Check out our 8 healthy food swaps for easy ways to reduce the amount of sugar your kids eat. We’ve got everything from breakfast right through to dessert covered… and even a sneaky sugar free ‘Nutella’!
Fruit juices > the whole fruit
They might seem like a healthier choice, but even 100% fruit juices contain all the sugar of fruit without any of its other benefits. Swap that glass of orange juice for an actual orange and your little ones will get the fibre they need, with less sugar.
Sugary cereal > plain cereal
It might not surprise you that your kids’ favourite cereals are more than 30 per cent sugar. To prevent them from starting their day off with a big bowl of sugar, switch to low-sugar alternatives, or make your own like these overnight oats.
Sugary drinks > water
Swap soft drinks and sports drinks for water. Kids definitely don’t need these every day and they’re a massive source of added sugar.
Flavoured milk >plain milk
Again, flavoured milk drinks add heaps of sugar to kids’ diets. Swap for plain milk, or for a yummy treat with no added sugar, try Fangks chocolate and strawberry drinking mixes.
Premade > homemade muesli bars
Another ‘healthy’ product that is often packed full of sugar! The good news is that muesli bars are super easy to make at home, and that way you know exactly what goes in them. Try this recipe, or for an after school snack, this granola recipe.
Ice cream > nice cream
For a treat without the sweet, swap ice cream for banana ‘nice cream’ – essentially, frozen banana that’s been blended until smooth. It makes the most perfect consistency – just like ice cream, only heaps healthier! There are heaps of amazing recipes online, like Chocolate Peanut Butter or this No Churn Chunky Icecream.
Icy poles > fresh fruit icy poles
And while we’re on the subject of ice cream, swap those sugary icy poles in the freezer for homemade fruit icy poles. Just puree whatever fruits you choose, pour into moulds and freeze. If the mixture is too thick, add a little yoghurt or juice. It’s a great way to use up that fruit that’s been sitting in the fridge, too! For something a little fancier, try these Mixed Berry Coconut Smoothie Popsicles.
And finally…the secret sugar free weapon…SUGAR FREE NUTELLA
Oh, yes. Three ingredients, no sugar…and we predict a whole lot of happy kids (and parents!). Get the recipe here.