Kids’ Snacks To Watch Out For by Dana Angelo White in Back to School, October 11, 2012
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Fruit & Vegetable Pouches
These squeezable sacks of suckable fruit and veggie concoctions promise mess-less nutrition but you might be getting more sugar than produce – many are sweetened with fruit juice concentrates (check labels). Even if your favorite brand’s recipe does only contain mashed fruits and vegetables, this process will destroy some of the nutrients and fiber. Plus, sucking food out of a pouch doesn’t exactly foster healthy easting habits as far as I’m concerned. Handing off the occasional pouch is fine but these sacs should not become a replacement for good old fruits and veggies.
This kiddie favorite can go either way. Many kid-friendly brands do a good job at providing calcium and protein packed dairy in their yogurt, while others focus more heavily on sugar and artificial colors. Check labels carefully and choose brands with the simplest ingredients lists.
We launched a full out taste test to make sense of the smartest drinkable options – see the results.
Don’t be fooled by cutesy commercials! These pastries aren’t breakfast, they’re dessert in disguise. Look at the ingredient lists on these babies; they’re as long as you arm! Not exactly the best way to start your day. A better (and just as easy) choice – a PB&J or one of our picks for breakfast bars.
Parents might wish their kids would munch on carrot sticks like potato chips but these faux veggies won’t do the job. One ounce (only a small handful) has almost 150 calories and 7 grams of fat. They’re made from highly-processed ingredients like vegetable flours and purees, plus high doses of oil — not exactly farm fresh!
The bars marketed to little ones tend to be the worst culprits! Choose a bar where whole grains and nuts out-rank sugar and other junk.
Tell Us: What snacks do you think are worth watching out for?