March is national nutrition month

Help your family select foods with less sugar. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends:

Tips to Reduce Sources of Added Sugars

  • Sweeten low-fat plain yogurt with fresh, frozen or canned (in its own juice) fruit in place of fruit-flavored yogurt.
  • Add cinnamon and dried fruit to plain cooked oats instead of using instant flavored oatmeal.
  • Encourage healthier drinks like plain milk and water for young children.
  • Substitute 100% fruit juice for fruit punch and other fruit-flavored drinks for older children.
  • Switch from sweetened to unsweetened applesauce.
  • Drink plain low-fat milk instead of chocolate milk.
  • Use jams and jellies with no sugar added.
  • Enjoy a homemade smoothie with frozen fruit, low-fat milk and yogurt in place of ice cream.
  • Quench your thirst with water or plain lowfat milk instead of sweetened beverages, like energy, soft and sports drinks.

©2019Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Sources: Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, health.gov and USDA’s ChooseMyPlate.gov

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