3 Healthy Snacks That Don’t Live Up to Their Reputations

3 Healthy Snacks That Don’t Live Up to Their Reputations

dried fruit granola

The goal of most parents is to raise healthy kids. We enroll them in athletics to help them build physical strength and endurance, encourage them to play outside and stay active in their daily lives, and try our best to feed them nutritious foods. Butare these popular food truly nutritious?

If your children willingly eat fruits, vegetables and lean meats, you’re on the right track! However, some days you just need to “grab and go” or get dinner ready in a hurry – and when that happens, pantry staples become our best friend.  There are so many products on the market touted as being “nutritious” or “healthy”.  But when you review the ingredients and read the labels, they’re anything but. Here are three of the top offenders:

#1 – Dried fruits
They are delicious, travel-friendly, and nutritious… except that they are not. Unfortunately, most dried fruits have added ingredients with added sugar topping the list. If it’s a preserved dried fruit, you shouldn’t find any more than two ingredients max: the fruit and possibly a lemon juice or citric acid for preservation purposes.

#2 – Veggie pasta

The term “veggie pasta” is a bit misleading. It’s true that there are some vegetables included in the pasta … however, it still includes starchy white carbs that make up most pastas.  You likely can find pure black bean or edamame noodles or even lentil noodles that give a healthier alternative to the refined wheat in regular noodles. Even whole wheat pasta is a healthier option.

#3 – Granola
Granola is quick, easy, delicious and is perfect for little fingers at snack time. However, it’s not as healthy as we’d like to believe! Always check the label.  Most store-bought granola is loaded with added sugar that comes in the double digits per serving.  That so-called healthy snack often rings in at nearly 200 calories per serving which, in many cases, is just ¼ cup! Opt for a no-sugar added version or, better yet, make it at home.

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