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Most of us know to avoid sugar ladden drinks and sodas, but where else are your children (and possibly you!) getting that unwanted sugar??
Fruit leather~ it has just as much sugar as fruit juice
Low – fat peanut butter ~ the fat is replaced with sugar for taste and texture
Yogurt ~ check your label! Some yogurts contain more sugar than a candy bar!
Cereal ~ recommended sugar amount is 5 grams per serving. I fudge and allow 10 grams.
Flavored milk ~ might as well have dessert …
- When fat is taken out of food, sugar is often put in. A low fat label is not a guarantee that your food is healthy.
- Avoid foods with more than 10 grams of sugar
As the New Year unfolds, I challenge you to make family meals a priority for 2012! Strive for at least 1-2 days a week where your family joins together for a meal. It will make a difference! Involve your children, young or old, in the process!
Some suggestions ~
1.Have your children take turns being in charge of 1 meal a week.
2.Involve your children in meal decisions as you plan your weekly menus. They will be more likely to enjoy the meals you fix!
3.Have a family devotion or topical discussion. There are so many good resources for devotions and meaningful family conversations. While they may not always “go the way you’d like”, you are creating memories!
Do a google search or check out some of the ones I have suggested below.I let my children decide which one they want to do. They will take turns selecting a reading/devotion for the night.
Happy New Year!
Table Talk ~ Conversation cards for the entire family
The Family Dinner Box of Question ~ Cards to create great conversations
Family Moments ~ Making an investment with a priceless return
Tough Topics~ 600 questions that will take you beneath the surface
Not-So-Quiet- Times 240 Devotions based on the words of Jesus
Dare 2B Wise by Joe White
Subscribe to the weekly Huffington Post Family Dinner Download
The Books Below are available in more than one Volume
One Year Book of Family Devotions
One Year Book of Devotions for Kids
Josh McDowells One Year Book of Youth Devotions
Did you know that the average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar a day?
Read nutrition labels ! A gram of sugar is hard to picture. Divide the grams of sugar by 4 to get the quantity of sugar in teaspoons.
16 grams of sugar is equivalent to 4 teaspoons of sugar. Many breakfast cereals and yogurts contain 20 or more grams of sugar PER serving!
There are 40.5 grams of sugar in a 12 oz can of Coke.
- Forty grams of sugar is the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar.
In these difficult economic times, we see families cutting back everywhere they can. They are planting gardens, making fewer and smarter choices at the grocery store, eating out less and cooking in more.
One of the positive outcomes of the recession is the need for families to spend less money eating out and more time time at home, preparing meals form scratch. This can serve as a valuable social connector for teens and their families and for teens with other teens. Get away from the social networking traps for an hour or two and cook dinner with your kids!
It is an activity far more delicious and educational than surfing the net.
If teens/families started cooking together, and then eating together, there’s a good chance they would eat better while also learning about health and nutrition.
Nutrition and public policy expert, Dr. Marion Nestle,says,”I’ve long argued that the best way to get people to eat more healthfully is to teach kids to cook.”
Teens and tweens are fascinated with food programs on television. Clearly there is an interest in becoming food savvy. However,they lack the skills and information necessary to create a healthy and tasty meal.
Empower you kids! Give them the gift of cooking! Sign them up for a class today!