As the years go by I have started to take a lot more interest in the products I am using and what is actually inside them, this goes for the cosmetics I use day in day out and foods I eat and feed my daughters.
I am a busy working mum and a lot of the things I grab are often for convenience; I love to home cook and bake but as we all know sometimes time just doesn’t allow for this. I find myself reaching for quick easy things, which is fine but I found myself not checking those labels to see what is inside those foods and when I did look, I didn’t really understand what it all meant.
Now we have all heard of Change4Life and how the government backed scheme strives to help and educate families on food and keeping a healthy balanced lifestyle. I was recently introduced to the new Be Food Smart App from Change4Life and I can’t express how useful I’ve been finding it. It’s been a great way for me to learn more about certain food groups and ensure I am giving my daughters the best diet possible. It’s not about telling you to eat kale and criminalising certain brands; it’s there to use quickly on the weekly food shop when we are unsure. It explains food and ingredients in a way I finally understand and gives me alternative options with some great tips.
The app focuses on three main things – the sugar, saturated fat and salt content which we find in our foods. You simply scan the barcodes and up the info pops with a simple traffic light system.
Fact Time –
•Kids are having nearly three times more sugar than the recommended daily amount every day.
•A quarter of children’s saturated fat comes from unhealthy snacks.
•Most of the salt we’re eating each day is already in the food we buy.
I don’t know about you but those facts are what made me determined to look more closely at what I’m buying each week.
Removing or changing the food items the kids are used to seeing in the cupboards can sometimes be tricky. My children are quite stuck in their ways and reluctant to try new things, but the Be Food Smart App encourages the kids to get involved with mini missions and stickers to collect. I really wanted to find a lower sugar content cereal for breakfasts. Off we went to the supermarket with the app in hand, the girls were so excited to find a cereal with three green lights. They couldn’t wait to try their healthy breakfast the next day.
The Be Food Smart App has now just become a helpful little pocket guide for me to use when I’m out shopping, it’s really opened my eyes to what goes into the foods we are eating. While we still enjoy all our favourite foods, Change4Life have just helped me to give my family more balance and the tools to make those small yet positive changes to our diets.
Check out this video for more information on the App and how to use it.
Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by Change4Life. All thoughts and opinions are my own.