roasting caramelizes the natural sugar and brings out sweetness
use in homemade breads and muffins
Try coconut products like shredded coconut, flour, oil, cream, and water
Use spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger
Give your breakfast a make-over.
Instead of sweetened cereals and baked goods, try:
oatmeal with dried fruit and spices
low-sugar cereal (see handout)
plain yogurt with fresh fruit
egg dishes: hard boiled, scrambled eggs, omelet, frittata
Experiment with new flavors and find or make favorites using ingredients without added sugar.
Homemade salad dressing
Herbs and spices
Stevia and monk fruit
Reward your child in other ways.
Favorite activities, play dates, simple treats like stickers, hugs or high fives, time outside
Adjusting to less sweet tastes
Young children should avoid added sugar while they are learning to like the flavors of nutritious foods.
If your child prefers sweet tastes, try avoiding added sugar for a week or a month. Then you may add foods that you miss in limited amounts. Avoid artificial sweeteners. They can help avoid excess calories but will prevent your child from adjusting to the less sweet flavors of healthy foods.