Sugar has been on the health gurus hit list for quite a while.
Personally, I’m of the opinion that the odd sweet treat like a slice of cake or bar of chocolate will do you no harm, it’s just when that occasional treat becomes a daily habit. And for so many of us, it is a daily habit.
And even if you don’t think you have a sugar habit, you maybe surprised by how much sugar you’re actually consuming on a daily basis – but I’ll cover that in another post.
So if you’re planning on giving up sugar then here are 5 quick tips to help you eliminate excess sugar from your diet.
The easiest way to trick your tastebuds in to thinking that something is sweeter is to use spices such as vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamon. Spices such as vanilla are often associated with sweet treats so you’ll feel as though you’ll be having a sweet hit without the refined sugar.
The majority of sugars are hidden in those items you just grab off the shelves, so ready meals, low fat goods, yogurts, pre-packaged sandwiches, “energy” bars etc. Plan and prepare your meals so you’re not forced in to picking up unhealthy, sugary choices.
Experiment with your treats.
If you look forward to a slice of cake and a cuppa on a Sunday afternoon then rather than giving it up why not start experimenting with making your own sweet treats but with a twist. See below for a healthy, sugar free treat.
Swap out the bad choices.
Swap the bad sugars for natural healthy ones such as fresh dates, fruit, honey etc.
Eat Often (and well).
Of course the best way to stop yourself reaching for the biscuit barrel is to make sure that you have regular meals packed with protein, vegetables and healthy fats.
Sugar Free Energy Bar
One of the main reasons people reach for sugar is that they want an energy boost. And whilst sugar may give you that initial rush, it’ll also give you an almighty crash too. Here’s a great sweet treat that’s also packed full of nutrients and good stuff.
What you’ll need:
1 cup almonds
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup dried cranberries
5 medjool dates
1⁄2 cup Organic Cacao Powder
2 tbsp. hot water
Shredded Coconut for sprinkling (optional)
Place the nuts and oats in to a food processor and blend until you have crumbs. Then add in your cacao powder , dates, cranberries and blend again.
Next you’ll need to slowly add the hot water to the mixture until it starts to come together and form a ball.
Take the mixture and place in to a lined tin and even out before placing it in to the fridge for a couple of hours.
Sprinkle with some shredded coconut and once it’s set, cut in to bars.
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