Sugar Free Kids + a recipe


I thought some of you might be interested in how I go with the whole sugar free thing when it comes to my girls. I have to be honest, not too well some times. My biggest problem is snacks. They eat at least 2 if not 3 pieces of fruit a day as they love it. My eldest just wants biscuits and cake for her afternoon tea, whereas the youngest wants muesli bars and even more fruit. I’ve tried making my own muesli bars a few times, with different recipes and increasingly more sugar, and they were soundly rejected every time. Miss A will not eat the sugar free muffins and cookies I make for myself, so I end up caving in.



A couple of sugar free snacky things they do like are:

  • Freshly popped popcorn – who doesn’t like watching them pop!
  • hummus – whizz up your own so you know whats in it
  • raw veges – I’m lucky, right?
  • cheese and crackers – Miss A has a serious brie habit
  • Pizza! Have some bases in the freezer then throw what you have in the fridge on top
  • Kale chips (recipe to come later)
  • saladas with avo and tomato
  • nuts – we have a peanut and walnut allergy in the house but it doesn’t stop me from giving them almonds, cashews and macadamias. This usually only happens if they are in the car and STARVING and its all I’ve got left!

I actually used to give them juice every day for lunch (I know its terrible!) but I’ve weaned them off and they now only occasionally have cordial (lemon barley) with fizzy (soda water) for special occasions. As I’ve mentioned before I have been using rice malt syrup, which is fructose free and recommended by the sugar quitting gurus, as much as possible on yoghurt, weetbix and toast. They do still love their jam and honey though.




My hummus recipe:


1 tin of chickpeas, drained

juice of 1 lemon

1 garlic clove

2 tbs tahini

2 tbs olive oil

pepper and Himalayan sea salt (recommended by naturopath)


Whizz, whizz, whizz. Check for seasoning and consistency. Add lemon, oil or salt as necessary.




Linley xx

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