My latest video is on the best and worst ingredients in foods targeted to kids. For my family, I follow a pretty simple rule. When I grocery shop for packaged foods (which is the smallest part of my grocery bill), I do my best to avoid any food that has non-food ingredients. This pretty much eliminates all junk and any product with chemical additives. I also avoid all refined sugar which again, pretty much eliminates 95% of packaged foods because sugar is in EVERYTHING.
For this video I had to purchase crappy processed foods full of sugar and food additives like artificial colouring and flavouring for a little show-and-tell. I was terribly embarrassed knowing full well I would return everything and worrying that someone might see and wonder why I, as a holistic nutritionist and mama, was buying garbage food. (I asked my husband to return everything when we finished filming, LOL).
Not surprisingly, all the processed foods I purchased were at eye level on the shelf and they all had flashy, brightly coloured packaging. In fact, when I brought the bag of crappy treats home Vienna was extremely curious about everything I'd purchased because it looked "fun".
Food marketers are smart, but unfortunately they don't give a crap about what goes in your food because if they did have some level of responsibility, they'd make a change.
This is why it's up to you as a parent, and as a consumer, to be a food detective!
But lucky for us, there are many brands doing it right. That's why I LOVE Love Child Organics and Vienna has been enjoying their snacks since she was 6 months old. Even though I try to make everything from scratch, it's not always possible.
After watching my video, the main thing I want you to remember is that just because something is on the grocery store shelf doesn't mean it's safe to eat but at least you'll be well-informed on the best and worst ingredients.
I'm sure you'll be shocked when you find out how much sugar is in a typical brand of "fruit-on-the-bottom" yogurt, oh my!
There are many delicious foods you can make yourself so that you can avoid buying packaged foods. I really limit buying food in a package period. You may already know that I love Leah's cookbook, who is the founder of Love Child Organics. She has a great book called It All Begins with Food. I've made many of her recipes and this one I've made numerous times:Not Your Mama's Meatloaf -- you've gotta try it!
This recipe is full of whole-food ingredients, it's got tons of flavour and it's bite-sized! Making it perfect size for little ones.
I hope you found this post useful and if you've been a reader for a while now, there was probably nothing new to you but at least a gentle reminder. Please pass this video along so others