If you are a mother of small children then you are a mother of a child who has moments of defiance with food. Sure, there are some kids who are moreÃ‚Â agreeableÃ‚Â than others, but most kids give their parents a hard time at some point or another when it comes to food.
Additionally, when you have sweet temptations sitting next to the healthier options, it’s hard for the impulsive young ones to choose something that’s good for them. The best we can do is offer our kids quality options most of the time so when the backyard barbecues come with cupcakes, cookies and cheesy Doritos and the staples for summer, we don’t have to cringe nearly as much.
One option that I’ve found at my local wholesaler is Sensible Portions Veggies StrawsÃ‚Â - they come in large 20 oz bags for about $4.00 per bag at Costco. It’s a great deal. The straws are made from potatoes and flavored with tomato and spinach. They are lightly dusted with salt and have a nice crunch to them. Being a chip lover myself, I am a big fan and all of my snack happy kids love them as well.
The fantastic part about this particular snack is you can have a significant portion for very little caloric impact. Here’s the breakdown:
38 veggies straws = 130 caloriesÃ‚Â
That, my friends, is a beautiful thing.
Add in the fact that they are made from real vegetables, it’s a great way to have your kids start developing a more refined palette. At least…that’s what I keep telling myself. If they eat the spinach and tomato flavored snack, eventually they might eat the salad, right?
The point is, you have to choose healthier options for your kids and you can’t assume that they won’t like it simply because it says “veggie” on it. Many parents make those assumptions and keep picking up the same ol’ junk and with obesity rates sky rocketing these days – (1 in 4 children are obese!) it’s on us to make changes so our children can live healthy lives.
So lose the Doritos and bring in the Veggie Straws.
What healthy snack options have you found for your kids?Ã‚Â
Image: Sensible Portions