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1. Buy all-natural peanut butter. There are only two ingredients: peanuts and salt (though you can get it salt free).
2. Eat plain yogurt, oatmeal, and cereal topped with fresh or dried fruit.
3. Buy unsweetened applesauce, fruit juices, and coconut flakes; fruit canned in fruit juice instead of syrup; and canned beans and vegetables with no added sugars.
4. Instead of adding sugar to vegetables, especially naturally sweet ones like sweet potatoes, use olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and fresh or dried herbs to season them.
5. Make your own spaghetti sauce, salsa, and salad dressings so you control the amount of added sugar.
6. Exclude sugar in your pancake and waffle batters. There's enough in the syrup! Go even further by using unsweetened applesauce as a topping instead of syrup.
7. Use less sugar in your baking. I usually cut back 10 percent the first time I make a recipe and then determine if it could work with even less.
8. Purchase original-style condiments and snacks instead of flavored or seasoned variations, such as plain cream cheese instead of strawberry. Also avoid fat-free and reduced fat versions, which have more sugar to make up for lost flavor.
9. Instead of eating candy, bring homemade trail mix on road trips or to the movies.
10. Drink more water instead of sugary drinks or drinks that require added sugars, like coffee. Even with no-sugar-added juices and fruit-only smoothies, you end up drinking more fruit than you would eat had they been whole, increasing the total intake of natural sugar. However, they are still better choices when you crave a sweet beverage.
I hope these tips help you cut out sugar from your diet! Feel free to add more tips you know.