“Piggy banks” were a big deal when we were kids. Every penny, nickel, dime or (rarely) quarter we found went into our piggy banks at home. At the end of the year, Mom took us to the local bank to deposit our saved coins into our “Christmas Club” account for the following year. We were always smiling when we learned just how much money we had collected throughout the year by just saving loose change.
The same basically is true with calories. They add up quickly. If you are determined to lose weight, or maintain a healthy weight, in 2017, I’d like to recommend one way you can accomplish your goal: save calories rather than count calories, especially calories from added sugars.
It has become widely recognized that consuming too much added sugar can be detrimental to health in a variety of ways (or should I say weighs!?). As discussed in an earlier blog about the health effects of too much added sugar, the question was asked, “When was the last time you thought about the amount of added sugars in your diet?” That same blog also noted, “Studies show that most Americans eat more than twice the amount of added sugar than is recommended for a healthy lifestyle. Excess sugar intake can contribute to excess weight gain, and being overweight may increase the risk of developing serious health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease.”
If you don’t believe that small savings can make a difference, a recent study confirms that a “small-changes” approach to diet and exercise can be appropriate for all family members and is a simple long-term lifestyle option that may positively impact weight gain and weight maintenance. It also noted that no-calorie sweeteners can be a useful tool in achieving those small changes.
Here are four ideas I recommend to save on sugar calories, especially during colder months.
Hot chocolate: Use a sugar-free mix or make your own at home using one of the SPLENDA® Sweetener Products in place of sugar. Check here for all of the choices you have.
Oatmeal: No need to add sugar to your oatmeal. Use any of the SPLENDA® Sweeteners for a sugar swap. I especially like SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend that has 50 percent fewer calories per serving than traditional brown sugar.
Coffee: This sugar savings is a no-brainer if you normally like sweetened coffee drinks. Bye, bye sugar. Hello SPLENDA® Sweeteners.
Other Beverages: If you like sweetened beverages, cold or hot, this “simple syrup” is easy to prepare using SPLENDA® Sugar Blend. What a great way to save sugar calories!
Need more ideas? Here’s a fun “sugar swaps” infographic we’ve posted before here at Splendaliving.com. It might trigger unique ideas you can use to save on sugar calories in your favorite foods.
Here’s to hoping you will explore many ways to get the sugar out of your diet by swapping out sugar and saving on calories. Cha-ching!
I have been compensated for my time by Heartland Food Products Group, the maker of SPLENDA® Sweetener Products. All statements and opinions are my own. I have pledged to Blog with Integrity, asserting that the trust of my readers and the blogging community is vitally important to me.
For more information about planning a healthy diet, visit the Healthy Lifestyle section of this blog.
Sue Taylor is a consulting nutritionist with more than 35 years of experience. She is passionate about sharing her nutrition knowledge and fondness for good, healthy food. Sue will put relevant information in consumer terms and provide valuable perspective to clear up misinformation and confusion about nutrition and food safety.