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CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
4/14/13 3:19 P

the best alternative is making your own, with ingredients you can identify

CLARK971 SparkPoints: (24,082)
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4/14/13 3:04 P

plain yogurt mixed with fruit?

edit: chobani yogurt tubes have a shorter ingredient list than yoplait gogurt.

Edited by: CLARK971 at: 4/14/2013 (19:50)
JUDITHINC SparkPoints: (3,415)
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4/14/13 1:25 P

The amount of sweetener in the refrigerator bran muffins is way too high. I had to throw all the batter out and start over with .5 cup sugar and one tablespoon stevia. It was kinda sad because .5 cup of stevia was a very expensive mistake. emoticon

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 1,871
4/14/13 12:37 P

Granola bars are usually loaded with sugar and preservatives.....how about a Graham Cracker Square or 2 with milk, a Pear and 1 ounce of light Brie, Baby Carrots with Ranch Dressing as kids just love to dip.

Air popped popcorn is very nutritious...some people are surprised to learn that popcorn is loaded with vitamins and minerals. Add some Parm or Romano Cheese or cinnamon to flavor. Drizzle some dark chocolate (Over 70% cocoa) ontop as Dark chocolate is low glycemic. Walmart has an air popper for $19.99 and the popcorn bags are reasonable too! Probably the best low cost snack as kids need fiber too!

What you say about food has an impact on a child's choice of foods....make food fun and usually children are more receptive....... Some ideas are

Avocado's are Alligator Eggs, meatballs with rice ..porcupines
Carrots are rabbit food....Brocolli a bunch of little trees

You can take garbanzo beans and ligtly coat them with cinnamon and bake for 10 minutes...call them energy balls... if you need to get a childs interest or maybe make

Roasted Apples
Toss unpeeled apple wedges into a little olive oil, pinch of salt and a pinch of thyme. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes....serve as a snack or with turkey, chicken, pork, or beef.

Buy baby spinach as it is milder than the larger leaf kind, add to scrambled eggs for breakfast read them Doctor Zuess Ham and Green Eggs the night before and call breakfast green eggs...you know they are going to try it....or Popeye's muscle food.....or Popeye Burgers with baked sweet potato fries

Make tacos with Refried beans, lettuce and some ground turkey meat, add a dollop of sour cream.

Call Asparagus Jack in the Bean Stalk Trees..You can steam them, boil them, roast them, or have them simply grilled.

Get them involved ...Ask your kids to assist you in making kebabs, cherry tomatoes, ham cubes, black olives, cheese, etc....

Fill celery with cream cheese....Laughing Cow Cream Cheese

String cheese and rolled meat slices like 3 slices of Deli roast beef or Turkey...Walmart has Oscar Mayer Shaved Turkey slice in a family size container. Turkey made into rolls,(Call them Iron Man Logs) add an apple or plum, or cherries which are a low-carb what kid doesn't like cherries or berries. How about Black olives are a great source of vitamin E and healthy fat...or roll Deli roast beef which is almost as low in fat as turkey. Two to three deli slices are less than 150 calories..applesauce cup.

Cut green or red peppers in half... stuff with cooked ground turkey, brown rice and chopped tomatoes, a few kernels of sweet corn.....call them Treasure Chests...You can also cook some sliced carrots until they’re soft and call them “coins. Stuff a whole green or red pepper for hubby.

Make pasta out of zucchini and called them “good luck noodles” because of their green color. or zucchini boats...slice lenghtwise and scoop out middle, add a teaspoon of sweet corn Kernals and a teaspoon of tomatoe sauce mixed with the chopped zucchini from the middle...Bake at 350 until soft...add a cocktail American Flag and call them rescue ships or party boats....or make zucchini coins and bake until golden...call them pirate food.

Cut apples up into bite size portions and make a dip with yogurt

You get the idea and I hope this helps you.

LUV2SURFCHIC Posts: 705
4/14/13 12:19 P

Processed foods. It takes time to make your own, but its worth it.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 1,871
4/14/13 12:09 P

Granola bars are usually loaded with sugar and preservatives.....how about a Graham Cracker Square or 2 with milk, a Pear and 1 ounce of light Brie, Baby Carrots with Ranch Dressing as kids just love to dip.

Air popped popcorn is very nutritious...some people are surprised to learn that popcorn is loaded with vitamins and minerals. Add some Parm or Romano Cheese or cinnamon to flavor. Drizzle some dark chocolate (Over 70% cocoa) ontop as Dark chocolate is low glycemic. Walmart has an air popper for $19.99 and the popcorn bags are reasonable too! Probably the best low cost snack as kids need fiber too!

What you say about food has an impact on a child's choice of foods....make food fun and usually children are more receptive....... Some ideas are

Avocado's are Alligator Eggs, meatballs with rice ..porcupines
Carrots are rabbit food....Brocolli a bunch of little trees

You can take garbanzo beans and ligtly coat them with cinnamon and bake for 10 minutes...call them energy balls... if you need to get a childs interest or maybe make

Roasted Apples
Toss unpeeled apple wedges into a little olive oil, pinch of salt and a pinch of thyme. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes....serve as a snack or with turkey, chicken, pork, or beef.

Buy baby spinach as it is milder than the larger leaf kind, add to scrambled eggs for breakfast read them Doctor Zuess Ham and Green Eggs the night before and call breakfast green eggs...you know they are going to try it....or Popeye's muscle food.....or Popeye Burgers with baked sweet potato fries

Make tacos with Refried beans, lettuce and some ground turkey meat, add a dollop of sour cream.

Call Asparagus Jack in the Bean Stalk Trees..You can steam them, boil them, roast them, or have them simply grilled.

Get them involved ...Ask your kids to assist you in making kebabs, cherry tomatoes, ham cubes, black olives, cheese, etc....

Fill celery with cream cheese....Laughing Cow Cream Cheese

String cheese and rolled meat slices like 3 slices of Deli roast beef or Turkey...Walmart has Oscar Mayer Shaved Turkey slice in a family size container. Turkey made into rolls,(Call them Iron Man Logs) add an apple or plum, or cherries which are a low-carb what kid doesn't like cherries or berries. How about Black olives are a great source of vitamin E and healthy fat...or roll Deli roast beef which is almost as low in fat as turkey. Two to three deli slices are less than 150 calories..applesauce cup.

Cut green or red peppers in half... stuff with cooked ground turkey, brown rice and chopped tomatoes, a few kernels of sweet corn.....call them Treasure Chests...You can also cook some sliced carrots until they’re soft and call them “coins. Stuff a whole green or red pepper for hubby.

Make pasta out of zucchini and called them “good luck noodles” because of their green color. or zucchini boats...slice lenghtwise and scoop out middle, add a teaspoon of sweet corn Kernals and a teaspoon of tomatoe sauce mixed with the chopped zucchini from the middle...Bake at 350 until soft...add a cocktail American Flag and call them rescue ships or party boats....or make zucchini coins and bake until golden...call them pirate food.

Cut apples up into bite size portions and make a dip with yogurt

You get the idea and I hope this helps you.

ERICADURR Posts: 241
4/14/13 11:49 A

I'd suggest making your own snacks. Homemade granola is super duper easy to make, as are snack bars. You may also make some homemade popcicles out of fresh fruit, or just serve the fresh fruit itself as a snack. Smoothies are always a good snack option, and if they like a bit of salt, airpopped popcorn may be a good alternative. :)

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4/14/13 11:25 A

We have two boys (3 and 7 years old) and we eat decent but not great. We eat only 100% whole wheat breads and pastas, brown rice, etc. Lots of fresh fruits and veggies, and drink almost exclusively water and milk. We eat chicken, pork, and Ted
Meat but no one but me will eat fish or shrimp.

My concern is with snacks, breakfasts, etc. we don't eat chips, candy, or fast food. But the ingredient lists on our snacks are appalling sometimes. My kids love yoplait yogurt, goldfish, granola bars, etc and I hate how unnatural and full of crap even those are. Yes, they are better than French fries, cookies, etc but we will have a long way to go

We are on a tight food budget. Does anyone have suggestions for more natural snacks with fewer preservatives/fillers? Or have suggestions for substitutes?

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