Hungry Girl's Top Ate #SugarHacks!

It's me, Lisa, a.k.a. Hungry Girl! And I'm reducing sugar left and right with these smart sugar hacks...

1. Dessert lovers: Check out this 2-ingredient tropical sorbet. Even if you're reducing your sugar intake, there’s no need to give up sweet treats! This one's so simple. Combine 1 1/2 cups frozen mango chunks (partially thawed) with 1/2 cup Trop50 in a small blender or food processor. Blend it up, and enjoy! You can even change up the flavor with different fruits: mixed berries, dark cherries, pineapple chunks... You name it. Just make sure no sugar has been added to the fruit. 

2. I ditch sugar first thing in the morning... in my coffee!
Forget granulated sugar and sweetened creamers... I drink my coffee with a packet of stevia-based sweetener and some unsweetened vanilla almond milk, or I just drink it black! Depends on my mood...

3. Check ingredient lists before you buy! You might spot sugar under an alias like corn syrup, evaporated cane juice, fructose, or dextrose. And it's in foods you wouldn't expect -- sauces, salad dressings, and even basic bread. Become a label-reading pro, and that sneaky sugar won't stand a chance.

4. Embrace the unsweetened. Plenty of no-sugar-added foods are perfect just the way they are. Case in point? Unsweetened applesauce, unsweetened cocoa powder, and unsweetened coconut shreds. They're all excellent ingredients! You can add a little natural no-calorie sweetener, if you like.

5. Blend Trop50 into your morning smoothie! Juice is a great smoothie ingredient, but to reduce sugar, fill your blender with Trop50, frozen mixed berries, and fat-free plain Greek yogurt, and you've got a super-nutritious way to kick off your day! (I love that Trop50 comes in a No Pulp Calcium + Vitamin D variety and a Vitamin C + Zinc one.)

6. Extracts are where it's at. Sometimes people turn to sugar when what they really crave is more flavor! Give your food a delicious boost with extracts like vanilla, almond, and maple. They're perfect in oatmeal, yogurt, shakes, and more. You can even mix ‘n match! Vanilla-maple overnight oats, anyone?

7. Whip up a flavorful sauce or salad dressing with Trop50. Sugar is all too common in sauces and salad dressings. Skip those, and DIY. Pair Trop50 with one or more of the following: reduced-sodium soy sauce, rice vinegar, tomato paste, sesame oil, and/or Dijon mustard. Add a few simple spices, and you've got a fantastic reduced-sugar condiment!

8. Cinnamon is magical. It adds flavor for minimal calories. I love it in French toast, pancakes, and baked goods, but sometimes I'll just sprinkle it on apple or banana slices! In fact, one of my favorite breakfast bowls is made with fat-free plain Greek yogurt, chopped apples, sliced almonds, and cinnamon. Yum!