Fat does not make you fat, sugar makes you fat. Fat will literally not make you fat, unless you eat too much of it and really that rule can apply to anything you eat. It is sugar that is the real bugger and the one thing you need to make sure you are keeping your eye on. Although, it may be impossible to not eat a single gram of sugar for the rest of your life, here are 5 ways to cut your sugar intake while still balancing our your diet by treating yourself here and there.
Eat Whole Foods
The more whole foods you can eat, the lesser the chances that unexpected sugar is snuck into it. You may be surprised as to how much sugar is added into foods, even when you least expect it. When you stick to whole foods, then you are certain to know exactly what you are getting. Also, remember that fruit is still sugar. Although it is natural sugar, you still want to make sure you don’t eat a ton of it either. If you are feeling like you need a sweet fix, reach for some berries or another fruit that is lower in sugar.
Check Nutrition Labels
Manufacturers sneak sugar in everywhere. Did you know that the ketchup in your refrigerator probably has added sugar to it? Even things that are already sweet tend to have sugar added to them–it is terrible but that is the society we live in. Go ahead and look around in your kitchen and start checking the labels of food you have in the cabinets. It will shock you as to how much sugar is hidden in food items. Your peanut butter probably has sugar in it too. Now if you are really daring, throw out everything that has added sugar in it.
Go for Unsweetened Beverages
I think we are all guilty of walking by a Starbucks and wanting one of their latte’s or frappuccinos–they are just so darn delicious. However, they are loaded with sugar. Do you even know how much sugar is in milk? Especially the low-fat kind. When they remove the fat, they substitute the flavor with sugar. Next time go for a simple coffee or Americano and add a splash of half and half and stevia. You can still treat yourself without all of the sugar loaded into your coffee treat. Give a bulletproof coffee a try from a local coffee joint too!
A tried and true trick for me is when I am feeling a bit hungry or at least think I am hungry (when I am actually not) I reach for a sparkling water. I like to keep sparkling water on hand at home and even some that are naturally flavored without any calories or sugar in them. They curb my suit tooth and my hunger. Some of my personal favorites are making my own carbonated water and adding essential oils, like lemon or grapefruit to my carbonated water.
Avocado Chocolate Pudding
This recipe is a winner every single time and definitely feeds my chocolate cravings. All you need is one avocado, 2 TBS raw cacao powder, and one banana. Throw it all in a blender and boom, chocolate pudding. Or if you are really trying to cut out sugar try our EBOOST PRIME chocolate pudding recipe found here.