Out Of Sight Out Of Mind?

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It's day 9 of the Curb Your Sweet Tooth challenge! 

Even though most of the added sugars we consume tend to be in processed foods, the problem of excess sugar comes when we add it to our foods - for example when adding to your hot beverages, drinking sweetened iced tea, or sprinkling brown sugar on oatmeal. 

Over the weekend try to consider keeping the sugar bowl out of sight to help eliminate the need to add sugar to your food and drink. See if this works for you. If not, start tracking how many teaspoons or sugar packets you typically add to your food or drink and try to cut down over time. Also, try these healthier alternatives:

 
  • Like pop? Try a seltzer without added sugar or make your own. Give some of these ideas from All Recipes a try. 
  • Add more flavor to your drinks with flavored ice cubes.
  • Experiment with combinations of herbs and fruit in your water or use plain frozen fruit, like lemon slices, watermelon, strawberries, blueberries or melon balls.
  • Add fresh fruit  or other spices to your oatmeal instead of sugar.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon or unsweetened cocoa powder into your coffee grounds before you brew it.
  • Flavor hot tea with lemon and iced tea with fresh herbs, like mint or sage.

Do you have any other ideas for adding flavor without opening a sugar packet? Tell us in our discussion in the challenge update section here or on Facebook. Also let us know how you did yesterday and join us on day 10!

Find this helpful? Share it with a nurse by using the social media links on the left side of this page and invite them to sign up for the Curb Your Sweet Tooth challenge!


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Posted by Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) on Jun 7, 2018 5:48 PM America/Chicago

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