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How to Reduce the Sugar Content of your Recipes

Making healthier choices doesn’t prevent you from preparing your favourite recipes, and it doesn’t mean you are forbidden from eating sugar. Here are some tips to fit your favourite desserts into your new lifestyle.

Reduce the sugar content by half

The majority of recipes we prepare contain way too much sugar. If you use only three quarters or half of the quantity of sugar indicated in the recipe, the result will be just as delicious, and the sugar content will be more reasonable. Try it, you won’t even notice the difference!

Add berries

All too often, we forget that berries are an excellent natural sweetener for our smoothies, muffins, or other desserts. Use them any way you like: frozen, dried, pureed, or fresh.

Add spices to enhance the flavour

Another tip to reduce the sugar content of our recipes is to use the range of spices we have access to. We can use them to trick our taste buds, as we often associate certain spices to sweet foods. For example, you can add cinnamon to your homemade apple sauce.

On the other hand, be careful not to abuse artificial sweeteners (sugar substitutes). They can come handy sometimes, but they foster our love for sugar. While our body does not absorb the ingredients, our brain is tricked into thinking we are eating sugar, and it keeps seeking calorie-dense foods to compensate for the lack of energy it perceives!

So it’s best to use real sugar under all its forms. The secret is always moderation!

Bon appétit!

By Marie-Ève Nadeau, P.Dt.

Marie-Ève Nadeau, Dt.P.

Member of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec and holder of a bachelor’s degree from McGill University, Marie-Eve joined the Nautilus Plus team in November 2012. Nutritionist since January 2013 and assistant manager at Delson’s centre, Marie-Eve has found a passion for exercise and sports nutrition. She is currently completing her studies with the International Olympic Committee and exercises regularly. She ran her first half-marathon in Ottawa in May 2014, and was thrilled by the experience! She strives to pass on her passion to her clients and loved ones. Her objective is to help her clients get the results they desire and motivate them to adopt a healthy life style. She creates weight loss support groups and holds conferences on motivation and how to plan shopping for groceries.

How to Reduce the Sugar Content of your Recipes is a post from I'm taking charge. I'm taking charge is a blog that aims to help people in their journey to fitness through articles on training, nutrition, motivation, exercise and healthy recipes.
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