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7 ways to reduce your sugar intake in just 7 days

It may taste good, but sugar is NOT your friend if you want to improve your health and lose weight with the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge!

Not only can it damage your teeth, but too much sugar is linked to high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and weight gain.

So if you want to make the move to cut processed sugar out of your diet, check out these 7 ways you can cut down.

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Read our tips from a nutritionist about how to reduce the sugar in your hot drinks in just three weeks.

Day 3: Choose plain yogurt rather than sweet, flavoured types

Yogurt is such a great snack, it’s high in protein and great for combatting tummy fat.

However, many of the flavoured yogurts on the supermarket shelves are loaded with extra sugar and cream.

Opt for plain, Greek yogurt and add some berries, pureed fruit, or a little honey for sweetness instead.

Day 4: Make your own pasta sauce

Healthy and creamy carbonara pasta

Pre-made pasta sauces are loaded with hidden sugar, even the simple tomato ones can contain 8-10 teaspoons of sugar per family sized jar.

Try our delicious homemade Carbonara pasta recipe here.

Day 5: Switch to dark chocolate (90 per cent that is) rather than white or milk

Ah chocolate, for many of us it’s a weakness! Milk and white chocolates contain lots of sugar (and fat) and don’t provide many nutrients. In fact, there’s no beneficial cocoa/cacao in white chocolate so it doesn’t even count as chocolate!

Healthy Mummy nutritionist Nikki Boswell has this tip: ‘If you aren’t accustomed to dark chocolate, start with something that is around 50% cocoa (known as semi-sweet) and build up to darker (85%) from there. You could also try varieties with nuts or dried fruit, which help to cut through the bitterness’.

Day 6: Snack on veggies rather than fruit

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Fruit may seem like a healthy option, and it is, but in moderation. Aim to have two serves of fruit every day and five of veggies, as the high sugar content in fruit means you can have too much of a good thing.

One great way to snack on veggies is to chop up some up and enjoy with hummus, a delicious dip made from chickpeas. We love carrots, cucumber, red peppers and celery!

Day 7: Make your own healthy sweet snacks

Mini chia and orange muffins

You don’t have to say no to sweet snacks forever, just make your own healthier versions instead! We’ve got STACKS of healthy sugar-free or low-sugar snacks within the recipe hub of the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

Or try some of these:

Are you ready to kick-start your weight loss?

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Want to shift your baby weight but feel like you have NO TIME in your day to exercise and eat healthily? That’s where the Healthy Mummy’s 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge can help.

Our Challenge entails: 

  • 28 days of at home exercise routines (no gym needed) – with video instruction
  • Customisable and breastfeeding friendly meal plans
  • Time-efficient exercises for busy mums – under 30 mins
  • Challenge combines Pilates exercises with interval and circuit training (HIIT)
  • Suitable for basic to advanced fitness levels.
  • Home to thousands of EASY-TO-MAKE recipes.

To find out more about joining the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge for £1 click here.

PLUS – connect with THOUSANDS of other mums on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge by joining our free support community here

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