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Most people think of kabob skewers for shish kabobs full of meat and vegetables for the dinnertime grill, but those bamboo, wooden, or metal skewers can make any mealtime fun!
Here are a few fun ideas for using skewers at breakfast, lunch, snack, and dessert:
- Start the day with a kabob – Make breakfast fun by stacking waffles and strawberries onto the skewer.
- Sandwich on a stick – Alternate pieces of whole grain bread with low-fat cheese chunks and pieces of deli sliced turkey breast for a lunchbox change-up.
- Make a healthy desert – Thread washed fruit (sliced if needed) onto a skewer for a healthy dessert (or even a simple snack stack).
Get older children involved by letting them thread different food onto the skewers. Keep in mind that the ends are sharp, so use caution, always observe kids in the kitchen, and use soft foods.
Spread nut butter on toast and let children decorate the top with slice bananas.
Did you know that almost half of the added sugar in our diets come from beverages such as sodas, fruit drinks, and other sweetened beverages?
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends limiting calories from added sugars to no more than 10 percent each day. On a 2,000 calorie eating pattern, this would equal 12 teaspoons or about 200 calories.
Added sugars are added to a food or food product when they are processed or prepared. They can include ingredients such as sugars (brown, raw, turbinado, granulated), corn syrups, molasses, honey, and nectars to name a few. Added sugars contribute calories but do not provide essential nutrients. R
Some foods have naturally occurring sugar like fruits, vegetables, and milk, these foods are not added sugar. Replacing foods and drinks high in added sugars is a step to establishing a healthy eating pattern for our children and family.
You can make a few choices throughout the day by replacing foods high in added sugars. Here are a few options:
- Eat fruit for dessert instead of cakes, cookies, or ice cream.
- Flavor water with fresh fruit instead of sodas or sweetened tea.
- Try choosing a smaller size of a food with added sugar.
- Reduce the amount of sugar in an original recipe by one third.
Making small steps to reduce the amount of added sugar is a step in establishing a healthy eating pattern.
Watch this video to learn how to limit calories from added sugars.