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Keen to reduce your sugar intake? Here's what a low-sugar day really looks like...

Thinking about cutting down on the sweet stuff but not sure where to start?

It can be pretty intimidating at first, especially when you learn about all the unexpected places sugar is lurking.

We spoke to our team dietitian and luckily, with a little guidance and an aim to choose wholefoods that are minimally processed wherever possible, a low sugar day is easily within reach.

Food is meant to be enjoyable, not loaded with guilt each mouthful. Lakanto helps make your day full of taste and flavour without the compromise on our health.

So here's what a low-sugar day really looks like. (Spoiler, it's simple and delicious!)

Breakfast

Skip: Packaged cereals (often harbouring buckets of sugar)

Try: Something with protein to give you energy for the day ahead

- Natural Plain Yoghurt with nuts and fresh fruit, and a splash of our maple syrup (for when you’re on the go)

- Poached or scrambled eggs on wholegrain toast with avocado (for when you’ve got a little time)

Lakanto’s Berry Chia Pudding (for when you can prep ahead!)

 

Snack

Skip: Store-bought banana bread, low-fat yoghurt or the chocolate bar (hello, sugar hit!)

Try: Portable whole foods or handmade snacks are always the go here

- A handful of nuts and dried fruit, one piece of dark chocolate (easy brain boosters)

- A piece of your favourite fruit (nature’s candy!) add nut butter for an extra protein and healthy fat hit. 

- Hard boiled egg (great quick protein hit)

- Lakanto’s Keto Banana Bread (perfect with a lashing of cultured butter)

 

Lunch 

Skip: Premade soups and always buying lunch (we don’t know why there’s sugar in there, but there so often is!)

Try: Opt for plenty of colourful vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats, and you can’t really go wrong. A bit of meal prep on a Sunday or cooking a bit extra of dinner can go a long way. 

- Hearty salad with legumes or wholegrain and your favourite protein and nuts/seeds for crunch (add a good dash of quality olive oil and lemon juice)

- Leftovers from last night (why cook to eat only once?)

- Good quality tinned tuna or mackerel on crackers with avo, tomato, cucumber, cheddar cheese (so simple, so good) 

- Lakanto’s Hemp & Beetroot Burgers (plant-based, carb-free and, loaded with nutrients)

 

Dinner

Skip: Takeout, premade pasta sauce or stirfry sauce (some should really be classified as dessert)

 Try: Time for some lean protein, complex carbs, heathy fats and (you guessed it) lots of veggies (full of antioxidants and fibre!)

- Teriyaki Salmon using homemade teriyaki sauce (combine soy sauce or Tamari, Lakanto Maple Syrup and a splash of mirin (optional)), with brown rice, avocado slices, slices of cucumber and fried shiitake mushrooms. 

- Harissa roasted chicken on a bed of quinoa, maple-y carrots & broccoli, toasted pumpkin seeds and lemon-y massaged kale. 

- Homemade bolognese loaded with grated carrots, zucchini, red kidney beans, eggplant, mushrooms served on wholemeal spaghetti or pulse pasta. 

- Turmeric Tofu Rice Paper Rolls, served alongside homemade satay dipping sauce (peanut butter, soy sauce or tamari, Lakanto maple syrup, lime juice, water, all stirred together)

 

Drinks

Skip: Soft drinks (an obvious one, but it needs to be said!)

Try: Drinks don’t have to be boring to be low sugar

- Sparkling water (with a squeeze of fresh lemon and lime)

- Herbal tea (brew and ice it in the summer months)

- Homemade lemonade with a spoonful of Lakanto Classic Monkfruit (a 1:1 natural sugar substitute for perfect sweetness without the sweet stuff)

 

Dessert

Skip: You don't HAVE to skip dessert with Lakanto. Seriously!

Try: Our blog is full of tasty sweet recipes using our 1:1 natural sugar substitutes. So you can indulge without compromising your health. Here are some of our faves: