On my journey to become a healthier person for me and my family, I stumbled upon the website Naturally Savvy. Have you been there before? They have tons of information for you and your family to learn more about eating and just overall being healthy.
I was very interested in the book Unjunk your Junk Food: Healthy Alternatives to conventional snacks by Andrea Donsky and Randy Boyer even before I was offered the review. For the most part I always buy the foods I like and never really pay attention to the ingredients or what my kids should or shouldn’t be eating. The first thing you should check out in the book is the Worst ingredients chart. It tells you everything that should be used in caution or even avoided. Caffeine is on the list to use with caution. I think most people know about that but try to forget. I know I do.
Wanna know why they wrote Unjunk your Junk Food?
The purpose of the book is to provide better options. We want people to know that if they are going to indulge in a treat, they can choose from products that don’t contain any chemical additives—which are responsible for serious issues including heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Most of us read the Nutrition Facts panel when deciding which products to buy. However, in Unjunk Your Junk Food, our approach to eating is very different. We start by reading the ingredients and then we look at the Nutrition Facts panel. We do this because we believe if a product contains harmful ingredients,it doesn’t matter how much fat and calories it has—it is considered a “Bad Choice”.
While skimming the book at work with my co-workers, we were surprised to see some of the items that we (or our family) love to eat. For instance, my husband and sons LOVE Oreos. I was sad to see that on the list of “no-nos”. Why you ask? It has high fructose corn syrup in it, which is on the Worst Ingredients chart for something that should be avoided. What could you replace those with? Country Choice organic chocolate cookies. Less calories and none of those “bad” ingredients so safe for you and your family. So, you ask me what I buy that was on the Naturally Savvy Approved list? I LOVE ice cream. I mean I could eat it everyday. I was so happy to find out that Breyers is on the approved list. Since they are an all natural ice cream and don’t use any artificial flavors or trans fat, they are perfectly fine to to make a dessert.
After going through my snacks, I learned a lot from this book that I never knew before. It helped me become a naturally savvy shopper for me and my family and I thank Andrea and Randy for that. If you would like to buy a copy of the book from Amazon, click this link. It will take you directly to the page to buy it for $7.20 (as of April 30 2012).