It’s no surprise that chocolate and other desserts are loaded with sugar, but did you know that sugar is found in many salads and main dishes too? Sugar and other sweeteners are typically added to dressings, sauces, condiments and even bread to make them extra tasty (and addictive). If you’re eating processed food, sugar is hidden in nearly every meal you eat — even when you don’t expect (or taste) it.
To solve the sugar problem, take back control of your meals. Try one of these sugar-free dinner recipes from the 8fit app.
8 Sugar-free dinners
1. Oven Potato with Homemade Baked Beans
Looking for something comforting? Baked beans and potatoes will hit the spot. Nutritionally speaking, potatoes are one among the best high potassium foods, helping you with workout recovery.
2. Cranberry Tangerine Pork Stir-Fry
If you haven’t tried mixing cranberries with cashews yet, now is the time. The tasty combo mixes with the ginger, cilantro, tangerine and cinnamon will take your taste buds to a mini-vacation to the Middle East. No-sugar tip: Dried cranberries are rich in healthy fiber, but the packaged version often has added sugar. Check the ingredients before you buy.
3. Orange Salmon with Sauerkraut
If you’re hesitant about fish, salmon paired with fresh orange, chili and soy sauce will make you fall in love with seafood. Get an extra health boost by adding sauerkraut, a fermented food with healthy bacteria that’s good for the gut.
4. Bok Choy Soup
This bok choy soup is ready in under 20 minutes, so if you’ve been telling yourself that Asian dishes are too complicated, give this one a go. Chia seeds and soy tofu both have all 9 essential amino acids, which your body needs to function properly.
5. Mango Mint Chicken
The combination of fresh mint, lime and mango will get you in a sunshiny mood at dinner time. Plus, that lime has an extra perk: its acidic properties help your body digest the beans in this dish more effectively.
6. Lentil Salad with Strawberry Dressing
Do you love to mix sweet with savory as much as we do? Try this sugar-free dinner recipe that combines sweet strawberries with savory feta cheese. Bonus: Strawberries are on the list of low glycemic fruits and are perfect for when you’re cutting down on sugar.
7. Shrimp Salad with Yogurt Dressing
Salads are tricky – many dressings are loaded with sugar and can quickly turn a healthy salad into an unhealthy one. Treat yourself to this dinner and you’ll see how easy it is to make your own, with no sugar added.
8. Steak with Chimichurri and Parsnip Fries
You read this right – it’s time to serve up steak and fries for dinner! The steak is seasoned simply with a chimichurri topping and the fries are of the parsnip variety, so more nutritious than the usual fast food version. Parsnips are a great substitute for regular potatoes because they are high in healthy potassium but still have a satisfying crunch.
Looking for more sugar-free meals? Try an 8fit breakfast recipe with no added sugar.