Our ultimate goal with our kids is to get to as close to an “unpackaged food diet” as possible. This means trying to offer as many whole and nutrient-dense foods as we can, avoiding processed and refined flours, sugars, and additives as best as possible. Also, sticky snacks like granola bars, fruit snacks, dried fruits, crackers, and pretzels really can damage teeth if consumed often. Not only do these foods usually contain higher amounts of sugars and artificial ingredients, but they are also STICKY and sit in teeth for long periods of time, breaking down into sugars and acids quickly. Yes, crackers are almost as bad as candy in my mind. This includes most organic, gluten-free, and non-GMO varieties, also. I generally advise you to avoid these go-to snacks as much as you can.
Try to stick to nut/seed crackers (no flours, sugars, etc.), seaweed snacks, dried veggies/chickpeas/edamame, and plain plantain chips if your child needs a salty and crunchy snack. Check with your pediatrician about age-appropriate foods and choking concerns if you have very young children. I know this can be a lot to navigate but remember…small changes have BIG impacts. Simply switching out one processed snack a day and getting back onto an eating schedule will help get your family back on track to optimal health. For more parenting tips, tricks, and support, find me on social media on @doctor_staci or visit nopokids.com.
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