On Monday, I posted about how Alex and I are doing a little “sugar detox” after watching Fed Up, and a few people have asked what our groceries looked like. Grocery shopping was definitely tricky because we had to check labels on everything. We did one grocery trip to Kroger on Saturday and one to Trader Joe’s on Tuesday. I’ll divide up our list based on what was easy to buy and what took a little bit of digging. I’ve also included the brands we found with no added sugars.
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I should also clarify- we’re not totally getting rid of sugar. We’re still eating a little bit of fruit and we’re eating sugars that naturally occur in some dairy foods and things like that. Basically, we’re just trying to get rid of added sugars. I also haven’t had stevia for the past week, to see if that would help with eliminating my sugar cravings and my tolerance to sweetness. I think I’m going to start adding it back in, in moderation this week.
Ok, onto the groceries! This photo isn’t everything so I’ve listed everything below, but I thought it might be easier for you to find these brands if you saw the picture!
Sugar-Free Grocery List
Here’s what I purchased, divided up by what was a no-brainer and what took some hunting:
Easy things to buy with no added sugar:
Peaches, blueberries, sweet potatoes, zucchini. bananas, clementines, arugula, onion, avocado, cucumber, tomatoes, hummus, Tzatziki, almonds, almond milk, black beans, chickpeas, cannellini beans.
Double check for added sugar
- Peanut Butter– I love Justin’s nut butters which don’t have added sugar.
- Spaghetti Sauce– Rao’s pasta sauce is the absolute BEST. It’s a little more expensive but it’s so delicious, it’s worth the splurge.
- Cereal– Kashi 7 Whole Grain puffs is one of the few cereals with no added sugar. Add some fresh fruit on top if you like a little sweetness!
- Frozen pizza– It’s SO hard to find a frozen pizza without sugar. These Caulipower pizzas, which are made from cauliflower, have 2g of sugar, which is about as low as you’ll find!
- Popcorn– Boom Chicka Pop is my personal favorite. It only has 35 calories per cup so you can have a pretty big serving!
- Greek yogurt- Fage 0% is what I always buy anyway, and there’s no added sugar.
- Frozen berries– I usually buy the Kroger brand which has no added sugar, but be sure to check the ingredients depending on the brand.
- Salad Dressing– Drew’shas a bunch of dressings with no added sugar. I like the Romano Caesar which is actually made without sugar and without anchovies or eggs, making it a great vegetarian option!
- Ravioli- Trader Joe’s Arugula & Ricotta doesn’t have added sugar and it tastes delicious! You can find it in the refrigerated section by the prepared foods.
- Whole Wheat Bread– Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Bread from Food for Life is great for things like toast and sandwiches.
- Soup– Amy’s Lentil Vegetable soup is a good one. Most soups we found had added sugar, so we typically just make our own soup, but Amy’s is good when you need a quick option.
- Crackers– Nut Thins are a nice sugar-free option. They’re made from nut flours.
There were some things that didn’t surprise me at all. (Of course, most cereal has sugar in it.) But SO many frozen/pre-packaged dinners we looked at had added sugar in them. Maybe that shouldn’t be surprising since I’m usually skeptical of packaged food anyway, but the fact that it was in almost everything was pretty eye opening. I’m glad we found a few options without sugar since it’s nice to have those things on hand for busy evenings. We’ve been trying to tackle a lot of house projects lately so sometimes making dinner just doesn’t happen. Having some frozen options on hand makes it a lot easier!
I should also mention, I purchased the book I Quit Sugar and it arrived last night!
Even though we’re not necessarily following the 8-week detox plan, I’ve really enjoyed it so far. It’s taught me even more about how our bodies respond to different types of sugar and I think the recipes will be really helpful. If you’re interested in a full review of the book, let me know!
I loved all your comments on my thoughts on the Fed Up Documentary & my Sugar Free Meals this week! It sounds like a lot of people have given up sugars on Whole 30 so I might have to check out some of your recipes! Unfortunately, Whole 30 isn’t super vegetarian friendly, but I bet there are still some awesome meals I could try!
Need a little more motivation to give up sugar? Check out this TED talk about why we can’t stop eating unhealthy foods.
For more about our sugar free experiment, check out this recap:
And if you’re looking for some great sugar free recipes, try these:
- This kale & quinoa salad has a dressing that is naturally sugar free.
- Most packaged tomato soups have added sugar, but this sugar free tomato soup recipe is so easy, you can make your own!
- These creamy feta stuffed peppers are naturally sugar free, but these sweet peppers are so satisfying, you won’t miss dessert one bit!