If you've been joining in on our NaturallyCurly No Sugar Challenge, then you've probably discovered how difficult it can be to eat sugar-free. There are hidden sugars in just about every processed food we eat, and it takes a lot of time and energy from of our already-busy schedules to source snacks and weeknight meals that abide by the challenge rules. That's why I called on experienced vegan chef, health coach, cooking instructor, and one of my personal favorite YouTubers, Jenne of Sweet Potato Soul, to share her sugar-free tips.

Whether you've cut sugar out of your diet completely or are just looking to transition into a healthier lifestyle this year, give these tips a try.

What are some easy sugar free snacks for in between meals?

Fresh fruit makes a great and healthy snack in between meals.

Do you have any tricks or advice for getting through sugar-withdrawals?

Smoothies are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth while consuming a nutrient dense food. I love blending a frozen banana with a medjool date, unsweetened plain non-dairy milk, raw cacao powder (super antioxidants), frozen blueberries, and spinach.

You can also blend dates, nuts, and spices to make healthy desserts. Add raw cacao powder for a boost of antioxidants, magnesium, and pure joy.

What essential sugar-free items do you keep in your pantry at all times?

Stave off sugar withdrawal symptoms by eating starchy complex carbohydrate foods like sweet potato. Roasted sweet potatoes make a great snack, even late at night.

In my kitchen I always have dates, dried figs, fresh fruit, and sweet potatoes to satisfy my sweet cravings.

What's your favorite sugar-free meal to prepare on a busy weeknight?

One of my favorite sugar-free and healthy meals is my "everyday Buddha Bowl". It's so simple yet it's filled with fiber, complex carbs, healthy fat, and other nutrients. Eating this way helps me maintain healthy blood sugar levels, feel nourished, and stay energized.



If you want more healthy recipe ideas, Jenne's cookbook Sweet Potato Soul comes out February 6, 2018. Preorder it now on AMAZON, INDIEBOUND, or BARNES & NOBLE.