I meet some of my clients at Starbucks, it’s convenient and a neutral place to meet. I generally order a soy latte, a decaf iced coffee or an iced unsweetened green tea. While I wait I can’t help noticing what people are ordering and how many of the patrons are kids and young teens.
I understand the appeal of a sweet creamy treat. What makes me crazy is how many kids are starting their day with a sugar laden drink, topped with whipped cream and a pastry. It’s a lot of mostly empty calories, but it’s also a lot of sugar. (between 8 – 10 teaspoons on average for a medium size latte drink).
Yes, there are better choices available but they aren’t generally being ordered. Again as a once in a while treat it’s not bad but when the barista knows your name and your order it’s not a once in a while treat.
A balanced breakfast that’s low in sugar is a better option so that kids (and adults) can be alert and focused throughout the day. A homemade smoothie (get the ingredients into the blender the night before to minimize morning chaos), sunflower or nut butter with fruit on 100% whole grain toast, oatmeal or yogurt “sundaes” are some great ways to start the day.
- 4 or 6 oz plain yogurt
- almond or sunflower butter
- toppings: unsweetened coconut, nuts/seeds, cacao nibs
Place yogurt in a bowl or container and let your child choose his topping to custom make his own yogurt sundae. I like this for breakfast or a snack too.
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