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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 December 9, 2019

                                5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                                Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                                Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                                1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                                Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                                This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                                In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                                The result: no more mental stress.

                                2. Unplug

                                Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                                How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                                It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                                Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                                3. Easy on the Caffeine

                                Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                                Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                                4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                                That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                                How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                                • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                                • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                                • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                                While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                                5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                                This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                                The result: mental stress will be gone!

                                So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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