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‘Tis the Season for Healthy Holiday Snacks

‘Tis the Season for Healthy Holiday Snacks

Think of the holiday season, and you’re likely to conjure up images of Santa Claus, Christmas décor, and all the things that represent the cheer and goodwill of the season. But you likely can’t picture the holidays without thinking of all the delicious foods you’ll enjoy as you celebrate with your family.

Kids, in particular, enjoy the opportunity to partake in the bounty of holiday-themed foods, including Christmas sweets. While there’s nothing wrong with the occasional snack, parents should keep a watchful eye on what their children consume during the holiday season to avoid negative eating behaviors (and cavities) down the road.

Making the right choices when it comes to the foods we eat, while still finding ways to enjoy the flavors of the season, is a great way to ensure you and your family will have a festive and memorable holiday!

Christmas Break Doesn’t Have to Mean Non-Stop Snacking

With many families having to spend extended periods of time at home, and with the Christmas break just around the corner, it’s easy to fall into a pattern of constant snacking and overeating. When it comes to snacking, it’s important for kids to keep a routine similar to their regular schedule.

But parents don’t have to feel helpless.

There’s plenty to do so that your children don’t end up consuming more than usual. Around the holidays, offer plenty of vegetables with your meals and allow them to be more open to snacking on what’s available rather than what they want, like candies, pies, cakes, or other sweets.

Also, consider planning family activities to keep them busy and away from simply eating out of boredom. Festivities during the holiday season make it difficult for kids to stay on track with healthier eating patterns and behaviors they’re used to throughout the year. Ensuring kids stay active and engaged is a great way for them to focus on things other than satisfying a craving or their sweet tooth.

When you consider that on average, individuals can gain 1-3 pounds during the six weeks from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, you begin to realize the significance of maintaining a healthy diet despite the temptations the traditional holiday foods offer. Over time, extra pounds can lead to health issues including:
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • High triglycerides (fats traveling in the blood)
  • Increase in blood sugar
  • Increase in insulin levels
  • Diabetes
Unfortunately, many of these health concerns can begin in childhood and lead to more serious complications as children grow.

Choose Healthy Holiday Treats That Delight

Ask any kid (and grownup) what they love most about holiday gatherings, and sweets and treats are sure to rank high. Chocolates and candies are popular stocking stuffers that are hard to say no to, but with some slight modifications, you can please even the most discriminating sweets enthusiast.

Dark chocolate is an alternative most chocolate lovers can get on board with during the holidays and beyond. The more chocolate is processed, the more it loses its beneficial qualities; many of the most significant benefits of chocolate come from flavonols (phytonutrients found in cocoa), which offer an antioxidant effect.

Another option for satisfying the sweet tooth is fruit snacks that also make great stocking stuffers. Choose fruit snacks made from fruit juice or fruit concentrate, which are a healthier alternative to those made with sugar or high fructose corn syrup.

The Healthy Cookie, Offering a Vegan Non-GMO Alternative to Snacking

While some kids won’t eat their vegetables, there are some treats made with a blend of fruits and veggies that offer healthier snacking alternatives. Baked Smart Cookie offers a delicious chocolate chip cookie jam-packed with eight organic superfoods, providing a full serving of fruits and vegetables that include:
  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberry
  • Carrot
  • Broccoli
  • Sweet Potato
  • Kale

Each cookie offers ½ cup of fruit and vegetables loaded with nutritional benefits designed to nourish growing bodies. This kid-approved snack has the taste kids enjoy and the ingredients moms and dads love.

These healthy snacks are backed by Baked Smart Cookie’s commitment to include high-quality ingredients to create a nutritious option that is certified USDA organic, non-GMO, vegan, and soy/peanut-free.

This holiday season, consider skipping all the processed and unhealthy snacks and opting for a healthier alternative without having to sacrifice taste. Baked Smart Cookie is the perfect Christmas treat for your kids...just don’t forget to leave one (or two) out for Santa!

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Why It’s Important to be a Role Model and Watch What You Eat

Why It’s Important to be a Role Model and Watch What You Eat

Parents and older siblings are usually the first role models that kids are exposed to, and these kiddos are likely to mimic the eating habits of the adults and older siblings in their lives, especially if everyone is getting their full servings of veggies and fruits from one Baked Smart Cookie.

Because of this, it’s important to think about all the ways you are seen as a role model and how you can help the little ones develop solid eating choices in the long term.

Developing Healthy Dietary Habits

The first step in the journey toward healthy eating behaviors begins with modelling the actions and attitudes you wish your child to adopt for themselves. Simply put, you should be willing to try new foods so that your little one(s) try those same foods.

Limiting the kinds of foods your household has access to is another important trick for getting on track to healthy eating. Be mindful of the foods you bring home, and create grocery shopping lists that promote freshness and non-processed ingredients.

Setting Goals Together and More Tips for Improving Eating Habits

Research shows that kids with parents who eat a healthy balance of fruits and vegetables are likely to eat these same foods themselves. Likewise, parents who indulge in more snacks and less healthy foods will have children who copy these choices.

That is to say, however, our smart cookies merge the best of both of those worlds with the nutrition of four fruits and four veggies, rounded out with that rich chocolatey goodness kids love, but either way, having goals and setting up tips now will only help the kiddos later. Consider:

  • Making Meal Time a Family Activity - Sharing meals is the perfect opportunity for kids to see healthy eating habits. Family breakfasts, lunches, or dinners are a great chance for kids to sit down and be more open to try new foods when they see their loved ones enjoying the same stuff.
  • Discussing Favorite Foods - Have conversations centered on eating healthy foods and share which foods or dishes are your favorite. An honest and open talk with your kids lets you know what types of food may be less appetizing to your little one(s). This important info also fills you in on what you can do to introduce them to alternatives or even develop creative recipe ideas that may help them be more open to trying these foods.
  • Keeping Things Positive - It’s easy to make negative comments at home, not realizing your words may affect how your kids look at a particular food or food group. There are likely plenty of foods you don’t enjoy eating, but avoid sharing your thoughts when in the presence of your child so that they don’t take on the same attitudes without first trying it for themselves.
  • Getting the Help of Friends and Family - Older siblings, friends, aunts, uncles, and grandparents are all helpful allies for any mommy, daddy, or caregiver looking to teach their little ones about the importance of eating healthy. The phrase “it takes a village” is a good approach for taking on the responsibility of becoming a positive role model in the life of your child.

Baked Smart Cookie Offers the Perfect Snack Option and Encourages Healthy Eating!

We’re fortunate to live at a time with greater access to healthy foods. The non-GMO, vegan Baked Smart Cookie is the ideal snack for the pickiest of eaters. We know not all kids enjoy eating their veggies, and that’s why we’ve developed a delicious chocolate chip cookie jam-packed with eight organic superfoods, offering a full serving of fruits and vegetables to keep growing bodies nourished.

Make Eating Healthy Easy, Both for Your Kiddo and Their Role Model. Buy Baked Smart Cookie Today!

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How Many Snacks Should Your Child Eat a Day?

How Many Snacks Should Your Child Eat a Day?

Striking a healthy balance between nutritious and sweet foods may be hard to put into practice during your little one’s snack time, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
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Baked Smart Cookie - The Perfect Halloween Treat!

Baked Smart Cookie - The Perfect Halloween Treat!

We all love to get festive for the Halloween season, but let’s face it - as parents, the sugar overload can get pretty overwhelming and spook us a bit! And with COVID-19 making trick-or-treating or Halloween festivities anything but normal this year, that won’t stop kids’ from scarfing down as much candy as they can get their hands on.

If you want to find a way to have you and your child enjoy sweets without spoiling the fun, then you’re in luck. Today your Baked Smart Cookie team will list a few healthy and cute Halloween-themed treats as a clever way to curb their sugar intake in the safety of your own home, and why our very own cookie also happens to serve as the perfect Halloween treat!

1. Candy Corn Fruit Pops

If you want to give your munchkin the novelty of one of Halloween’s favorite candies without all of the corn syrup and dyes, you should give making candy corn fruit pops a try!

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • ¼ cup agave nectar
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt, plain
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 2 medium orange
  • ½ cup pieces mango

What to Do:

Combine coconut milk in a blender with yogurt and agave until smooth. Pour about an inch of the mixture into popsicle molds. Save it for the next layer. Use half of what’s left from the white layer and add oranges and mango.

Blend well and pour in a glass then set it aside. Use the remaining half of white later on, adding banana and pineapple.

Blend it again, pour it in a glass, and set it aside until it’s ready to layer.
Once the initial layer is slushy (don’t freeze completely or you won’t be able to insert the popsicle stick at the end), pour the orange layer into the molds until there’s a little more than an inch left for the yellow layer.

Freeze again for 30 minutes, until the orange layer is slushy. Top it off with the yellow layer. Then place the popsicle sticks in and freeze until completely frozen!

2. Silly Apple Bites

These are fun and easy to make! All you need are green apples, sunflower butter, sunflower seeds, a strawberry tongue, and some homemade googly eyes.

Grab These:

  • 2 green apples, each quartered
  • Sunflower butter
  • 32 sunflower seeds
  • 2-3 strawberries, sliced
  • 1-2 homemade googly eyes per apple bite

Then Do This:

Cut the middles out of each quarter of the apple to make a mouth. Coat the inside of the cut gap with a filling of sunflower butter.

Place 4 sunflower seeds on top of the mouth for teeth.

Place 1 sliced strawberry inside the mouth for the tongue. Glue each eye above the mouth with a dab of sunbutter to stick.

3. Mummy Raisin Boxes

These mummy wrapped raisin boxes can make it cute and fun for kids to eat healthy this spooky season! Your kiddos can also make these by themselves!

To make them, you’ll need:

  • Masking tape
  • Googly eyes
  • Food-safe, non-toxic glue
  • Small boxes of raisins

And Then:

Wrap the raisin box with masking tape. No scissors are necessary since it tears easily with your hands.

Then, proceed to glue on 2 googly eyes to the top part of the box, and just like that, you have adorable and healthy Halloween treats for everyone!

Baked Smart Cookie: The Perfect Treat This Halloween Season - No Tricks

As parents, we know how important it is to treat our kids by finding ways to please their sweet tooth without overdoing it. This healthy cookie we developed may look like your average chocolate chip cookie, but you’d be quite shocked to know that it’s packed with 4 different fruits and 4 nutritious veggies and all-natural ingredients - oh my!

The true fear we hold as parents are the preservatives, artificial flavors, colors, and ingredients we can’t even pronounce. Take that fear out of an already frightful Halloween with Baked Smart Cookie, the perfect treat for your kids this Halloween. While they think they are eating a delicious, sugary cookie, you’re the smart one pulling tricks into getting them to eat their full servings of fruits and veggies.

Give your little one a treat without the tricks.

 

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How to Introduce Healthier Snacks Into Your Kid’s Diet

How to Introduce Healthier Snacks Into Your Kid’s Diet

When it comes to your munchkin’s snacking habits, you want to make sure they have nutritious snacks without overloading on junk food.
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How to Have a Soy-free Allergy Diet for Your Child (Why They’ll Love Our Soy-Free Cookie)

How to Have a Soy-free Allergy Diet for Your Child (Why They’ll Love Our Soy-Free Cookie)

Soy allergy is a common allergy among children. While about 4% of American children have a soy allergy, most kids outgrow their soy allergy by the time they turn 10.

Because of this, children with a soy allergy must avoid soy in all forms. This includes all soy products and where soy is listed as an ingredient. Today, our Baked Smart Cookie team is here to help parents explain how to have a soy-free diet for your child’s allergy and why they’ll love our soy-free cookie!

Reading Labels for Soy

Be sure to always read the whole ingredient label to look for the names of soy. Soy ingredients can be within the list of the ingredients, or could be listed in a “Contains: Soy” statement under that list. This is required by the federal Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA).

FALCPA requires that all packaged foods regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must list "soy" clearly on the ingredient label if it has soy. Advisory statements like “may contain soy” or “made in a facility with soy,” however, are voluntary. Advisory statements aren’t required by any federal labeling law. Consult with your child’s doctor if they can eat products with these labels or if they should avoid them.

Did you know that edamame, miso, and yuba all have soy as well? The FDA food allergen label law requires foods to mention if they contain a top 8 allergen including soy. However, there are various foods and products that aren’t covered by the law, so it’s still crucial to know how to read a label for soy ingredients.

Products Containing Soy

The following ingredients found on a label show the presence of soy protein. Don’t forget to check labels for any of the following:

  • Bean curd
  • Edamame (soybeans in pods)
  • Hydrolyzed soy protein
  • Kinako (roasted soybean flour)
  • Koya dofu (freeze dried tofu)
  • Miso
  • Natto
  • Okara (soy pulp)
  • Shoyu
  • Soy albumin
  • Soy concentrate
  • Soy fiber
  • Soy formula
  • Soymilk
  • Soy miso
  • Soy nuts
  • Soy nut butter
  • Soy protein, soy protein concentrate, soy protein isolate
  • Soy sauce
  • Soy sprouts
  • Soya
  • Soya flour
  • Soybeans
  • Soybean granules
  • Soybean curd
  • Soybean flour
  • Soy lecithin
  • Soybean paste
  • Supro
  • Tamari
  • Tempeh
  • Teriyaki sauce
  • Textured soy flour (TSF)
  • Textured soy protein (TSP)
  • Textured vegetable protein (TVP)
  • Tofu
  • Yaki-dofu (grilled tofu)
  • Yuba (bean curd)
Soy is sometimes found in:
  • Artificial flavoring
  • Asian foods (e.g. Japanese, Chinese, Thai, etc.)
  • Baked goods
  • Hydrolyzed plant protein
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
  • Natural flavoring
  • Vegetable broth
  • Vegetable gum
  • Vegetable starch

The following derivatives should be safe for most soy-allergic children:

  • Soy oil (avoid cold-pressed, expeller pressed, or extruded soybean oil)
  • Vegetable oil derived from soy

Cross Reactivity: Does Your Child Need to Avoid Foods Related to Soy?

Soy is a legume, and the legume family includes different beans like peanuts and lentils. A common question that comes up for parents who have a kid with an allergy to one legume is whether they can eat other types of legumes.

Cross-reactivity takes place when the proteins in one food are related to the proteins in another. When that occurs, the body's immune system sees them as the same. In fact, many years ago, it was common to suggest avoiding legumes altogether if you were allergic to another legume. This is not necessary as 95% of individuals who are allergic to one legume can tolerate and eat other legumes. Still, speak with your child’s doctor about what food recommendations they can or can’t eat.

How to Get Enough Nutrients for Your Munchkin’s Soy-Free Diet

Soybeans offer one of the highest quality proteins in a kid's diet. They also contain thiamin, riboflavin, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, zinc, and vitamin B6. Unless your child takes in generous portions of soy, the small amounts of soy in processed foods do not give a significant amount of these nutrients.

A soy-restricted diet will not pose any nutritional risk so long as your child is eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, enriched and fortified grains, and tolerated sources of protein.

Nutrient Lost When Avoiding Soy

  • Protein
  • Thiamin
  • Riboflavin
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin B6

Suggested Alternatives (If Not Allergic)

  • Other protein foods like meat, fish, poultry, legumes, eggs
  • Dairy (if safe for your kid)
  • Fruit, veggies, leafy greens, enriched grains

Soy Substitutions in Recipes

While soy is a common ingredient in foods in the US, rice-based and coconut-based alternatives are also an option if you need to avoid cow's milk and soy. Whole soybeans (edamame) can be replaced with other beans (fava, garbanzo).

Baked Smart Cookie: Smart, Sweet, and Soy-Free

Our team understands how difficult it is to accommodate a diet for your child’s allergies, whether it be soy or peanuts. Luckily, with our delicious cookies, not only is it soy-free, but it is also rich in fruits, veggies, and nutrients! The best part of it all, is your little one will love its sweetness without you having to worry about looking for any ingredients you can’t pronounce.

We hope with this fun, healthy sweet, we can make it a little easier for your child to have fun with what they eat!

Treat your child to a cookie free of soy and full of joy!

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Educating Our Kiddos About a Healthy Diet Starts at a Young Age

Educating Our Kiddos About a Healthy Diet Starts at a Young Age

How your child eats today can have a serious impact on their health throughout adolescence and adulthood. Eating food rich in important nutrients helps them grow, and is essential for mental and physical development.

When we aren’t getting our daily vitamins and minerals through the eight full servings of fruit and vegetables packed into our chocolatey cookies, our Baked Smart Cookie team is taking a look into all of the science behind why it’s so important for your kids to start eating a healthy diet when they are young. You don’t want to miss this.

Healthy Diet

Why a Balanced Diet is Important

By giving your little one a healthy, balanced diet, you’re making sure that they’re getting all the essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients they need to grow up healthy. Many of the following nutrients are necessary for a plethora of reasons like:

  • Calcium and Vitamin D for the normal growth and development of bones
  • Iron to support their development in learning
  • Vitamin D to help support their immune system
  • Omega-3 DHA to support how their brain functions

What’s Considered a Balanced Diet

To get a balanced diet, you need to make sure your youngin is eating a wide variety of nutritious foods from all food groups. As a general guide, kids should eat:

  • Lots of fruit and vegetables (more veggies than fruit)
  • Wholegrains (brown rice, whole grain bread, whole grain pasta)
  • Beans and lentils
  • Lean meat and fish (especially oily fish)
  • Nuts and seeds

Ways to encourage Your Child to Eat Healthy

The best way is to make food fun – it shouldn’t be something you’re forcing them to do or eat. Here are 5 tips you can use to make eating a balanced diet fun for your little one:

  1. Different colors of fruits and vegetables have different combinations of nutrients. Try to put as many different colors of food on your child’s plate to guarantee a large variety of nutrients. Think of foods with the colors green, white, yellow, orange, blue, purple, and red. Make this a game with your kiddo: can they think of a food that’s this color? How many different colors can we get on your plate?
  2. Be a role model. As a parent, it's always important to show by example. Eat all these healthy foods in front of them and around them. Show your child how enjoyable they can be.
  3. Get creative in the kitchen by making food fun. Cut food into funny shapes, make faces out of the food and enjoy the process of making the meal. Let the kids experiment with the different flavors and textures of food.
  4. Let them pick what they want to eat for their meal from a chosen group of foods. Children love to be involved in decision making, and rounding up a group of nutritious meals loaded with lean meats and veggies for them to pick can help encourage them to eat more healthy foods!
  5. You can also get them involved in the food shopping. Talk about where the fruits and vegetables came from on your next trip to the grocery store. Let your child make healthy food choices themselves once there.

What You Can Do If Your Kiddo Refuses to Eat the Foods They Need for Growth

Most children go through phases with their eating, but their habits also shift over time. Something they would never eat before will all of a sudden become a favorite!

Sometimes it may seem impossible to get children to eat food with important nutrients, but a good quality children’s multivitamin and mineral supplement can be helpful. A good quality children’s multivitamin and mineral supplement will include the necessary nutrients for your child’s health and can help support their diet.

Teach Kids to Recognize Hunger Signals

Many adults have the ability to figure out whether they’re full or hungry since they learned to listen to their physical cues for hunger and fullness as a child. Knowing about the importance of nutrients, it so happens that parents send the wrong message to their kids about how much they need to eat until they are full by punishing or bribing them to eat everything off their plate.

This way, parents teach their children the lifelong habit of overeating and to pay attention to outside cues. This risk can be reduced when children are allowed to listen to their own hunger cues.

Encourage Children to be Active

In today’s world, we spend far too much time behind the screens of our devices and less time being as active as we should be. This way of life also has a significant effect on children.

The results of several studies display that there’s a link between the hours spent sitting in front of devices and being overweight. Encouraging kids to go play outside with their friends or join an athletic team at school will help to lessen the likelihood of becoming overweight. Children who are physically active also develop better social skills, are more confident, and improve their emotional stability which can lead to strong self-esteem.

With COVID-19, however, we understand things may be easier said than done in this scenario. With that, we suggest setting some time during the week and on weekends to go outside and be active together, whether it’s a bike ride or a walk in the park.

Offer Sweets and Snacks in Moderation and Don’t Put Pressure on Children

It’s possible that kids will adopt a sense of negativity towards certain foods when they’re forced or pressured to eat them. It’s also not the greatest idea to totally eliminate salty snacks and sweets from their diet or to group foods into ‘good’ and ‘bad’ categories.

A better way for parents to approach this would be to take the plates away and introduce those foods again in the future. This will help to guarantee that they don’t feel guilty about the foods they don’t like.

Additionally, sweets can also be a part of a healthy diet as long as they are only included in moderation and are not used as rewards. Rather than using these ‘bad’ foods to reward good behavior or stop bad behavior, parents should find other solutions to respond to particular behavior.

But with Baked Smart Cookies, having fun eating a delicious treat and getting the nutrition included in eight different fruits and veggies comes hand in hand.

Baked Smart Cookie: A Sweet, Healthy Snack That’ll Support Your Kid’s Growth

If you think your child’s diet can be improved, our cookie can be a delicious and nutritious option that’ll still satisfy their sweet tooth.

We understand that you want your munchkin to grow up in the healthiest way possible, and that’s why we made this cookie tasty with natural sugars from fruits and veggies, and packed full of other wonderful nutrients!

Give your child a snack that will encourage them to eat healthy.

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Feeling of Food: How Food Can Affect Your Child’s Mood

Feeling of Food: How Food Can Affect Your Child’s Mood

Parents, are you aware of the fact that by paying close attention to what your munchkin eats, you can enhance their mood, memory, and attention span?

There's a clear relationship between food and your child’s state of mind. When you learn how the right foods can have a positive effect on your child’s well-being, then you can begin to plan meals that will help your child feel both physically and emotionally better.

Today, the team at Baked Smart Cookie wants to help you understand what foods can affect your child’s mood and behavior the most -- and what you can do about it.

 

The Foods That Can Affect Your Child Most

1.Sugar
It’s always best to moderate sugar intake, especially in children. Too much sugar makes them hyperactive, frustrated, and angry. A diet that includes a lot of sugar can also lead to cavities and other health issues.

What we suggest doing:
You can reduce the amount of sugar your kids consume by avoiding sugary drinks and switching over to water as an alternative. If they don’t like the taste, try and make things fun by infusing their water with fresh fruit like strawberries, berries, or cucumbers. Let them pick the flavors that they enjoy the most.

2.Artificial colorings
The bright colors in kid foods have been associated with hyperactivity, ADHD, anxiety, and depression among children. Those bright colors do not come from healthy alternatives like beetroots, blueberries, or turmeric. Instead, most of them are derived from petroleum. The worst ones to look out for are reds E129 and E122, and yellow E102.

What we recommend doing:
When you can, switch up store-bought snacks for wholefoods. Snacks like apples, tangerines, blueberries, and walnuts are all wonderful treats. Much like Baked Smart Cookie, there are companies out there who are devoted to providing natural, healthy snacks for kids.

Take your time when shopping through your local health food store and get an idea of what options are available. And don’t forget to give your little one options.

3.Dairy
Another food that your child might be sensitive to is dairy. Believe it or not, many children have trouble digesting dairy and this can lead to mood swings and headaches.

What you should do:
Try shifting to organic dairy or non-dairy products. Goat milk, almond milk, and oat milk are typically easier to digest. You can also try other alternatives like non-dairy yogurts.

4.Additives
Additives in prepped meals, including nitrates and MSG, may result in behavioral changes, such as hyperactivity, aggression, anxiety, and headaches.

What to do:
Read the ingredients list on your children’s snack boxes. As a general rule, try not to feed children any products with ingredients that you aren’t able to pronounce.

5.Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners are a poor replacement for sugar. Artificial sweeteners are chemicals that taste sweet but have no calories. They actually boost your appetite and can cause unhealthy weight gain. Sweeteners in your child’s snacks can cause upset tummies, anxiety, and hyperactivity.

What you can do:
Replace sugar with healthier alternatives like stevia, maple syrup, honey, or palm sugar.

Baked Smart Cookie: A Sweet Snack That Is All-Natural

If you think your little one’s diet may be influencing their behavior, we recommend keeping a food diary to monitor what they eat and how their behavior changes.

We understand the seriousness of how food can affect your little one’s mood, and that’s why we cook up our delicious but balanced cookie. While they may look like any ordinary chocolate chip cookie, they’re actually rich in all kinds of fruits and veggies!

Baked Smart Cookies aren’t just for children either. Try one out for yourself!


Treat your kid to a scrumptious snack that will keep them feeling great all day long.

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GMO’s and Kids: Why Our Non-GMO Snack is a Healthy Alternative

As parents, it’s only natural to want the very best for your kids, and this includes what you feed them. In fact, we don’t blame you for being especially worried about the quality of foods you give them, since small developing bodies can be more susceptible to negative health outcomes from the things they eat.

With that being said, the Baked Smart Cookie team will take a closer look at the lists of ingredients of your child’s favorite foods and spot the genetically modified organisms, or GMO’s, that may be inside them. Here’s a basic overview of what we mean by GMO foods and how they can potentially affect you and your kids.

What’s a GMO?

First, let’s go over what exactly GMO means. A GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) is the result of a laboratory process that takes genes from one species and inserts them into another in attempts to get a desired trait or characteristic.

Traits Added to GMO Foods

  • Foods can be altered to become herbicide tolerant crops, allowing farmers to spray weed killers directly on the crop without killing it.
  • They can also be altered to become pesticide-producing crops, where the plant makes its own internal pesticide.
  • On top of that, foods can be altered for desirable traits, such as not bruising or turning brown.

The Most Common GMO Foods to Look Out for

  • Soy, canola, sugar beets, corn, Hawaiian papaya, milk, zucchini and yellow squash.
  • Oils from soy protein, soy lecithin, cornstarch, corn syrup, and high fructose corn syrup.
  • At least 80% of all products on supermarket shelves have GMO ingredients. Be sure to inspect the list of ingredients on what you purchase.

 

Why GMO Foods Are a Potential Risk for Children

The worst part of it all is that when it comes to GMO’s, there’s a lot of ambiguity.
While the U.S. government has deemed GMO Foods as safe to consume, 19 other countries have banned or enabled serious restrictions on GMO’s and the pesticides that coincide with them, and the list of countries that are banning GMO’s continues to grow.

In fact, children are at far greater risk from GMO foods because:

  • GMO effects can take place at a rapid pace in fast-growing and developing bodies.
  • GMOs may cause children to be more susceptible to allergies and nutritional/digestive issues.
  • Kids are prone to problems with milk.
  • Risks linked to antibiotic resistant diseases.

A 2002 report from the UK’s Royal Society, stated that genetic modification could result in unforeseen harmful changes in the nutritional state of foods. This means GMO foods might not hold the same nutritional value as their non-GMO counterparts. GM corn is specifically problematic for your little one as they typically tend to eat a higher percentage of corn in their diet.

Another top concern brought to our attention is milk and the recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), which is a genetically engineered hormone used to increase milk production in cows.

Milk and other dairy products from cows treated with rBGH have a higher amount of the hormone IGF-1, one of the greatest risk factors linked with breast cancer and prostate cancer.

As if that isn’t worrisome enough, Sam Epstein, M.D., Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, said, “rBGH and its digested products could be absorbed from milk into blood, particularly in infants, and develop hormonal and allergic effects.”

Additionally, children who are prone to infections may be seriously impacted if antibiotics lose their potency because of antibiotic-resistant genes in GMO foods and the overuse of antibiotics in rbGH treated cows

What Can Concerned Moms and Dads Do?

To help prevent your kids from eating GMOs, you can:

  • Read labels and avoid purchasing processed food products that have corn, soy, canola, and vegetable oil.
  • Look for the NON-GMO Project Label.
  • Buy USDA organic foods whenever possible.
  • Snack on our healthy and delicious non-GMO Baked Smart Cookie!

We understand how important it is to know what’s in the foods you give your munchkins, and that’s why we came up with this tasty, chocolatey, nutrient-rich cookie. Not only are our cookies satisfying, but they’re also certified USDA organic and completely free of GMO’s!

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Quick and Healthy Lunch Hacks for Your Kiddos

A new school year is upon us, and you know what that means. It’s time to stock up on new school supplies, clothes, and other necessary classroom items for your children. But what about stocking up on healthy lunch foods? While this may not immediately come to mind when getting your child ready for school, it does play an essential role in their academic success.

Whether your child is returning to their school campus with precautionary guidelines or will be acing their classes with virtual learning, eating the right foods will help them focus, learn, and perform better. With that in mind, we’d like to share some quick, nutritious meal and snack options that your little one can enjoy during their afternoon lunch break.

What Makes a Child’s Meal Healthy?

According to the Mayo Clinic’s latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans, children should eat nutrient-rich foods that contain protein, fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy. Kids’ daily lunches should include these foods based on their recommended diet and calorie intake, and in the best portion sizes for their activity levels.

To give you a better idea of these food types, here are some examples:

Protein: Lean meat, poultry, eggs, beans, peas, nuts, and seeds.

Fruits and Vegetables: A variety of fruits and vegetables that can be consumed in their fresh, canned, frozen, or dried forms.

Grains: Whole grains like whole-wheat bread, oatmeal, popcorn, quinoa, brown, or wild rice.

Dairy: Fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese.

To learn more about how many calories your youngin needs to consume or the portion sizes they should be eating, we recommend consulting with your family physician.

Making Nutritious Meals and Snacks Fun: Mix and Match!

Now that you know what a healthy meal looks like, it’s time for the fun part - customizing your youngster’s healthy lunch food combinations. Here are more nutrient-dense meal options that you can incorporate into your kid’s lunches.

Main Meals:

  • Pita bread and hummus
  • Turkey and cheese rollups
  • Turkey and cream cheese tortilla rollups
  • Ham and spinach rollups
  • Egg salad
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Rotisserie chicken
  • Cranberry walnut chicken salad
  • Pasta or green salad (best served with veggies)
  • Peanut or almond butter and jelly sandwich
  • Cooked quinoa, roasted veggies, and chicken breast
  • Cheese quesadilla


Sides/Snacks:

  • Yogurt
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Sliced oranges
  • Grapes and blueberries
  • Raspberries and blueberries
  • Cucumbers, carrots, and cheese
  • Celery and carrots
  • Broccoli and ranch
  • Trail mix
  • Crackers and cheese
  • Cashews, pecans, and almonds
  • An assortment of fruits and vegetables


Drinks:

  • Water
  • 100% Real Juice
  • Milk


Changing up your kiddie’s lunches will keep their appetite steady as they’ll be less likely to get bored with their food. We recommend being proactive by planning out their meals ahead of time to not only save yourself time but also know which groceries to buy. Though it might seem tedious at first, a huge perk about meal planning is that it will make your busy on-the-go days much smoother and productive.

A Wholesome & Appetizing Kid-Approved Dessert

If your kid won’t eat their vegetables, don’t sweat it mom, because we have just the solution! Our chocolate chip Baked Smart Cookie has plenty of natural fruits and veggies in every bite. Your child can enjoy this yummy, healthy cookie as a snack or dessert in their lunch, and even you can enjoy one of these guilt-free cookies while you’re out for errands.

The Baked Smart Cookie is made with lots of love along with these fruits and vegetables: kale, broccoli, carrot, sweet potato, apple, banana, pineapple, and strawberry. They are rich in vitamins C, A, and K, fiber, calcium, potassium, antioxidants, and other vital nutrients.

If your child has any food allergies or sensitivities, you’ll also be relieved to know that our cookies are certified USDA organic, non-GMO, vegan, and soy/peanut-free.

If you know your little one has a sweet tooth or a big craving for chocolate chip cookies, why not give them healthy ones? Place a Baked Smart Cookie into their lunchbox with any of the above healthy meals, and if these tasty, chocolatey cookies are missing in your antry, order a box online today. We wish you and your child an awesome and healthy school year!


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Can What Your Kids Eat Affect the Way They Learn?

As you prepare for your youngin’s upcoming school year, it’s important to make sure they’re eating the right foods to fuel and nourish their growing brain and body.

Whether your child is learning from home or returning to their school campus, proper nutrition plays a big role in making straight A’s. In fact, Childrens’ health researchers have found that kids who eat a healthy, balanced diet tend to do better in school than those who don’t. This is because the benefits of eating nutrient-rich foods include improved learning, focus, motivation, and behavior.

The Problems With Eating Unhealthy Foods In Children

According to the American Heart Association, one out of three kids or teens in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Both overweight and underweight children, however, are malnourished. But what is malnutrition, exactly? It happens when our kids don’t get enough nutrients in their body from the foods we eat, and it can have negative effects on the health of your little one.

Eating foods that are low in nutrients can hurt a child’s general well-being, creating learning obstacles for them in school. Other studies have shown that when children don’t eat enough vitamins and minerals, they have a harder time thinking and concentrating. This lack of nutrition can mean that our kids won’t be able to focus or remember things clearly for quizzes and tests.

Children with malnutrition also have a higher chance of getting sick and/or expressing unhealthy emotions/social behaviors, causing them to disrupt learning environments for themselves and others. When children don’t eat enough nutritious foods, they’re more likely to get sick, causing them to be absent from school and miss out on more valuable learning.

Your Child Can Score an A+ in Nutrition with a Baked Smart Cookie

While the benefits of healthy eating in children are pretty much a closed case, we know kids can be picky eaters, and sometimes there just isn’t enough time to prepare nutritious meals and snacks as a busy mom.

That’s why we invented the Baked Smart Cookie: a tasty, healthy cookie that is certified USDA organic, non-GMO, vegan, and soy/peanut-free! Not only are our cookies jam packed with chunks of chocolate chips, it also has eight natural fruits and vegetables like kale, broccoli, carrot, sweet potato, apple, banana, pineapple, and strawberry packed into each large cookie, satisfying your children’s sweet tooth with every nutritious, chocolatey bite.

These wholesome fruits and veggies in our Baked Smart Cookie are rich in vitamins C, A, and K, as well as fiber, calcium, potassium, antioxidants, and other essential nutrients. They can provide numerous health benefits for your developing child, including:

  • A healthy immune system
  • A healthy digestive system
  • Healthy skin, eyes, and teeth
  • Healthy heart, lungs, and kidneys
  • Healthy bones, joints, and tissues
  • A normal organ function
  • Normal growth and development


So when you’re in a time crunch or your kid doesn’t want to eat their vegetables, you can let them snack on our yummy kid-approved Baked Smart Cookie. The best part is that you don’t have to worry about it causing your child to do poorly in school.

Guiding Your Child’s Healthy Eating Habits

A healthy and balanced diet for your child means they need to be eating the right amounts of protein, fat, complex carbohydrates, and fiber, as well as enough vitamins and minerals. Foods high in sugar, sodium, caffeine, and chemicals should be avoided as much as possible due to their potentially harmful health effects.

If you want to continue encouraging your child to eat healthy, you can focus on feeding them more whole, natural foods along with more home-cooked meals, and making sure your kid has nutritious snacks ready to go. That way, you’ll know what’s in the food.

Helping your child develop healthy eating habits while they’re young can have tremendous health benefits, not only for their upcoming school year but for the rest of their lives. Give yourself a pat on the back, mom. Reading this far shows that you’re ready to provide your child with the proper nutrition for an excellent academic experience.

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A Smart Choice: Boost Your Child’s Health With a Baked Smart Cookie

If you could get your child to eat eight different fruits and vegetables in one small afternoon snack, wouldn’t you do it? All moms know it can be tough to get kids to eat nutritious foods, especially if their kids prefer eating unhealthy snacks filled with processed sugars and manufactured syrups.

That’s why two South Texas brothers decided to come together in 2017 to create a delicious, healthy cookie packed with fruits and veggies, making it what they like to call the Baked Smart Cookie.

Baked Smart Cookie: Our Mission

Because obesity and diabetes in our communities across the Rio Grande Valley is so common, the founders of Baked Smart Cookie began their journey to give children and moms a snack alternative that’s healthy and satisfies their sweet tooth.

The Baked Smart Cookie was made to help moms and dads everywhere have an easier time to include more fruits and vegetables into their kid’s diet. Not only will your child get the yummy, sweet snack they oh-so crave, but you’ll also get some peace of mind knowing that they’re eating a treat rich in nutrients.

So if your youngins won’t eat their vegetables or fruits on their own, you’ll definitely want to stock your pantry with some Baked Smart Cookies today.
So What’s in a Baked Smart Cookie?
The Baked Smart Cookie is a scrumptious chocolate chip cookie that contains a ½ cup of four different fruits and vegetables:

  1. Kale
  2. Broccoli
  3. Carrot
  4. Sweet potato
  5. Apple
  6. Pineapple
  7. Banana
  8. Strawberry

This healthy snack is certified USDA organic, non-GMO, vegan, and soy/peanut free. Each cookie is jam packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are essential for your child’s growth and development.

The Baked Smart Cookie is also free of all those icky preservatives, artificial flavors, and colors, so you can feel confident that your kiddo won’t be eating anything that is bad for them.
Fruits and Vegetables in Your Child’s Diet Are Important
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that kids eat a healthy diet that includes a whole bunch of fruits, veggies, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, plenty of protein foods, and oils.

Empty calories from added sugars and solid fats make up 40% of daily calories our kids and teens consume, from 2 to 18 years of age. Those ingredients negatively affect the quality of their diet, so because of this, empty calorie foods that you want to limit include sodas, fruit drinks, dairy desserts, grain desserts, and pizza.

Thanks to the founders of the Baked Smart Chocolate Chip Cookie, you can easily feed your little ones a healthy supply of vitamins and nutrients from eight different fruits and veggies that they need while satisfying their sweet tooth with every ooey-gooey chocolatey bite!

If you want to support your kids’ healthy diet by helping them meet their recommended daily fruit and vegetable servings, order a Baked Smart Chocolate Chip Cookie Box today!

Packing a tasty, nutritious snack is as easy as packing a Baked Smart Cookie in your kid’s lunchbox!

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