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Well, you might be without even realizing it. Or you might be because it's just so damn easy to do. I don't know about your house but mine is a mad dash in the mornings. There's always something causing us to run late. Between missing shirts, bathroom wars, trying to locate a hair brush, fluffing up clothes in the dryer, wardrobe arguments, last minute belly aches and bathroom trips, the realization that homework wasn't finished, oh and IDK... a hundred other morning hiccups that occur, the task of making my girls' lunches seems to eat up precious time. So I don't have time to be sending homemade healthy foods all the time. It's just not realistic. But on the other hand, I refuse to feed my kids the poison that sits on all the grocery shelves. So what it really comes down to is making the best possible choices with what there is to pick from and the time available to me. It comes down to common sense... and labels.
There are so many products out there geared for the convenience of packing lunches. A lot of these items claim to be "healthy" but you need to be careful. Packaging is going to say whatever it has to in order to get you to buy it, but the proof is in the label.
Here's some quick tips regarding labels:
1. Just because something is organic, doesn't mean it's good for you. Yes, organic is a good thing. It means the ingredients were derived from and in an environment that was free of chemicals, additives, pesticides, chemical fertilizers, dyes, and preservatives. It also means that the ingredients were not processed using industrial solvents, genetic engineering, or irradiation (using radiation to sterilize or preserve food). So yes, these are all good things but just because the ingredients are natural, doesn't mean they are good for you.
For example, here is a label from an organic granola bar. Cane syrup is listed 3 TIMES in the ingredients list!
Kids get excited about the most simple of things and anything that helps them drink more water is a winner in my book... and worth the little bit of extra time.