A Sweet Time of Year: Easy Ways to Decrease the Sugar in Your Kids Diets

It’s cold and the holidays are upon us! Before we dive into jelly donuts and comforting chocolate cake, consider this: preschoolers should consume no more than 4 teaspoons (or 16 grams) of added sugar a day. Yet the American Heart Association found that children between the ages of one-three consume around 12 teaspoons of sugar a day and four-eight year olds consume 21 teaspoons a day. Here are some easy ways to decrease the sugar in your life:

  • Instead of using flavored yogurt (a single YoKids organic yogurt has 13 grams of sugar!), buy plain yogurt and sweeten it yourself with a bit of maple syrup or honey
  • Make your own fruit leathers! Store-bought fruit leather often has added sugars and sweeteners. It’s easy to make-your-own, with one ingredient (fruit!) and no added sugar. For recipes, visit here.
  • Granola bars are always a kid favorite but they are loaded with sugar! A Quaker Chewy granola bar has 7 grams of sugar – that’s almost half the daily amount for preschoolers! Instead, make your own granola bars with this easy, no bake recipe!

First Bites is a non-profit organization that runs programs in preschools and early childcare centers to get kids excited about eating fruits and vegetables. To learn more about the program and for more ideas on what and how to feed children, visit www.firstbites.org, Facebook.com/YourFirstBites or follow us on Twitter @FirstBites.