The war on sugar
It’s common knowledge that sugar has a pretty bad reputation amongst the health conscious. It has quickly become the single most hated ingredient in the modern diet, as it is the main contributor to various metabolism diseases and hormonal issues. Deciding to cut down on sugar is a great move, but it can be very overwhelming, so FIG has narrowed down some simple ways to cut it out of your daily consumption.
Identify the culprits
At this point you’re probably thinking, this is easy. I’ll steer clear of the soft drinks, lollies, chocolates and cake and I’m sorted! We apologise for being the bearer of bad news but it doesn’t stop there. Sugar is hidden in a lot of savoury foods such as sauces, salad dressings, yoghurts and canned soup. It helps to look at the ingredient list and be familiar with some other names for sugar, such as sucrose and fructose. The best tip is to look at the total amount of sugar per 100 grams on the nutritional label and try to stay away from foods that contain more than 10g per 100g serving.
Swap it up
Get creative and start sweetening things naturally! Instead of a sugar laden muesli mix, mash up half a banana and stir it in with your oats and some cinnamon for a delicious, healthy and natural breakfast option.
Instead of a sugar pumped fruit yoghurt, get some natural Greek yoghurt and stir through a handful of fresh berries and you have yourself a protein filled fresh treat.
Use raw cacao in smoothies to give it that chocolatey taste and fulfil any choc cravings, while also reaping the benefits of the additional magnesium.
Substitute naturally sweet vegetables such as pumpkin and sweet potato in dessert recipes. This way you still get the sweetness in your life, with the added benefits of fibre and nutrients from the veggies.
Find alternative natural sweeteners. We are big fans of Agave nectar and we use it throughout our smoothies, in our chia cup and as a topper on our Acai bowls. Agave nectar has a very low GI, primarily because almost all of the sugar in it is fructose, which means it doesn’t spike blood sugar levels as much as regular sugar and therefore does not make you feel that awful slump you generally would after eating something sweet.
Don’t give up
If you fall off the sugar-free train from time to time, not all is lost. Own it, enjoy it and then get back to routine as soon as you can. Chances are, you probably won’t feel so good after it and it will remind you of why you’re cutting it out in the first place. The most important thing is that you want to make a change and that you are aware of the damage sugar can cause. At FIG, we believe in using the freshest, quality ingredients in all our meals and smoothies. We stay away from white sugar and artificial sweeteners and what you see on our menu is what you get. This is why our food leaves you feeling satisfied, happy and full of energy, so come in today and experience the FIG difference