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Christmas provides opportunities for festive fun with the whole family. It is a chance for children, parents, and grandparents to share laughter, gifts, food, and memories. Not only can it be hard to avoid sweet treats over the Christmas period but it can be hard to find activities that bring the whole family together. Here’s a few tips for avoiding added sugar this Christmas and bringing the family together with meaningful activities.
Alternatives to sweet treats..
There has been a lot of talk this year about cutting back on the added sugar in our diets, particularly following “That Sugar Film”, where actor Damon Gameau gained 8.5kg and 10cm around his middle after eating 40 teaspoons of sugar a day in everyday foods perceived as ‘healthy’ for 60 days. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends eating less than 50 grams (around 12 teaspoons) of sugar a day. This does not include the natural sugars in fresh fruits and vegetables, and milk. This is no easy feat around Christmas so try some delicious alternatives for chocolate, lollies, and iced treats from The Blue Room or challenge yourself to find new recipes that are low in sugar. Try a raw Christmas pudding or sugar free Tam Tims to get you started.
Acts of kindness advent calendar..
An acts of kindness advent calendar is a nice way to do good for family and friends, neighbors or your local community. With your family make a list of 25 random acts of kindness, gifts to those around you that you can carry out as a family.
Below are some ideas to get you started:
- Deliver a fruit platter or home baking to your neighbors.
- Visit a care home with flowers.
- Babysit for a friend or family member.
- Donate to, or volunteer for, a charity.
- Take a hot meal to family or someone in need.
- Go to a local Christmas event.
- Decorate your Christmas tree.
- Make Christmas cards for loved ones.
- Organise a potluck Christmas party.
Create a family recipe book..
A wonderful present for Christmas could be your family’s very own recipe book and collecting the recipes gives family a wonderful opportunity to connect. A special recipe might provide an opportunity to share a special memory with a loved one. Bring the family together and create a recipe book for you all to enjoy and then try making some of your family recipes, sharing the stories that make them so special. You could even take photos and decorate your family recipe book for a very unique gift full of wonderful memories.
Make the most of this magical time with your loved ones and find ways to make small healthy changes to the lives of you and your family this Christmas. Cutting down on added sugar, creating an acts of kindness advent calendar, and connecting with loved ones through a family recipe book are just three ideas to get you started. Christmas is the perfect time to give back to all those around you. Have a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic new year.