When starting a low-sugar diet, you’ll want to replace added sugar with foods that are naturally sweet like some fruits, vegetables, natural dairy, whole grains, and spices. You’ll also want to incorporate foods that are rich in fiber, protein, and healthy fats to help prevent food cravings and help stabilize your blood sugar spikes. Here are the food categories you’ll consume more of, and some of our favorite examples to stock up on at the grocery store.
These are some of our faves, but the method of choosing which fruits looks best to you at the grocery store or farmer’s market works too (because blueberries in the dead of winter aren’t always so enticing).
Really though, any vegetable is a good option on a low-sugar diet.
Herbs and Spices
You don’t need to rely on sweeteners to add flavor to your meals. Take full advantage of your spice rack and fresh (or dried) herbs, and start experimenting.
Dairy and Nondairy
Look out for those sneaky added sugars in dairy and nondairy products, but if you go for plain, you should be in the clear.
This might come as news to you, but carbs actually aren’t the devil. Just make sure you’re reading labels to avoid grain products that contain added sugars.
Wild Rice Oats
If you stay away from super-sugary sauces, you can bet lean proteins are typically low in sugar.
For a great low-sugar snack, grab a handful of nuts or load up a smoothie with nut butter or seeds.