December is probably the hardest time of year to avoid sugar. Whether you’re baking holiday treats or enjoying a festive drink, the amount of sugar you take in each day can quickly add up.
A quick trick for eating less sugar is to swap it for a little spice.
Naturally sweet festive spices like cinnamon and nutmeg add a touch of sweetness to baked goods and coffee without the sugar hit.
Try stirring either of them into coffee, porridge and yoghurt, shaking them over cakes or sprinkling them on cereals, fruits and puddings. But don’t forget to add less sugar to these foods before mixing in nutmeg or cinnamon*.
And if you’re looking for other ways to cut your sugar intake, try reading food labels more. Sugar can be found in the most unlikely of places, like marinades, crackers, bread, fat-free dressings and tomato sauce.
*Some people can be allergic to spices, so always try a little and see how you react before adding it to your food. And remember that even if you can safely eat spices like cinnamon and nutmeg in small amounts, they can cause side effects in large amounts, so only use a little at a time.
Quote of the day
Variety’s the very spice of life that gives it all its flavour.
William Cowper, Poet