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Helping Your Children Avoid Sugary Foods

Sugar is one of those things that once children are introduced to, they will want to eat it more and more. Here are some guidelines in helping your child find a healthy nutritional balance, as well as good eating habits.3 girls eating lollipops - © DNF-Style - Fotolia.com

Benefits of Avoiding Sugar

There are many different benefits to avoiding sugar. Limiting sugar intake helps in limiting child obesity, future health problems and avoiding cavities.

Cavities are the most painful for your children out of the list above. Helping them to brush their teeth after eating sugar will also help them from getting cavities. Along with daily brushing, regular dentist appointments can help in preventing cavities.

Sugar Guidelines

This doesn’t mean you should avoid sugar completely. Telling your children that they can’t have certain foods just makes them want them more. Teach them the good habits, and tell them sweets are okay occasionally. Just like with all other foods, everything is okay in moderation.

Dessert, Not Dinner

Give your children soda and candy as a dessert, as opposed to giving it to them at meal time. Giving children sweets and soda at dinner teaches them that these things are part of your meal, instead of something that should only be eaten occasionally.

Family Mealtime

Having a set schedule is a good way to provide a routine and something for your children to look forward to. This provides them with a timeframe so they know when they will be eating. Eating at specific times helps your children to not eat as much and snack less.

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Cook in your Home

Cooking at home instead of going out helps teach your family to eat better and healthier. Provide healthy options instead of sugary ones. This is especially important at breakfast. there are so many sugar cereals that can be easily substituted with meal items such as fruit and oatmeal.

Get your children involved. Have them help you plan meals, pick out their favorite vegetables, and set the table. This will also help teach your child planning and follow through.

Healthy Snacks

Have a shelf in the refrigerator and or pantry of your home. Include items that your child can get out themselves and eat when they want a snack. Portion them out into little snack bags. This helps teach them to snack healthy and helps them learn about portion size. Healthy items include:

  • Apples
  • Applesauce
  • Baby Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cheese
  • Fresh Fruits
  • Peanut Butter
  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels
  • Raisins
  • Seasonal Fruits
  • Whole Grain Cereal
  • Yogurt

These are just a few ideas, the possibilities are endless. Taking your child’s favorite fruit or vegetable and sticking it in the mix always encourages them to eat healthier.

Remember, the best way to teach your children is by example. If they see you constantly eating sweet treats and drinking soda pop, they will want to too. Show them that it is okay to have these things occasionally in moderation.

By Chanelle Furner

Chanelle Furner is a professional writer who has written for several Pediatric Dental blogs, including Stevenson Pediatrics Dentistry.

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Diane Nassy

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 9-year-old little boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Check out Diane's Google+ profile "