If you’ve watched the news or read a magazine recently, it won’t come as any surprise to you that sugar is currently public health enemy #1. It seems like there is a new alarming message about the white stuff every day, and consuming too much of it is now being blamed for rising rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes. 

The general consensus is that we could all do with eating a little bit less of the white stuff. But it’s not quite as easy as that when the family sized bar of Galaxy is calling your name, is it? To give you a bit of a head start, we’ve put together 5 tips to help you cut back on sugar…

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1. Switch up your breakfast

When you think about it, most traditional breakfast foods contain a fair bit of sugar – whether it’s a fruit smoothie, yoghurt with honey or toast with jam, we tend to go for the sweet stuff first thing in the morning which can get our blood sugar off to a bad start. Try switching to a savoury breakfast – veggie juices, a grilled brekkie or eggs and avo are all delicious options.

2. Snack smarter

We all know the feeling of the 3pm slump, when it seems like only a cup of tea and biscuits will save us, don’t we? Instead of reaching for the packet of Hobnobs, try munching on nuts or rice cakes with hummus – equally delicious but with far less sugar.

3. Cut back on liquid sugar

Fizzy drinks, booze, fancy Starbucks coffees – it’s pretty easy to consume a tonne of the white stuff without even really realising it. Try and avoid syrups in coffees and switch to water instead of juice or fizzy drinks during the day. As for alcohol, steer clear of sugary cocktails and opt for a delicious glass of red wine instead!

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4. Opt for homemade meals

Surprisingly, a lot of savoury shop-bought soups and ready meals can be packed full of sugar. Try and cook at home where you can – that way you can control exactly what you add and steer clear of any hidden nasties. Batch cooking and freezing soups and stews once a week is a great way of making sure you don’t have to rely on sugary alternatives.

5. Find new dessert alternatives

There has never been an easier time to cut back on refined sugar – bloggers like Deliciously Ella are constantly creating recipes for yummy treats that will help satisfy your sweet tooth naturally. You’ll also find plenty of delicious low sugar alternatives at your local health food store (Coyo is my all time fave) or you could opt for some high quality dark chocolate. Or there’s always a good old cheeseboard!

Do you have any other tips for cutting back on sugar? Let us know in the comments!

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