Packets of fruit snacks seem to be everywhere, from birthday party goody bags to pee-wee soccer sidelines. But here’s the thing: They are neither fruit nor a healthy snack.
By blog team member, Kiran. To learn more about Kiran, check out our team page! I’ve been seeing commercials recently for Sargento Balanced Breaks, and it got me thinking. First off, I think this is a fairly good alternative for on-the-go snacking. Cheese, nuts, and dried fruit mean you’re getting a decent dose of dairy and protein (8 grams total) which is great for fueling on the go. And yes, I realize that sometimes life gets in the way – hello kids activities, travel, or the never-ending to-do list, I gotcha. Sometimes purchasing a packaged product is the only option, and it’s great to have some decent alternatives. But with a little planning ahead, it’s simple to make your own snack packs. It’s quick and easy, but how do the prices compare? I break that down for you too. What’s in the Product Let’s start out by taking a look at what’s included in this product (as taken from their site): Ingredients Gouda Cheese [Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes, Annatto (Vegetable Color), Natamycin (A Natural Mold Inhibitor)], Dried Fruit and Nut Blend [Peanuts, Cranberries, Sugar, Contains less than 2% of Honey, Maltodextrin, Modified Potato Starch, Salt, Vegetable Oil (Peanut, Cottonseed, Soybean and/or Sunflower Seed), Xanthan Gum]. A few of these items are ones that I’d note and not be too excited about eating: Maltodextrin, which can sometimes be a hidden source of MSG and definitely not something I’d cook with at home Modified Potato Starch, usually used as a binder or thickening agent – again not something I’d cook with at home Vegetable Oil – here is why we avoid these And of course, if you make it yourself, you can make it organic – something that we always suggest when feasible. Here’s a quick reminder why. How to Make Your Own […]
When our family switched to real food, both my husband and I lost weight. However, our greatest accomplishment was with our kids’ eating habits, especially my picky kid.
Here’s another installment in my School Lunch Roundup series! I know some readers love to sit down and look at these pictures with their kids so they can point out what they want (and, more importantly, what they’ll actually eat!).
I never thought I would be a label reader. But here I am 3 years after I started changing my habits, and I now read every single ingredient label.
There’s nothing better than reinventing old favorites and that’s exactly what my 9-year-old and I did recently with our waffle maker! A waffle maker is a great first appliance for big kids to use, so this is a good way to get them excited about being creative in the kitchen.
It’s been a while since I’ve added to my NUT-FREE School Lunch Roundup series, so here you go! Whether your child has an allergy or goes to an allergy-friendly school, there are still lots of real food options to pack.
Today I want to share one way to deal with all the candy you end up with this time of year as well as some real food for Halloween or fall-themed parties (new recipe included!).
Cereal bars sure are convenient, but the packaged ones leave a lot to be desired. Today’s recipe for homemade Whole Wheat Cereal Bars includes black walnuts – something I honestly had never heard of before working with Hammons.
Here’s another installment in my School Lunch Roundup series! I know some readers love to sit down and look at these pics with their kids so they can point out what they want (and, more importantly, what they’ll actually eat!).
Teaching your kids cooking skills is no new topic on this blog… and for good reason! Cooking [from scratch] is “the single most important thing we could do as a family to improve our health and general well-being” according to Michael Pollan. Learning how to cook takes time and practice and, since most schools don’t teach this important life skill, it’s up to us as the parents to make sure it happens! I think the first step to get your kids interested in cooking is to give them the confidence they can do it. We’ve shared recipes and other ways to get things started with you and your kids in the past, but I’ve come to realize that you (thankfully) don’t have to be their only teacher. Our family has recently discovered the plethora of classes and camps out there with a focus on cooking from scratch. I honestly did not even realize cooking camps existed until this year, and once I told my kids about it they were so excited to go this summer! Cooking Classes for Kids I’ve personally taken a few cooking classes myself, but the idea to involve my kids first started when we gave our daughter a class as a gift for her 11th birthday. I wrote all about it on the blog, and since then I’ve taken a sushi making class with my other daughter (her choice!) and both girls have loved the experience. Not to mention it was nice quality time together doing something we both could enjoy. Even the most seasoned cooks can learn new skills or different ways to do things at a class! We took our classes at the Whole Foods cooking school (called Salud!) here in Charlotte, but I’ve seen other options in our area at local restaurants (including Passion8) as well as kitchen stores (such as Williams-Sonoma). Just be sure […]