This year I've been counting the calories and increasing my exercise as an attempt to shift a few pounds for my holidays, but I hadn't really considered how much sugar I was still consuming. That was until Canderel Red challenged me to take part in their #SweetSmart project where they asked me to go a couple of days without sugar. Certain foods have natural sugars in them which are beneficial for your body, take fruit for example which I obviously don't want to cut out, but many processed products contain far more than you would imagine and I've been looking at labels ever since!
With so many packets and jars available in stores it's often more convenient to take the easier option when it comes to preparing a meal for your family, but that isn't always the best option when it comes to your health. Did you know a bowl of cereal could have as many as 4 teaspoons of sugar inside and that's before sprinkling more on top to sweeten! Then there are tomato based pasta sauces and tinned vegetable soups, that you may think are a healthier options, with 3-4 in too. It's quite shocking really to think about just how much sugar you're probably eating without realising.
By making a few small changes I've been able to drastically reduce my sugar intake and you could give it a go too. It was a lot easier than I expected!
- I've avoided toast and crackers and opted for natural yogurts with a sprinkle of oats and fruit for breakfast. It is actually far more refreshing first thing in the morning and this is a change that will remain! If you are in a rush you could always try a smoothie instead for your vitamin boost too which you could prepare the night before and refrigerate.
- Making a big batch of soup at home is far better for you than grabbing a sandwich or burger while on the go which was the case for me a little too frequently. It's a lot simpler than you may think and there is usually enough for a few days which the Mr likes to take to work as he is outside all day and it keeps him warm. Chicken or tomato are my personal favourites. Salads with prawns or meat are a nice light option, especially with summer on the way and dining al fresco.
- Swap ordinary savoury snacks for fruit alternatives - fruit crisps are packed with flavour. I attempted these and the Mini Mes loved them too! They go well in lunch boxes.
- I've been making more from scratch. It may mean a few extra minutes in the kitchen but I really like cooking anyway and if it means less sugar then it's worth it. I don't need those extra calories from sugar and I don't want them either!
- I don't drink tea or coffee but swapping a teaspoon of sugar in each mug for a Canderel tablet in yours could save you up to 700 calories per week - that's quite a difference! You don't have to compromise on taste either as they still provide the sweet finish.
- Swapping ingredients may also be a good idea. If you love a slice of cake (I certainly do) then look for sugar free recipes or swap sugar for Canderel. I'm giving these brownies a go at the earliest opportunity but I made these delicious Chewy Oat, Berry and Orange Cookies earlier this week too.
You can find great tips and more information on cutting down your sugar intake over on the Canderel Red Facebook page.
Will you be 'Sweet Smart' by reducing your sugar intake too?
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