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Sunday, January 6, 2008

How to decrease the sugar we give our babies!

I was so excited at my grocery store find yesterday that I had to take a picture and share it with you! :) During the summer months, fresh fruit is everywhere. I found it easy to feed my little one a wide variety of fresh fruits without having to worry about the heavy, or even light, syrup added. Our babies don't need sugar! And they really don't need the high fructose corn syrup that is in everything these days! We avoid it as much as possible for ourselves, let alone our little boy!

In the off season, it is harder to find fresh fruit (especially on a budget), so I finally decided that canned fruit was better than no fruit. (Yeah... it was a tough one for me to figure out.) To make it a little bit better, I do rinse the canned fruit in cold water before giving it to DS. I hope that it removes at least most of the sugary content before I give it to him.

But yesterday I saw something I've never noticed (not at my regular grocery store anyway) before. Canned peaches and canned pears in pear juice... no sugar added! They also had canned appricots in pear juice and fruit cocktail, but I didn't pick those up this week as we were trying to stick with our budget. The ones we bought were store brand, but I think I've seen them brand name other places too (does anyone know?)

Anyway... I wanted to mention it so you could keep your eyes open. I've been busy these last couple days preparing my first Nutrition for Toddlers post. Hopefully I'll have it for you tomorrow, so come on back! :)

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At January 6, 2008 at 9:10 PM , Blogger Marva said...

This summer, when you can find some good buys on fresh fruit try canning your own. You can have it whenever you like then. Pick up your jars at the thrift stores. I love to do this. We grow most of our produce so it is cheaper. I bet you could find some good bargains though! Blessings!

I could not agree more about less (or no) sugar.

At January 15, 2008 at 7:37 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness you must live in my state!! We have a Giant too!

(can you tell I get excited over the lil things?)

Canned fruit you can rinse the fruit. Fruit juices, IF you must give it to your children, dilute it by half. (half water, half juice) I don't give my girls any juice at all. They don't need the juice. Water, water, water. They do get some rice milk tho. The babe gets formula still, but soon and very soon, she'll be like her big sister's!)

At January 15, 2008 at 8:21 PM , Blogger ~Babychaser~ said...

I agree about the fruit juice completely! DS has barely had any at all. Once or twice I've given him some when I didn't feel like he'd had enough fruit... but then I diluted it like 1/4 juice 3/4 water. I'm sure he got the fruit nutrients in that! :) I am blessed that he loves water... and milk!


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