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Hauntingly Healthy Foods

Hauntingly Healthy Foods

Packing lunches and snacks for your kids, your spouse, and even yourself can be a chore. However, it is an effective cost saving strategy and allows you to exhibit control over the food that you and your family consume.

Sadly, far too many families get by on lunchmeat sandwiches and potato chips, often missing the chance to really fuel their bodies and make the most of their nutritional choices. This is especially prevalent with children, as it’s easy to send them to school with the things they like to eat, rather than hearing them complain about what you packed them. Worse yet, letting them buy the school pizza every day with a soda.

So, how can you pack excellent foods that lead to better nutrition, better bodies, and still taste great?

  1. Replace the worst offenders
    1. Sodas, energy drinks, and sugary tea.
      1. The last thing anyone needs is a massive spike of sugar (often times 60 to 80 grams in a can) and caffeine in the middle of their day.
      2. Instead pack seltzer waters, lightly sweetened teas, and fruit juices that at least provide nutrient density to match its sugar content.
    2. Candy, Chips, and Cookies
      1. These snack foods have more sugar and fats than they do nutrients, which taste great – sure, but will lead to many issues including: obesity, cavities, diabetes, and more.
      2. Replace them with healthy nuts, dried fruits, dark chocolate bites, FITCRUNCH protein bars or brownies, and even homemade chips that are baked
      3. Sliced pineapple, oranges, banana, watermelon, grapes, and strawberries can be a delicious dessert that provides nutrients as well as that sweet flavor you crave.
  1. Upgrade the Main Course
    1. A lunch meat sandwich is going to leave most people hungry
      1. It’s just not enough protein and substance to fill you up and leave you feeling satisfied. So, pack sliced chicken or turkey on your sandwich bread and surround it with spinach, kale, lettuce, and some tomatoes.
      2. Pack a salad, or a meal that requires only a few minutes reheating.
      3. Focus on foods that give you plenty of nutrients (vegetables) and fill you up (fibrous grains)
  1. Drink More Water
    1. The average person walks around very dehydrated
      1. Having more coffee isn’t an answer to your exhaustion and thirst. It’s only making the problem worse.
      2. Increase your water intake to at least half your bodyweight in ounces. (so, if you weigh 150 pounds, then you’ll consume at least 75 oz.)
      3. Drink frequently

Snack time can be incredibly frustrating for all of us. We want what we want, and we often don’t want to consider the ramifications of some chips, a sugary beverage, or a lazy sandwich. Yet, when we do we can often set the tone for ourselves, our kids, and our family as a whole to live a better, healthier life.