Healthy food choices

Well, it’s the middle of August and BTS is just around the corner.  BTS? (Back to school).

I don’t know what it’s like in your house, but I know in mine the school lunches are a mixed bag or love and hate.  I love putting great healthy meals together for them…I hate doing it day in and day out, times 3 children.  You start to lose options after October and it feels like you’re putting the same things in every day.

So, to help prepare you for the inevitable, “Mom, I don’t like that, or why can’t I have those?” I thought I would offer some options and what we do in our house to give you some help in good choices for your little ones.

Oh, and I know the pre-packaged, prepared with preservatives, probably not real food options are real easy and save time, but try to avoid these for obvious reasons.

Fruit cocktail in heavy syrup or Fruit?

Choose Fruit

Why: Fruit is nature’s candy! It is an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.  Fruit is an essential part of any healthy diet. However, any fruit canned in syrup adds sugar that you don’t need or want + I don’t think it even tastes like fruit once you destroy it. A ½ cup serving of syrupy fruit cocktail contains 24g of carbohydrate and 23g of sugar. (Think of the teachers for goodness sake…20 kids times 23 grams of sugar = ARGHH)

Craisins, raisins or other dried fruit?

Choose Raisins

Why: Craisins, while sounding exotic and daring, are just sugar-coated dried cranberries and sunflower oil(crazy!). Need I say more?   As far as dried fruit goes, raisins are about the best.  Just like regular fruit as far as nutrition goes, but punched into a tiny little container.  Other dried fruit options are numerous, but beware honey or sugar-coated.  Secret tip…frozen green grapes!! Awesomeness

Pasta Salad or egg salad

Choose: Egg Salad

Why: Pasta salad, even healthier option pasta, is still just carbohydrates (sugar) which will just get stored as fat. Eggs are a good combination of protein, carbohydrates, minerals and if you use Olive Oil Mayo, you get a healthy fat! Egg salad is quick & easy to make.

More next week to help you prepare!!

 

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