Sugar Free Sunday & Little Visitors – Tips and Tricks for Aunts and Uncles
Welcome to one of the sweetest weekly virtual potluck get-together ever! Yes indeed — it is Sugar Free Sunday! We host it every Sunday to exchange incredible sugar free recipes. Inspiration to start the week right? You bet!
Full Disclosure: I am not a parent. I am an aunt. This is not intended to be parenting advice – merely observations and techniques that have worked for me when I get the pleasure of having lovely little ones visit.
I’ve been living in a mostly sugar free household for over a year and a half now. (Yay!!) I say mostly because I do have my rare slip ups and accidents. I’ve also been blessed with amazing family and friends that love to visit me. (Yay!!) Most of these wonderful human beings are not sugar-free; so when they visit I do end up having a few items that are sugar-full in my kitchen. Not many – but some. Most of my adult visitors are game to try being sugar-free but my little visitors – well – that is quite a tough problem.
Recently I had two very special little ones visit me who are at the age where sugar is a common part of their diet. Now – they’re fairly healthy kids and super smart. In fact one of them even said to me that he was “addicted to sugar. Just like people get addicted to cigarettes”. I was shocked! Had this little-under-10-years-of-age love started reading medical or nutritional articles?
Long story short.. I wanted to minimize the amount of sugar they ate while they visited so here were some of the things I did:
- Buy LOTS of fruits. It’s summer – it’s easy to find sweet fruits to quench their sugar cravings. Yellow peaches and mangos seemed to be the biggest hit.
- Place fruits in a tempting easy to spot place. These sweethearts are gymnasts – I placed my fruits on a fruit dish that is held high so you can see it no matter where you are. It’s sturdy enough to not fall over yet fun enough to climb counters for!
- Buy jam – but fruit sweetened ones. These kids love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Here are some of the ones that I love.
- While we’re talking about sandwiches – buy sugar-free breads and peanut butter. Since typically you can’t taste the sugar in these items – they won’t miss it at all.
- If I don’t serve waffles and pancakes for breakfast they won’t ask for whipped cream and maple syrup.
- When I do use maple syrup – I use the real stuff.
- Let them help cooking – they love real food when they make it.
- This one is terrible – but it worked! Don’t give them too many options. The more options I gave them the more likely it became that they ate the wrong things or found a reason to not like the real food.
- Don’t ever use sugary treats as a bribe or reward for good behavior.
- Come up with rules with them of how many times they can have sugary things – once every other day or so worked well for us. Negotiation is key here as opposed to laying down the law.
- Keep healthy snacks ready. They seemed to really want sugar treats when they got intensely hungry. 100% fruit bars, lara bars, carrot sticks, and celery (“ants on a log!”) worked like a charm.
- Homemade popsicles from 100% fruit juice are easy to make and so much better than the ready made ones you get in the store.
- Don’t spend your time trying to make their favorite sugar full item sugar free. Trust me – they can tell and they will not enjoy it. Instead just make real non sweet food.
- Talk to them about what they’re eating. They’re smarter than you think and really do remember things even if it looks like they’re not paying any attention at all!
- Lastly – use the “These are the house rules” line if you really have to. This really is the last resort and if you do get to this point, make sure the rules are not arbitrarily enforced and you’re not breaking them for yourself. 🙂
Well – the kids definitely did have some sugar but I would like to think they left my home with a better sense of real food and a smaller addiction to sugar. 🙂
How do you participate in the virtual potluck?
- Link your recipe post (NOT your homepage) if it does not use refined sugar. Your blog does not have to be entirely sugar free, just the dish you’re sharing!
- Please link back to this get-together somewhere in your post’s text. It’s a great way to invite your readers to the fun!
- Want to make something sweet without using refined sugar? Just check out all the ways to satisfy your sweet tooth without refined sugar here.
- Your link doesn’t have to be to a sweet dish! We love to see your sugar free appetizers, entrees, soups, snacks — well — you get the idea!
- Please don’t link to carnivals or giveaways. This is a party; bring a dish to share!
- In the ‘Name’ field, please enter who you are and what you’re linking. For example Sonia would put: Bean Kale Pasta Soup [Sonia @ Flip Cookbook]
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We’re so excited to see what you’re cooking….. Sugar Free!
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