The average teen takes in about 34 teaspoons of sugar, approximately 500 calories' worth, in a typical day. Meanwhile, the American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 1/2 teaspoons, or 100 calories. If you're game for trying to cut your kids' intake (while avoiding an uprising) start slowly and don't make a big deal about it. These strategies will help.
By Regina Ragone
Most kids spend much of the day trolling for something to eat. Aim to provide options that will override cravings for sweets. Unprocessed foods like peanut butter and whole-grain crackers are best, but also try fun, prepacked freeze-dried fruit, trail mix, pineapple slices, and squeezable applesauce.