With a family of six to feed I find that we can honestly never have too much food.
I am very conscious of the foods I feed my family, especially because of allergies, and also because I want them to develop healthy eating habits early on in life so they grow and can continue on the path of making good decisions in what they choose to eat.
I haven’t always had a good relationship with food growing up, so I think it is very important to right this wrong with my children. I allow snacking but I encourage them to always eat something healthy before they have a snack. I have done this ever since they were little and now it has just become a habit with the older kids.
My daughter is a very picky eater, and I blame a lot of that on the new trend of mixing fruit and veggies in baby food, which never allowed her to develop a taste for vegetables (but that’s a different post for a different day). Because of her pickiness I have to get very creative and make sure to pack in as much nutrients as possible where I can.
Costco is a dear friend of mine these days. If I shop there every week, which I usually do, I find that my cupboards and pantry are full of good healthy snacks and I don’t spend as much money if I only went once or twice a month. This is a list of my favorites, I hope that you find something you didn’t see or know about before, and are encouraged to try it.
Go-Go Squeeze Organic Applesauce– We are on the go a lot with basketball games, church, practices, and other activities, so being able to throw a few of these in my bag for a quick healthy snack make these a staple in our home. I love that all the kids can enjoy these and there is no mess.
- Aussie Bites– Another favorite. They are little but are full of some good stuff. Oats, flax seeds, coconut, sunflower seeds, and a lot of other ingredients make these a pretty filling little treat. They are a nice change from the granola bar and because they are lightly sweetened my kids think they are getting a treat.
- Dave’s Killer Bread– This bread is amazing. I was so glad to find it and it comes in a two pack. I always freeze one and put the other in the fridge. It is loaded with good ingredients and my kids love the taste and texture.
- Nutiva Coconut Oil– We use coconut oil in place of normal moisturizers because my kids have very sensitive skin. This is such a great deal and lasts a really long time. Read this article for lots of different ideas and uses.
- Nutiva Organic Chia Seeds– Chia seeds are amazing added to smoothies or yogurt or any baked good. I am really wanting to try this recipe too.
- Whole Fruit Organic Fruit Bars– In a perfect pinterest inspired blogger world I would make homemade fruit bars from scratch every week, full of local, organic, all natural fruit. But this isn’t a dream and lets get real, I’m busy and making those are the last thing on my list. These though, are delicious, all natural, and even the husband loves them. Get some, and give yourself a break.
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