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15 Low-Sugar Recipes For People Who Care About Their Health

15 Low-Sugar Recipes For People Who Care About Their Health

As awareness of the multitude of sugar-related health issues continues to rise, we could all use a little help with approachable ideas that cheat on the side of low-glycemic index.

Here are 15 great options to fill your calendar with ideas that will satisfy you completely while helping to keep your weight and health risks low.

1. Perfect Roast Chicken with Red Onion Gravy

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    Tender and juicy, this classic chicken recipe will fill you up and even take the edge off the need for dessert with simple and subtly sweet red onion gravy. Yum!

    2. Easy Mint Fudge

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      If, however, you are feeling the urge for dessert, you might go for these refreshing and easy to make no-bake mint fudge squares.  Sweetened with a healthier alternative sweetener, you can’t go wrong with these minty, chocolate-drizzled fudge bites.

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      3. Apple Pie Meringues

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        These airy and fluffy apple pie meringue cookies are a great light snack for when you feel like having a naturally sweet pop-able munchie.

        4. Easy and Healthy Spiced Nuts

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          Or if you’re more in the mood for something savory, a couple handfuls of these easy-to-make, spiced nuts will excite your taste buds with toasty flavor, while the protein will help you feel full and satisfied.

          5. Fall Harvest Popcorn

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            Quell your impulse to reach for seasoned chips, which often come laced with hidden sugars under sneaky names. This recipe for fall harvest popcorn is a plethora of flavors, combining both herbs and slightly sweet cranberries for an the ultimate sweet and salty combo.

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            6. Herbed Black Quinoa Muffins

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              Keeping in the vein of herbed, let’s turn our attention to these protein and fiber-filled flavorous little breakfast beauties.  These deeply flavorful vegan cups prove that not every muffin has to be sweet.

              7. Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

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                It might be fair to say that bacon is America’s favorite meat, and with the sugar-free varieties emerging in response to customers’ requests for a more glycemic-friendly version, it’s more justifiable than ever to indulge. Particularly when you wrap these fatty strips around something super fibrous like a brussels sprout. It’s practically healthy! These make great party hors d’oeuvres.

                8. Coffee Lover’s Protein Shake

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                  A blend between a chocolate milkshake and a good cup of coffee, few people could deny the appeal of this protein shake. Naturally sweetened with banana, it will give you just enough sweetness to take the edge off the strong taste of the coffee and cocoa, and won’t send you crashing shortly afterward.

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                  9. Garlic Herb Roasted Shrimp

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                    Great as a holiday pre-game snack, or even as a main dish, this robust garlic and herb shrimp dish is roasted to a juicy and fantastic finish.

                    10. Walnut Cardamom Snowballs

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                      A low-sugar answer to the classic Russian Tea Cake so ample during the holidays. Slightly nutty and crunchy, these delicate tea cookies will stir up some nostalgia, but not your blood sugar levels.

                      11. Sesame Seared Tuna With Lime Ginger Vinaigrette

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                        Another great meal idea when you’re thinking low-sugar. Tuna steaks are a hearty, but more easily digestible meat and great alternative to heavy red meat. This version is seasoned with toasted sesame seeds, lime and ginger for a flavorful finish.

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                        12. Sugar-free Cranberry Sauce

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                          A great alternative to the traditional tangy and sweet side dish, this gently sweetened version is diabetic and pre-diabetic friendly so you can enjoy the traditional fare without worry.

                          13. Smoky Turmeric Chicken Wings

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                            These smoky turmeric wings rival any standard, sugary BBQ sauce. They’re zesty, sticky and fun to eat on game day.

                            14. Toasted Coconut Butter

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                              Made with one ingredient, full of healthy fat, toasty and decadent, this simple toasted coconut butter butter will curb any sweet cravings and make you grateful you finally invested in that food processor.

                              15. Chocolate Pumpkin Pots de Creme

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                                Just in case you thought you couldn’t enjoy really luscious desserts if you’re watching your sugar intake, let this velvety and chocolaty treat prove you wrong.

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                                Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                                7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                                Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                                1. Exercise Daily

                                It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                                If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                                Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                                If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                                2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                                Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                                One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                                This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                                3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                                Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                                Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                                Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                                4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                                Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                                The basic nutritional advice includes:

                                • Eat unprocessed foods
                                • Eat more veggies
                                • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                                • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                                Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                                  5. Watch Out for Travel

                                  Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                                  This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                                  If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                                  6. Start Slow

                                  Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                                  If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                                  7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                                  Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                                  My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                                  If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                                  I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                                  Final Thoughts

                                  Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                                  Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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