4 small changes to help you cut back on added sugar

4 small changes to help you cut back on added sugar

February is almost here and and it can get hard to stick to your New Year's resolution. During this season, the motivation to drop problematic habits and develop healthy ones is strongest.

Sometimes making small changes makes the biggest difference when it comes to reaching your health and fitness goals. The next 12 months hold so much promise and potential that people plot resolutions to improve their health and make wiser food choices.

In the beginning, anything seems possible, but making real and lasting changes to the status quo quickly becomes daunting. Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to be your best self.

Check out these easy small changes that lead to healthy habits we think will inspire you to stick to them all year long!

Habit #1: Invest in a reusable water bottle to help you drink more water

Drinking more water is a simple but incredibly beneficial change you can make to your daily routine. Aside from keeping your body hydrated and functional, it can also aid in weight loss and flush out toxins and other unwanted materials from your system.

Drinking enough water each day can even help improve cognitive performance, mood, and metabolism. To get in the habit of drinking more water, keeping a reusable bottle with you is key!

Fill it up at home before leaving for work or school, then keep sipping throughout the day. If drinking more water sounds boring, try adding Strawberry Kiwi Water Drops to you water bottle. Flavoring water might be just the thing you need to help you stay hydrated everyday!

Habit #2: Swap out sugar in your baking and sweeten desserts and treats with Stevia or monk fruit

Sugar is a staple in many diets, and it's easy to turn to it when looking for something sweet. But as most of us know, excessive sugar consumption can have serious health risks. Switching traditional sweeteners to healthier, more natural ones is a great way to reduce sugar intake.

SweetLeaf® provides an array of Stevia and Monk Fruit Sweeteners that keep your desserts tasting delightful without the guilt! When you begin small with simple nutritional adjustments, adopting long-term sustainable eating habits becomes easier. Grab a bag of our 240gram monk fruit bag for baking to reduce your sugar intake. It measures cup for cup like sugar!

Check out this Sugar Free Cookies recipe to get started!

Habit #3: Replace sugar and flavored syrup in your coffee with Stevia or monk fruit

Another easy but effective habit is to replace the syrup or sugar in your coffee with Stevia or monk fruit. 

These natural sweeteners have no calories and very little to no carbohydrates so they won't spike your blood sugar like regular sugar. They don’t have any artificial ingredients or preservatives, so your body isn’t bombarded with hard-to-digest additives. 

With SweetLeaf®, you don’t have to stop yourself from enjoying the good things in life just to stay healthy. Simple adjustments can lead to great outcomes.

Did you know that there are 10g of added sugar in two tbsp. of Vanilla Coffee Mate creamer? That's over 2 tsp. of added sugar just in your coffee! By simply switching to SweetLeaf you would have 0 grams of added sugar in your coffee.

Try swapping out the Coffee Mate vanilla creamer or coffee mate caramel creamer for SweetLeaf Sweet Drops Vanilla Creme or Sweet Drops Squeezable Caramel.

Habit #4: Fill half your plate with veggies 

Vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Eating a generous amount of vegetables daily may decrease the risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type-2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. 

Try adding shredded carrots to your sandwiches, blending spinach in smoothies, or roasting bell peppers as a side dish. They will add color and flavor while providing nutrients that our bodies need! Before you know it, this habit will become part of your daily routine.

Did you know you can use SweetLeaf® to make healthy salad dressing? 

Added sugar likes to hide in sneaky places, like salad dressings and vinaigrettes. Some salad dressings have 5 grams of added sugar per 2 tbsp. By swapping out the store bought one, you can have a healthy dressing with 0 grams of added sugar!

Check out our recipe! Using Stevia Clear to make salad dressing is an easy way to make a delicious vinaigrette without any sugar.

Make extra so you have a delicious and easy dressing for the entire week!

Make the Switch to All-Natural Sweetener

Usher in the new year by practicing these simple changes that lead to healthy habits from SweetLeaf. Get started by ordering Stevia and monk fruit products from our website. You can also browse our Recipes and recreate these mouthwatering dishes at home!

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