OK, fam, we’re doing this. If your plan is to cut down on sugar this year (or month… baby steps), we’re right there with you. And while it’s definitely going to be tough, we’ve got some recipes to help you out, starting with breakfast. The most important meal of the day can quickly turn into a sugar-fest if you’re not careful, but a few healthy swaps mean you can keep enjoying favorites like pancakes, muffins, and smoothie bowls. Or you can switch to the savory side with proteins like eggs, salmon, and sausage. Either way, you so got this.
Bananas are on the higher end of the scale when it comes to sugar in fruit. Since it’s the natural kind, though, using ‘nanners to sweeten pancakes is definitely preferable to white sugar. Meanwhile, fresh, juicy blueberries make these pancakes extra pretty and are an easy replacement for syrup.
Planning a brunch and not sure what low-sugar dish will please a crowd? Shakshuka is your answer. Also known as “eggs in purgatory,” this Middle Eastern dish is savory and a little spicy. Just make sure to use fresh tomatoes over a canned sauce, since those often come with tons of added sugar.
Pudding… on a low-sugar diet? Sure thing! When it’s made with chia seeds, nut milk, a touch of maple syrup, vanilla extract, and chai spice mix, you have low-sugar gold.Since you’ve made the commitment to go low-sugar, we recommend tossing the Aunt Jemima and splurging on some high-quality maple syrup (and watching your portions… you can even cut the one-tablespoon serving they suggest in half because a little goes a long way). You can also sweeten with fruit to really go low on the sweet stuff.
Adjusting your diet takes a lot of effort, so make life easier and have breakfast ready for the week in 30 minutes. These egg muffins are filled with peppers, onions, cherry tomatoes, spinach, and cheddar cheese, and are perfect to reheat, grab, and go on busy mornings when you’d otherwise swing by the coffee shop. Because scones are not low sugar. Tragic, we know.
No butter, no oil, no added sugars, but they still taste pretty dang good. What’s the secret? Blueberries and honey make ’em sweet, and plain Greek yogurt keeps them moist. Rolled oats are in there too to round things out and fill you up. Pro tip: Leave out the coconut sugar. You don’t need it.
OK, these are kind of a game-changer. Who would’ve thought to put quinoa in egg muffins?! It’s such a good use for the grain, and you don’t even have to cook it beforehand. Just fill a muffin tin with eggs, kale, dry quinoa, mozzarella cheese, and a sprinkle of garlic salt and let the oven do its thang.
Just like with Paleo diets, when you cut down on sugar, sweet potatoes are definitely your friend. Make a Chipotle-style bowl with some diced taters, turkey chorizo or ground turkey, and whatever veggies you like. Top with a sunny-side up egg and a little avocado and you’ll be a happy camper.
Smoothies can be dangerous. One minute you’ve got a few ingredients out, the next you’re putting every fruit in the fridge into your blender and wind up with a smoothie as sugary as a milkshake. This bowl avoids that by sneaking in frozen zucchini and cauliflower, which you really can’t taste once you mix with blueberries, vanilla protein powder, and shredded coconut. We swear.
This frittata might just make you team savory and is an easy way to get in some greens at breakfast. All you need are eggs, salmon, peas, broccoli, and salt and pepper. Consider it a way-healthier version of your beloved bagel with lox.