Simple Supermarket Swaps to brands 100% free from nasties!
WORDS: Nabula Brdar
Have you ever stood in the aisle of the supermarket wondering which is the best brand to buy?
Ingredient lists have become so difficult to read, with so many additives and preservatives being added to our food in 2020.
Ideally, we would make all of our food from scratch; but realistically most of us are shopping at the supermarket every week
On a mission to help my son, I started to make simple swaps when I shopped to only buy brands that are 100% free from nasties. It takes no time at all, but has had such a positive impact on my child’s health & behaviour.
I started Supermarket Swap as I wanted to raise awareness of what is sneakily added into our food and make it easy for other time-poor parents to slowly make some simple changes too.
Try these Supermarket Swaps
This was the first swap I made in my pantry. For 3 years I had fed my children Weetbix, thinking it was a relatively healthy Australian staple. I usually added some fruit and thought it was a good start to the day.
Little did I know that Weebix contained Barley Malt Extract which is another word for MSG! It also contains sugar and added ‘vitamins’ – which are usually synthetic and added to food to balance out the sugar input so the product can receive a health star rating.
So I simply swapped to Vitabrits, with only 2 ingredients, it’s certainly the better options.
Unlike Weetbix which contains Sugar & MSG (Barley Malt Extract), VitaBrits only contains Wheat & Salt.
If you have kids, you know all they want to do is eat, or should I say, ‘snack’.
While I try to load them up with fruit, vegetables and protein as much as possible I often need convenient, car-friendly, park-friendly, pram-friendly snacks!
Most packaged foods, unfortunately even the ones targeted at kids, are full of MSG and food colouring, both of which can really affect little brains.
Sunbites Mini Bites, ‘Spooky Original’ only has 3 ingredients – all recognisable. But be careful of the other flavour varieties, as they contain additives.
These are an easy, delicious snack-on-the-go.
Unlike other packaged crackers, Mini Bites ‘Spooky Original’ only contains 3 simple recognisable ingredients, WholeGrain Brown Rice, sunflower oil & sea salt.