If you’re looking for creative ways to cut the sugar this month, a great place to start is by upping the kale. We’ve all heard that leafy, green veggies have tons of nutritional benefits, such as iron and vitamins A and C, and kale is certainly no exception. Food blogger and writer Carina Wolff of Kale Me Maybe shows us how reducing our sugar intake can become a seamless lifestyle rather than a bland chore. Not only are these recipes quick and easy, they make healthy eating taste magical.
With only eight ingredients, you can make this protein- and veggie-packed quinoa bowl with a sprinkle of sesame seeds.This recipe calls for canned tuna, but we say make the most of last night’s grilled salmon and use leftovers instead.
Craving comfort food but committed to cutting the sugar? Look no further than this vegan mac and “cheese” recipe made with butternut squash, nutritional yeast, coconut milk, and veggie broth. And of course, it’s loaded with sautéed kale so you can getcha greens too.
Frittatas are the solution to any day you’re lacking inspiration, and more importantly, time. By throwing all of your super-healthy, low-sugar veggies in a skillet, then adding eggs and topping with more veggies, you have a breakfast, lunch, or dinner that basically cooks itself.
For those days you’re craving pizza (every damn day) but don’t want to leave your home to make it happen, flatbreads are always the answer. You’ll find the kale in the insanely delicious kale and walnut pesto, but you can make it even more kale-icious by swapping out the arugula topping.
Zoodles are an easy-to-make pasta alternative and a great way to eat more of the green squash when you’re sick of grilling it. Top the veggie swirls with a five-ingredient kale pistachio pesto that’s so good you’ll want to eat it with a spoon. Pair it with a simple grilled salmon fillet for a well-rounded meal, no sugar added.
Put a fancy touch on your classic grilled cheese recipe by adding kale and sweet potatoes, and grilling it in a waffle iron. Opt for bread with low (or no) added sugar and swap the cream cheese for hummus for a dairy-free spread.
This Mediterranean tabbouleh salad is made for meal prep. While this recipe uses almonds, currants, and kale, you can personalize it with your favorite spices and proteins, such as chickpeas or edamame. Double the recipe for a healthy, no-added-sugar option for lunch all week long.