|Photo by Jolene Thym. Sandwich from South Coast Deli, Santa Barbara|
THE GREAT NEWS about all of the bad news about childhood obesity is that companies are taking the news seriously. They're working hard to create new products that are way better for kids, cutting sugar, fat, calories, sodium -- and preservatives.
Among them is the lunchmeat giant Hillshire Farm. This fall, Hillshire launched a better-for-you line of lunchmeats called Hillshire Farm Naturals. The thin-cut meats, including ham and turkey roasted in different ways, have about the same sodium, fat and calorie content, but they're made without preservatives or other artificial ingredients. The result: Better, fresher flavor. An 8-ounce package is $4.49 at most stores.Another healthy option at some stores are the new deli turkey slices by Diestel, ridiculously fresh slices that are literally freshly, thinly sliced turkey breast in a package. These come in lots of great flavors, including one that's salt-free.
P.S. This photo does not picture Hillshire Farms nor Diestel's cold cuts, but it COULD! In fact, IF these coldcuts had more pork choices, I could pull it off. This is the "Three Little Pigs" sandwich from South Coast Deli in Santa Barbara. It's triple pork topped with shredded and dressed salad. Memorable. If you're in the area, go there. You will be happy you did. It's on East Carillo.