Anything in red is nearly 50% or more of a child's daily nutrient needs depending on the age of the child.
Poptarts (1 package) 420 cal 12g fat 74g carbs
Toaster Strudel (Strawberry) 380 cal 18g fat 50g carbs
Lunches & Dinners:
Macaroni & Cheese (1cup) 400 cal 20g fat 47g carbs
Peanut Butter & Grape Jelly Sandwich 480 cal 18.5g fat 68g carbs
Chicken McNuggets & Small French Fries (McDonalds) 420 cal 23g fat 41g carbs
Totino's Pizza Rolls (12) 440 cal 22g fat 48g carbs
Lunchable (Turkey & American Cheese) 460 cal 18g fat 57g carbs
Kool-Aid (12oz) 180 cal 42g sugar (10 teaspoons of sugar)
Welch's Apple Juice (12oz) 175 cal 40.5g sugar (9.6 teaspoons of sugar)
Capri Sun (1 pouch) 100 cal 26g sugar (6.1 teaspoons of sugar)
None of this looks incredibly bad if you are unfamiliar with the nutritional needs of children. So to put this in prospective, take a look at the nutritional needs for your children recommended by Mayo Clinic.
How do the above foods fit into your child's nutrition? These foods are considered "empty calories." They are foods that do not provide nutritional support for your child's immune system, their heart health or prevention of diabetes or heart disease. These foods feed illness.
There is still hope to turn around childhood obesity and the health of your family. Over the next week I will be posting kid-friendly recipes full of macronutrients, foods kids enjoy & foods that will point your family in a healthy direction! Stop by and test out some of our recipes!!
References: Mayo Clinic, Livestrong.com, ADA Calorie Information