Replacements for Junk Foods Kids Love to Eat
Most kids will not turn down junk food, and once they try it, that’s all they want. My daughter loves Kraft macaroni and cheese and any kind of fruit snacks she can get her hands on. She’s only had Hamburger Helper at someone else’s house, but she came home talking about how amazing their dinner was.
I can’t say that I blame her. I love that stuff, too, and if you put a bowl of any of them in front of me, I’d probably gobble them up. Because they’re pretty irresistible and my daughter asks for them pretty frequently, I like to have a few back-up plans in mind.
Instead of Easy Mac or other Kraft macaroni and cheese, Annie’s Organic Mac and Cheese: This has no artificial colorings, flavorings, or preservatives, and the cheese doesn’t come with a side of growth hormones or antibiotics. It needed a little salt once it was all done, but I’d rather be the one in control of the salt shaker (I added a tiny bit of garlic salt to ours and my daughter went from saying she wasn’t thrilled with it to asking when we could get more).
Instead of Hamburger Helper’s Beef Stroganoff, Annie’s Organic Beef Stroganoff: You can substitute any meat you’d like in either of them, but the Annie’s brand has a very simple ingredients list that gets right to the point.
Can you tell I like the Annie’s brand for convenience meals? They’re not paying me to say I like them! You can find them almost anywhere now. I’ve found the brand in Publix and Target. I’m pretty sure I saw it in Kroger as well.
Instead of fruit snacks, try organic fruit leather: Instead of all the corn syrup and artificial coloring and flavorings, look for fruit leather made from fruit puree and lemon juice. It’s still fun to eat, but much better for the kids (and you, if you like to enjoy a little packet of fruit snacks with them from time to time). If you have the patience, you can even make your own.
What are your favorite healthy alternatives to the junk food your kids like to eat?
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