We know it sounds crazy when we even bring up the topic of calories, fat and sugar content while talking about your little ones. But it is 2020, and we have to reverse engineer many things to figure out what is right and what is wrong.
We are almost in the 9th month of the ongoing health crisis, and we have learned a lot about how to keep going with our daily lives while still preventing the spread of the virus.
The kids were as happy initially over the closing of schools as we were all about working from home, but we all know how it has impacted their physical activities including the compulsory physical training classes.
We have seen kids in my neighborhood gain extra weight and no, we are not trying to fat shame them but it is a health issue that needs to be taken care of. Well, it firmly applies to adults as well.
But as Halloween is around the corner, it's obvious to expect a spike in sugar levels for your kids while receiving treats, what you can do is put a check point on what your little ones are about to consume.
We have gone through the online options to figure out the healthiest treats you can offer to your kids and kids in your neighborhood.
Newtons Soft & Fruit Chewy Fig Cookies, 4 Trays of 12 Packs (2 Cookies Per Pack)
Four trays with 12 cookie snack packs each (2 cookies per pack), 48 total packs, of Newtons Soft & Fruit Chewy Fig Cookies
Soft cookies made with real fruit and no high fructose corn syrup
10 g of whole grain per 56 gram serving
WERTHER'S ORIGINAL Sugar Free Caramel Hard Candies, 7.7 Ounce Bag, Hard Candy
WERTHER'S ORIGINAL SUGAR FREE CANDY: Enjoy the remarkable taste and creaminess of our WERTHER'S ORIGINAL chewy individually wrapped candy caramels without the sugar
SUGAR FREE BULK CANDY: Stock up and enjoy the great taste of WERTHER'S ORIGINALS sugar free bulk candy with 7.7-ounce bag of individually wrapped sugar free hard candy
Kellogg’s Cocoa Krispies Treats, Crispy Marshmallow Squares,Chocolate with M&Ms Minis
A scrumptious dessert snack for any occasion, perfect for milk chocolate lovers; Pack a square for school lunches, afternoon snacks, and late-night bites
Puffed, oven-toasted rice cereal plus the irresistible flavor of cocoa and Milk Chocolate M&M's Minis in a bite-size square
A family-favorite, on-the-go snack that's perfect for both kids and adults; No high-fructose corn syrup; Contains milk, soy, and wheat ingredients; May contain peanuts.
Quaker Chewy Granola Bars, Variety Value Pack, 18 Bars
Variety Pack includes 18 bars - 6 Low Fat Chocolate Chunk, 6 Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, and 6 S'mores flavors
Made with real sweet chocolate chunks, peanut butter-flavored chips, and gooey marshmallows
With no high-fructose corn syrup, these bars are a great-tasting and wholesome snack
Packed with 8 grams of 100% whole grains per bar
Slim Jim Mild Smoked Snack Stick, Keto Friendly Snack
Contains (14).28 oz Slim Jim Mild flavored smoked Snack Sticks
Fits a low carb lifestyle with 1g net carbs per serving (1g total carbs minus 0g dietary fiber)
While there could be umpteen options to try if you are not sure how active your kids will be in the coming months, it is better to show them love that will not destroy their health or self-esteem.
At the end of the day the ongoing health crisis will subside but physical fitness, selection of food and being your best self is what we can teach our kids. We were shying away from using the menace of bullying, but the first bullying attack is based on physical appearance, and we as parents can use this time at home to give a better and healthier lifestyle to the children that will not only make them physically fit but also mentally strong.