Think cutting out sugar in your morning cup of coffee has solved all your problems? Think again.
Have you taken a close look at some of the things in your fridge lately?
Now for some good news: Whether you’re trying for a sugar-free diet or just figuring out how to cut down on sugar, we have a few pretty good ideas to help you out. So … read on.
Read Your Labels
Sugar is everywhere. Not sure if there’s sugar in something you’re about to put in your mouth? According to the University of California, San Francisco's SugarScience Resources, there are a whopping 61 names for sugar. So you may not see sucrose or fructose on your ingredient label, but things like dextrin, maltose and barley malt are other sneaky ways to say: “Hey, there’s sugar in this product.”
Swap out Sugar-Laden Drinks
Well, duh. Ditch the sodas, the sports drinks, those supplements with added sugar, fresh-squeezed juices and smoothies. Stick to no-sugar-added teas, black coffee, sparkling water, or, you know, just plain old water.
The easiest way to cut down on sugars is avoiding prepacked foods. That means cooking — you know, boiling water and turning on your oven. No need to be super extra; just start simple — grilled veggies and a protein. Oh, and we just happen to have tips on how to grill the best steak everrr.
Inventory your sauces
Look, sauces are the reason why we eat things. A poke’ bowl isn’t nearly as yum without the drizzle of sauce. Fries don’t taste as delicious if they aren’t smothered in ketchup. But if you’re ditching the sugar, that means tossing some bottles of stuff that — real talk — has probably been in your fridge for way too long anyway. Instead, try seasoning your food with herbs and spices. Sub in mayo and yellow mustard as your sandwich condiments of choice. Add pesto or a chimichurri sauce to make your meats and veggies more exciting.
Fill Up on Protein
Keep high-protein foods that don’t have a bunch of added sugar on hand as your go-to snacks. That way when your stomach starts to rumble midday, you can grab a handful of almonds, a boiled egg, roasted chickpeas, seeds, beef sticks or even plain Greek yogurt. Watch out for high-sugar protein bars.
So … maybe reducing your sugar intake isn’t quite as hard as you’d think. If you’re still on the fence about tossing your fave high-sugar salad dressing, check out our recent post on the benefits of a low-sugar diet. You’re welcome.