Top 10 Worst Foods for Kids to Eat

29 May

Do we cut them out altogether or just keep eating them once in a while?

It’s been a while since I’ve seen one of these lists and shared it with you, but since we’re just coming off a holiday weekend, I thought it’d be a good time to post this.

The list came from the Livestrong website. I see several foods we eat on this list. Do you?

I wonder to myself: do I stop feeding my kids these foods or do I continue to do so in moderation?

What do you think? No more hot dogs and mac & cheese???



Hot Dogs


Sticky Candy


Prepacked lunch kits

Sugary breakfast cereals

Microwavable prepackaged dinners

Juice Drinks

French Fries

Toaster Pastries

11 Responses to “Top 10 Worst Foods for Kids to Eat”

  1. Cheap Luxury May 29, 2012 at 8:19 am #

    I don’t have kids yet but I often wonder about this. I think it is virtually impossible to control everything your kids eat. I have a friend who didn’t want her kids drinking soda only to find out that her mother-in-law was “treating” them to it on the side. So I think the only thing you can do is try your best to give them healthy food at home and hope of the best – we survive one way or another. I’d say a little bit of mac and cheese once in a while doesn’t hurt it is the habits you build over the long run that counts.

    • thewholebagofchips May 29, 2012 at 8:26 am #

      That’s my thought as well, so I’m glad to hear reinforcement! Thanks for reading and for responding!

  2. diane May 29, 2012 at 8:31 am #

    I am a fan of moderation. I think you provide a mostly clean diet or at least keep putting it out there and have them see you eating clean with the occasional treat. Also we try making treats clean. Tosca Reno has a great family and kids cookbook which tweeks some of their faves into a healthier version.

    • thewholebagofchips May 29, 2012 at 9:12 am #

      Plus I feel like if they never get to have the “treat” kind of stuff, once they’re on their own, they might over indulge just from not having ever had it. Plus, what would I do without my sugar cereals???

  3. Debi May 29, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    I’m right on board with Cheap Luxury. We eat healthy at home, pack healthy snacks and meals when our travels allow. As long as my kids have eaten all their fruits and vegetables and drank their milk during the day, I always allow them a small dessert after dinner. Because this is the way I’ve been doing things since they started eating, it has become a habit; so much so, that when the kids have an unplanned treat during the day at school or a friend’s house, they actually tell me that they can’t have dessert after supper because they’ve already had their dessert for the day. All that being said, we do have the occasional hot dogs, toaster pastries, etc. to fill in when time is tight or to give us a break from ‘cooking.’

    • thewholebagofchips May 29, 2012 at 10:44 pm #

      We have the same kind of system and I was so pleased on Monday when Caroline said she opted out of having ice cream at a friend’s house because she knew we were going out for Pinkberry later that same night. I guess the hard work pays off!

  4. Jo-Lyn June 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    Of course, all the yummy stuff is on the bad list!! lol

    • thewholebagofchips June 3, 2012 at 11:42 am #

      Yeah, that’s what Alex said too. She saw the list, and she said, “Hey! Hot Dogs are on this list! And Toaster Streudels….”

  5. Jo-Lyn June 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    My kids are never allowed to have soda! Nasty vile stuff…their grandparents allow them to drink it all.the.time. GGRRR!!!

    • thewholebagofchips June 3, 2012 at 11:43 am #

      We let them if they’re at a birthday party only. Special occasion and only sprite/sienna mist or orange.

  6. Aubrey West @ Healthy Foods for Kids July 17, 2012 at 1:57 am #

    All the foods that kids want to eat are on the list. But we can still let them eat those stuffs by having creative ideas on how we can transform them to a healthy ones.

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