Hidden veggies in a fruit bar?! Sounds like a great way to get veges in your kiddies doesn’t it?
Until you look a little harder and realise this product:
A. Has 10 different types of sugar
B. Is more than 1/4 sugar per bar
C. Only 14% of that tiny bar is spinach. Which equals 1.3 grams of spinach, which I estimate to be about quarter of a teaspoon, at the most.
This bar came out last year and now Mother Earth are at it again! Fobbing off highly processed sugary muesli bars as a healthy way to get kids eating vegetables.
A. Is 64.2% sugar... and yes concentrated fruit puree IS sugar! Each tiny 15 gram bar has 9.6 grams of sugar which is around 2 ½ teaspoons.
B. Only 28% of that tiny bar is carrot. Which equals 4.2grams of processed carrot, which I estimate to be about 1 and a half teaspoons at the most.
Hardly an ideal way to get veggies into our kiddies!
Keep in mind that the World Health Organisation recommends that our kiddies have no more than 3 teaspoons of added sugar in their diets each day. These veggie bites come close with a whopping 2.5 tsps per tiny bar. For more info on sugar click here
9. Offer a wide variety of veggies in lots of different ways. Use sauces to dip in, cook them in butter and garlic, grate them, spiralize them, mash them, hide them, skewer them and offer them on the side in their natural state.
12. Follow the division of responsibility. That is it’s your job, as the parent/caregiver to provide what food at what time you think they need to eat. It’s the kids job to choose what to eat our of what is offered and how much. Following these can really help