Instead of focusing on what your kids can’t eat, how about encouraging your kids to be a winner, by adding some “Super Snacks” to their diets?
And forget about “cold turkey” – or in this case maybe that’s “Cold Jerky” – as in those god-awful SlimJims – think about slow beginnings that eventually get to the end. Start with a plan for reducing junk just 1 or 2 days a week.
On a grocery store trip, let kids be investigative reporters and pay attention to sugar content on the ingredient list of the snacks. It is listed as grams. 1 teaspoon of sugar equals a little more than 4 grams. So, you can help them divide the total grams on the package by 4 to get how many spoons of sugar they eat.
The old traditional standby — round oat cereal with the hole in the middle — has 1 gram of sugar in a serving, while some sugary colorful ones have 12 grams. Some granola bars have 13 grams while others only 7 or 8 grams per bar. A single pop tart has 18 grams (about 10 teaspoons of sugar). Just imagine, taking you sugar bowl and shoving down 10 teaspoons into your mouth at once…gross right? Make your kids understand it’s that gross too!