Friday, September 7, 2012

Wait...that has HOW much sugar??

When I first started being aware of the amount of sugar I ate, I was AMAZED at what had added sugar in it and how much was being added.  Seriously its eye opening, always check the labels you might be surprised!

Here are a few to get you started...

Granola bars sound healthy, right?  Not so much, they usually have a lot of added sugar.  Try Larabars instead, they are made with dates, fruit and nuts and are delicious to boot.  NOTE: The same goes for granola, most granola has a lot of added sugar.  So either make your own or search for the healthy kinds made with natural sugar.

Yogurt!!  We always think of yogurt as healthy...NOT MOST when  you are talking in terms of sugar.  This yogurt above has 26grams of sugar...YIKES!  AND most "light" or low fat kinds have even more sugar {the same goes with salad dressings}.  Our reccomendation is PLAIN greek yogurt, sweeten it yourself with some honey!

Salad dressing!  This poppyseed dressing is my favorite but it has 7 grams of sugar per serving, not so great.  Most salad dressings will have added sugar, but find the ones that only 1 or 2 grams per serving.  Better yet, try making some!  I am attempting a poppyseed dressing tonight that has no processed sugar, Ill post the recipe if it's any good!

I had NO idea  that craisins had added sugar until we were doing our first challenge and a fellow participant pointed it out.  The ingredients are cranberries and SUGAR, 26 grams of sugar for every 1/3 cup of craisins!!!  oops.  So try adding sunflower seeds or nuts {pecans, walnuts, almonds, even pistachios} to your salad instead.  NOTE: most dried fruits are CRAMMED with added sugar, so be aware of that.  It is possible to find ones that arent but they are hard to come by.

Ketchup also has a lot of sugar added!  If you are using this for a dipping sauce try ranch or mustard instead.  NOTE: BBQ sauce is also packed with sugar, so stay away.

Hope that alway, if you have any questions just ask!  And if you have been eating something and then realize "oops, that's not challenge worthy" don't dock yourself points just make sure you cut it out from then on out.


  1. I just caught the ketchup one myself earlier today. Was making scrambled eggs to have in a whole wheat tortilla, when I realized that the ketchup I normally add on top, was a no no. Good thing I had some avocado and salsa to throw in instead. :-)

  2. I have actually made my own ketchup with honey and it tastes great. I don't have a link to the orginal, but it's similar to this one but with a little less water and a little more vinegar.

  3. Also, raisins generally don't have added sugar, so they are a great replacement for craisins. :)

    1. Thanks!! I meant to include that in the post but apparently I forgot, so thank you!! You are completely right :)