5 Easy Ways To Cut Sugar From Your Kid’s Diet

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Sugar is probably my least favorite of the food evils.  It causes behavioral issues, rots my children’s teeth, and seems to be an addiction for them.

In fact, the American Heart Association claims that children 2-18 should have a daily sugar intake of less than 25 grams of sugar per day.

5 Ways To Cut Sugar From Your Kid’s Diet

Of course a “no sugar” diet is the most ideal, but realistically here are 5 quick ways you can improve your children’s health today!

Cut out sugary drinks.

This should come as no surprise, but it is not practiced by many moms.  My kids love chocolate milk, sports drinks, and juices. I recommend phasing these out and replacing them with fruit infused water.

Here are some of my picks to help make drinking water something they look forward to.

Teach them to read labels.

When my children began to see how much sugar was in different foods, they started making better decisions on their own.  Education is the best preventative medicine when it comes to finding ways to cut sugar from your kid’s diet. Speaking of reading….check out this post for ideas on getting your kids to read more.

Commit to baking one treat per week.

We all know that homemade is healthier than pre-made or processed treats.  They’re also cheaper and can provide quality time for your family if done together.  My kids have come to love “family baking time”.  Here are some great recipe books and products to help you get this activity into your weekly family routine.

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Try these lower sugar alternatives to treat your littles.

Busy Bar, Grass Fed Whey Protein Bar, Cookie Dough, Only 1g of Sugar, 13g of Protein, Only 140 Calories, Gluten Free, Low Carb Bar, Soy Free, Non-GMO, Perfect Snack On-The-Go (12 Bars)  Bare Natural Apple Chips, Snack Size Variety Pack, Gluten Free + Baked, 0.53 Oz (24 Count)  RXBAR Kids Whole Food Protein Bar, Chocolate Chip, 16 Count 


32 thoughts on “5 Easy Ways To Cut Sugar From Your Kid’s Diet”

  1. These are great ideas. We usually bake one homemade treat over the weekend. This way we have a special snack that lasts all week and I know it’s better than store bought snacks. I have a sweet tooth and my daughter is too so cutting out sugar is hard, but luckily, she loves her fruits and vegetables too. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. These are really great tips that I plan to use for our child! Another way is for us to be a good influence and show them how to make healthy choices. I think they’ll see you and want to make them too! 🙂

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  3. I totally agree with teaching your kids to read the labels on food (and drinks!), I’ve started doing that with my 8 year old and he will actually catch me with a drink and say “___ grams of sugar, mom?!” LOL

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  4. Such great tips, for kids or adults! Reading labels amazes me, there is sugar in EVERYTHING and I have such a sweet tooth! Luckily I’ve cut all the sugar out of my coffee atleast as well as all other beverages….a step in the edge direction!

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  5. This is great! My kids have so much energy and I’m always looking for ways to cut sugar out of their diets without causing huge fights. I love this post!

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  6. I still get backlash from family for diluting my 6 and 4-year-olds juice and because I won’t let them drink pop. The bright side is my children LOVES drinking water and will choose it first over anything. I also monitor their sweets intake which people don’t like either “let them eat candy, they’re kids!” Their 6-year-old molars with thank me. Great blog!

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  7. Great tips! Love that you don’t cut sugar completely. Sugar still has a place and time but you just need to be responsible about it and teach your kids how to also. The drinks are hard for us- I try to just not buy anything and force everyone to drink water but its still hard.

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  8. I love all your ideas for cutting sugar from our kids’ diets, especially teaching them to read labels. That is an important skill that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives, and not only become aware of sugar but other ingredients in foods.

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  9. These are great tips, even for adults! You have to be so careful with your sugar intake, that stuff is everywhere! Pretty alarming to be honest…

    Laura ☆ www,laurahasablog.co.uk

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