This is partly a sponsored post from Snack Proud who have given us some items to try.
We are doing Sugar free September to learn more about living a sugar free life with COVID 19 restrictions. Meyer (2020) reports that fewer Americans are going sugar free with 74% of them are trying to quit sugar. COVID19 restrictions means that we are housebound for most of the day. In Victoria we are in Stage four until the middle of September. Also some of the food processing plants would be significantly reduced at this time meaning that people cannot rely on processed foods.
We can have natural and free form sugars such as sugars found in fruits as that does give you some energy. Stevia is also allowed as that is a natural sugar. So too is Rice malt, Dextrose, and maltodextrin.
We tried the sugar free chocolate ball and enjoyed that as an after-dinner treat. It had no added sugar in it but stevia.
We also tried Snack Proud’s bars which have about 9g of protein and are good for a hump day treat. The kombucha from the box was an awesome alternative to soft drink! It was a peach flavoured drink which had stevia in there. The keto cookie was really good
We supported a few cafes and things but most of the ones that are open have a lot of processed foods in there. When I went to the Boathouse I had their crossaint and their iced teas which are sugar free.
During the month we had homemade chicken roulade and burritos which are awesome.
What could cafes do promote sugar free behaviour and choices?
Now that we are outside more often, cafes are serving ice cream and iced lattes and other drinks which have sugar in them. Most of the salads at cafes have too much dressing in them.
What they could do is put the dressing on the side and the customer puts as much as they want in there.
Cafes could promote sugarless drinks and snacks that have stevia in them. They could sell plain fruit.
Most supermarkets promote free fruit for kids which is a great option. Cafes too could do this at the end of the day to get rid of the fruits as well as promote healthy eating.