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Top Tips for Reducing Your Sugar Intake
The 12-week Sugar Smart challenge is in full swing! Our families have embarked on a great journey of discovery and are finding many low-sugar/no-sugar alternatives to their usual favourites.
Last week our families were asked to gather as many tips from friends, family, neighbours… (anyone and everyone really!) for the best ways to reduce sugar intake.
The responses have been really interesting and we just couldn’t keep them to ourselves, so, without further ado – here are some top tips for reducing sugar!
Let’s start with a morning staple, we are of course, talking tea and coffee.
Sirley starts us off gently, with a two-week plan to get your tea and coffee sugar-free; she explains:
“If you want to completely eliminate sugar from your drink don't do it cold turkey.
I take one teaspoon in my coffee...or I used to. This is what I did over the course of two weeks.
So, to begin with, I started off with 3/4 teaspoon of sugar for several days, from there I lowered it to 1/2 teaspoon, then 1/4 teaspoon and finally to nothing at all.
I made myself gradually get used to a less sugary drink, and now I don't even miss it.”
Most people tend to have a morning habit when it comes to tea and coffee, so this is a great place to start.
Another tip for coffee lovers comes from a friend of Andrea. Andrea writes:
“Tip from a friend... have a shot of sugar-free syrup in your coffee instead of sugar, works like a charm.”
Moving on from coffee and tea, the consensus is definitely to cook from scratch as much as possible - this is obviously easier said than done!
The next three tips come from friends of Charly & Keri.
Paula told Charly & Keri:
In the same vein, Stuart tells us:
“Finding time to cook from scratch seems to be key. Yesterday Juliet made Carrot cake with a fraction of the sugar, maple syrup and no frosting. 100% of our kids loved it as did I at midnight!
Make your own pasta sauces, as shop bought ones can contain a high sugar content.”
A cheeky midnight snack without the guilt? Yes please.
Another cooking tip comes from Amaka’s brother:
“My brother, the baking enthusiast writes "Add grapefruit, beetroot and cauliflower. You can also add to your batter when baking and nobody will know"
If you’ve not got the time to be cooking fresh every day (frankly who does), why not take a leaf out of Louisa’s book. Military style preparation.
“It seems that a lot of people's advice on reducing sugar intake is to cook from scratch, so today I put some of the tips I learned at my 'Meal Planning Made Easy' course into action by batch cooking 3 different meals from a basic tomato, garlic, onion and carrot sauce (blitzed up in the Nutrabullet with some herbs so that the kiddies don't pick the veg out!).
I used this basic sauce for the meatballs to go in and then added chilli beans (and mince!) to the Con Carne and coconut milk, ginger and spices (and chicken!) to the curry. The carrots and coconut milk are great for adding sweetness.
Now all in the freezer for one of those days when I'm in too much of a rush to cook!”
That's all for now. But don't worry, we'll be back with more tips soon.
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