It’s that time of year again! Ice cream, popsicles, and cold drinks are the sweets we crave during summer. But our kids are already eating an average of 19 teaspoons of sugar per day, which is three times the recommended 6 teaspoons. Add in some ice cream or a couple popsicles and we could have a problem.
Did you know that a half a cup of Breyers Ice Cream has 20 grams of sugar? And that ice cold coke has 42! So, what can we do? How can we curb our intake of our favorite summer time treats, especially for our kids?
We put our faith in old friend: fruit. Fruit is nature’s treat and is a great replacement for other sugary treats. Summer sees an array of in-season fruits. Try branching out to something new like passion fruit or stick to something you know you love like cherries or berries. Watermelon is also a great summertime favorite. Fruit parfaits with plain yogurt and granola is an easy way to mix it up! Just try to go for a granola that is low in sugar, or make your own! Instead of stocking your freezer with popsicles this summer, stock it with frozen fruit and make a delicious smoothie.
Sure, going out for ice cream after a baseball game or snacking on a popsicle at the pool are both perfectly acceptable. Try to replace with fruit, fruit smoothie or a fruit parfait whenever you can!