Can We Be Sugar Smart? Our First Week Of The Project

We have been chosen as one of eight families taking part in a Sugar Smart challenge with Kallikids. We have no idea what we are in for!!

Sugar Smart is a project associated with the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and Sustain – the alliance for better food and farming, to raise awareness of the amount of sugar in our foods and the adverse effects it can have on our bodies.

You may have heard of the Sugar Smart app, which has been created as part of the NHS Change for Life programme. Our children have brought home information from school about this, and are quite aware of sugar and the fact that too much of it is not good for you.

So, Kallikids have teamed up with Sugarsmart to help raise awareness, and they are starting right here with us!!

In the first week of our challenge, we were simply looking at our current habits and analysing the amount of sugar we consume in a normal week. We had to put crosses on our individual charts for natural sugars (fruit & fruit drinks, and honey), sweet things with sugar, and savoury things with sugar listed. The thing which surprised us most was how much sugar there was in savoury foods, such as pizza and bread! What is sugar doing in our pizza, I ask you??

Luckily, we do eat quite a lot of home cooked foods, so we can avoid a lot of added sugar there, but we are a busy family, like most families, so often turn to convenience and processed foods to help us out. It’s really shocking what is in some of these foods!

During week one of our challenge, a great big hamper of sugar free foods arrived to help us with our challenge. This is us opening our treats!

The kids were keen to dive right in, and as we were having chicken curry, they wanted to us the chickpea pop pops as popadoms! They then designed a new dish which looked a little like a blini, piling the chicken and rice onto the little crisp. They found it so delicious, and ate the whole lot! We even made it our Sunday Photo this week!

Sugar smart week 1 - tucking in to chickpea pop pops
Tucking in to curry with Little Dish Chickpea Pop Pops

And how was our sugar count? Not too bad to be honest! The worst things are our breakfasts (tea and biscuits for grown ups, and cereals with sugar in for kids), plus some of the snacks the kids have. They are not as bad as they could be though, mostly cereal bars and brioche, but still containing some sugar. We also noted that none of us are eating enough fruit really. Could do better…

Our Sugar Smart record chart from week 1 of the challenge
Our Sugar Smart record chart

So, keep reading each week of the twelve week challenge to see what we discover about sugar and how we manage to change things as a family!

14 Replies to “Can We Be Sugar Smart? Our First Week Of The Project”

  1. That’s great to see your kids seem unfussy eaters…and what a great, healthy project to get involved in!
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  2. This looks great. I love your vlog of opening the box too! What a fab hamper. I can’t wait to see how you get on 🙂

    1. Thanks Emma! I’m a bit nervous about cutting back on sugar as I’m a big chocoholic! But so far, so good…

  3. This is something that I seriously need to consider, we have far too much sugar in our diet. On a seperate note, that curry looks delish! ‘#TuesdayTreasures
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    1. Maybe you can follow along and see how we get on Amy? If we can do it, anyone can! (The curry was delish!)

  4. Yay, I feel so passionately about hidden sugars. I have written about it quite a bit. If I give my daughter cake, I know I am giving her cake, if I am giving her breakfast I certainly don’t expect it should have MORE sugar than the cake! I will follow your families journey with interest #tuesdaytreasures

    1. Thank you Jo, I’m going to have a read of some of your things too. It’s really interesting.

  5. Good luck with your project ‘shun sugar’ xxx Thanks so much for joining in with #TuesdayTreasures!

    1. Thanks Rachel. Not sure I can ever shun it, but maybe I’ll manage to cut back a bit!

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