If you've made a decision to cut back on sugar but you're not sure how to get started, there's no need to feel daunted. Our Healthy Diet Plans are a great way to kick-start a healthier way of eating. All our recipes aim to steer clear of added refined sugars and follow the latest guidance on your intake of 'free' sugars.


Here, we share five top tips to cut back on sugar, as well as some recipes from our latest Healthy Diet Plan which can help you achieve your goal.

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Five tips for cutting back on sugar

1. Cook from scratch


Cooking at home rather than eating at a restaurant or fast-food outlet is the single most effective way to control the levels of added sugar in your diet. It seems obvious that cakes and pastries contain the sweet stuff, but did you know that many processed and packaged foods also contain hidden sugar, including supposedly savoury items? Try making your own pasta sauces and dressings, and opt for homemade salad bowls or soups rather than buying ready-made options. There's lots more recipes like this lamb dopiaza in our Healthy Diet Plan.

2. Opt for naturally sweet fruit and vegetables

Homemade muesli with oats, dates and berries

As you wean yourself off 'free' sugars (the type we are advised to cut back on), choose natural sources of sweetness like fresh fruits or naturally sweet veg, such as sweet potatoes. This will help your palate adapt and will keep you energised so you don't experience a sugar crash. Naturally sweet fruit and vegetables, such as fresh berries, are packed with vitamins, minerals and fibre.

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We have lots of clever snack and sweet treat suggestions, designed to complement a healthy, diet that will stop you craving sugar. Although if you are following our plan to lose weight, we advise avoiding snacking completely.

3. Eat enough protein and fat

Poached eggs with broccoli, tomatoes and wholemeal flatbread

Include protein and healthy fats in all of your main meals – these macronutrients take more time to digest so they keep you fuller for longer, which is crucial for curbing cravings and keeping you satiated. Eggs and oily fish are rich in protein and healthy fats. Some research has suggested that a satisfying breakfast may help you to make better food choices later on in the day, so you may find yourself less likely to reach for the biscuit tin. You'll find delicious, hearty breakfast recipes in our latest plan, including these poached eggs with broccoli, tomatoes & wholemeal flatbread.

4. Reach for the spices


Try swapping the sugar in recipes with spices as these will boost flavour so you won’t miss the sweetness. We’ve used cinnamon and ginger in our peach & orange yogurt pots – it makes for a healthier breakfast but still leaves you feeling satisfied.

5. Switch to less refined carbs

Creamy spinach & mushroom penne

Starchy foods like white pasta, rice, bread and potatoes convert to glucose in the body and can impact our blood sugar levels. It's best to choose wholegrain carbohydrates instead, and enjoy potatoes with their skins on, for the added fibre. This slows down the rate at which our body breaks down food, reducing blood sugar spikes. Try our creamy spinach & mushroom penne as part of your weight loss plan.

Find out more about our latest Healthy Diet Plan.

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