Sugar has a tricky way of sneaking its way into more than just desserts. From the high-fructose corn syrups in sauces and dressings to the sweeteners added to bread, it’s hard to know what food to trust.
The good thing about using the 8fit app for cooking is that you have the ability to exclude recipes with added sweeteners. For any of your favorite meals that do include natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup or cane sugar, simply omit those ingredients. That’s the beauty of home-cooked meals — you’re in the driver’s seat.
1. Chia Pizza
If you’re craving pizza after a long week (who isn’t?!) this gluten-free pie is quick — and easy — to make. The crust is made from a blend of cauliflower, chia and pumpkin seeds, then baked until it’s nice and crispy. Just a couple bites of this pizza will give you four grams of fiber, two grams of protein, and over 100% of your recommended daily dose of omega-3 fatty acids.
2. Summer Rolls with Tofu
All you need is 15 minutes for some simple prep and assembly, then you’ll be tasting these delicious Vietnamese bites. Our summer rolls are filled with smoked tofu, carrots and a creamy peanut-avocado dressing (duh, it’s sugar-free). The tofu and peanut butter give you the protein you need to feel full and the the avocado adds a healthy dose of fat and antioxidants.
3. Summer Rolls with Shrimp
There’s no such thing as too many summer rolls. You’ll be surprised to find that they’re easy to make at home (maybe after one or two practice rounds). This summer roll is made from rice paper wrappers rolled around fresh salad, carrot, mint, guacamole and shrimp.
4. Mango Pizza
Inject some sweetness into your pizza without added sugar by topping it with juicy mango and fresh basil. It’s a tropical treat that’s so quick to make, you’ll be at the table in less than 15 minutes. Pro tip: To test a mango for ripeness, press the ends firmly. If it yields slightly to the pressure, it should be ready to eat. A nice ripe mango will provide you with vitamin A and C — vitamins that are shown to improve skin elasticity.
5. Cucumber Noodle Bowl
Enjoy this refreshing “noodle” bowl as a light lunch option. It’s high in protein and low in carbs, which will keep your energized and help beat that dreaded afternoon slump. Cucumbers are low-calories and contain a good amount of water and soluble fiber, making them ideal for promoting hydration and aiding in weight loss.
6. Smashed White Beans on Bread
Looking for something to cook during a busy lunch break? Try simple recipe featuring creamy, mashed beans on toast, topped with basil, arugula and a drizzle of olive oil. Beans such as cannellini beans add protein and fiber content without overloading a meal with calories.
7. Pad Thai
Served as a street food and at casual local eateries in Thailand, pad Thai is full of bright veggies, noodles, egg and peanuts. But this time, we put a spin on it by replacing the rice noodles with sweet potato and carrot strips for a low-carb version. Both veggies are packed with vitamin A which works wonders for the eyesight.
8. Tuna Salad
Take a classic tuna salad and amp up its flavor — and texture — by adding roasted onions and hazelnuts. Hazelnuts help protect your heart, reduce your risk of cancer, and aid in muscle, skin, bone, joint and digestive health. Plus, how can you say “no” to that added crunch.
The 8fit recipe book includes hundreds of healthy recipes with no added sugar. Simply adjust your meal plan to exclude added sweeteners and any other ingredients you’d like to eliminate. For additional support and inspiration, join 8fit’s 21-day sugar detox on Instagram.