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Sugar isn’t a bad thing, but it is something I have become increasingly aware of enjoying in moderation. Toward the end of the last school year, I began to notice that my children had been consuming more sugar then I would like. I took the summer as an opportunity to change things up to reduce the amount the kids were having and you know what? They never even noticed!
Over the summer, simple changes and a bit of creativity allowed the kids to still have yummy snacks, dessert and their favourite treats! Now that we’re back in school mode, with packing lunches and recess snacks, I’ve incorporated these changes into our routine and am sharing them below (delicious recipe links included!).
5 Tips for Reducing Sugar
1. Look for reduced sugar options of products kids love:Being mindful of sugar content doesn’t mean you need to walk away from all prepackaged food. Taking some time while shopping to find reduced sugar options for things like granola bars, crackers and other favourites will allow you to determine the best choices.
Tip: Danino Paw Patrol Drinkable Yogurt is a favourite of my kids. They’re a great option for young children’s snacks and work well for lunches. Danino drinkable yogurts now have 40% less sugar with a total of only 5g and do not contain any preservative, artificial flavours and colours.
2. More fruit! Fruit is a great option for recess/break time/lunch and even dessert. It can be prepared ahead of time and packed up for school and on the go. With so many options and ways to be served, it’s not something your children will get tired of.
Tip: While fruit can certainly be enjoyed on it’s own; it can work really well as a fun and yummy topping on frozen yogurt for a treat or dessert.
Recipe: 8 Healthy Frozen Yogurt Toppings
3. Homemade: Baking treats and/or getting creative in the kitchen allows for staying in control of sugar. Trust me, I’m no baker, but have found a few “treats” that my kids go crazy for, but have far less sugar than store bought alternatives. Easy DIY snacks include: smoothies, juice made from tea, muffins and cookies. I’m on a mission to learn how to make my own bread, but baby steps…
Tip :You can also substitute sugar with things like apple sauce, for an equally delicious taste that doesn’t have as much sugar.
Recipes: Healthy Maple Pumpkin Muffins, Cold Brew Iced Tea, Good for You Chocolate Chip Cookies
4. Pack snacks: Packing snacks makes it much easier to choose options that have less sugar; where grabbing on the go can create much more of a challenge. Taking a bit of time to prepare your own snacks from home is a routine I’ve gotten in the habit of doing and will not be turning back! Easy picks: Fruit, trail-mix, crackers with peanut butter, cookies, Danone Yogurt Drink, popcorn, etc.
Recipe: 20 Popcorn Recipes
5. Leading by example: Demonstrating smart food choices, like choosing fruit over sweets, and having positive conversations around sugar intake, for example noting that everything in moderation, is the best way to ensure children develop their own healthy eating habits.
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