that you’ve got an idea of how much sugar you’re eating and where it’s
coming from, and you’ve given up or have a plan to give up the worst of
the worst, stock up on healthier alternatives!
Most veggies have little to no sugar in them and they're full of nutrients and fiber (see a list of the veggies that are lowest in sugar here). So go to town! You can even dip them: try peanut butter (no sugar added, of course!), hummus, or mix greek yogurt with garlic and chopped fresh or dried dill for a super flavorful, Greek-style dip. (If you buy bottled dip or salad dressing, be sure to check the sugar grams first -- you might be surprised!)
Nuts are another great option for snacking as they're tasty and full of protein. Just be sure to stick to the serving size so you’re not mindlessly munching tons of extra calories. Air-popped popcorn is delicious sprinkled with a little parmesan and pepper. And check out these other great ideas for low-sugar snacks recommended by nutritionist Joy Bauer.
If you know you can’t live without sweets, buy fresh or frozen fruits first, natural apple sauce (no sugar added), and dark chocolate in small, individually wrapped pieces. Some other sweet snack ideas include: Greek yogurt with a drizzle of honey or fresh fruit mixed in, fresh berries with a little whipped cream, or apples dipped in peanut or almond butter. Dried fruit is delicious too, but it is high in sugar so be sure to stick to the recommended serving size.
What kinds of stuff will you stock up on? Do you have any great naturally sweet treats to tell us about?