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Healthy Choice Food and Drinks For Our Children

Updated on February 21, 2019
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I opt for the foods with the least amount of additives and chemicals, so whether organic or less fillers, go for healthy!

Healthy Food Choices for School Children

Fresh or Low in Additives is Healthier

Back to school means packed lunches or hot school lunches, but either way, the children need good nutrition. Fresh or less additives added to food and snacks are my choice for children at all times because they are made without all the high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, allergy trigger dyes and tons of preservatives. These precious ones trust us older ones to provide them with proper nutrition that will help keep them from an overload of unhealthy foods. Of course, if your child has a food allergy, you must be diligent to provide them healthy and safe choices.

An Apple a Day

Wholesome, Healthy Foods on the Rise

The old phrase "An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away" is not a fable. It's been proven that children who eat more fresh fruit and vegetables stay healthier than kids who eat mostly processed foods. Organic and wholesome, fresh foods are on the rise as parents discover the many chemicals that are added into the food chain and sprayed onto the fruit. While ADD, ADHD, Crohns Disease, obesity and to many other illnesses are invading the younger generation.

The most important meal for school children is the breakfast and too many are eating cereal and sugary carbs that zap their energy and provide little healthy nutrients for a growing child. Studies show that school children's brains function much better with a nutritious, healthy breakfast. USA Today reported that research proves that people need protein rich breakfast foods such as eggs, meat, hot cereal, free-range butter, coconut, and fruit to start the day off and keep their energy levels up there. Protein and good fats help a child's brain and body develop right.

Probiotic foods are in the news and very crucial to keep a child's digestive system healthy and also a good way to avoid too many antibiotics. Many probiotic foods can be made at home such as kombucha, lacto-fermented pickles and keifer which my large family loves!

School lunch programs provide food from the required food groups, but they are making more changes away from canned, processed and frozen foods, and trying to add more fresh fruit, vegetables and complex carbs. It is the parent's responsibility to make sure that their child is getting the right nutrients every day at home or school.


Children Need to Learn the Right Food Choices

Children can be taught what to select as healthy, while they grow older. One good way to do that is to teach them about early American farmers and how families ate from fresh gardens. How our ancestors fermented their foods for preservation before there were refrigerators and how fermenting actually provides much-needed enzymes, lactic acid and nutrients not found in many processed foods. Give them examples of fresh food versus chemical laden foods and data on the difference in health of people who eat wholesome compared to processed food and drinks. Their drinks should be mostly water or pure, unsweetened juice, fermented drinks, not sugary juice boxes or sodas that offer no health benefits.

What kind of food should the children bring to school or eat after school?. This organic food guide will help you to know what has more pesticides sprayed on it and is helpful to determine which foods to buy.

These wholesome foods and snacks are a good choice for the kids and a lot of them can be made at home, saving money in the long run.

  1. fruits
  2. vegetable slices and sticks
  3. nuts and seeds
  4. raw goat cheese
  5. organic jerky
  6. hard-boiled free-range eggs
  7. salads
  8. lacto-fermented pickles and veggies
  9. sprouted bread sandwiches
  10. Homemade keifer

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    John R Wilsdon 

    4 years ago from Superior, Arizona

    A lot of good information here. It will help me when feeding the grand kids. Thanks.

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    Robyn D Bera 

    8 years ago from California

    Love it. I eat only organic and non GM. I wish more parents would realize the impact our food system is having on our kids. Voted up and shared!

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    8 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

    I agree with this especially because of all the whole MONSANTO thing going on now for several years and quietly tucked into our lives by the President and the Congress latest "quiet" bill on food. I'm not a fan of GMO foods in general and my wife and I try to stay on a 90 percent organic diet. This is a great guide for people who need help to know how to take care of their kids. Great job, voting up and sharing!

  • jseven profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Michigan

    Thanks Wesman, I love the button dance and have learned it with so many great writers here like you! Eating healthy is a challenge these days with all the gmo Monsanto attacks etc. but we do what we can.

    I came back after a long illness and hope to get back in the saddle. ;)

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    Wesman Todd Shaw 

    10 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

    I did a total button dance - but left out funny.

    There's nothing funny about GMO foods, they are toxic, and children are the future.

    Seems to me like the wealthiest persons want a toxic future where the only healthy children are THEIR children.

    Keep on after this subject!

  • jseven profile imageAUTHOR


    10 years ago from Michigan

    You were lucky, Koffee! I have some that liked them and some that still don't eat enough. :)Thanks for visiting.

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    Susan Hazelton 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    I've always said you have to start them young. I was luck mine seem to naturally like fruits and vegetables.

  • jseven profile imageAUTHOR


    10 years ago from Michigan

    Thanks Nell! I hope others get the message. :)

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    Nell Rose 

    10 years ago from England

    Hi, yes I agree, children should be taught to eat good healthy food from an early age, that way they won't ask for sweets etc, great ideas, cheers nell

  • jseven profile imageAUTHOR


    10 years ago from Michigan

    I agree, Leann. Mine always ate better when they were younger. After they grew into teens, fast food became popular for a while, but they always liked mom's home cooking better. :)

  • jseven profile imageAUTHOR


    10 years ago from Michigan

    Hi Ihchan, thanks for your comment. :)

  • jseven profile imageAUTHOR


    10 years ago from Michigan

    Hi Rob, it is an important topic is these days of "junk" food. Thanks for stopping by!

  • jseven profile imageAUTHOR


    10 years ago from Michigan

    Thanks for commenting CarolynO, Nice to meet you. :)

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    10 years ago

    Those are really good ideas. Its much easier to get them to eat healthy at a younger age.

  • lhchan profile image


    10 years ago

    Thanks for info.

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    Rob McKelvie 

    10 years ago from USA and UK

    Great Hub, jseven, on an important topic! Voted it up and Useful.

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    10 years ago

    I think organic is best


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