Friday, February 15, 2013

Life without High Fructose Corn Syrup and Artificial Dyes

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Things with Dakota have been difficult for the last few years.  We found out that Dakota can't have any artificial colorants and ever since then, it has been somewhat difficult to find snacks and treats that he can have.  Matt is someone who likes to eat healthy and so we are trying to eliminate high fructose corn syrup.  Almost everything has HFCS in it, kind of depressing when you think about it.  HFCS is not recommended for kids with ADHD, we don't know yet if Dakota has this problem, they can't diagnose him until he is about 6 or 7 (I am not sure if I even want to have him diagnosed).

Picture pulled from Google

Anyway after some recent disturbances in Dakota's preschool, Matt and I got searching for snacks that he could have and were really frustrated when most things (within our budget) have a lot of really crappy chemicals.  We will eventually go off of all things with chemicals in them, but right now avoiding the dyes and artificial sweeteners.  We were a little shocked when even the things we thought were healthy, had crappy stuff in them as well.

Matt and I decided to start finding some things that I could make to replace the snacks and treats that aren't good, especially for Dakota.  Some of the things that have HFCS that I thought were supposed to be somewhat healthy were Graham Crackers and regular crackers.  Obviously there are a lot of snack foods that didn't shock me at all with their content.

Starting on Monday I am going to post a recipe that I tried, how easy it was to make, and what my family thought about it.  And I am going to do this every Monday for the next little while.  A no HFCS and Dye Series.

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