I asked my friends in the blogging community, who always have some great advice:
Katie from Living Life Our Way suggests to use coconut sugar in baking – it’s much healthier. I’ve never tried it before, I must admit.
Alan from OMG It’s A Girl says “We got a water-cooler in as our tap water tastes rotten. Since then the boys will all drink the water and rarely ask for sugary drinks.”
Sophie, who writes over at Mama Mei, has some great ideas for adding fruit into plain yoghurt instead of using sugar-filled fruit yoghurts, and has weaned her children off squash by using cucumber and lemon in water. Sounds delicious and refreshing!
BuzyMum has a whole host of ideas over on her blog, but some of the key ones she has shared are “My main tips would be- cooking from scratch, especially jarred sauces that contain added sugar. It’s so easy to fry off some onion and garlic, chuck a tin of chopped tomatoes and some mixed dry herbs, simmer and voila! Using dried fruit as sweet snacks, you can even whiz them and shape them to make them more appealing. Buy low or no sugar cereal- this stuff can contain loads of sugar! I give my lot porridge with banana or make it with frozen fruit for sweetness with just a squeeze of honey.”
Emma at Island Living 365 recommends not buying processed foods due to all of the hidden sugars in them, and Rosie at Little Fish Blog agrees: “We try to buy things unprocessed as much as possible. We mostly cook from scratch, but I do find it hard when it comes to things like bread, cereal and snacks, which often have added sugar. Things we eat a lot of we always buy the no, or low sugar option. Peanut butter we always eat the ‘peanuts only’ kind now and it’s so much better!”
The Mad House Of Cats And Babies has more great advice “Check sugar content in foods that are ready-made or pre-packaged. Those are the worst, often for high sugar content. Also food marketed at kids often has sugar in. Fruit juice diluted and only with meals, no fizzy drinks except as a treat when eating out. Just a few things I try to do.”
Our friend Marti in America tells us “The way I have reduced our sugar intake is to reduce sugar in all recipes by about 30%. You really don’t miss that extra sweetness in the finished product.” This is not only great advice, but it’s also good that we Brits are not the only ones worrying about our sugar intake. In a recent visit to the U.S., we found so many products were way too sweet for us! (Not the fudge, though, that was just perfect!)
Finally, our friend Sadie, who is very interested in nutrition, tells us “Don’t replace it with so-called ‘sugar free’ drinks. They are full of things such as aspartame and saccharin which are far worse for your long term health.
For breakfasts eat things like eggs, bacon, salmon, sweet peppers, avocados. Other things like cucumbers, tomatoes, berries.
For sugar replacements use natural like raw honey as it’s full of great things, but use sparingly. Xylitol and stevia are also good alternatives”
She also recommends to do a two week no sugar challenge to reset your tastebuds with an activity treat at the end. That’s a bit drastic for us, but it might work for you!
How about you? Do you see yourself taking any of this advice? Or do you have any other suggestions to add to our list? We’d love to hear from you!
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