Entries by Laura

Low fructose fruits: Know which ones are which

When it comes to going sugar-free or embracing a lower sugar lifestyle, the topic of fruit (& low fructose fruits) usually confuses many and can cause a many domestic arguments (I’ve seen it happen!).

Should you eat them if you’re on a sugar type ‘detox’? Isn’t all natural sugar ok for you? How much per day is recommended? Which fruits are lower in fructose? Are dates a sugar bomb?

As an overall line, fruit is absolutely healthy but it’s worth knowing what your low fructose fruits are and becoming mindful for what fruit does for you and deciding how … More about this

Could building trust with sugar be your way forward?

Do you ever get that feeling, you’re just never going to be able to fully trust yourself around sugar?

You push harder, fight your will power with force. You’re stricter with yourself and stay away from sweet…for all of two days. It’s a bit yo-yo. It’s a bit love-hate. You’re not sure if you’re ever going to have a ‘healthy’ or ‘normal’ relationship with sweet things that you observe in others.

You’re not sure if you’ll ever ‘quit’ sugar and you’re not convinced you’ll ever be safe from a sugar binge or relapse because it’s just happened so many times … More about this

How to overcome all or nothing thinking with sugar

The all or nothing mindset.

Go hard or go home.

Get clean or eat dirtier than ever before.

Zero grams of sugar one day to dessert, three cookies and a bar of chocolate the next.

Stick to the programme diet perfectly or do completely what they tell you not to do in full blown rebellion (which is three times worse than if you’d never tried in the first place!)

Sound familiar?

If you relate to the above and know a lot about where sugar is etc., this thinking is possibly one of THE biggest blockers in you maintaining a happier … More about this

Need sweet after a meal? Over 50 low sugar ideas to try

It’s what you’ve always done since you can remember. It’s second nature. The day just doesn’t feel right without it.

The little Dairy Milk chocolate; the regular biscuit sweetness; or that mini pudding – it’s just what you do after eating your main meal, right?

chocolates

You know you’re not hungry for this sweetness and it’s totally habit, but it’s so firmly engrained that you can’t imagine life without it.

The post meal sweet fix wins hands down for the most common time people have sugar habits.

So if you want to reduce the sugar in this habit or change things … More about this

Sugar addiction quiz and test: Am I really hooked?

You know what, most people have experience of overeating or overindulging in sugar – the one too many chocolates from the box; that extra slice of cake that blatantly wasn’t necessary or the emotional break up ice cream incident.

But where’s the point when it comes to asking ‘Am I addicted to sugar?’

What determines if someone is eating too much or just has a bit of a sweet tooth?

How do you know if it’s the actual sugar that’s the issue, your habits around food or something to do with your environment (e.g. you work in an office environment More about this

Sugarfree chocolate brownie recipe (banana sweetened)

Delighted to share with you this low fructose sugarfree chocolate brownie recipe, kindly contributed by The Sugarfree Siblings.

Replacing sugar with a natural version (like a banana) is a great step to eating less of the refined stuff and the fact that each of these sugarfree chocolate brownies is just sweetened with 1/4 of a banana means they are also going to hit the chocolate spot without a natural sweetness overload.

Sugarfree chocolate brownie recipe

sugarfree chocolate brownie recipe

Recipe & images by the Sugarfree Siblings

Serves 4

  • 1 banana
  • 4 tbsp coconut cream
  • 2 tbsp almond butter (any type of Nut Butter really!)

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Sugar-free waffles recipe (gluten free, low carbohydrate, with xylitol)

Another guest article for you today – a sugar-free waffles recipe which is also gluten-free, low carbohydrate version for those of you who are partial to waffles (I have to add this isn’t me…yet!).

Katrin Nürnberger and Libby from Ditch The Carbs share a healthier version of the usually packed with sugar and refined carbohydrate indulgence that won’t impact on your blood sugar in the same way that regular sugar & while waffles can.

This sugar-free waffles recipe you’ll notice uses Xylitol (click the link to read up about it).

I recommend experimenting with different sugar substitutes to make regular … More about this

Sugar free ketchup tomato sauce recipe

I’ve long wanted a sugar free ketchup recipe on Happy Sugar Habits but with limited ability to cook and develop recipes recently, I’ve been hunting down someone who can create something better than I could anyway!

Enter Jenna Brannock who has developed this amazing tomato sauce recipe for you.

This is special because ALL the sugar free ketchup recipes I’ve found previously use a sugar substitute of some sort – stevia, xylitol, brown rice syrup etc.

Whilst those recipes are better than refined sugar ketchup, this one is even better because it doesn’t contain any – it’s naturally … More about this

Spiced egg banana scramble

This spiced egg banana scramble recipe is a great experiment to try if you’ve previously loved your porridge with banana for many years but find yourself craving sugar or carbohydrates mid morning as a result (as I know I used to find).

It’s basically like the higher protein version that will keep you satiated and full for three times longer.

Although a banana is a higher fructose fruit, you actually only need 1/2 of one in this recipe and the high protein and fat content slows the release on your body. The spices bring out the natural little sweetness … More about this

Sweet potato brownies (the lower sugar versions)

Have you ever heard of sweet potato brownies? A few years ago unheard of but today a health fashion statement if ever there was one.

Many recipes for sweet potato brownies around the internet can often be packed with maple syrup and other sugar substitutes in pretty high quantities so here are two sweet potato brownie recipes to try – one non gluten-free and one gluten-free – to satisfy your brownie potato fix with less sweetness.

The first sweet potato brownies recipe (non gluten-free) has more of a cake texture and the second (gluten-free) came out more of a fudge-brownie … More about this