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A menu of delicious and low-sugar recipes

It seems like there's some form of added sugar in nearly everything these days, from bread to tomato sauce. But that doesn't mean it has to be used in high quantities in the foods you cook at home.

It seems like there’s some form of added sugar in nearly everything these days, from bread to tomato sauce. But that doesn’t mean it has to be used in high quantities in the foods you cook at home. Here is a delicious menu that everyone will enjoy, featuring meals that are low in sugar but high in deliciousness.

Starter:
Soup
Soup may seem like a great idea for meals, but watch out for high levels of sodium, especially when ordering at restaurants and buying store-bought ones. For an easy home-cooked fix, try this low-fat tomato-zucchini soup or this hearty quinoa and bean soup. For both recipes, use low-sodium broths.

Main #1: Meat
When cooking, try white instead of dark meat for chicken chicken (breasts instead of thighs). This basil chicken recipe is delicious and full of flavour. For a red-meat craving, try this ginger honey-lime steak.

Main #2: Sesame
Research has shown that sesame oil helps in significantly lowering your blood sugar and blood lipids. This sesame-chicken lettuce wrap and sesame ramen with bacon and egg are great recipes that use sesame oil. Try turkey bacon instead of regular bacon.

Side: Vegetables
One great side to try is grilled cauliflower skewers because the vegetable is so low in carbs, it barely affects your sugar level. Other great options are the baked onion rings and the mushroom stir-fry with baby corn.

Dessert: Muffins
When watching sugar, remember portion sizes and what you’re making (i.e. muffins instead of cupcakes). This cranberry-bran muffin makes for a great dessert and so does this streusel-crunch blueberry muffins. For an even healthier take on dessert, Janet Zdichavsky, a clinical nutritionist, suggests substituting with Splenda. She also has a yummy chocolate pudding recipe made from avocados!