Easy Changes for your Family’s Diet

Easy Changes for your Family’s Diet

If you are trying to cut refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup out of your family’s diet, here are a few snack ideas.

Banana Smoothie

What you will need:

  • 2 Bananas
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Mix in a blender until everything is smooth. Makes a great after school snack or a replacement for milkshakes. Try using local honey; it helps with allergies in the spring. If you want to cut out milk, rice milk is a great substitute.

Ants on a log

This is a nod to childhood. If you’ve never had these they are great after a workout or for beating the midday hunger.

What you will need:

  • Celery
  • Peanut butter or almond butter
  • Raisins or Crasins

Cut the celery into about three- or four-inch lengths fill with the peanut butter and top with the raisins. Good for protein and keeping blood sugar levels stable.

Make oatmeal for breakfast

This does not mean the instant oatmeal that is very tempting to buy when it is so easy to make on busy mornings. Get the real oats and cook up a batch in the morning using dried fruits, honey and raw sugar to make it taste great. Oatmeal is a wonderful food for children and adults to consume in the morning. Oats may lower cholesterol and adds fiber to your diet. Take the extra time to send everyone out the door with good food in them.

Start looking at labels

Did you know that a lot of raw chicken has sodium added to it? High fructose corn syrup may add inches to your middle because it’s not easily digested. Kid’s cereals that say that they are healthier are really not that great for anyone.

Looking at the labels and actually seeing how much salt and corn syrup is in everything that we eat is a real wake up call. Canned vegetables are full of corn syrup and salt, making them not a healthy choice at all. Choose frozen or as fresh as possible when picking up those veggies. Canned fruit is not the best choice either; again go for the fresh or frozen.

Cut out all soda

If you need caffeine like most people in the world, drink coffee or tea. Those drinks are full of antioxidants and are very healthy for you. Soda is salt and corn syrup in a bubbly concoction. It does taste great but may dehydrate you and adds a lot of sodium to your diet. Cutting out soda may also trim your waist line, another great reason to stop. Treat soda like a treat and drink more natural things.

Categories: Diet, Nutrition