In order to cut down on my sugar intake, I made the switch from fruity flavored Greek yogurt to plain. Here are some of your suggestions on how you cut down on your daily sugar intake. There were so many great ideas, so be sure to check out the comments section of the original post to see even more ways to scale back on the added sweetness.
- "Cut out hidden sugars by shopping at health food stores instead of buying the well-known brand names. For example, a lot of the popular brands of 'healthy' whole wheat bread actually have added sugar and/or high fructose corn syrup in them. Brands like Peter Pan and JIF have added sugar, so switching to natural peanut butter is an easy way to reduce your sugar consumption." — chloe bella
- "Plain oatmeal can be sweetened with fruit instead of brown sugar. Use canned pumpkin, unsweetened applesauce, and plain yogurt to make baked goods. You need about half the sugar of the original recipe!" — acfreema
- "The thing I really had trouble getting? Chocolate. So instead of milk chocolate, I started gradually working my way up the dark chocolate ladder so that I could acquire a taste instead of just pushing it all on myself. Once I got used to the taste of 50% dark chocolate, I started buying 60%, and then 70%, and now I'm up to 85% and sometimes even 90% dark chocolate, where the first two ingredients are no longer sugar, but cocoa solids and cocoa butter." — laellavita
- "When baking, I use about 1/4 cup less sugar than what the recipe calls for." — tamaradulva
- Spectra says, "I use Truvia to sweeten my coffee instead of sugar and it really tastes good. Since I like my coffee really sweet, it saves me a lot of added sugar. Also, I put cinnamon on my oatmeal instead of lots of sugar. For whatever reason, it adds a lot of sweetness."
- "I prefer to add my own stuff to plain yogurt, because I like the nutritional profile of plain better than flavored, plus the taste is better. Real fruit is better than 'fruit jelly' or 'natural and artificial flavorings' any day." — julea