What’s Up Sugar??
Recently, one of my friends told me about her ‘sugar free-experience’ (Yes Annelies, this blog is about you, sorry ;)). She’d spent one month eating sugar free to become aware of how much sugar we engulf on a regular base. What shocked her most was how many products contain sugar. Of course, when buying cookies or candy you’re consciously choosing to eat a product with sugar. However that even products like pre-packed slices of chicken breast contain added sugar was kind of a shocker and eye-opener.
My friend challenged me to go through my pantry to become more aware and I encourage you to do the same. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want you to turn into someone who goes marching through the supermarket like an army lieutenant pushing products in the face of innocent customers while shouting ‘AHA, SUGARRRRR!!!’. Let’s not go overboard. But it’s good to be aware and knowingly decide what you feed your body with.
Soft drinks and flavored sodas are also products whereby we imperceptibly consume huge amounts of sugar. It’s not so strange that deciding what to drink became one of the biggest challenges during my friend’s sugar free month. That’s why I decided to dedicate this blog to:
5 Healthy Alternatives to Sugary Drinks
- Water: Have it plain or go wild and flavor it with for example lemon, mint, sage, thyme or lavender.
- Tea: Make lots of lovely tea. Choose between green tea, white tea, ginger tea or herbal tea. Below a recipe for mint tea, so easy and delicious…
- Coconut water: Go Robinson Crusoe and day-dream about tropical islands while sipping away the refreshing juice of a coconut.
- Vegetable milk: Pick between soy milk, rice milk or nut milk (when buying it check the subscriptions to make sure there’s no added sugar)
- Freshly squeezed juice: From orange to water melon or spinach, a lot of fruits and even vegetables can easily be turned into a delicious juice or smoothie (be aware of fruit sugars)
Do you also have another great option for a sugar free drink?
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- 2-3 Stalks Fresh Mint
- Hot Water
- Bring water to the boil
- Wash mint leaves and arrange in a teacup.
- Pour hot water over the mint leaves. Let steep for a few minutes until the water turns slightly green and flavors open up.