Why we love the book Eat This Not That! For Kids by David Zinczenko! Full of Better Choices we Could Make When Shopping and also out for Dinner.
If you’ve been wanting to make better nutritional choices for your kiddos and family but not sure where to start, Eat This Not That! for Kids is a must read!
While at the public library last weekend I came across this book that immediately caught my eye. It did have catchy font and an appealing title to me as a mom of two (soon to be three) kiddos. I had picked up Eat This Not That! For Kids by David Zinczenko and quickly skimmed through a few pages to decide whether this was going to make it home with us or hit the shelf again.
It didn’t take long to realize I had hit the jackpot for our nutritional health!
Why we Love This book
-Super simple categories to find what your looking for easier
-Layout enhances readability
-Restaurant guides for making healthier choices
-Grocery store tips for more nutritional options
-10 kid favorites made healthy
-Make fitness fun and not “work” tips to get active with your kiddos
This book has a simple layout, as you can see above, that compares products. From breads to cereals, Eat This Not That! points out things like what options have the most nutritional value or what is crammed with sugar. I love how one side has basically the “good” choices and the other page is “bad”.
Some of the “Not This!” Things I Was Guilty Of
More of a natural lifestyle is how I like to live. A big part of that is eating cleaner and making the best food choices I can to help my kiddos thrive nutritionally. It came to a huge surprise to me that I too was guilty, I regularly buy things I now regret but had no idea.
-Nature Valley Oats ‘N Honey Granola Bars (2 bars) 11 g sugar & 6 g fat, only 2 g fiber
-Thomas Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin (1 muffin) 9 g sugar & only 2 g fiber
-Oscar Meyer 1/3 Less Fat Turkey Franks (1 dog) 8 g fat & 510 mg sodium
-Sun-Maid Raisins (1/4 cup) 29 g sugar
-Nabisco Wheat Thins (16 crackers) 6 g fat & 260 mg sodium
Changes I will Make After Reading Eat This, Not That! For Kids
Most of the products I was purchasing regularly contained high amounts of sodium, so this is something I will check more closely when purchasing my groceries. Sugars or high fructose corn syrup was always one of my main concerns, but now I know to check for added sugar alternatives like maltose, dextrose, glucose, sorghum, sorbitol, barley malt, brown rice sugar, fruit juice, turbinado, honey, and organic cane juice. Some of them may sound good or healthy but they’re still unnecessary added sugars.
Reassurance My Efforts Have Been Beneficial
Every parent loves hearing words of appraisal, such as “Good job!” can even do the trick. This wonderful novel has made me feel I am headed down the right path to better nutrition by already making some smarter food choices to feed my family. I call them “half-ass whole grain” products that I avoid, which means their ingredients aren’t all truly whole grain. Check that each flour in the ingredients says “whole” next to it. Avoiding trans fats, so the lower the better or none at all is my go-to! Also, the less ingredients the better, especially when you can understand and are familiar with them all is preferred.
For such an affordably low price of $4, I went and purchased my own copy to refer back to. click the link/Image below to read more about this nutritional guide for parents and get your own copy!
Eat This and Not That! for Kids Only $4 at Walmart!
What do you think about this approach on bettering our kiddos nutrition? What steps do you take to make healthier choices for your family? Are you guilty too of unknowingly making bad choices? Let us know in the comments below!
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