It becomes a difficult task to control your child's sugar intake because it is everywhere. Almost everything a child likes to eat contains sugar. Not only in sweets and chocolates, sugar is also included in juices, breakfast cereals, flavored yogurts and many more. It's hard to keep kids away from sweets, biscuits, muffins, and cakes.
The consumption of added sugar is very harmful. It will definitely lead to tooth decay, but it also increases the risk of obesity, high blood pressure, fatty liver and diabetes. Encouraging children to eat healthy is not easy. The exchange of chocolates for vegetables can seem impossible. You need to find clever ways to reduce your child's sugar intake.
Here are some steps that every parent can follow to take the sugar off the diet without the children knowing it. The addition of chocolate syrup or extra sweet treats is not the only way to make food more attractive and tasteful. Try to make the food more appealing. If you only serve vegetables, it definitely gets boring. You can use different techniques to make food more attractive. Try different shapes like stars or smiles with the help of a cookie cutter. Try mixing different recipes that will delight your kids to eat. Use colorful vegetables to add bright colors to your recipe, such as peas, carrots, spinach, etc. You can add healthy items to your favorite foods so that they can eat vegetables as well.
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Avoid sugary drinks
. Carbonated drinks are high in sugar and unhealthy. Carbonated soda, energy drinks, flavored water and pumpkin – all are high in sugar. You should keep your children from consuming them. Do not buy them and do not hide them from your children. You can give your child fresh juice, but do not add sugar. Encourage your children to drink more milk and water. Drinking more water is a healthy habit and also reduces excessive sugar consumption.
Do not make dessert obligatory
Parents are responsible for the eating habits of their children. So it's up to you to control your child's sugar intake. Do not make sweets after dinner. It will help to reduce the sugar significantly. If dessert is a must in your daily diet, change it immediately. Children will eventually develop the habit of not eating dessert. Add more fruit and salad to your dining table and make a healthy diet a habit.
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Reward It Wise
Some parents use candy as a treat for children, which is not the way to go. This will become a habit after some time. Reward your children wisely and give them things that are useful to them. Do not use cakes and biscuits to motivate them to learn. This only indirectly increases the consumption of sugar.
Increasing protein intake
The protein balances calcium levels in the body and helps develop lean muscle. A balanced protein content in the body reduces the craving for sugar and simple carbohydrates. Some protein-rich foods are eggs, almonds, oats, milk, etc.
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