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Reduce the Sugar, Your Children Are Sweet Enough

By Donna Stark

Do your children come home from school and head straight for the cookies in the pantry? Are they like my daughter and think that it is perfectly OK to fill up on cereal before dinner? In today's sweet little world, getting your children to put down the sugar can feel like an uphill battle, but it doesn't have to be! With just some extra creativity and some gentle nudging, you can reduce their intake and help them establish healthier eating habits in the process. Have I piqued your interest? If so, keep reading!

Don't Let Your Kids Crash!

Have you ever eaten a candy bar or grabbed a can of soda for a quick mid-afternoon burst of energy, only to experience an immediate crash once you went back to work? If so, you know that sugar is rarely a good solution. But what are some good solutions? Especially ones that kids will eat? Well, you may have to try a few different things but here are some great suggestions to start with. Take a look.

  • Apples dipped in almond butter
  • Bananas with peanut butter
  • Sprouted grain toast with sugar-free jam
  • Unsweetened yogurt with fresh fruit
  • Hummus with raw vegetables
  • Homemade guacamole with baked chips
  • Homemade granola or trail mix
  • Pancakes (but only if they are made with whole-grain batter and you top with fruit instead of syrup)
  • Smoothies

Being Careful With Sugar

Even food that appears to be healthy and good for your children can be loaded with sugar, so you need to be careful with what you are offering them. Read the labels and make sure you know the difference between added sugar and natural sugar.

The Difference Between Sugars

Added sugar is generally what comes to mind when most people hear the word "sugar." It's what you think of when you reach for that soda, energy drink, or cereal box, but it can also be found in products that you would otherwise think are healthy, such as granola bars, packaged oatmeal, and fruit snacks.

Natural sugars, on the other hand, are found in certain foods like fruit, and consuming them is perfectly fine because at the same time you are eating them, you are also consuming other healthy nutrients in the process.

Healthy and Happy Children

The great thing about introducing healthier snacks is that you will be helping your children understand the importance of good nutrition. So start today and encourage them to try new things. It's the best and most effective way to help them establish those healthy eating habits that will stay with them for a lifetime!

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