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Tips to help reduce sugar in your family's diet

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Tips to help reduce sugar in your family’s diet As more and more families search for ways to become healthier, one of the most commonly overlooked health concerns is sugar consumption. (For more info read, “How Sugar Makes You Fat“.) Sugar consumption is most commonly identified as candy and junk food. While this is true, there are even more ways that sugar is incorporated into your family’s diet. Here are a few tips to help reduce the sugar in your family’s diet… Eat brown rice. White rice contains mostly carbohydrates, which converts quickly to sugar after consumption. Brown rice offers full nutritional value and is a great choice over white grain rice. Opt for whole fruit. Most kids love fruit juice; however, there are fruit juices on the shelves today that are loaded with sugar additives. Instead of drinking a lot of fruit juice, opt for whole fruit, like apples, bananas and grapes. Eat your veggies. Lots of kids fuss over eating their vegetables. Even though this might be a huge hurdle for some families, incorporating more vegetables into your meals will reduce your sugar intake by far and large. Smart vegetables include green beans, carrots, tomatoes, and squash. Be cautious not to intake too many of the starchy veggies, like potatoes and corn, which contain high amounts of sugar. Snack wisely. Families tend to snack a lot…yes, even parents. Make fun, healthy snacks for your family instead of binging on junk food. For power-packed snacks that will keep away hunger, use protein. A light snack, like a turkey and cream cheese roll-up, will keep hunger at bay a lot longer if it’s going to be a while before the next meal.  In the evening, popcorn or veggies and dip offers another way to enjoy some fun “crunch” time instead of potato chips or cookies and milk. Do your own Baking and Cooking. You can have more control over what’s in the food you eat when you make it yourself.  I made a snack the other night and cut the sugar in half.  Guess what? It still tasted great!  I find that introducing a brand new recipe is the best time to cut the sugar down.  Because my family hasn’t ever tried the full sugar version, they’re clueless about any difference in taste.]]>

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