I did this no sugar challenge a couple months ago, and it really opened my eyes to the sheer amount of sugar in just about everything. I had no idea there was that much sugar in bread. I mean seriously, try finding a sugarless bread. It’s pretty hard. There is added sugar is everything: sauces, dressing, yogurt, canned-anything, packaged-everything. Sugar has infiltrated all our food and stuff that is supposed to satiate our sweet tooth, like fruit, isn’t enough. We as a society have become so accustomed to the super sweet that a gorgeous summer peach that is so juicy you have to eat it over the sink isn’t even enough.
Am I going to give up sugar all together? Um, no. The other day I had a Blueberry Bourbon Basil donut at this lovely place here called Blue Star Donuts that was honestly the best donut I have ever had. So good that I feel like my life is infinitesimally better for having eaten it. I’m not going to miss out on these moments, but I am going to be super cognizant of how much I’m eating and be even more vigilant about reading labels. Through all the gobbledygook of information on what’s good/bad for us, I really do believe that the amount of sugar Americans are ingesting is causing obesity and a boatload of health problems.
So instead of buying fruit yogurt at the store which can have up to 33 grams, or over 2 tablespoons of sugar in the little package (um, gross), buy some plain greek yogurt (I like Whole Foods organic brand), dump 1/2 a pint of fresh raspberries in a bowl with a cup of said yogurt and mix it all up while pressing the raspberries against the side of the bowl to mash them up. Top with 1/2 tablespoon of local honey to sweeten it. Way more tasty and a million times better for you.