5 Classic Kid Snacks that Aren’t as Healthy as You Think They Are

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Published on: March 13, 2017

 

Certain foods have become staples for kids—apple juice, PB & J sandwich, pretzels and many more. They seem like healthy food choices because they are not chips and candies, but are they really nutritious for your growing toddlers? Don’t be fooled! The reality is, these kid classics are not as nourishing as you think they are.

  1. PB & J

This classic favourite is perfect for your kid’s lunchboxes and last-minute meals, but traditional PB & J version on white bread isn’t really nutritionally appealing. Commercial peanut butters are loaded with artery-clogging oils and artificial sweeteners. And spreading it over grape jam adds extra helping of unhealthy sugar. It’s easy to make a healthier alternative, though, by using whole grain or wheat bread, natural peanut butter and thin slices of apples and bananas.

  1. Apple Puree

What could be more wholesome that pureed fruit, right? Think again. Many commercial apple purees today are sweetened with artificial sweeteners and may even be tinted with food colouring. While there are still many nutritious ones out there, you need to know what to look for. When shopping around, look for words ‘unsweetened’ and ‘natural’ on the label. These purees contain no added sugars and artificial flavourings and colouring. Organic versions, which are made from fruits grown in chemical- and pesticide-free farms, are also available in many Singapore supermarkets.

  1. Granola Bars

Granola is healthy, so a granola bar must be a great snack for kids, too. But read the packages of some brands, and you’ll see peanut butter, chocolate chips and caramel on them. They unfortunate truth is that granola bars today are almost as unhealthy as candy bars. Most granola bars are loaded with sweeteners and hydrogenated oils and are very low in protein and fibre in them. Instead of buying granola bars, create a trail mix with dried fruits, whole grain cereals, dark chocolate bits and nuts.

  1. Graham Crackers

These crackers are regulalry served at many playschool and preschools, but they are actually more like cookies instead of crackers. They are usually made with refined flour and artificial sweeteners. Each sheet of graham contains a teaspoon of added sugar. Although some brands are fortified with calcium, it would still be smarter to get this mineral from milk and yogurt.

Your kid’s muscles, bones and immune system are still developing; therefore they need enough nutrients to ensure healthy growth and development. So instead of serving them these snacks, look for a better and healthier alternative for these classic—and unhealthy—snacks.

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