Saturday, July 3, 2010

More healthy snacks for my kids

nutrition geekery/

The goal for the day is to bake/make a bunch of healthy snacks for the kids so that instead of sending the to get a granola bar mid afternoon, or a bear paw, they get something that has more nutritional value. I wonder if I can make pumpkin granola bars for them?

Look at the number of times SUGAR appears in one of their favorite snacks.

Ingredients: Granola (rolled oats, rolled whole wheat, brown sugar, sunflower oil, fructose-glucose, dried coconut, honey, a few other things) more glucose, chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, salt, vannilin), crisp rice (rice flour, sugar, barley malt, salt) glycerin, sunflower oil, sugar, sorbitol, salt, molasses, flavours, soy lecithin, veggie oil

*guilt guilt guilt*

The more I read about nutrition, the more I can't believe I stopped  paying attention to my family's diet. Here's the added sugar recommendation from the USDA:

Significantly reduce intake of foods containing added sugars and solid fats because these dietary components contribute excess calories and few, if any, nutrients. In addition, reduce sodium intake and lower intake of refined grains, especially refined grains that are coupled with added sugar, solid fat, and sodium.

And I love this recommendation from the USDA's 2010 report on Dietary Guidelines for Americans:

Shift food intake patterns to a more plant-based diet that emphasizes vegetables, cooked dry beans and peas, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. In addition, increase the intake of seafood and fat-free and low-fat milk and milk products, and consume only moderate amounts of lean meats, poultry, and eggs.

/nutrition geekery

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