If there is one thing I’ve learned since removing the sugar from my diet, it’s that eating sugar free is a lot easier when you have a few things on hand to fill the void left by all the sugars and grains leaving the pantry. Here is a list of the things I’ve found that are absolutely invaluable to me and why.
Coconut or Almond Flour – Since cutting out sugar, I’ve learned how important it is to throw grains out with it so I always try to keep a few gluten-free flours around in case I need them. These are especially handy when I’m making gravies.
Almond Meal – Almond Meal is coarser and tastes nuttier than the flour. I like to use it as a breading when I make Chicken Fried Steak or my beloved oven fried zucchini sticks.
Head of Lettuce – Sometimes you just want a sandwich or a wrap. Having a head of lettuce means I can take the leaves off and wrap any meats and cheeses up in it like I would with a tortilla and make a wrap.
Almonds – I like crunchy salty snacks so keeping almonds or mixed nuts is a must
Carrots – Same as above. When I’m craving a snack, I want something that crunches.
Xylitol – This has become my go-to sweetener, so much so that I subscribe to it on Amazon so it just shows up at my doorstep every once in a while. My wife uses it in her morning coffee and I like to make the occasional dessert with it.
Zucchini – Zucchini is such a versatile veggie that I always like to keep it around. I put it in my veggiti and turn it into noodles for a faux-pasta or cut into wedges and oven fry them for my zucchini sticks.
White Pasta Sauce – Typically any white pasta sauce won’t have any added sugar (as opposed to red, which virtually always has it) so I like to keep a few jars around to pour over the zucchini noodles or chicken breasts.
Low Sodium Bacon – I don’t care anything about the low sodium but if you don’t season your bacon with as much salt, you don’t have to balance it out with a little sugar so Low Sodium Bacon typically doesn’t have any added sugar. (You might try Pederson’s bacon also if you are concerned about sugar AND Nitrates)
Cheese – Can’t say enough about cheese. It’s a staple of most breakfasts and lunches and occasionally dinner as well. I like any cheddar and a full fat Mozzerella when I can find it. I also keep Parmesan and Feta round for different recipes.
Adams Natural Peanut Butter – Just because a peanut butter says “Natural”, doesn’t mean it’s sugar free. (I’m looking at you Skippy!) Adams is just ground up peanuts in a jar. Just be sure to stir to get the oil back down into the peanut butter or those last few spoonfuls are ging to be a bit dry.
Olive Oil – A must have for cooking or dressing salads.
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar – Good for salads and adding an acid to different recipes.
Spices – My spice rack has probably quadrupled in size since starting this diet. I get a little of everything and try it all. One of my favorites has become Tajin, a Chile Lime Salt that goes well with grilled vegetables.
Pace Picante Sauce – It’s almost impossible to find a sugar free ketchup so I’ve switched over to picante sauce on everything I used to put ketchup on. My favorite variety is Pace Thick & Chunky Medium.
Tabasco sauce – I little dash really kicks up the flavor of most dishes, especially my morning eggs.
Butter – Stay away from Margarine, get the good stuff your Grandma used to serve you.
Coconut Oil – My go-to oil for deep or pan frying anything
Mustard – It’s one of the few condiments that is naturally sugar free.
So what do you think? Is there something you can’t live without that I missed? Let me know in the comments!