Look at what kind of audience you are. You are probably only reading this article because the title and photo grabbed your attention. Well, get your mind out of the gutter. This is a parenting blog and that sort of discussion would not be appropriate here. All joking aside, this post is about sugar and about daddy, but not about a sugar daddy — unless you are talking about the candy, and in that case, then yes, we are.
See in some families, Daddy is the sugar dealer. However, in my family, that title goes to me. It is not something I am proud of, but I’m also not sure how ashamed of it I should be.
Sugar. Poor dreaded sugar. It has such a bad reputation. Sugar gets blamed for everything from behavioral problems, to sleeping trouble to obesity to teeth problems. And in most cases, sugar probably deserves the bad rap associated with it. An article posted on CBS News a couple years ago, went so far as to call sugar a toxin. Another article called sugar a poison — all because of the way Americans consume it. Alternatively, those on the other end of the this argument contend that sugar is a harmless part of childhood. Up until now, that has pretty much been my view of it.
Most likely, the right answer about sugar being “good”or “bad,” lies somewhere between the two extreme and divergent opinions. It may surprise you, but despite all of the buildup of controversy, most pediatricians and nutritionists seem to agree, that the right kind of sugar, if consumed in modest amounts, can be a part of a healthy diet.
Yes, too much of the bad sugar is surely detrimental to your child’s physical health and possibly their mental/behavioral health. But, some nutritionists and dieticians would tell you not completely rid your child’s diet of sugar; noting that not all sugars are created equal.
According to an article written by nutrition author, Sandi Busch, “Fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and whole grains contain simple sugars. When simple sugars are naturally found in whole food, they come with vitamins, minerals, protein, phytochemicals and fiber. The presence of fiber makes a significant difference because it slows down the absorption of sugar, which moderates its impact on blood sugar.” As a quick reference for you, some “good” sugar foods include: ripe fruit, root vegetables (potatoes, carrots, and sweet potatoes), whole grains and some dairy products.
Listen…I’m totally okay with continuing to be my family’s sugar dealer, but I do believe that it is time that I look beyond the candy bowl, the free bakery cookies, the Lemonade, the cake pops and the sweetened cereals. There is a time and a place for special treats like that, but there should not be a place for them in my children’s daily diet.
Here is a list of 30 low-sugar snack ideas from superhealthykids.com:
- Celery and Cheese
- Hummus and Veggies
- Almond butter and Celery
- String Cheese
- Potato Wedges
- Guacamole and Pita wedges
- Olive, Cheese and Carrot Mix
- Cucumber Sandwich
- Carrots w/ Ranch
- Finger Salad (salad kids eat with their fingers)
- Deviled Eggs
- Zucchini Chips
- Snow Peas
- Nut Trail Mix (no chocolate or dried fruit)
- Avocado Hummus
- Kale Chips
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Cauliflower Popcorn
- Toast w/ Egg and Avocado
- Pepper Poppers
- Homemade goldfish crackers
- Salad Skewers
- Caprese Snack
- Cauliflower Dipper
How much sugar do you let your kids have? Have any awesome sugar-free recipes that your kids swoon over? Feel free to share, as I could surely use them!