On average, U.S. kids consume their weight in added sugar each year; 64 pounds annually to be exact. Thanks to my guest, Jennifer Tyler Lee, author of Half the Sugar, All the Love, today’s show features secrets to cutting added sugar from your family’s diet without sacrificing the fun and flavor of your favorite recipes.
My guest today is Jennifer Tyler Lee, author and healthy eating advocate. Her new cookbook, Half the Sugar, All the Love: A Family Cookbook, is coming out later this month, but you can preorder it here. Half the Sugar, All the Love includes 100 sweet and savory recipes that have been remastered to be lower in sugar (at least half) than their original counterparts.
Jennifer is also the author of The 52 New Foods Challenge and creator of the cool kids’ nutrition game, Crunch A Color. You can find her online at 52 New Foods.
“Added sugar is the enemy, and the antidote to sugar is cooking.”
– Jennifer Tyler Lee
If you crave a chocolate brownie, Jennifer has you covered with her Double-Chocolate Brownies, and just wait until you hear how she uses sweet potatoes as a secret ingredient. If you wonder how much added sugar is in that stir-fry chicken dish you ordered out last week, Jennifer is here for you with her better-for-you Citrus Chicken Stir Fry with Green Beans.
IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!
We’re giving away a copy of Half the Sugar, All the Love by Jennifer Tyler Lee to one lucky US winner. In the comments section below, post a comment and tell me why you’d love to win the book and/or your favorite sweet or savory recipe that’s lower in sugar than its original version. Giveaway ends January 1, 2020.
If you pre-order Jennifer’s book (before the release date of 12/24/2019), you’ll be able to claim 3 HOLIDAY BONUS RECIPES from Jennifer. Click here to learn about the bonus
- The basics of Jennifer’s busy life as a Canadian mom of two living in California
- The positive changes we see in the health of families due to the resurgence of cooking
- How Jennifer’s love of cooking comes from the influence of her grandma, who taught her that home-cooked family meals should be the norm
- How Jennifer’s new cookbook helps you cut the sugar in all types of recipes and enjoy the foods you love in healthier ways
- The current trend: 1 in 5 kids is pre-diabetic
- The secret to “half the sugar” is to sweeten with fiber-rich fruits and vegetables instead of added sugar
- Why “sneaky sugar” is an insidious problem in savory foods many so-called “healthy” foods, including yogurt and granola
- According to the American Heart Association, most people consume more than three times the daily allowance of added sugar. The AHA recommends that children and women consume no more than 6 teaspoons daily and men no more than 9 teaspoons a day
- New research that shows how artificial sweeteners and even natural sweeteners may lead to increased sugar cravings due to how the brain interprets them
- Jennifer teamed up with Dr. Anisha Patel for the book, and together they discuss the dangers of too much added sugar, which include obesity, chronic disease, Type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fatty liver disease, and dental cavities
- Why Jennifer likes to sweeten recipes with fiber-rich fruits and vegetables like sweet potatoes, pumpkin, dates, pineapple, and mango
- Some of Jennifer’s favorites from the new cookbook: Pumpkin Spice Waffles and Pineapple Teriyaki Short Ribs
- How Jennifer’s Double Chocolate Brownies cut the sugar in a typical brownie from 4.5 teaspoons to 1.5 teaspoons.
- How to determine the amount of added sugar by reading food labels and converting grams to teaspoons
- Why beverages are the easiest way to consume added sugar and excess calories
- How nuts, seeds, and dried fruits can be used as a sugar replacement
- The big challenges in removing sugar from a recipe are changes in texture and flavor
- Jennifer’s recipe for granola: It’s made with nutritious ingredients including oats, nuts, and dried fruits. This recipe is flexible, and maple syrup is the only source of added sugar
- Jennifer’s Citrus Chicken Stir Fry with Green Beans is made with tangerine juice, ginger, garlic, toasted sesame oil, almonds (with zero added sugar)
- If you pre-order Jennifer’s book and enter your confirmation number on her website, you’ll receive 3 BONUS holiday cookie recipes
- An example of a recipe with dates: Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
- A random question from the Mason jar about Jennifer’s first food memory
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Jennifer’s website: 52newfoods.com (where she shares new recipes each week)
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