A Dad’s Guide to Healthy Eating for the Whole Family
As our generation continues to move away from hormone-riddled processed foods, and toward a more honest, organic approach, it often seems like we need a manual every time we go to the grocery store. Dissecting common label talk, such as “natural” versus “organic,” is a task in and of itself these days, so we set out to deliver you a list of some of our favorite products from companies who are revamping the way consumers think about their food choices — these family friendly foods are made with ingredients even your 5 year old can pronounce!
First, learn the lingo
Organic: USDA organic products have strict production and labeling requirements, and products labeled as such must meet the following requirements: produced without excluded methods (i.e. genetic engineering, ionizing radiation, or sewage sludge); produced using allowed substances; and overseen by a USDA National Organic Program-authorized certifying agent, following all USDA organic regulations.
Natural: Although the FDA has not established a formal definition for the term “natural,” they do have a longstanding policy concerning the use of “natural” in food labeling. The FDA considers the term to mean that nothing artificial or synthetic (including all color additives regardless of source) has been included in, or has been added to, a food that would not normally be expected to be in the food.
Non-GMO: According to the Non-GMO Project, GMOs (genetically modified organism) are organisms that have been created through the gene-splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This relatively new science allows DNA from one species to be injected into another species in a lab, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.
Feed your babies real food
Beech-Nut’s Organic Line
We get it, you want to instill healthy habits in your kids from the get-go, and with transparency being one of Beech-Nut’s core values, you can be confident you’re doing just that. As the first U.S. baby food company to provide such information to parents, Beech-Nut shares its recipes right on the website, listing the percentage of each ingredient for all its jars and pouches. So, rest assured knowing that when you choose Beach-Nut’s organic line, your wee ones are getting only the best nutrients, and nothing more.
Swap the butter for something better
Ghee by Tin Star Foods
Tin Star’s ghee is lactose-free and casein-free clarified butter, and the perfect cooking fat for healthy stove top cooking and grilling. Tin Star’s cream comes from Ireland, as it’s the only country the company can get ghee that is almost exclusively grass-fed during spring, summer, and fall cycles. As Tin Star Foods recommends, introduce ghee to your kids as soon as they’re able to eat solid foods, as it’s full of healthy fats and other essential nutrients needed for growing bodies.
NaturAlmond Almond Butter
NaturAlmond Almond Butter is made with the highest quality, all-natural non-GMO Almonds. This hand-crafted nut butter is made with almonds that are roasted and ground to perfection, and sea salt is added for flavor and a bit of crunch. With added health benefits such as being an effective way to lower blood pressure, Almond Butter is the perfect addition to the family pantry — kids can grab it themselves and pair it with a banana or even make an almond butter and jelly sandwich!
Trade the sweets for healthier treats
Dollop Gourmet Frosting
Baking with your little ones is always a fun, albeit messy, bonding experience that will forever be cherished. With an array of frostings by Dollop Gourmet, you’re using all-natural, non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free frostings that are void of the top-eight allergens, and they also contain half as much sugar as other frostings on the market and zero artificial ingredients.
Mixes by Cherryvale Farms
When you get home from work and the kids are ready for some time with Dad, Cherryvale Farms’ quick and easy mixes are the perfect solution to stress-free, healthy baking fun. Each mix is plant-based, certified non-GMO and encourages the use of fresh ingredients for a delicious, homemade taste that takes only minutes to make and bake. Using wholesome, natural ingredients that are free of any artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives, these mixes are dairy-free and nut-free.
Frozen Pops by Ruby Rocket’s
Delicious, all-natural frozen pops made of real fruits and veggies, Ruby Rocket’s are the perfect alternative to a sugar-loaded dessert. These pops are non-GMO, contain healthy probiotics, vitamins and nutrients, have no more than 6 grams of sugar per pop, less than 40 calories per pop, and are gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.
Get creative with condiments
Slaw-Salsa hybrid by Slawsa
It can be difficult to get veggies into the mouths of anyone in the family, let alone just the kids. Slawsa is a primarily cabbage-based relish with addictive heat undertones, and it’s healthier, more versatile, and far more flavorful than traditional relishes. Slawsa is all-natural, fat-free, cholesterol-free, low in sodium, kosher, and vegan. A great addition to any family get-together or block party, this condiment is a big hit among dads and kiddos alike.
Seasonings by TippiTopper
All-natural, organic seasonings by TippiTopper are made specifically for the kids. The process begins with a whole organic fruit, which is then dehydrated and pulverized into a powder. Sprinkle TippTopper on any prepared snack or meal to give your picky eaters flavor with a familiar favorite – banana bread, fruit smoothie, and a PB&J!
Load the lunchboxes with healthier snacks
The Nola Bar is all-natural, grain-free, and paleo-friendly, with no added sugars or refined syrups. These bars are dairy-free, soy-free, and stacked with superfoods like chia, flax, and quinoa seed. Additionally, Nola Bars are handmade each week and shipped fresh to your door so they don’t sit on shelves for months on end!
Pistachio Chewy Bites by Setton Farms
Pistachio Chewy Bites are a great addition to the kids’ lunchboxes. The delicious bite-size cranberry and pistachio nut bars are all-natural, gluten- and dairy-free, and non-GMO certified. A great source of dietary fiber, these nutrient-rich snack bars have no cholesterol, zero trans-fat, 7 grams of protein, and 3 grams of fiber.
Pizza Flax Snax by Go Raw
Go Raw brings the beloved flavor of the Friday night favorite to their Pizza Flax Snax. Created by a father looking for healthy, delicious snack choices for his family, Go Raw products are made of the best quality ingredients that are simple, healthy, raw and organic. Go Raw products are made with live, sprouted grains, and seeds, are non-GMO, nut-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free.
Say goodbye to mystery meat and share your love of man food with the kids
Hot Dogs and Chicken Nuggets by Applegate
Two common foods in most households with kids, Applegate’s hot dogs are made with grass-fed beef, are antibiotic-free, and have no artificial ingredients or preservatives – just beef, water, sea salt, and spices. The chicken nuggets use antibiotic-free chicken and non-GMO ingredients. With a full array of natural and organic products that are antibiotic-free, humanely raised, and GMO ingredient-free, Applegate has great meat options for the whole family!