Isagenix: Why Parents Should Add Isagenix Products to Kids’ School Lunch
Any loving parent wants the best for their children, and for many that includes packing a lunch and snacks from home for school. But two new studies question if parents are packing the healthiest lunches and snacks possible, as studies suggest that in comparison, most school-made lunches and snacks are actually healthier.
In one study, researchers from Virginia Tech University looked at the nutritional components of more than 1,000 lunches from three elementary schools and compared those made by the school to those packed at home (1). Overall, the lunches from home provided more calories, total fat, saturated fat, and sugar than the school lunches. What’s more, homemade lunches lacked in protein, fiber, vitamin A, and calcium compared to school lunches.
“We assumed there would be differences between school and packed lunch, but not such stark differences,” lead author and Ph.D. candidate at Virginia Tech University Alisha Farris said in a press release. “I also think, for a long time, people have viewed packed lunch as the healthier option, but our results show that’s really not the case.”
Another study, from researchers at Harvard School of Public Health, compared after-school snacks that were either provided by the school or from home (2). It found that those from home included more sugary candy and beverages. On days when kids brought home-packed snacks they also ate more salty and sugary foods and consumed almost twice as many calories compared to days when they ate snacks provided by school.
These results echo those found by researchers at the University of Minnesota that kids today eat far more snacks than kids in the 1970s and that most kids eat high-calorie snacks lacking in nutrients (3). Left unchanged, unhealthy snacking habits may lead to nutrient deficiencies, obesity, and increased risk for chronic disease as a child ages.
Makeover for Snacks and Lunches
Instead of carb-and-fat-heavy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or high-sodium lunch packs, parents ought to pack some of these popular Isagenix products in school lunch boxes:
- IsaLean Bars® make an excellent high-protein centerpiece for a school lunch. With 18 grams of protein including whey protein, it can provide the highly valued branched-chain amino acids that are necessary for growing muscles.
- Whey Thins also make a great alternative to chips or crackers. Providing 10 grams of protein in each bag, they can help satisfy that desire for a crunchy snack.
- IsaFruits® is an easy-to-make drink mix that is delicious yet has only 1 gram of sugar. The product also helps provide a variety of spray-dried fruit powders to complement a child’s need for fruits and vegetables in their diets.
Rather than reaching for snacks and lunch items containing empty calories from sugar and fat, parents should be packing nutrient-dense items that can still taste good and that kids will like. Luckily for parents, Isagenix takes the guesswork, and time, out of packing healthy, nutrient-dense lunches and snacks for school.
- Farris AR, et al. Nutritional comparison of packed and school lunches in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children following the implementation of the 2012-2013 national school lunch program standards. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2014 Nov-Dec;46(6):621-6.
- Kenney EL et al. Identifying sources of children’s consumption of junk food in Boston after-school programs, April-May 2011. Prev Chronic Dis. 2014 Nov 20;11:E205.
- Hess J, Slavin J. Snacking for a cause: nutritional insufficiencies and excesses of U.S. children, a critical review of food consumption patterns and macronutrient and micronutrient intake of U.S. children. Nutrients. 2014;6(11):4750-4759.
Are Isagenix Products Appropriate for Children?
By Andrea Frank Henkart, M.A., Certified Nutritional Counselor
Most parents agree that everything in moderation is best when it comes to our kids, especially when it comes to food. With vending machines filled with junk food and soda, lollipops given as a reward at the doctor’s office, and over 17,000 new processed foods introduced yearly (1)—many of which are sold at kid’s eye level—at what moment does moderation become excess?
When you cut through all the mass marketing messages, the packaging, and the whining and begging, the bottom line is always the same: kids need healthy fruits, veggies, whole grains, healthy proteins, and a certain amount of healthy fats. They also need vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients to form healthy bodies and minds. The best way to get these is through good food, preferably organic whenever possible.
However, it is not that easy to ensure your children are getting the proper nutrition they need. Our soils are depleted of minerals (2). Also, over 80,000 environmental toxins are released yearly with most of them going untested for toxicity (3). Many kids are picky eaters and refuse to eat the healthy food you offer them. Put those and other factors together and you have a lack in the proper nutrients your child receives.
Generally speaking, most kids get too much of the wrong stuff and not enough of the right stuff. Chances are, your kids and many of their peers are eating too many fats, added sugars, sodium, empty carbs, and preservatives. Statistics show kids aren’t getting nearly enough fruits and veggies. Only 22 percent of children ages 2 to 5 meet government recommendations for vegetable consumption according to a 2009 study by researchers at Ohio State University, and it only gets worse as kids get older. Just 16 percent of children ages 6 to 11 meet the government’s guidelines, and only 11 percent of those ages 12 to 18 (4).
The childhood obesity rate has more than tripled in the past four decades (5). Girls now have a 40 percent lifetime risk of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and boys have a 30 percent risk (6). Without changes in diet, exercise, and lifestyle, our kid’s odds of growing into healthy adults are not looking good.
There may be many issues over which you battle with your kids, like safety and homework. But food? Food sustains your family and brings everyone together. If your family meals have become family feuds, then perhaps it is time to switch things up. Isagenix offers healthy solutions for healthier eating.
Kids who get plenty of exercise, follow the Isagenix program, and eat a healthy, well-balanced diet build strong, healthy bodies. Isagenix provides our children with unparalleled nutritional products that enhance health.
All Isagenix superfoods meet our no-compromise ingredient policy standards. They use only natural ingredients with no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors.
Isagenix is committed to providing quality products that help our customers live healthier, happier lives. We often receive questions from parents who wonder if these products are also appropriate for their children. While most Isagenix programs are scientifically designed and marketed for adults, many of the products themselves can serve as kid-friendly alternatives to other sugary, fatty meals and snacks. We provide detailed age information on our website for all Isagenix products. However, when it comes to the health of a child, the most important thing is to ensure he or she is getting plenty of exercise and eating a well-balanced diet. Parents are encouraged to consult with their pediatrician before introducing new foods into their child’s diet.
Many Isagenix products are appropriate for young kids and adolescents so they can start developing healthy habits at a young age and grow into strong, healthy, lean adults with a better quality of life. It’s never too late to help your kids develop nutritional habits that can last a lifetime.
- Pollan M. Food Rules, An Eater’s Manual. The Penguin Press, New York, 2011.
- Davis DR, Epp MD, Riordan, HD. Changes in the USDA food composition data for 43 garden crops, 1950 to1999. J Amer Col Nutr, 2004;23(6):669-682.
- Reuben SH. Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now. President’s Cancer Panel, Annual Report 2008-2009. Retrieved from: http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/advisory/pcp/annualReports/pcp08-09rpt/PCP_Report_08-09_508.pdf
- Cohen, E. Ten Ways To Get Kids To Eat Their Veggies. 2011. Retrieved from: http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/06/02/kids.eat.vegetables.ep/
- American Heart Association. Understanding Childhood Obesity, An Epidemic of Excess. 2011. Retrieved from: http://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@fc/documents/downloadable/ucm_304175.pdf
- Institute of Medicine. Obesity Related Diseases. Albany, NY. 2004
About Andrea Frank Henkart:
Andrea Frank Henkart has two teaching credentials from UCLA and a Master’s degree in Family Psychology. She has more than 35 years of experience as a Certified Holistic Health Educator and Certified Nutritional Counselor. An internationally recognized authority on family health, she is the author of eight books, including two bestsellers: Cool Communication: From Conflict to Cooperation for Parents and Kids, (which is endorsed by Oprah) and co-written with her daughter, Journey, and Isagenix for Healthy Moms and Kids. She’s also the author of our newest brochure, Isagenix for Kids! Andrea has been featured on hundreds of radio and television shows internationally, including the Oprah Winfrey Show. She is fondly known in Isagenix as the, “Resident Family Expert.” Andrea is the proud mother of two adult children, loves to travel the globe, is building swing sets in the impoverished schools in Southern Belize and is involved in other philanthropic endeavors. She is passionate about helping families create health and harmony at home.