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FirstMate
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low sugar snack ideas

I need to reel in the sugar snacks. My kids eat way too much sugar. What healthier snacks do you send your kids to school with?

Posted 11/18/19 12:22 PM
 
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PitterPatter11
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low sugar snack ideas

These are my "go-to"s: Yogurt, cheese sticks, pretzel crisps, fruit, vegetables, veggie straws, ritz crackers

Posted 11/18/19 12:33 PM
 

mommy2be716
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low sugar snack ideas

jello pudding, peanut butter crackers, cheese sticks, apple sauce

Posted 11/18/19 12:33 PM
 

Momma2015
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Re: low sugar snack ideas

Posted by PitterPatter11

These are my "go-to"s: Yogurt, cheese sticks, pretzel crisps, fruit, vegetables, veggie straws, ritz crackers



Same here. Also Pirate Booty or popcorn. We try to do whole wheat ritz crackers so I feel a little better about it. Chat Icon

ETA: Now that DS is starting on baby snacks she's snacking on Cheerios, Puffs, and yogurt melts too.

Message edited 11/18/2019 1:25:15 PM.

Posted 11/18/19 1:20 PM
 

FirstMate
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Re: low sugar snack ideas

Thanks for these ideas. I never think of things like pudding and jello. I ordered the sugar free for them. My kids are all addicted to fruit snacks and little bites. I have to get them to eat healthier things.

Posted 11/18/19 2:16 PM
 

nraboni
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Re: low sugar snack ideas

Posted by FirstMate

Thanks for these ideas. I never think of things like pudding and jello. I ordered the sugar free for them. My kids are all addicted to fruit snacks and little bites. I have to get them to eat healthier things.



Just be mindful of the artificial sweeteners when giving kids sugar free foods. It may not be actual sugar, but it's just as bad.

Not trying to be food police at all. I am also watching the sugar and carb intake of myself and my kids and it's eye-opening the amount of artificial sweeteners in sugar free and low carb snacks.

For my daughter, I limit her carb intake which in turn limits her sugar intake. I'd rather she get sugar from natural sources like fruits and veggies.

It's hard to manage and they are kids and just want to eat the same snacks that they see their friends eating. But I have struggled with my weight my entire life and I do not want that for my kids.

An example of my daughters typical school day is:

Breakfast: 2% Fairlife Milk, greek yogurt (usually flavored), some type of fruit

Lunch: turkey or ham roll ups (I buy applegate farms), carrot sticks, cheese stick, fruit and water

School snack: kids kind granola bar & applesauce; yogurt raisins & applesauce; pirate booty

I look at every label and compare carbs and sugars. Sometimes I will buy something that is higher in carb/sugar but is all natural.

Hope this helps.

Posted 11/18/19 3:24 PM
 

nycgirl
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Re: low sugar snack ideas

Fruits!
Grapes, apples, clementines, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, cherry tomato

Vegs:
Carrot sticks, raw broccoli (yep, they like it)

Pantry stuff:
Applesauce, Fruit cups, granola bars, frozen yogurt sticks, cheese

We need low salt... but it’s all pretty low in sugar.

Posted 11/18/19 9:55 PM
 

GoldenRod
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Re: low sugar snack ideas

Be careful with the fruit if you're trying to limit sugar. If you're just trying to curb "junk food", that's different.

As a diabetic, I know that fruits are loaded with sugar. That's one of the things that we go to when our blood sugar is low because they have so much sugar in them.

A whole mango has about 45g of sugar! A cup of grapes has about 23g of sugar. A medium wedge of watermelon has about 17g of sugar.

Posted 11/19/19 7:42 AM
 

NervousNell
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Re: low sugar snack ideas

Posted by GoldenRod

Be careful with the fruit if you're trying to limit sugar. If you're just trying to curb "junk food", that's different.

As a diabetic, I know that fruits are loaded with sugar. That's one of the things that we go to when our blood sugar is low because they have so much sugar in them.

A whole mango has about 45g of sugar! A cup of grapes has about 23g of sugar. A medium wedge of watermelon has about 17g of sugar.




This. Bananas are actually very high in sugar as well.
Berries are a lower sugar fruit.

Message edited 11/19/2019 8:35:07 AM.

Posted 11/19/19 8:31 AM
 

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Re: low sugar snack ideas

Yogurt, crackers, sugar free puddings and Jello, there’s always fruits such as apple and peanut butter, raisins, veggie straw chips.

Posted 11/19/19 9:05 AM
 

NervousNell
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Re: low sugar snack ideas

Do they like hummus? I know my DD does not because she is so picky lol but hummus with veges is a good option if they will eat it.

Posted 11/19/19 9:54 AM
 

drpepper318
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Re: low sugar snack ideas

Cottage cheese
A hard boiled egg
A spoonful of peanut butter
Raw veggies

Posted 11/19/19 9:32 PM
 

OhBoyorGirl
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Re: low sugar snack ideas

Our go tos are usually some variation of

Cheese stick/Baby Bell & grapes or berries or apple slices or cherry tomatoes or those olives to go cups

Individual guacamole or hummus or ranch dressing cups and pepper strips/baby carrots/celery/cucumbers...

Posted 11/20/19 10:36 AM
 

VickiC
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Re: low sugar snack ideas

Posted by NervousNell

Posted by GoldenRod

Be careful with the fruit if you're trying to limit sugar. If you're just trying to curb "junk food", that's different.

As a diabetic, I know that fruits are loaded with sugar. That's one of the things that we go to when our blood sugar is low because they have so much sugar in them.

A whole mango has about 45g of sugar! A cup of grapes has about 23g of sugar. A medium wedge of watermelon has about 17g of sugar.




This. Bananas are actually very high in sugar as well.
Berries are a lower sugar fruit.



While I get that fruits have a lot of sugar, it's different sugar than those that are in processed foods. Natural sugars found in fruits are processed by our bodies way differently than the sugars found in cookies, fruit snacks and jello. Same goes for the natural carbs found in these fruits and veggies too. And I understand why you need to limit fruit as a diabetic as well.

Personally, I don't limit fruits and veggies for my kids or myself bc of the sugars.

Posted 11/22/19 1:36 PM
 

NervousNell
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Re: low sugar snack ideas

Posted by VickiC

Posted by NervousNell

Posted by GoldenRod

Be careful with the fruit if you're trying to limit sugar. If you're just trying to curb "junk food", that's different.

As a diabetic, I know that fruits are loaded with sugar. That's one of the things that we go to when our blood sugar is low because they have so much sugar in them.

A whole mango has about 45g of sugar! A cup of grapes has about 23g of sugar. A medium wedge of watermelon has about 17g of sugar.




This. Bananas are actually very high in sugar as well.
Berries are a lower sugar fruit.



While I get that fruits have a lot of sugar, it's different sugar than those that are in processed foods. Natural sugars found in fruits are processed by our bodies way differently than the sugars found in cookies, fruit snacks and jello. Same goes for the natural carbs found in these fruits and veggies too. And I understand why you need to limit fruit as a diabetic as well.

Personally, I don't limit fruits and veggies for my kids or myself bc of the sugars.



While the fiber in fruits and veges is helpful in processing the carbs and sugar, your body does not know the difference between natural and refined sugar.



“From a nutrition science standpoint, we really view them as basically the same,” Tewksbury says. “Our bodies can’t tell the difference whether it’s found in nature or added to a recipe, because they’re not any different in terms of their chemical structure. What we call naturally occurring sugars aren't more natural, per se, than added sugars,” Tewksbury says. ... So while we distinguish between naturally occurring and added sugars on food labels, our bodies don't distinguish between a molecule of fructose, glucose, sucrose, or whatever other sugar molecule you consume."

.

There are several articles about this, but the info I quoted above is from here.
Can our bodies tell the difference between natural and added sugar?

Now in the case of non diabetics this is not a huge deal, but you can absolutely notice weight gain etc if you eat unlimited and unchecked fruit.
I mean, still better than a sleeve of cookies, but still not guilt free.

Message edited 11/22/2019 3:00:18 PM.

Posted 11/22/19 2:59 PM
 

VickiC
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Re: low sugar snack ideas

Posted by NervousNell

Posted by VickiC

Posted by NervousNell

Posted by GoldenRod

Be careful with the fruit if you're trying to limit sugar. If you're just trying to curb "junk food", that's different.

As a diabetic, I know that fruits are loaded with sugar. That's one of the things that we go to when our blood sugar is low because they have so much sugar in them.

A whole mango has about 45g of sugar! A cup of grapes has about 23g of sugar. A medium wedge of watermelon has about 17g of sugar.




This. Bananas are actually very high in sugar as well.
Berries are a lower sugar fruit.



While I get that fruits have a lot of sugar, it's different sugar than those that are in processed foods. Natural sugars found in fruits are processed by our bodies way differently than the sugars found in cookies, fruit snacks and jello. Same goes for the natural carbs found in these fruits and veggies too. And I understand why you need to limit fruit as a diabetic as well.

Personally, I don't limit fruits and veggies for my kids or myself bc of the sugars.



While the fiber in fruits and veges is helpful in processing the carbs and sugar, your body does not know the difference between natural and refined sugar.



“From a nutrition science standpoint, we really view them as basically the same,” Tewksbury says. “Our bodies can’t tell the difference whether it’s found in nature or added to a recipe, because they’re not any different in terms of their chemical structure. What we call naturally occurring sugars aren't more natural, per se, than added sugars,” Tewksbury says. ... So while we distinguish between naturally occurring and added sugars on food labels, our bodies don't distinguish between a molecule of fructose, glucose, sucrose, or whatever other sugar molecule you consume."

.

There are several articles about this, but the info I quoted above is from here.
Can our bodies tell the difference between natural and added sugar?

Now in the case of non diabetics this is not a huge deal, but you can absolutely notice weight gain etc if you eat unlimited and unchecked fruit.
I mean, still better than a sleeve of cookies, but still not guilt free.



Thank you! I've always been told that natural sugars are processed way differently. I never questioned it.

However, I don't eat a tremendous amount of fruit every day otherwise my stomach would be upset. Just like I wouldn't let the kids eat a whole bowl of grapes bc they'd be in the bathroom all day long. LOL So maybe bc we know that if we eat too much fruit it would cause an upset tummy, we tend to eat less of fruits? KWIM?

Message edited 11/22/2019 4:32:14 PM.

Posted 11/22/19 4:31 PM
 

nycgirl
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Re: low sugar snack ideas

We process the sugars slowly in natural, whole fruits because of the fibers in them. The fibers alter absorption. The blood sugar spike is slower and insulin release is more gradual. So while true that sugar is sugar, the stuff around it makes a difference.

If you are a diabetic, you definitely have to mind it (but I don’t think that’s the case w OP) and you can’t go nuts even as a non diabetic... but my kids can only eat so many fruits.

Got back to the the topic because... we get air popped popcorn that the kids like. It’s not high in salt content too.

Posted 11/24/19 11:33 AM
 
 

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