We were out of town for the weekend so I have yet to do my menu, but I felt like there was a positive response to my HFCS rant and that a lot of you moms out there are curious about how to avoid it. Like I said, I have been working on this for over 2 years! It takes a lot of label reading!!!! I'm really trying to move our family to a whole foods diet. It's a process and I'm trying to give myself grace as I take these baby steps!
As far as High Fructose Corn Syrup goes, the main thing is to avoid prepackaged things as much as possible. It's tough and takes more effort, but it's worth it!! Snack time, for example....it is so much easier to break open a box of fruit snacks! However, it's not that much harder to wash and cut up some fruit...just more effort. I thought I'd share a little list of some healthy snacks that I give my kiddos. I'd love to hear some of your suggestions!! Some of these I fix ahead and just leave in the fridge, that way it's as convenient as tearing open a package of fruit snacks. But I always do fruit and a protien and usually a starch. It's just easier on our bodies to keep things balanced for our blood sugar.
-carrot sticks or grapes portioned into cups
-layered sugar free jello (this is a special treat. i do my best to avoid all artificial sweeteners)
-saltines w/ peanut butter topped w/ raisins and banana slices (check the label! you might have to get these at a natural foods store to avoid HFCS and partially hydrogenated oils! or you could make your own)
-tortilla chips w/ salsa and cheese melted on top
-ham and cheese kabobs (healthy choice has deli meats w/o nitrates)
-banana bread or applesauce bread (healthier sweetened w/ honey, but still a better option than HFCS)
-homemade smoothies, shakes and slushies
-a wide variety of raw fruits and veggies *change up the way you cut them up! for example, instead of carrot sticks, try carrot circles, for apples make apple chips by cutting them in thin circles, or in strips and call them apple fries! get creative! oh, and kids will eat almost anything if you give them a toothpick to eat it w/!!! (be careful w/ those dips...read the label! :)
-applesauce (watch the labels! i get Motts natural no sugar added)
-toast w/ jelly cut into fun shapes (again, watch the jelly labels!)
-graham crackers dipped in yogurt is fun (I'm not sure if there's hfcs in those...probably! i have a recipe if anyone is interested)
-trail mix is great!!!
-apples w/ peanut butter
-toasted pita chips w/ hummus (thanks Ann! ;)
-in the summer, frozen yogurt (w/o hfcs)
-the only Popsicles I had growing up were simply fruit juice poured and frozen in Popsicle molds! Delish!!!!
-and who can leave out cookies and milk
K, that's all I'm able to come up w/ at the moment. Please share your tips for healthy snacks w/o high fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated oils. They are out there, we just have to put some effort into thinking them up and making them! :)