you are not quite ready to take that major step of mindful eating then we want to help you make better choices when choosing snacks for you and your kids. Click here to learn the 5 worst snacks and get ideas for healthy snacks that you can feel good about eating and giving your kids.
Watch this quick video to see the dangers of some of the ingredients that might be lurking in your pantry snacks.
Here’s a breakdown of the ingredients in this video you want to avoid:
TBHQ (found in Pop Tarts, Teddy Grahams, and many other packaged foods): In children, this ingredient can cause anxiety, restlessness, and complicate symptoms of ADHD. It is a petroleum-based product that has been linked to tumors in lab rats.
Food Dyes (Red 3, Red 40, Blue 1, Blue 2, Yellow 5 and 6, for example). These are found in everything from Gatorade, M&Ms, Welches fruit snacks and much more. Food dyes can increase hyperactivity and been linked to many cancers.
Excess refined sugar that can be listed as corn syrup, dextrose, high fructose corn syrup. Click here to download our document with the 60 different names for sugar. Too much refined, processed sugar in the diet can lead to diabetes, obesity, and liver problems.
What are good snack options? The key is making sure you balance your snack with protein, fiber, and healthy fats (avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, omega 3’s) to keep your kids full so they are not coming back 5 minutes later asking for another snack.