The American Heart Association recommends no more than four teaspoons of added sugar per day for kids 1 to 3 years of age, three teaspoons for 4- to 8-years-old and 5 to 8 teaspoons for 9- to 12-year-olds. Yet, American children on average get several times the recommended amount (up to 21 teaspoons for 4-8 year olds!)
Reduce sugar consumption by limiting sugary drinks (including juice), desserts, flavored dairy products like sweetened yogurt and sugary cereals. Try more water, fresh fruit and vegetable snacks, and plain yogurt with fresh fruit instead. Choose cereals with less than five grams of sugar per serving and offer fruit as a topping.
The Doctor Yum Project is now offering FREE shopping classes at two area grocery stores. The class is aimed at showing families how to get organized and save money while preparing healthy recipes. In May, we are offering our "Cooking Adventure" for kids ages 7-12 to learn seasonal, plant-based cooking. Look for our summer camps, which will be announced soon too!
Information on classes and volunteering can be found at: www.doctoryum.com.