We care about yummy and better-for-you foods for children and have put our heart and soul to provide top nutrition with wholesome ingredients. That’s why we don’t need to enrich our meals with vitamins or other additives because all that stuff is already in there!
Kids Need More Veggies!
Vegetables are packed with goodness and loaded with an amazing variety of key nutrients, vitamins and fiber that are essential to growing children.
The USDA recommends children aged 4-8 eat at least 1-½ cups of vegetables per day. Indeed, parents should choose a variety of vegetables for their children each day, selecting from all five vegetable subgroups (dark green, orange, legumes, starchy vegetables, and other vegetables) several times a week. Check www.choosemyplate.gov for more information
If vegetables are a blessing, they are also a daily struggle for most parents.
This is why all our meals include lots of veggies, (up to one half cup of vegetables per meal). For example, our Spaghetti Loops + Meat Sauce and our Totally Twisted Pasta with Meatballs both provide one half cup of vegetables – which is about 33% of the daily recommendation for children between 4 and 8 years old. On top of that, both of these meals provide a variety of veggies like tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, celery and onions.
Our Source: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2007
Watch the Sodium!
Did you know that 97% of children consume more sodium than recommended by the USDA?
Why should we care about how much sodium our children consume? Because their eating habits will continue into adulthood. Excessive amounts of sodium in your child’s diet increase the risk of health problems, including high blood pressure. We shopped around and found excessive amounts of sodium in most children’s foods, including children’s frozen meals, children’s fast food meals, children’s snacks and more (all the way up to 940mg of sodium for one single fast food meal that is supposedly designed for children)!
Based on USDA dietary guidelines for children aged, kids meals should not have more than 500mg of sodium. And that’s exactly what we have done!
Our Source: Dietary Reference Intakes recommends (USDA NHANES 2001-2002
Did you know that children’s meals often contain excessive levels of calories and fats?
Children’s foods and beverages like soda are loaded with excessive amounts of fat and empty calories. We found kids meals from popular fast food chains that contain over 600 calories, that’s almost half of the daily-recommended amounts from the USDA and other leading institutions. Excessive calories in a child’s diet are related to serious health issues such as obesity, type-2 diabetes and heart related problems.
Our promise is simple: all our meals have the right amount of calories—under 400 —and provide key nutrients such as protein, calcium and vitamins. Our meals are also moderate in fats, saturated fats and are trans fat free.
No artificial flavors, colors or preservatives
Did you know that children’s meals are often loaded with artificial ingredients?
Our team shopped around for other children’s meals and looked at the ingredients. We couldn’t believe what some manufacturers are spiking their meals with. Names of things they used ranged from intimidating to downright scary. Stuff like “Isolated Soy Protein,” “High Fructose Corn Syrup,” “Meatballs with Caramel Color Added,” “Monosodium Glutamate” and “Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil” to name a few. And that’s just a small sample from ingredients lists that often exceed 100 words!
The kind of artificial and processed stuff we don’t use in our products. Why? Because several studies cited by the American Academy of Pediatrics have recently been released linking food additives and artificial ingredients to potentially serious health conditions. At the very least, there are concerns in the scientific community about artificial ingredients and their effect on children’s health.
This is why Kidfresh meals contain no artificial ingredients consistently with USDA and FDA regulations.