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5 Easy Ways to Eat Less Sugar during the Holidays

Eat Less Sugar During the Holidays

As the air gets a little crisper and the leaves turn from shades of green to colorful hues of orange, yellow and red, I am reminded that the holidays are just around the corner. The festive season calls for many arrangements, from planning favorite meals to family gatherings, so our holidays are usually quite hectic.

As a dietitian and mom I usually try to be mindful of the health needs of both my family and friends so we can enjoy a wonderful celebration while keeping our meals delicious, fun and nutritious. However, in the midst of the celebration we often forget about our health needs and instead indulge freely, only to regret the amount we consumed shortly after we’re done eating. If you fall in this category (like the majority of us do), fear holiday meals no more! By taking it one step at a time, this season can be positively different!

Try These Thanksgiving Recipes with Less Added Sugar: Some “Cool” Ideas

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Like so many others, I am blessed to have wonderful memories of Thanksgiving family gatherings. Having everyone gravitate to the kitchen was a distinctive and fond part of those memories. Even those not involved in meal preparation (especially the kiddos) were always in the kitchen, waiting and watching the magic of the Thanksgiving meal come together.

Although many of our traditional holiday dishes were prepared in advance (i.e., cookies, nut breads, pecan pie), many of them had to be prepared on Thanksgiving Day. With far “too many cooks in the kitchen” (literally and figuratively), I still remember how hot the kitchen became, with all of the stove’s burners blazing and both ovens going full force. Someone get me a fan, please!

Over the years, however, our family has transitioned in countless ways. Not only do we not overindulge at the main Thanksgiving meal (and throughout the day), we also make Thanksgiving recipes with a whole lot less sugar by using SPLENDA® Sweetener Products. (I have mentioned before that we have long history of diabetes in my family so we are very glad to have SPLENDA® Sweetener choices for most of our recipes that call for sugar).

Goodbye Sugar 30 Day Challenge

GoodbyeSugar30 Challenge

Americans are starting to realize just how much sugar is in our diets! But not all sugar is created equal. Some sugar is naturally occurring in foods like fruits and milk. But then there’s sugar that is added to foods and beverages for taste. Sometimes sugar is added to foods that already have naturally occurring sugars, like yogurt. Some added sugars are in obvious places – we know that there is sugar in drinks like lemonade, in candy, baked goods, and other treats. But there are often sugars added to foods you would never think of – like salad dressing and savory sauces.

Want to reduce the added sugars and calories in your day without sacrificing taste? SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener is challenging you to spot the places in your diet where sugar is added, and identify the occasions where you can easily swap out the added sugar and the calories with the delicious SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener. The goal of this 30 day challenge is to give you the tools to make small changes in your lifestyle that can help you reduce added sugars and calories, without sacrificing taste. 

Exciting News for Consumers of SPLENDA® Sweetener Products

SPLENDA® Sweetener Products

Did you know that two new innovative products were introduced to the marketplace this year by the SPLENDA® Brand family of sweetener products?

Introducing SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener -- a no calorie natural sweetener that tastes great. And SPLENDA ZERO™ Liquid Sweetener -- with zero carbs, zero sugar, and zero calories.