Pack their Lunch with Peace of Mind

Summer is officially winding down and families are getting last minute supplies and snacks to prepare for the first day of school. Between summer camps and vacations, the end of summer also feels like the beginning of a new routine.  Getting your family back into a system of waking up early, eating properly throughout the day and going to bed at a decent time can be a big adjustment, but finding healthy snack options should not be one of them. Navigating grocery stores and nutritional labels can be confusing, so we’ve created a cheat sheet on how to choose snacks you’d feel good about giving to your family.

 

Artificial Sweeteners: You can find sugars in just about anything you consume these days, but the tricky thing to know is whether what you eat contains natural sugars or artificial sweeteners. The American Heart Association recommends children ages 4-8 consume no more than 3 tablespoons of sugar throughout the day, although it has been reported that the average kid consumes around 21 tablespoons a day– that’s 7x more than the daily recommended serving! It’s extremely important to make sure you know when you are consuming sugar throughout the day! Sugars such as sucrose are found naturally in produce such as fresh fruits and some vegetables. Steer clear of ingredient labels with artificially created sweeteners such as aspartame, neotame, saccharin, sucralose and sugar alcohols such as sorbitol. xylitol and mannitol.

Serving sizes: Nutrition labels don’t lie! What you see is what you get, but not neceessarily…always be sure to check the serving size per container. Most beverages and snacks contain about 2-3 servings which means the numbers written on the nutritional fact panel could be double or triple!

Limit bad fats: Not all fats are created equal! We all need fats to maintain a healthy diet, but most fats consumed should be monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats. You can find these fats naturally in nuts, oils and foods such as avocado and salmon. Other fats have little to no nutritional value, so look for items labled with 0g trans-fat and low saturated fat.

Sweet Summertime

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With the end of school in sight, June marks the beginning of summer–3 months of fun means planning 3 months of activities! There are only so many days for the beach, museums and arcades your wallet can afford. Need fun and budget friendly activities to entertain the kids this summer? We’ve got you covered! Check out our Pinterest for some creative activities the whole family can enjoy!

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