Eating a whole foods diet doesn’t mean that your kids shouldn’t enjoy some fun foods AND that you don’t deserve a break from cooking every once in a while. Here is the lunch I sent to school with the boys today. As you can see, this lunch contains packaged, processed foods. My kids will enjoy this lunch and recognize it is special. They eat really healthy most of the time and make pretty good choices about food when given them, so I think it’s important to treat them. Treating them also helps them not get bored or tired of eating the food I usually give them.
- Annie’s Organic & Aged Cheddar
- Clif Kidz Organic bar
- raw carrots
Macaroni and cheese is easy to make from scratch, but every once in a while this is OK. Now, I am not buying Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. I am buying a brand that is organic, non-GMO, free of hormones, additives, artificial ingredients and preservatives. These were on sale at Publix this week 2 for $3, so I stocked up. This is the solution for the voice that says “it’s too expensive to eat organic”.
Now, let me offer you a quick snapshot of Kraft vs. Annie’s. I don’t think it’s a difficult choice when you see teh ingredient list. Here is the label for Kraft Macaroni and Cheese:
***notice how Kraft labels “artificial color” rather than specifically labeling the food dyes contained in the product….sneaky….
Here is the label for Annie’s Organic:
YES!!! If you want to feed your kids this every night, at least give them the Annie’s! Say no to the GMO wheat, food dyes, artificial ingredients, hormone filled milk and cheese, and additives! Let me reiterate, it is BEST to cook from scratch with whole foods…..make your own macaroni and cheese. There is a great recipe here on 100 Days of Real Food. But when you want a break, at least choose an option with ingredients that you can feel good about.
A word about cost: Cooking from scratch is usually not more expensive, and when you do buy packaged food just try to get it on sale. I have found that when you cook from scratch with real, whole food, less food goes farther. My kids still eat A LOT, but a cycle is not created of their bodies craving more as is the case when they eat processed foods. They will be satiated and have their energy needs met. They are able to focus and perform better in academics and sports. It is amazing! But that is for another post……….