With school starting soon for many kids in this country, parents are scrambling trying to buy school supplies, choosing the right clothes, and deciding what to pack for their kids lunches. It’s easy to just pick up whatever is offered in the grocery stores because well, they are really convenient. And while some of us may have grown up eating the conventional snacks or food every day, most of us are also aware of the dangers of eating unhealthy foods on a regular basis. Especially for kids and their growing bodies and brains.
Being a parent is tough enough without having to guess at the foods that if offered to us nowadays. And while convenience wins out on purchases most of the time, in reality, all we have to do is take a bit more time to research on the type of foods that are better for our children. If you shop in natural grocery stores, major chain stores like Target or Walmart, and supermarkets, you already see some of the popular natural and organic foods that are sold at those venues. And it’s a good thing that natural and more wholesome foods are readily available for us.
So what if it’s your child’s first time entering school this year? There are already anxieties from both sides and we want to ease those fears and trepidation with the right lunch or snack for our kids. In fact, feeding your child healthier versions of snacks and food actually helps them learn better and have better moods. We all know that if they’re grumpy in school, it’s going to be a tough day for them and the people they are at school with. Avoiding unhealthy ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors and preservatives help maintain the natural balance in your child’s body. They feel better in the long run and so do you when they are their usual smiling and happy selves.
The publisher of “Label Lessons”, a series of in-depth and useful books on a comparison of healthy foods and their unhealthy counterparts, have come out with a new book called, “Label Lessons: Unjunk Your Kid’s Lunch Box”. Similar to their other Label Lessons books, the Unjunk Your Kid’s Lunch Box has information, news, and ideas for healthier food options for your children. And as always the book is illustrated and well written with facts and information that you really can’t just get anywhere else without doing your own extensive research. I love reading all the Label Lessons books because they are handy guides for when you do your grocery shopping.
While Unjunk Your Kid’s Lunch Box is a shorter version of their other books, you do still get insights of what conventional foods contain as compared to healthier versions. And although this book doesn’t list all of the possible food companies out there, you do get an idea of the most popular food choices for kids in the natural and organic categories. One of the highlights of the book is the “Scary Seven” which is a comprehensive list of the most hazardous ingredients found in most conventional foods today. Ingredients such as High Fructose Corn Syrup, Trans Fat, and artificial preservatives are among the things we need to avoid on a daily basis. Kids are especially susceptible to these kind of ingredients since their bodies are readily growing and developing. Teaching our kids to eat healthy begins with what we offer them at home.
I’ve been a long time advocate of healthy eating and living and trying to teach my son the good habits at an early age and converting my husband isn’t always a fun job. As parents, we should learn from our past mistakes and trust our own instincts. Often it’s too easy to succumb to the world of “others” – whatever someone else is doing should be okay too, right? Well, that all depends on how you want to live your life and raise your kids. The best options out there are to do your own research and understand that healthy eating comes from early childhood. So don’t be afraid to step out of the norm and give your kids healthier snacks and food options.
For a free download of the book, “Label Lessons: Unjunk Your Kid’s Lunch Box”, please download it here: : http://naturallysavvy.com/labellessons2
Good luck and have fun preparing your kids for school this year!
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