Cutting back on the sugar you eat may seem like an easy process. Avoid things like donuts, candy, and anything with the word sugar in it, right? I’ve found it’s not as straight-forward as that. Sugar substitutes are not the best answer and there is sugar in plenty of natural foods like fruits and vegetables. So, what can you do if you need a treat? I found there are a lot of options and even tried making my own low-sugar snacks. If you find you need some suggestions on how to eat items with lower sugar amounts, keep reading to see my recommendations on this low-sugar journey.
Fruit has sugar alcohols that are better than substitutes, too much of anything can be a bad thing. Although I love making smoothies now that the weather is warmer, I realized that my ingredients may actually be increasing my sugar intake. So, I used this fruit pyramid from Well + Good to help guide me in choices:
This pyramid isn’t meant to make you think you should never have fruits in the higher sugar range, but rather to moderate how much you consume. For the limit of daily added sugar, the American Heart Association recommends no more than 9 teaspoons (36 grams, 150 calories) for men and no more than 6 teaspoons (25 grams, 100 calories) for women.
Greens are always a recommendation for peoples’ diets, however, starchy vegetables can be a culprit that increase your carbohydrate intake. Luckily, there are a number of non-starchy vegetables including broccoli, squash, mushrooms, and artichokes.
For a list of more vegetables, consult the American Diabetes Association.
If you prefer to make a few treats, I found two recipes to be a great option for breakfast an additional one to satisfy my cravings. The best part is the Banana Oat Bars, Flourless Thumbprint Breakfast Cookies, and Almond Butter Fudge require simple ingredients including dried fruit, oats, bananas, and applesauce. The Banana Oat Bars are definitely a favorite for future treats.
I recommend refrigerating all of these recipes. The bananas are a nice option for ingredients, but I found leaving these treats out on the counter may have caused the bananas to spoil faster.
This is just the beginning of my journey of finding low-sugar options. I have lots of low-sugar desserts that I can’t wait to taste. In the meantime, if you have other suggestions for low-sugar treats, please share them in the comments. I would love to give them all a try! If you need more snacking suggestions, visit Go Sugar Free to sign up for a list that includes some delicious items including mixed nuts, avocado, smoked salmon, and Applewiches.
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