According to the most recent data collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 17 percent of children and adolescents between the ages of two to 19 are obese (1). This is a frightening fact about the health of our kids, especially when you consider that obese children are more likely to be obese adults (2). The Dietary Guidelines for Americans highlight another alarming statistic: Many kids are consuming foods that are very high in calories but low in nutrients. The top three sources of calories for children are grain-based desserts like cookies and cake, followed by pizza, and sugary drinks like soda or sports drinks (3). If these facts weren’t scary enough already, many parents struggle with picky eaters and very busy schedules that make achieving a balanced diet a real dilemma.
In this season of sugary treats and candy, we’ve put together a few nutritional suggestions to help support happy and healthy kids without spoiling the Halloween fun. This list of kid-approved nutritional solutions can help limit empty calories from extra sugar and even out the gaps in an unbalanced diet. With these tips, you can be less concerned about allowing little ones to enjoy the occasional sweet treat.
Isagenix Fruits™ is a great-tasting alternative to sugary soda and juice drinks and has only one gram of sugar and just 25 calories per serving. Isagenix Fruits is made up of concentrated, spray-dried fruit powders that are cold-processed to protect their natural phytonutrient content. The product also comes in convenient, on-the-go packets.
Replenish™ is a great alternative to sugar-loaded sports drinks. Replenish has around half of the sugar found in typical sports drinks and provides 100 percent of the daily value of vitamin C along with electrolytes and B-complex vitamins. Mix up some Replenish after practice for a thirst-quenching treat while saving on unnecessary sugar and calories.
Fiber is one of the top four nutrients of concern according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This is because both kids and adults are only meeting about half of the minimum recommended amount of fiber on average (3). Fiber Snacks™ and Slim Cakes® make tasty additions to packed lunches and easy after-school snacks.
Pound for pound, growing kids need more protein and energy than adults. This is why we recommend that children use IsaLean® Shakes or IsaLean® Bars as an addition to regular meals, not as a meal replacement. Many kids can benefit from a nutrition boost. For very picky eaters, adding IsaLean Shakes and Bars can help ensure that kids still get good nutrition on days when they don’t eat as well as they should. For very active kids, supplementing regular meals with IsaLean Shakes or Bars can help provide the extra energy and protein needed to meet both the demands of activities like sports in addition to the energy demands of normal growth. For older teenagers who routinely skip breakfast, IsaLean Shakes and Bars can be a convenient solution to prevent teens heading to school on an empty stomach.
Family schedules can be hectic at this time of year with school, sports, and activities in full swing. With so much to do, healthy eating sometimes takes second place to convenience. One great benefit of Isagenix for busy families is that our Bars, Shakes, and drink mixes are both convenient and balanced. Treating kids to good nutrition is sometimes tricky, but Isagenix products can help to make a nutritious choice easy.
A full list of the recommended age groups for Isagenix products and common food allergens can be found here.
- Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015, October 5) Childhood Obesity Facts. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/childhood.html
- Freedman DS, Dietz WH, Srinivasan SR, Berenson GS. Risk factors and adult body mass index among overweight children: the Bogalusa Heart Study. Pediatrics. 2009; 123:750-57.
- US Department of Agriculture and US Department of Health and Human Services, Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, January 2011.