My no sugar challenge favorites
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Last month during my no sugar challenge, what was most shocking to me was the insane number of things that have added sugar for no reason (I'm looking at you veggie broth). It can be surprisingly difficult to find foods that DON'T contain any form of added sugar. Here are a few of the foods that have become grocery store go-tos for me as I have continued to try and steer clear of sugar.
1. Fruits and vegetables
This one is obvious, but we found ourselves eating TONS of fruits and veggies in an effort to avoid sugar and other overly processed foods. We were especially creative on the salad-front, adding foods like Thai sweet potato salad and falafel salad with lemon herb roasted potatoes. Banana "nice cream" and homemade popsicles were also lifesavers for us and something we still make all the time.
Unlike Wheat Thins and its other cracker companions, Triscuits are only made with 3 ingredients: Wheat, oil, and salt. While they probably don't qualify as a health food, eating the occasional Triscuit has been a good way to satiate cravings without shelling out a ton of money for specialty health food crackers.
3. Mestemacher bread
This bread is awesome, it is a sourdough based bread made with a blend of whole grains including rye, oats, and wheat germ. While it is plain tasting but makes a great canvas for open-face sandwiches, avocado toast, and other filling meals with tons of fiber and no added sugars.
We have always loved making fresh popcorn on the stove with coconut oil. Recently popcorn has become one of our favorite post-dinner snacks. It is especially great with a little cinnamon sprinkled on top.
Can we talk about how many salad dressings have sugar? It is honestly mind-boggling. Tahini is the magic solution. Made from sesame seeds that have been blended to have the consistency of peanut butter, it makes a great, easy salad dressing when mixed with a little salt, pepper, and lemon juice.
6. Nuts and dried fruit
I love eating nuts, especially cashews. They are filling and are easy to keep on hand. I also keep a small amount of no-sugar-added dried fruits like dates and cranberries around to add to oatmeal or homemade trail mix, granola, and granola bars.
Larabars are amazing, and as long as you don't get the chocolate flavors they are totally free of added sugars. Unlike other granola bars, they have no refined flours and the majority of the time are made with only raw ingredients like dates, nuts, and fruit. I always try to keep a few of these on hand in case of emergency and surprised everyone (myself included) by not eating my entire stash the first week.
8. Tasty Bites
Starting a full-time job with an evening schedule has made it hard to meal prep as consistently as I want to. Enter Tasty Bites, a collection of Indian and Asian sauce mixes (I'm partial to the Madras Lentils) which are easy to heat up and throw on top of rice or potatoes. Tasty Bites are pretty decent in terms of the nutrition facts with no added sugar and a relatively short ingredient list.
What are some of your favorite healthy finds? Tell me about it in the comments down below!