Kid Favorite Products–Chicken Nuggets, Mac & Cheese and more!

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I would like to share some of my favorite food products for my kids, I get really giddy talking about them!  Or maybe I am just excited about sharing any product that I think is awesome.   I am ALWAYS looking for somewhat healthy, kid-friendly products.  Everyday I really try to have them eat lots of fruits and veggies but sometimes that can sure be a struggle.  I think most kids would prefer a processed or packaged food item before a fruit or veggie (not always, we sometimes have a huge splurge for clementines over donuts in the morning, whoa!).

When I go grocery shopping I say to myself, “If I have it in the house, they will eat it!”  When I am at the grocery store and catch a glance of a family’s grocery cart I am amazed at all the packaged and processed items.  I will usually see mini muffins, pop tarts, pizza rolls, chips, soda AND a  package of cookies. Hmm . . . do you realize how much of your food dollar is spent on junk food?  You know if you have it in your house, that is what your child is going to eat!”   

Now I am not saying I’m perfect, my kids have these foods on occasion and not every day.  I just have to keep a positive aspect about food otherwise they will turn into junk food vultures!  Remember when I told the story about when I was in second grade and I had a slumber party?  Let me remind you if have forgotten.  One of my friends, let’s call her Cindy, lived in a very strict household. Cindy never had chips or cake at her house but when she came to my house for my party, oh my, she was cut loose!  I have this memory of Cindy sitting on a chair in my basement eating the entire bag of Doritos.   Again, everything in moderation is so important.  I try not to say “no, you can’t have that!” to my kids.  I will let them have a little bit and if they ask for more I bring out a different food, preferable a food with some nutrients (I am working on 20 ways to get your kids to eat healthy post)!

 

Ok, enough, here are my fav packaged products!

alpha chicken 

The kids really had lots of fun playing with their food! As for the nutrition facts, I was surprised to see 14 gm of fat but remember that include the healthy omega-3 fats, so yay! A couple grams of fiber and 11 gm of protein.   I am having a hard time getting protein into my daughter’s diet these days and this is a fun way for her to eat some protein.

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We spelled all kinds of fun words: pea, ape, ooh, hoo Smile 

cooperreese

 

This may product may not fall into the processed food category but it is packaged and I wanted to share because I just love it!  This bag of frozen blueberries was around $10 or $11 for the entire 3-lb bag. Not too bad when you consider a small 8-oz bag is about $5! Now we always have a large bag of blueberries and raspberries in our freezer.  The kids love adding this to their yogurt!  The blueberries tend to stain your fingers a bit, eventually it comes off. Smile

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The queen of boxed macaroni, so yummy!

mac and cheese

Yes, the cheese is not powder, it’s nice and creamy, oooohhhh!

whole wheat noodlescheese on noodles

Nutrition breakdown: 7 grams of fiber for one cup!  Wow! 12 grams of protein, woohoo!  Yes, there is 650 mg of sodium but come on, just remember to balance it out with some veggies. Once that yummy cheese covers the whole wheat noodle, nobody knows that it is whole wheat!

mac and cheese nutritionmac and cheese done

Lunch is ready!

lunch is ready

Now for the chip/snack category

cheetos

These Natural Cheetos beat out ANY Cheetos/Puffs by a long run!  HUGE to be exact.  I’ve tried many natural puffs and they just don’t cut it like this product. I also like the white cheddar so little fingers do not get so messy.  This is definitely not a powerhouse in terms of nutrition but it also does not break the bank either.  Any puffed snack like this one, has a good serving size (1 1/2 – 2 cups), which everyone loves, young or old!

 

 

Well, onto find more snacks for my kids!  I am ALWAYS looking for more because they sometimes get a little bored with the same and I have to mix things up every couple of weeks!

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