Boxed Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Besides being highly processed and devoid of nutrients, boxed macaroni and cheese is loaded with sodium and preservatives, which can condition kids’ developing palates to crave more salty, artificial foods, says Delbridge. Plus, given the long list of non-food ingredients, you don’t really know what you’re feeding them.
The other problem with boxed mac ‘n’ cheese is when you toss a package in your cart and cook the contents up in minutes, kids don’t get a sense of where their food comes from. Since noodles and cheese sauce is simple to make from scratch, take them shopping for whole-grain pasta, fresh cheese, and other ingredients and have them help you cook. “When they see that food doesn’t just magically appear from a box, they’ll be more invested in what they’re eating,” Delbridge says.
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