One morning, a young Hawaiian girl Kalea paddles out to surf and comes back with a challenge to resist eating sugar for a whole week. Sucrose, Stevia, Aspartame and other sweetener creatures visit Kalea and spark her curiosity about the heath effects and environmental impact of sweeteners. Kalea struggles with temptation when she smells chocolate chip cookies in the oven at her friend’s house. Does she complete her goal of seven days without sugar? Kalea & Her Sweet Tooth is a humorous story intended for teaching 2nd to 5th graders about sweeteners in our foods and drinks.
Sugar and sweetener education is important for many reasons. My main goal is for kids to be able to recognize the ingredients on foods and drinks. Then, kids should be able to decide if those ingredients are healthy or not for their bodies and the environment. The kids also like that the characters were inspired by Pokemon.