When I'm making meals and snacks or packing lunches I'm always worrying if the food choices I've made will sustain my kids, including my big kid hubby. Do you know, just the other day he looked at my youngest son's lunch with the crusts cut out and complained that I don't put as much love into his lunch as I do Young Mister's. When I'm not worrying about the amount of love -- sticky-notes-taped-on-lunch-boxes included -- I'm worrying about the nutritional value.
What is a Glycaemic Index?
"The glycemic index, or glycaemic index, (GI) provides a measure of how quickly blood sugar levels (i.e. levels of glucose in the blood) rise after eating a particular type of food. The effects that different foods have on blood sugar levels vary considerably" - Wikipedia
But What does this mean?
High GI foods raise blood glucose levels too quickly, which promotes glucose storage in fat cells as well as sudden blood sugar dips. Low GI carbohydrates are the ones that produce only small fluctuations in our blood glucose and insulin levels.
This is all about how your body processes certain foods and turns it into energy and whether or not it can be sustained over a long period.
For sandwiches I always use whole-grain bread and wraps , which are low GI and high in fibre. When making dinner I use whole-grain brown rice and pastas, which also have the above mentioned nutritional benefits. Lean meats like chicken and turkey are a staple and so are vegetables. It's much easier more me to work aubergines, red pepper (antioxidants and vitamin c) carrots and cauliflower into dinner and home lunches; doing it for school lunches a and snacks is a different game all together.
Can kids -- and husbands -- snack better?
I learned early that f I didn't want them eating it I had to get it out of the cupboards and out of the house, how else does a man who tells impassioned stories about his love for salt and vinegar chips end up eating multigrain crackers and peanut butter(and enjoying them) while he watches his favourite team play?
When you get the bad food out of the house and their lunch boxes provide healthy and fun alternatives like roasted mixed nuts, all bran muffins with fun toppings, fresh tasty fruits and homemade dips for carrots and celery. Most important of all, read The Late Bloomer's posts, she knows what she's talking about.
PS: It's watermelon season!