I have a number of mom clients, who say they eat junk food because I have to buy it for the kids.Â Really your kids have that much control of what you buy and how you eat. Well times have certainly changed since I was a kid. Â Our after school snacks werenâ€™t sugar filled. My diabetic grandmother took care of us after school, so sugary treated werenâ€™t an option.Â I didnâ€™t realize that yogurt was a health food until the 8th grade, I thought everyone ate it. How naive was I that I also thought raisins, I mean actual non-coated raisins were candy.
Letâ€™s stop using our kids as the excuse to buy/eat junk food.Â Here are some options that your kids and you may like.
- Fresh/Frozen (no sugar added) fruits â€“ berries, bananas, oranges, pineapple, melons or apples
- Fresh veggies (hold the ranch dipping sauce) (need a dipping sauce try hummus) â€“ celery, baby carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, mushroom or jicama
- Dried fruit/veggies â€“raisins, prunes, dates, figs, berries, green beans, carrots, parsnips
- Nuts â€“ pistachios, almonds, walnuts
Have other suggestions; just leave them in the comments below.