August 14, 2017 9:44 am Leave your thoughts
If you’re trying to ‘quit’ sugar, you might have heard of Sarah Wilson. She’s the creator of various books and diet plans (iquitsugar.com) that help adults limit their sugar intake – and she’s recently extended her remit to children’s diets. Now, keeping sugar out of an adult’s diet is pretty hard. Keeping it out of a child’s diet might seem well-nigh impossible – and that’s what makes this new I Quit Sugar book such an interesting idea.
The I Quit Sugar Kids Cookbook
The I Quit Sugar Kids Cookbook is a recipe book with ideas in for kids’ meals, snacks and treats. It’s designed to be user-friendly for children too, encouraging them to take part in making their own healthy meals. Like all children’s cookbooks, it’s equally appealing to adults!
Sarah Wilson explains the concerns behind the book. The recommended maximum sugar intake for children is much lower than for adults: about 3 tsp a day (that’s just one-third of a standard can of fizzy drink, for instance). Yet children have sugar foisted on them endlessly: in breakfast cereals, in sweet mid-morning snacks, as sugary rewards, in after-school bags of sweets, at parties and playdates. And while children are renowned for having a sweeter tooth than adults, it’s only in modern times that they’ve been able to indulge it to this extent. Gone are the days when an apple or a foraged blackberry was a treat!
It’s time, then, for adults to take back control over their children’s sugar intake. And this book aims to help us out.
I Quit Sugar top tip: crowd out sugar
Sarah Wilson’s main idea for keeping sugar out of kids’ diets is the same as for her adult plans. You simply ‘crowd it out’ – making sure that a diet is full of satisfying, healthy non-sugary foods, for every meal and for every snack. You (and your children) then won’t be hungry enough to need to snack on sugary treats, and your taste-buds will gradually adapt until you don’t feel the desire to do so anyway.
At Naturally Good Food, we’ve long held the same view. We believe in putting nutritious, delicious, energy-rich wholefoods at the centre of our diets. Add plenty of fresh vegetables and high-quality protein, and there shouldn’t be any desperate sugar cravings at the end of a meal.
You can see our wholefoods section here, with its wonderful grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, rice and oils.
Use natural and unrefined sugars
You can’t make a sweet meal without some kind of sugar – but that sugar might just be what occurs naturally in a vegetable (pumpkins, for example) or in fruit. The next best source of sweetness is unrefined sugar: sugar which has undergone as little processing as possible. Wilson uses unrefined sugar, in the form of rice malt syrup, as well as flavoursome non-sugary ingredients like coconut oil and cacao, in her puddings and party food.
At Naturally Good Food, we’ve got a great selection of unrefined sugars. Some of these are in standard sugar form – unrefined granulated and caster sugars, for instance – making them quick and easy to add to recipes. Others are in natural forms, like jaggery, syrup, molasses and honey.
You can see all our unrefined sugars here.
Cookbook lifestyle tips
As well as recipes, Wilson’s website, videos, books and plans give some really good tips on managing potentially ‘sugary situations’, such as children’s parties and the school-gate energy slump. She takes a pragmatic, guilt-free approach to the questions of parenting and sugar consumption – and makes it clear that it is possible to break a sugar addiction, for kids as well as parents.
For everyone’s sake, we hope it’s true. Good luck!
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This post was written by Yzanne