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  • 5 Healthy Substitutes to Instant or Processed Food

    Enjoy nutritious meals without the guilt with these alternatives you can easily prepare at home.
    by Martine De Luna . Published Jan 23, 2012
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    Cooking from scratch is a lost art, especially in our fast-paced, here-in-an-instant world. Every day, we're bombarded with images of processed foods, from hot dogs, canned meats and fish, to instant noodles and hot cereals. These are often labeled “enriched” or “fortified” supposedly with vitamins, which only means that they've been nutritionally-enhanced in the process. Even so, processing already destroys whatever nutritional benefits these foods had when they were in their whole form. I don't know about you, but I'd rather drink a homemade carrot-orange smoothie than eat a collagen-fortified chocolate cookie--wild guess as to which one is better for my skin!  

    Also, bear in mind that just because you are buying something from a “health food” grocery or specialty store does not mean that it is good for you or your kids! Even if these shops offer “natural” or “organic” options, many of these instant, packaged items are mixed in with other highly-processed products, just like any other product in the supermarket. The truth is that they are still produced in factories, using refined ingredients that you wouldn't use yourself if you were making these foods from scratch at home.

    Fact: Whole foods - those that have not been altered to be “instant”, fortified foods - will always be superior. Here are some whole food alternatives to common instant foods we're used to preparing for our kids. And while they take a bit more time to prepare and cook, remember that you are investing time and good quality food on your kids’ health, something that you should never scrimp on.

    Click "View Gallery" to find healthy substitutes for instant and processed food.

    Photos from flickr creative commons

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