5 low-sugar snacks for kidsApr 29, 2015
As much as your kids (and, let's be honest, you too) love sweet treats, too much refined sugar is not a welcome friend at snack time. You've likely heard that excessive sugar intake is linked to chronic health concerns that are never too early to prevent, such as inflammation, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, and obesity.
Cue the smart alternatives: made-in-nature sweeteners, such as maple syrup, honey, and stevia, as well as sugar alcohols, such as erythritol. These natural sweeteners satisfy young taste buds and come with some benefits, such as trace amounts of antioxidants. Try them in these kid-approved snacks. Bonus: These recipes are also gluten free, vegan, and packable for everything from lunch bags to soccer practice.
Writer and gluten-free expert Jules Shepard contributes to many magazines, has authored three books, runs a GF flour company, and logs tens of thousands of miles each year teaching and encouraging GF eaters. Visit her at gfjules.com.