If you’ve been following this blog for a while now you’ll know that I follow the “good-enough” method of parenting. I also subscribe to the “anything in moderation” approach to most things – screens, sugar, time spent at the park! I am fairly relaxed when it comes to my kids’ health. They are allowed occasional treats, but I present a balanced and nutritious diet during the week. I don’t really say ‘no’ to any food (apart from Sherbert, which if I find in a party bag it is instantly binned) but rather I restrict how much they have of ‘sometimes’ food. But recently I’ve noticed how sugar is sneakily creeping into our diets more frequently than it should. And I want our family to be healthier. Foods that used to be occasional have snuck into the every day variety.
Not all of this is my choice, mind you. Send them to the grandparents for the weekend and sugar is in abundance. But grandparents are allowed to spoil their grandkids and when they’re on their turf, they set the rules. But every weekend seems to present yet another kids’ birthday party and in most cases these events come with plenty of fun, and sugar!
And it’s not just on weekends that sweets have crept in. I’ve noticed that at school, despite sending them with a healthy lunchbox, there seems to be a lot of sweet treats being offered. Take birthdays, for example. Every child at my kids’ school is welcome to bring in cup cakes or cookies when it’s their birthday. Ok, seems harmless enough, but there is a constant stream of birthdays throughout the year and consequently a fairly consistent stream of treats.
So I am making a conscious effort to try and reduce sugar, as there’s not a chance we could eliminate it all together. How people live sugar free (and I have a few friends who do) is beyond me! But making healthier choices is something I can manage and making healthier food choices begins at the supermarket.
Only, the many brand choices of packaged food can be overwhelming, and these products are often surprisingly high in salt, added sugar, saturated fat and kilojoules. Packaging is confusing and often misleading. So how can you decide what to put in your basket and make healthier choices for you and your family? Enter an app you want to get your “sweet” little hands on!
The free FoodSwitch app, developed by Bupa and The George Institute, can help you find out what is in the food you’re eating and suggest simple, healthier switches for you and your family.
Starting in the supermarket aisle, FoodSwitch is just one of the ways that Bupa can help you make informed decisions about what you eat. For example:
Healthier eating with FoodSwitch:
- FoodSwitch comes with handy filters to suit different health needs.
- Use the autofocus camera on a supported smartphone or tablet to scan a packaged food’s barcode to get easy-to-understand nutritional information.
- View results as either traffic-light style or Health Star Rating (HSR) labels. Both modes deliver results for energy, saturated fat, sugar, and salt so you can see at a glance how healthy the food item is.
- When you scan a food product you’ll also get a list of healthier choices you can switch to.
For me, it’s about being more conscious of sugar quantities in food. For you, it might be reducing salt, or going gluten free. So, get the app and get scanning!
The free FoodSwitch app can help you find out what is in the food you’re eating and suggest simple, healthier switches for you and your family. FoodSwitch was developed by Bupa and The George Institute, a global non-profit medical research institute established in Sydney in 1999.
*Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Bupa.
Are you conscious of eating healthier in your family? What’s your achilles heal – is it sugar, like ours? Or are you looking for gluten/dairy free alternatives for health reasons?