Hey there! As you may already know, Brian and I kicked off the New Year with a bit of a sugar detox. We did 14 days without any added sugars, which is a lot more difficult than it may sound. This was actually my second time doing this two week detox, but it was Brian’s first time. I think he was shocked (just as I was the first go around) by how many seemingly “healthy” foods have added sugars. This meant no dressings, condiments, drinks other than milk or water, pretzels, tortillas or even chicken broth (yah, isn’t that nuts? Almost all brands of chicken broth have added sugar!). More than anything, this experience was incredibly eye-opening to how many foods sneak in extra added sugars.
I’ve gotten a lot of questions about a no sugar added diet, so I compiled a whole Q&A that you can read here. One of my most frequently asked questions is specifically what I did eat. We tried a lot of different recipes, some far better than others. Here is a round up of my favorite meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as what I snacked on in between meals.
No Sugar Added Recipes
Eggs + Sugar Free Salsa
My most common breakfast was scrambled eggs topped with sugar free salsa. Occasionally, I’d mix it up with some sliced chicken sausage (Aidell’s brand has sugar free options) and chopped peppers and onions. Regardless of my breakfast, I always had a side of blueberries and strawberries.
Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 4 tbsp unsweetened peanut powder
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- optional (but definitely NOT optional for me): a sliced banana for topping
You can find sugar free bread at most grocery stores (spoiler: it’s not great, but it does the trick). I would spread mashed avocado on toast and top it with red pepper flakes, garlic salt and occasionally a fried egg. This was really good and could keep me full for awhile.
Note: Most of our lunches were leftovers from the previous night’s dinner!
This recipe is one of our go-tos, even when we’re not doing no sugar.
This is delicious and makes a TON of leftovers! Make this sugar free by finding a sugar-free soy sauce.
This was our first time making this and it was sensational! I’ve been obsessed with gouda ever since. We had this with a side of brown rice and garlic roasted green beans.
This was a staple for me the last time I did no sugar, as well. The leftovers are also great if you mix it in with your scrambled eggs as a breakfast skillet. SO GOOD.
Note: We don’t add ginger. We add more garlic powder and one egg to make it all stick together.
Ground Turkey Zoodle Spaghetti
This is a super easy, quick meal that doesn’t require a recipe. We just bought pre-spiraled zoodles from Kroger, cooked up some ground turkey in a skillet and poured sugar-free garlic tomato pasta sauce on top. Super good.
The main reason we did no added sugars rather than just no sugar was so I could still eat fruit and have dairy products. Honestly, I wouldn’t have felt very healthy or happy without it. I ate just about any fruit I like — bananas, strawberries, oranges and kiwi. Blueberries and apples are great low sugar options that I incorporated more than I usually do.
A delicious and easy snack. I made homemade applesauce from some honeycrisps the first time, but this time we got the Kroger brand.
Nuts are a great way to stay full between meals. We ate a lot of cashews and peanuts — just make sure to read the label. Even the “dry roasted” kind has added sugar!
Reduced Fat Triscuits and Gouda Cheese
I mentioned I became obsessed with gouda, so it’s no surprise my go-to snack was cheese and crackers. Both the original and reduced fat kinds of Triscuits have zero sugar added, so it was good to have a box on hand for carb emergencies.
One of the hardest things was not being able to have my teas. I got sick of water and milk pretty fast, so La Croix became a staple in my lunch bag. It’s zero calories, zero additives — just carbonated water and natural flavors. Now, I didn’t always love La Croix, because it is an acquired taste. I really like the grapefruit kind, because it feels like I’m tricking myself into thinking I’m getting caffeine.
Have you ever tried a no sugar added diet? If you have any recipe ideas, I’d love to hear!
Learn more about why I did it, how I felt and if I’d do it again here.
Until next time —