The New York Times issued a 7-Day Sugar Challenge and I’m thrilled to participate! Each day I’ll share a tip and an easy recipe from my new book, Half the Sugar, All the Love, to get you started on your way to cooking with less added sugar.

According to Tara Parker-Pope of The New York Times, “One of the best things you can do for your health is cut back on foods with added sugar.” I couldn’t agree more! All of us are consuming three times more sugar than is recommended, and it’s leading to serious health consequences. The good news is we can reverse this trend by eating a low sugar diet. The 7-Day Sugar Challenge is designed to provide simple steps to reduce added sugar for you and your family. Each day The New York Times will share a tip on how to reduce added sugar. And to help you make those tips actionable I’ll share a recipe (or two) from my new book. If you’ve already got your copy of Half the Sugar, All the Love, you’re one step ahead of the game! If not, grab your copy here. Now let’s get cooking!

Day 1: No Sugar Breakfast

Day 1 of The New York Times 7-Day Sugar Challenge is a no sugar breakfast. Eating a healthy breakfast can promote learning and academic performance. But many breakfast foods, such as cereals, flavored yogurt, and energy bars, can put your family over their daily added sugar limit by midmorning.

No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bars | Half the Sugar All the Love | Jennifer Tyler Lee

Fiber-rich, no-added-sugar energy bars are a great place to start. They’re naturally sweetened with dates and packed with fiber which helps slow absorption of sugar and keeps you feeling full. They’re super easy to make and can be stored in your freezer for a quick grab-n-go option. Use sunflower seed butter if you have a family member with nut allergies. You’ll find them on page 59.

Looking for more no sugar breakfast ideas? Try these:

Mango Coconut Froyo Pops

Zero Sugar Pecan Pie Granola

No Bake Energy Bites

Ready for Day 2? Click here for Day 2: Real Foods Vs. Packaged Foods.

Half the Sugar, All the Love is packed with over 100 recipes to enjoy your favorite foods in a healthier way. The secret is using fiber-rich fruits and vegetables to sweeten instead of added sugar. It’s available wherever books are sold.

Half the Sugar, All the Love by Jennifer Tyler Lee