4/14/15

An (Almost) Sugar-Free Easter

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I know Easter has already passed, but I thought I would share some of our snacks and treats that we use for the holidays. Eliminating processed foods with kids in the house has been an extremely difficult journey. I've always been into living a healthy lifestyle, but I never envisioned making my own fruit strips and gummy treats. And yet, here I am. Making batches of bone broth, coconut yogurt, fruit bars and every meal from scratch.

I don't want to paint the perfect picture, but we do try our hardest. I wish I could have the entire family on a strict paleo lifestyle, but the younger kids sneak in fruit bars and fruit snacks on occasion. And I'm okay with that. If fact, since Jonas has been doing so well we've been a bit more lenient with his foods. We are slowly introducing new foods and he can eat any legal SCD or paleo food without problems (we still avoid raw nuts and seeds), which is a huge step for him. I'm still planning on writing a post about his update, but I haven't had the chance to sit down and type that lengthy one up yet.

In the meantime, here are some tasty treats that we love to keep around for special occasions, long car rides or school lunches.

Stretch Island Fruit Strips | Peeled Snacks dried fruit | Samai Plantain Chips | Plum Organics Mash Ups | Larabar | That's It fruit bars | bare snacks | Nature's All freeze dried fruits

Tips on picking healthy go-to snacks:
+ Always choose fruits or veggies first: carrot slices, avocados, apples, oranges, raw almonds or cashews if you can tolerate them
+ The less ingredients the better. We stay away from preservatives and sugars. Most of these items featured above are wholesome ingredients that are simply fruit
+ Buy organic when possible
+ Buy non-gmo foods when possible
+ With three kids we buy in bulk, it can sometimes help cut down the price

*Please note that these foods are not necessarily Paleo or SCD legal. They are, however, foods that my son can tolerate

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