Should I Let My Kid Eat Sugar?

Should I Let My Kid Eat Sugar?

While you might have read a lot of media scares telling you to avoid sugar at all costs, unfortunately there’s not a whole lot of research to support those claims. Before we get into the ins and outs of sugar, let’s have a quick (and simple) nutrition lesson.

Carbohydrates are a macronutrient, made up Carbon + Hydrogen + Water (hence the word, carbo-hydrate). It’s common to see this word and the term “sugar” used interchangeably, as carbohydrates are made up of a variety of sugar (chemical term: saccharide) molecules. In short, carbohydrates are the building blocks of most plant-based foods.

All carbohydrates are made up of sugars. Examples of these are things like grains (rice, breads, pastas, flours), beans, fruits, even vegetables and milk. These foods contain naturally occurring sugars, meaning they don’t have any “added sugar”. Foods like cookies, candy, and cakes contain added sugar, which can be in the form of table sugar, honey, maple syrup, and corn syrup. For the sake of this article, we are going to use the term carbohydrate as an umbrella term for all of these foods.

Now that you know the basics, we have some simple tips when it comes to navigating sugar in the house:

The Secret to Getting Your Kid to Eat More Vegetables

The Secret to Getting Your Kid to Eat More Vegetables

After surveying some readers of the CYCLE Kids Family Hub, we learned a frequently asked question among parent readers is: “How can I get my kid to eat more vegetables?”

If you’ve read some of our previous posts, you know that we’re veggie-pushers. But, the surprising truth is that children actually will eat their vegetables with little intervention or interference if you use this one simple tool: variety.

As kids are growing, their taste preferences are constantly growing and changing. They might never swoon over steamed broccoli, but by offering variety, they have the opportunity to discover their favorite colors, flavors, textures and cooking methods, so they can enjoy those nutrient-dense veggies well into adulthood.

National Nutrition Month! 10 Ways to Put Your Best Fork Forward

National Nutrition Month! 10 Ways to Put Your Best Fork Forward

March is National Nutrition Month! The theme for this year, as announced by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is “Put Your Best Fork Forward.” This theme was chosen to serve as a reminder that taking even the smallest of steps when it comes to nutrition can lead to long, lasting health benefits. To help you get started in putting your best fork forward, we have 10 simple actions you can take to celebrate National Nutrition Month with your family.

How to Help Your Child Have a Positive Relationship with Food

How to Help Your Child Have a Positive Relationship with Food

In honor of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, we wanted to offer families a simple guide to helping your child develop a positive relationship with food. With conflicting health messaging at your child’s fingertips and confusing media messaging promoting elusive “ideal” body types, it’s more important than ever to help your children feel good about their bodies and their food choices. Here are some ideas to help you get started.

Black Beans 5 Ways

Black Beans 5 Ways

Beans are often an underrated food group. You’ll rarely find them on a restaurant menu, and it’s likely if you do eat them, they’re often served as a side dish. We want to encourage you to make beans the start of your meal, so today, our featured ingredient is black beans.  With a little help from our Registered Dietitian friends, we are going to show you how to make them four totally different and unique ways. But first, here are a few reasons to add some black beans into your diet.

5 Unexpected Health Benefits of Chocolate

5 Unexpected Health Benefits of Chocolate

It’s Valentine’s Day and that means everywhere you look you see… Chocolate! And seriously, what better way to tell someone you love them with a delicious, and unexpectedly healthy treat. Over the years chocolate has developed a poor reputation. Not here! This Valentine’s Day, we want you to indulge without guilt on your favorite chocolate treat. Here’s why…

Creamy Curried Coconut Butternut Squash Soup

Creamy Curried Coconut Butternut Squash Soup

Winter is almost over, and as we make that final push towards spring, let’s savor the cool weather with this simple soup recipe that is sure to warm up any room. It’s only five ingredients (not including water), and takes less than 30 minutes to make. If you don’t have 30 minutes, you can also make this in your slow cooker and let it cook while you’re working!

This soup is high in vitamin C (from the squash) and loaded with anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory spices from the curry powder. The coconut milk adds a creaminess to the soup without the addition of butter or cow’s milk, which makes this an excellent dish for those suffering from a dairy allergy. 

Navigating Food Allergies in Children

Navigating Food Allergies in Children

Having a child with a life-threatening food allergy can certainly make normal “kid” activities (like school, birthday parties, and playdates) seem extremely stressful. It’s important to know that you’re not alone. One in 13 kids in the U.S. has a food allergy, so you’re sure to find at least a few parents in your circle who can relate to what you’re going through. 

The most common allergens include milk, eggs, peanuts, soy, wheat, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish. And while some allergies don’t last forever (many children grow out of them as they get older), some might stick around for life. So, how can you make sure your child, family, and community knows how to address food allergies? Follow these simple steps.

Weight Gain in Adolescence: How to Talk to Your Daughter About Her Changing Body

Weight Gain in Adolescence: How to Talk to Your Daughter About Her Changing Body

As talk about our nation’s “Obesity Epidemic” is on the rise, it’s only natural many feel compelled to make weight gain and body fat the enemy. But what if we told you weight gain and fat is a good thing? Puberty in girls typically begins between ages eight and 13, and can last as long as four years. While you might think that your daughter is fully grown, it’s perfectly normal for her body to continue to change, and yes, gain weight, well into her teens. During this time, a girl’s body will increase in fat, muscle, and bone, as she begins to transition to womanhood. 

Winter Wellness: Support Your Family Through Cold & Flu Season

Winter Wellness: Support Your Family Through Cold & Flu Season

It seems to be that time of year where everyone you know and their dog is sick. Whether it be a cold, the flu, or something even worse, it’s hard to talk to anyone without feeling like you’re going to become infected. While hand washing and sanitizers might shield against germs passed through physical touch, what can we do to keep our bodies strong to fend against airborne germs, like those passed through sneezing and coughing? The first step is prevention. While there is no guaranteed method to preventing a cold or flu, these methods can certainly be helpful in strengthening your family’s immune system.