When R was a little baby Matt and I watched the Katie Couric movie, Fed Up. If you haven’t seen it, it’s about the obesity epidemic in America and how sugar in processed food is a huge cause. A portion of the movie talked about how all of this sugar affected children too. This part especially stuck with us.
So as R is growing up I try to be incredibly conscious of the processed foods and added sugars that are in the food I feed R. My friends probably think I’m a little crazy but I’m hoping that I can teach R how to make good choices with food.
Now don’t get me wrong, we still enjoy going out to eat. I just make sure that when we are eating at home we make sure to stick to healthy eats. Here is an example of a daily menu for R:
Breakfast: One egg, plain greek yogurt, and blueberries – The only whole fat greek yogurt I’ve found consistently is Fage so we go with that. I never even realized how much sugar is added to the flavored yogurts! Now we use greek yogurt for everything (it replaces mayo, sour cream and cream)
Lunch: Half a PB&J sandwich, avocado and fruit – I use “healthy” bread, although bread really isn’t healthy ha, All Natural Peanut Butter, and homemade Jam (I LOVE making my own) so the peanut butter and jam have no added sugars and bread has very little
Snacks: Cheese stick, hummus & veggies, freeze dried fruits
Dinner: This one varies a lot, just depends on what we are eating but this is where we try to get her most of her veggies and meat (my kid will definitely never be a vegetarian ha)
Costco is also a great place to find healthy, no sugar added, and organic snacks for the little ones. They have an apple sauce R is obsessed with, fruit leathers,blueberry seed bars, and more. Unfortunately they tend to rotate through all of these goodies so you never know what you’re going to get on any given trip. I also try to make fun snacks to have on hand too. In the picture there are blueberry oatmeal muffins, they use honey, and broccoli cheese balls that are deliciously yummy! Plus the homemade jam, I’ll share that recipe soon!
So I’m no where near perfect. We love Mod Pizza, Chipotle and lots of other eating out but that’s why I try to focus on eating healthy when we are at home. It’s all about balance, the 80/20 rule. I’m better at sticking to it for R than I am for myself, but I’m getting there 🙂
What are your favorite healthy snacks for the kiddos?