The idea for this post is inspired by my sister who’s a busy mom of 3 and wants to eat healthy, but doesn’t always have time to read up on the choices. As a result, she’ll text me, “I’m at the store. What bread should I buy?” (insert any food item for bread). And, because when I’m at the store I love reading ingredient labels and taking pictures of the “good” and the “bad” (I know – weird -and apparently very embarrassing for my kids), I usually have a handy picture on my phone that I can text back to her showing which item she should buy.
So, here are 3 easy switches to make next time you’re at the supermarket. (My kids love cereal for breakfast and pb&j’s for lunch, so these are biggies in our house.)
I found this cereal at Trader Joe’s and my kids LOVE IT! It only has 2 ingredients: puffed wheat, organic agave syrup. Compare to a supposedly “healthy” cereal like Fiber One which is loaded with sugar (3rd ingredient!), corn syrup and preservatives – definitely not the best way to start a day.
I was nervous about making the switch to natural peanut butter, but didn’t need to be. My kids didn’t even notice! Although I’m sure they’d taste a difference now if they tasted the fake stuff. The only ingredients necessary for peanut butter are – peanuts! And, in my opinion, salt which I think makes a big difference in taste. Just look at this Skippy peanut butter – right in between the peanuts and salt they’ve added sugar (2nd ingredient!) and hydrogenated vegetable oils (which is code for “trans fat” – the worst fat out there.) Yuck!
Can’t have a pb&j without the “j”! When we first started eating real food I started making peanut butter and honey sandwiches and those were a big hit – for a while. My youngest still prefers them, but the other 3 wanted jelly like their friends at school. I’ve tried “All Fruit” and this “Super Fruit” spread that I found at Trader Joe’s and they’re all delicious. Fruit is naturally sweet, so it just makes sense to use fruit juice to sweeten the spread. I also like that the Trader Joe version is made with organic fruit. Compare this to the “regular” jelly which has for it’s 2nd and 3rd ingredient high fructose corn syrup and corn syrup. Not hard to see the better choice.
Next time you’re at the supermarket, remember to read those labels (and email me pictures of them! seriously – I love this stuff). And remember that ingredients are listed in order of quantity, so if something is listed is at the top that means it’s a main ingredient.
What “Buy This, Not That” suggestions do you have? Leave them in the comments!