It can sometimes seems like sugar is everywhere and cutting down on treats is a losing battle. Here are some simple tips to limit the sugar in your child’s diet and encourage a healthy, balanced diet.
- Cut down on treat foods, but don’t ban them. Banning them makes them more appealing
- Don’t have a supply of treats at home. If they’re not in the house, they can’t be eaten
- Teach your child that they need healthy food if they want to have the strength to run around, play sport and do well in school
- Allow full access to healthy snacks such as fruit, chopped vegetables, yoghurt, peanut butter with whole wheat crackers, etc.
- When you have sugary foods, eat them with a meal. It’s better for their teeth and means they won’t fill up on treats between meals
- Find non-food treats to reward them and keep them motivated- a game of football, a trip to the playground or even some stickers.
- Keep portions small-choose mini or snack versions whenever possible.
- Give them water or milk as their normal drink and limit the sugary drinks.