While searching for lunchbox inspiration, I stumbled upon Raising Little Foodies on Instagram. Not only was I inspired by the healthy and nutritious ideas, I discovered a few new products. I will definitely be trying Frooze Balls (plant-powered energy balls not pictured here), Pipcorn, and the dye-free chocolate covered sunflower seeds from Trader Joe’s.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released a policy statement, Food Additives and Child Health, reporting growing evidence that some chemicals found in food colorings, preservatives, and packaging materials may be harmful to children’s health. According to this AAP policy statement, more than 10,000 chemicals are allowed to be added to our food in order to preserve, package, or modify the taste, appearance, texture, or nutrients. The AAP further discusses the link between worsening ADHD symptoms when consuming artificial colors as well as how food additives negatively affect children’s development. At Fitzgerald, students are provided daily snacks consisting of organic fruits and vegetables along with an occasional treat of Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies.
Peanut butter banana roll-ups
Snap pea crisps
Dye-free chocolate covered sunflower seeds from Trader Joe’s