NEW YORK TIMES 7-DAY SUGAR CHALLENGE: DAY 2
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. If you’ve already got a copy of Half the Sugar, All the Love, you’re ahead of the game! If not, grab your copy HERE.
Day 2: Real Food Vs. Processed Food
For Day 2 of The New York Times 7-Day Sugar Challenge, your goal is to stop eating the added sugar lurking in processed foods. Parker-Pope recommends, “start by cutting just one packaged food item from your snacks or meals and replace it with a single-ingredient, whole food.”
Salad dressings are one of the easiest places to start. My favorite is the Creamy Poppyseed Dressing in my Harvest Mason Jar Salad.
I was surprised to learn that my favorite packaged dressing contained over 18 teaspoons of added sugar in the jar! So I remastered it. The Creamy Poppyseed Dressing in Half the Sugar, All the Love is sweetened with pears instead of added sugar. It takes just a few minutes to make in the blender and can be used for dressing salads, as a dip for chopped vegetables, or as a marinade for chicken and fish. You’ll find the recipe on page 194.
As for other packaged foods on your grocery list, learn to read the nutrition label to spot added sugar. Remember, there are about 4 grams in 1 teaspoon of sugar. A good rule of thumb is to keep added sugar per serving under 5 grams or 1 ¼ teaspoons. Choose unsweetened products when possible. Avoid sugar substitutes, both natural and artificial.
Looking for more healthy swaps for processed foods? Try these:
Ready for Day 3? Click here for Day 3: Eat Fruit!
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.