Nutrition, health and wellbeing are high on the agenda for us parents, especially when it comes to kids’ food and overcoming the difficulties in providing them with healthy and tasty snacks, that include protein to contribute to the maintenance of muscle mass.

This will come as no surprise to parents but data confirms that kids snack more than any other group, and  that  children’s intake  of sugar remains well above national recommendations. Worryingly so.

A recent study from Arla Explorers found that children consume around 63 grams of sugar a day, which is more than double Public Health England’s daily recommended maximum intake of 24 grams (five-six sugar cubes) per day. WOW!

But here’s the thing: Arla Explorers, also discovered that children actually enjoy humble, simple and natural foods just as much as sugary treats anyway!

Arla Explorers yoghurt

As part of the Arla Explorers study, they conducted a behavioural experiment, which saw children aged 6-10 complete a series of tasks to find out their true preferences when it came to snacking. When tasked, 8 out of 10 children chose a healthier option with strawberries, watermelon, apples and carrots being loaded on to plates than sweeter, less fibrous options.

It turns out when given the choice, children make the right one. Arla Explorers’ research polling 1000 adults and 1000 children also found that both parents and kids alike were unaware of just how much sugar can be found in popular snacks and sweets. In fact half of the parents admitted to not knowing how much sugar their child consumes.

No judgement here by the way, I struggle myself to keep track of what the boys eat (seems to be non-stop feasting 24/7) but they’re super sensible eaters, (they clearly take after their father) otherwise I wouldn’t be on top of their habits either.

It’s hard to keep track to be honest. Take Arla Explorers Hidden Sugars’ task which showed that a glass of fizzy drink has a whopping 10 sugar cubes, a peanut butter sandwich, 5!

Who would have thought? Overconsuming sugar is easy.

You can watch the experiment here.

Thank goodness for Arla Explorers, which launched in the autumn of last year,  bridges the gap between what parents want their children to eat and what their children want,  with a range of yogurts, packed with naturally sourced ingredients and at least 30% less sugar than other products on the market (and my kids love them).

The range consists of three different yogurts; Swirl Me, Bubble and Squeeze, and have been developed with as few ingredients as possible to keep the products simple. I love the company’s mantra, ‘feed me well, watch me grow’.

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Thank goodness for Arla Explorers, which launched in the autumn of last year,  bridges the gap between what parents want their children to eat and what their children want,  with a range of yogurts, packed with naturally sourced ingredients and at least 30% less sugar than other products on the market (and my kids love them).

The range consists of three different yogurts; Swirl Me, Bubble and Squeeze, and have been developed with as few ingredients as possible to keep the products simple. I love the company’s mantra, ‘feed me well, watch me grow’.

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Arla Explorers is available now at Tesco, Morrisons and Asda. Have you tried them?

Arla Explorers yoghurt

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