This is the second Food Google Hangout with OzSuperNanny, Angela Jacobsen, along with Vivian Pei doing a live cooking session (food writer, editor, stylist and cooking instructor), Linda Black (model and TV host) and Zurina Byrant (celeb photographer). And a ‘me’ who experienced technical problems and couldn’t get on the hangout live. Notwithstanding the lovely ladies accommodated my technical issues, and helped to ask my questions and Angela (and everyone) chipped in and had great fun!
1. How to reduce sugar in dessert, yet have it taste sweet?
Reply is not to have sugar and use natural juice and fruits as alternatives. And train the kids to have less sweet tooth. Or replace with quality chocolates. Linda doesn’t recommend ‘sugar-free’ and definitely not high frutose corn syrup, she likes date sugar though. Zurina does fruit juice popsicles.
Parents can manage the amount of sugar in their kids’ diet by being conscious of the foods they buy. Sugary beverages like soda and juice drinks are typically the number 1 source of sugar. In addition, the guidelines for 100% juice is 4-fluid ounces per day for a younger child— which makes it tough to follow if you buy the individual juice boxes which usually 6.75-ounces. Get your kids used to good old water—there is nothing more refreshing!
2. Do you have alternative suggestions to frying, yet retain the crispiness?
Vivian’s reply is to use breadcrumbs, sprayed with olive oil and oven bake. Outside fried food is high in trans fat, and this study showed children who eat fast food 3 times or more a week, there’s a 30 percent increased risk in severity of the above conditions. See this post.
3. Drinking soda is not good either – empty calories. Is there a way to make a healthy ice blended?
Linda’s suggestion is to add sparkling water to fruit juice for a little bubbly effect. Refer to this post collaborated with Dr Sears Lean team, on healthy drinks. Dr Sears’ tip:
Drinks with the main ingredient ‘high fructose corn syrup’ may result in overeating because it does not trigger a hormone, leptin, that creates fullness. Moreover, children who drink more than 12 ounces per day of concentrated juice are more likely to be overweight.
4. Is ice blended coffee or tea an acceptable drink for kids, say occasionally?
All the fab ladies had a laugh with this one, with a BIG NO to caffeine! *offline note*- seriously, I’ve seen kids gulping starbucks frappucino! A relaxing and fun hangout, watch the hangout here!