Watching our children grow into confident little beings is so touching and it brings so much of our joy to parenting. Bringing my daughter to kindergarten has become one of those milestones for our family recently. My daughter just started kindergarten! Oh my goodness, what a transition. She’s doing so great and I am really proud.
I have been packing her lunches and will continue to do so for years. I feel so good knowing what it is she eats each day and I know that her healthy eating habits will support her brain and development so that she can truly receive all that kindergarten has to offer her this year. I am typically packing a nutritious nut butter or organic meat sandwich on organic bread, some type of crunchie-munchie (organic tortilla chips) and maybe even a small treat (today 2 dark chocolate covered golgi berries!). Her packed snack today was organic apple slices. I let her help me by giving her a couple options as to what type of sandwich she would like, and what type of fruit snack she wants for the school day.
5 Things That Should Not Be In Your Child’s Lunchbox
1. High Fructose Corn Syrup
Lets just say thisâ€¦. MERCURY and HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP should not go hand in hand. Unfortunately, THEY DO! On average, Americans get 10 percent of their calories from High Fructose Corn Syrup.
The guidelines are aimed at pregnant women, women of childbearing age and young children because it is thought that the young developing brain in fetuses and infants is the organ at greatest risk from harm to even low levels of mercury. For these vulnerable populations exposed to mercury during development, the evolving science suggests there may be no level of mercury exposure that can be considered totally safe.
Excerpt from our post: Foods Targeted For Our Kids Contain High Fructose Corn Syrup and Mercury
2. Pesticides on Conventional Food
Eating a healthy and whole diet is a sure way of investing in the long-term health and well-being of our children. Many conventional foods contain toxic levels of pesticides!
Scientists have linked children’s exposure to pesticides to many different health effects – the health outcome can depend on the type of pesticide, the level of exposure, and – sometimes most critically – the timing of exposure in relation to a child’s development. Some of the strongest linkages have been found between pesticides and impacts on a child’s developing nervous system, including serious developmental delays. Studies have also found linkages with childhood cancers including leukemia, birth defects, low birth weight, and reproductive effects in adulthood from exposure during infancy or childhood, including low sperm count and infertility. If exposure levels are high, short term effects can include dizziness and nausea, rashes and immune system suppression.
Excerpt from our post Eliminating Pesticides And Their Magnified Dangers In Our Children
Here are more fabulous articles with tips on how to eat pesticide free:
3. Artificial Flavorings
Artificial Flavorings are made up of hundreds of combinations of chemicals, both natural and synthetic. Many are not safe for our kids!
A popular flavoring agent is “vanillin” also listed as “vanilla flavoring” This flavoring agent is made from the waste product of paper mills. Instead, look for “pure vanilla” on the label. MSG, salt and sodium containing agents are popular food additives. MSG has been linked to brain damage and infertility in laboratory animals and many people who eat MSG complain of headaches, chest pains and numbness. It’s primarily used to intensify flavor in meats, condiments, pickles, soups, candy and baked goods.
Excerpt from our post Important Nutrition Do’s and Don’t for Baby and Child
4. Sodium Nitrate in Processed Meats
With convenience and cost being two prime factors as to what ends up in the shopping cart these days, eating habits are changing for many families. Unfortunately, many of these “convenient foods” come highly processed, and this poses a threat to our babies and children.
Sodium nitrate in processed-meats such as hot dogs, pepperoni, ham and sandwich meat often found in children’s frozen lunches.
Find out more about what’s hiding in processed meats:
5. Growth Hormones and Antibiotics
Is rBGH really all that bad?
The statistics show that babies as young as one year old are developing breasts and tots as young as 4 are having menstrual bleeding! This may persuade you to lift an eyebrow. Not only do these hormonal imbalance dangers minimize as consumption of milk is reduced for these babies and children, but countries world wide have straight up banned rBGH from being used on dairy cows. Hummmm (both eyebrows raised). Twenty- seven European nations, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Canada have banned all use of rBGH to protect their people from this dangerous catastrophe.
Excerpt from our post rBGH And Monsanto’s Dirty Secrets: Banned in 31 Countries But Not USA
Find out more about hormones and antibiotics in our children’s foods here:
There are yet even more things to avoid in our children’s foods. GMOs, artificial colorings, and more. Please make healthy food choices for your children this year and may your school year be full of nourishment and growth in many ways.