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Frequently asked questions
What is the #1 misconception in food/healthy eating?
The calorie myth.
We are biology, not math.
A calorie is not a calorie. 100 calories from a skittles is not the same as 100 calories from grass fed beef. Our body communicates through messengers, not calories. So, stop counting calories and focus on nutrient density. When we eat nutrient dense food, out body will self regulate.
Focus on ingredients, not calories. Remember what we don’t consume is as important as what we do consume.
Grass fed meat, pasture raised eggs, organic fruit… These are expensive! Any suggestions on how to make this more cost effective?
Remember that fast food is actually not very cheap! With some thoughtful preparation, you can use the best ingredients at the same or even reduced cost to prepare SuperHero meals.
Also, when considering the cost of whole SuperHero foods, remember that the secondary costs of future doctor visits are even more expensive.
Third, feeding your children SuperHero foods that help them excel and thrive as they grow is priceless.
Stay tuned for more detailed SuperHero food cost-saving tips!
How did you decide which foods are SuperHero Foods?
We believe that every BODY is different. Some adults thrive on a keto diet and others do best eating vegan. Others have the most energy and cure many ailments while eating like a carnivore.
What foods work well is very specific to the individual. Through trial and error, you can personalize your diet to what works best for you via Personalized Nutrition. But at the core of every diet, the theme is common: WHOLE, REAL foods. The same applies to children.
We believe that WHOLE FOODS – foods that have been processed or refined as LITTLE as possible and are FREE from additives or other artificial substances – help children thrive! The SuperHero foods we choose are foods that are WHOLE and packed with lots of nutrition.
There are many SuperHero foods we can add to our list. We’d love to know which new foods you’d like to see on our list!
And while you and your children may not be able to eat all of these foods because of your dietary restrictions or choices, we believe that increasing awareness about eating more of the Superhero Foods that are the best for your values will get you and your family one step closer to our mission!
Do you notice a difference in your kids when they eat superhero foods vs other foods?
We notice a big difference! On special occasions, we make french toast or pancakes for breakfast with the best ingredients possible. But we like to save these sugar-filled breakfasts for weekends because when our kids start their day with sugar and heavy carbs, they crash about two hours later.
When they eat sugary foods, we notice that they are more emotional and that they are not able to concentrate as well. In general, the less sugar they eat, the more calm and focused they are!
No sugar is very difficult for us. What are some guidelines on the amount of sugar that is safe to eat for my child?
The general recommendation is about 25 grams of sugar per day (1 teaspoon equals about 4 grams). This is really easy to exceed when you realize that an 8 oz glass of 100% orange juice has 21 grams of sugar!
If you can keep your sugar consumption to less than 50 grams per day, you will be far ahead of the pack. Sugar and sugar alternatives are added to almost everything and the labels are deceptive. We have so much to say about sugar, so stay tuned!
What are the best sugar alternatives?
We believe that fresh fruit is the best sugar alternative. Then dried fruit with no added sugar.
But we can’t add fruit to everything, so we opt for honey and maple syrup if fruit doesn’t work.
If we are baking and the recipe calls for sugar, our general rule of thumb is: Cut the amount of sugar in half and then substitute it for honey or maple syrup. For example, if the recipe calls for one cup of sugar, we use a half-cup of maple syrup instead.
If we are making whipped cream, we substitute maple syrup for sugar. If we want to sweeten plain full fat yogurt, we drizzle some raw honey on top or add some berries. If we want to sweeten a smoothie, we throw in a date. The combinations are endless!
Are artificial sweeteners OK?
No! They cause weight gain and other metabolic disturbances. All artificial sweeteners disrupt the microbiome. There is no free lunch! Use natural sweeteners such as maple syrup or honey. Even cane sugar is better than artificial sweeteners.
What is the best way to eat coconut oil?
Coconut oil has a smoke point of 350 °F so it works well for both cooking and baking. If you roast or saute veggies, use coconut oil for a different flavor profile. Try a spice like Garam Masala (we like the Frontier Co-Op Brand) to complement the unique coconut flavor. Roast carrots and sweet potatoes in coconut oil with a touch of cinnamon and some salt – it’s delicious!
When baking, substitute coconut oil for vegetable oil or butter. Coconut oil has more nutrients than vegetable oil and can be a great alternative to anyone who is sensitive to dairy. If you want to cash in on the coconut flavor, add coconut flakes or chips to your baked goods too!