Sugar Free Grocery List
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 tricky because we had to check labels on everything. We made 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. 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:
- Produce: Peaches, blueberries, sweet potatoes, zucchini, bananas, clementines, arugula, onion, avocado, cucumber, tomatoes,
- Packaged foods: hummus, Tzatziki, almonds, almond milk (be sure to buy unsweetened!)
- Canned foods: 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 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’s has a bunch of dressings with no added sugar. I like the Romano Caesar, which is made without sugar, 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 make our own soup, but Amy’s is useful when you need a quick option.
- Crackers– Nut Thins are an excellent sugar-free option. They’re made from nut flours.
Some things 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 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 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 beneficial. 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 excellent 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.
Ready to take the plunge? Here are a few additional resources to get you started.
Make these tasty sugar-free recipes:
- This kale & quinoa salad has a naturally sugar-free dressing.
- 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!
- Salad dressings often have sugar in them, but this Green Goddess salad dressing is sugar-free!
Try a sugar-free meal kit like Sun Basket!
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You can read all about my first Sun Basket experience here.
Ready to kiss sugar goodbye?
correction: *why not just
What just olive oil and vinegar for a dressing or a lemon? So much canola oil in everything.
I am a competitive swimmer and I am only 15 but I’ve decided that I am going to go sugar free tomorrow. I was just wondering if there was anything I should be concerned about as an athlete getting rid of sugar?
Its good that you dont eat sugar. I also dont like it. I make smoothies with blenders.
Ive been sugar free for 4 months now. I have no cravings for it, I eat healthier, and have lost 10 lbs, without a regular exercise routine, just walking every day. It was very hard in the beginging, but once you get past the craving, it gets easier. Sugar is in so many of our foods, I still read labels. I feel so much better too and I seem to have more energy and eat less than I used to. I am not going back, sugar free always!
Hi! Just wanted to let you know that the AIP (Anti Inflammatory Protocol) diet designed for those of us dealing with autoimmune disorders has great recipes that may be more vegetarian and vegan or easily adaptable to your requirements. It’s more restrictive than whole30, and includes many vegetable recipes and almond flours, etc. I’ve found that I don’t feel deprived of my favorite foods and am actually really enjoying the new variety in my diet. The Pinterest community has been a lifesaver!! Literally!
Hi Jennifer, can I ask you how to find the diet. I have reumathoid arthritis and would love to give it a try to see if it will help me control pain.
I’m at Whole 30 Day Ten. You can pick me out at the grocery store; I’m the cranky o!d lady scowling at teensey weensey labels. Sugar is everywhere. A friend put me on to Thrive Matket, a really good online source for high quality sugar free, artificial sweetener free products. Specify Whole 30 in the search box. These folks have been a life saver.
hello, thank you for your post, however I did find a slight discrepancy in the salad dressing portion of your list. xanthan gum is a form of sugar and so is Guar gum. Not being negative, but i thought you may want to know how sugar is hidden in quite a few things. Also, mollasses is a suagr and so is evaporated cane sugar. I looked at all the ingredients for Drew’s dressings and every single one has at least two sugars added.
Hey Anne! Thanks for your comment! That’s a great point that those thickeners are technically a form of sugar. I wasn’t too concerned about those since the amount of sugar was negligible. Here’s the guide I used from Drew’s salad dressing, just in case you want to take a look! http://www.chefdrew.com/resource/image/DrewsProductAttributes2015-FEB.pdf