Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Healthy Alternatives To School Lunches

According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past 30 years, a frighteningly high statistic for the youth of America. Why not offer children healthy and delicious alternatives to everyday snacks and lunchbox go-tos, such as the items highlighted below!
That juice box might not be as healthy as you think. You might think that drinks labeled fruit juice are a great option for your child but the truth is, some boxed juices can have upwards of 15 grams of sugar per serving, almost the same amount as a can of soda! Instead, try a 100% natural, low sugar option like Coco Joy Kids. The new, naturally fruit-flavored pure coconut water for kids contains no added sugar or preservatives and is only 30 calories.
If your child has a sweet tooth but you're weary of giving them a bag full of high-sugar, artificially flavored gummy snacks, go for Welch's Fruit Snacks! The convenient 80-calorie pouches of Welch's Fruit Snacks provides 100% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C and are gluten-free, preservative free and even come in a reduced sugar variety.
Pass on the pop! Instead of fueling your child with sugary, high-calorie sodas, offer them a Sparkling ICE! The naturally flavored slightly sparkling water is zero calories, gluten-free, sugar-free and contains fruit juice, vitamins and healthy antioxidants.
Studies show that people who eat whole grains regularly have a lower risk of obesity, so why sneak in those added benefits through a delicious snack like Lance Whole Grain Cracker Sandwiches. Available in 3 great varieties including Cheddar Cheese, Sharp Cheddar Cheese, and Peanut Butter, Lance Whole Grains contain no trans fat, and a whopping 11 grams of whole grain per serving!

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