Rob and I like to reminisce fondly about the 'good old days' when we'd come home from work and veg in front of the tv - eventually one of us would get hungry enough to make something for dinner - and it was usually a frozen pizza.
Then we had kids.
At some point, most likely when babies start eating what we're eating, most of us parents realize that our kids are going to eat as healthy (or unhealthy) as we do ourselves. At least we did...and so we began making an effort to eat at the table (instead of in front of the tv), and to add some fruits and veggies to our meals as well.
Somewhere along the way, possibly when I first noticed 'dye-free' infant and children's acetaminophen, I began to realize just how much junk is COLORED! for the purpose of marketing it to children. Did our parents feel this way about Jell-o? When I think of brightly colored foods from my childhood, besides candy, Jell-o is what first comes to mind...followed by Kool-aid, Freeze-pops, and possibly some other hyphenated names...but the number of products that are now COLORED! is almost too many to count, and trying to avoid COLORED! items gets more difficult as kids grow older and become more aware. As a result of E3's peanut allergy I read labels more now than I ever have, and the artificial COLORS! are almost always listed at the end of the ingredient list - just before the allergens.
However, just as more manufacturers seem to be slowly changing over to a peanut-free existence, I'm finding more and more products that are COLOR!-free. Here are a few of our favorites.
Capri-Sun came through this summer with their 100% juice line, and bags of juice are still okay in the 'cool' department...at least it's not a box. Sheesh! Everyone knows boxes are for babies...unless you're in your own home where none of your friends will see you, of course.
I can't say enough about this next brand - they've been HUGE in making this transition so much easier. I've found their products at my local Target, but I've also ordered some from Amazon. As a bonus, they seem to be a pretty green company.