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Introduce Your Children To Healthy School Lunch Options!

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Introduce Your Children To Healthy School Lunch Options!

Welcome to some alternatives to every day snacks and traditional lunch options that families turn to.  These are healthier and just as tasty for your family.

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You might think that drinks labeled “fruit juice” are a great option for your child but the truth is, some boxed juices can have upwards of 15 grams of sugar per serving, almost the same amount as a can of soda! Instead, try a 100% natural, low sugar option like Coco Joy Kids. The new, naturally fruit-flavored pure coconut water for kids contains no added sugar or preservatives and is only 30 calories.

We avoid fruit juice for our children – it is just too sweet and not at all good for the health of our children.  The Coco Joy Kids drinks are watermelon flavored coconut water.  It is a very mild flavored drink that is quite pleasant (yes I also enjoyed it) and these bottles are just the perfect size for the kids.  And in addition these particular bottles are designed as Fire & Rescue which is a really popular children’s movie right now.  So spark their interest and introduce them to some new flavors with Coco Joy Kids.

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Studies show that people who eat whole grains regularly have a lower risk of obesity, so why sneak in those added benefits through a delicious snack like Lance Whole Grain Cracker Sandwiches. Available in 3 great varieties including Cheddar Cheese, Sharp Cheddar Cheese, and Peanut Butter, Lance Whole Grains contain no trans fat, and a whopping  11 grams of whole grain per serving!

We are a family that loves crackers!  I don’t know many kids that don’t love them and enjoy them.  These Whole Grain crackers are just as tasty as crackers that are not whole grain but much better for you with more grams of whole grain, no trans fat and even has a decent amount of protein.  My favorite is the cheddar cheese – I am not a huge fan of peanut butter.  But my kids – it’s all about the peanut butter.  So why should I give them other crackers when they love these just as much if not better.

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Instead of fueling your child with sugary, high-calorie sodas, offer them a Sparkling ICE! The naturally flavored slightly sparkling water is zero calories, gluten-free, sugar-free and contains fruit juice, vitamins and healthy antioxidants.

My kids would drink soda every minute of the day if they had their way – which of course they do not!  But I do all that I can to still allow them to enjoy the bubbly-ness by exposing them to products such as Sparkling Ice.  They are just sweet enough to keep them excited but without actual sugar and zero calories.  There are even vitamins and antioxidants in these drinks.  The Strawberry Watermelon is amazing!  My daughter loves Pomegranate Blueberry and she could drink that all day long for sure.  They are also drinks that school will not object to.

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If your child has a sweet tooth but you’re weary of giving them a bag full of high-sugar, artificially flavored gummy snacks, go for Welch’s® Fruit Snacks! The convenient 80-calorie pouches of Welch’s® Fruit Snacks provides 100% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C and are gluten-free, preservative free and even come in a reduced sugar variety.

We have had the Welch’s Fruit Snacks plenty of times and they are delicious and my kids’ favorite fruit snack.  We definitely don’t need to be sold on their greatness.  However, we had never tried their PB&J bite sized snacks before (crunchy and creamy).  Actually we had never even seen them before.  We were a little skeptical but let me tell you – they taste exactly like you would expect mini peanut butter and jelly snacks to taste!  I prefer the crunchy but I also like crunchy peanut butter (although I don’t eat alot of peanut butter).  The kids however, are strictly creamy peanut butter kids – hence, they prefer the creamy bites.

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So there you have it – some great healthier snack options that your kids will love and want more and more of.

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