Sugar Detox Breakfast Ideas

Jake and I officially crossed the finish line and finished our Sugar Detox last week – HOORAY! And while the official detox is now “over”, for the most part Jake and I have decided to keep going with it and just adding in things here and there.

We’re sticking to no sugar for the most part or using more natural sugars such as honey, coconut sugar, or maple sugar instead of refined white sugar. Bread has been added back in (thank GOD) and we’re still trying to eat out less and eat in more. 

Over the course of the three weeks, Jake lost a total of 11lbs while I lost 8.5lbs. Not too bad! Jake noticed a significant increase in his alertness and energy levels – so much so that he doesn’t require a daily nap to get through the day any longer. 

I noticed that I missed bread like nobody’s business and I’d much rather give up cake than bread any day of the week! 

It’s been eye opening for us to see how much SNEAKY SUGAR is hidden in ingredients. Like, why does bread have to have sugar in it?? Or a can of corn? We’ve been diligent in looking at labels and are okay with some sugars – but NO corn syrup or high fructose syrup products will no longer be purchased by us. 

Here’s what to look out for when reading those labels when you’re on a sugar detox:

  1. Agave nectar
  2. Barley malt
  3. Beet sugar
  4. Black strap molasses
  5. Brown rice syrup
  6. Brown sugar
  7. Cane sugar
  8. Caramel
  9. Carob syrup
  10. Coconut palm sugar
  11. Corn sweetener
  12. Corn syrup
  13. Corn-syrup solids
  14. Crystalline fructose
  15. Date sugar
  16. Dehydrated cane juice
  17. Dextrin
  18. Dextrose
  19. Dried oat syrup
  20. Evaporated can juice crystals
  21. Evaportated cane juice
  22. Fruit juice concentrate
  23. Glucose
  24. Golden syrup
  25. Gum syrup
  26. High-fructose corn syrup
  27. Honey
  28. Inverted sugar
  29. Malt syrup
  30. Maltodextrin
  31. Maltose
  32. Maple syrup
  33. Muscavado
  34. Palm sugar
  35. Refiner’s syrup
  36. Simple syrup
  37. Sorghum syrup
  38. Sucanat
  39. Sucrose
  40. Treacle
  41. Turbinado

*Source: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-11314/41-sneaky-names-for-sugar.html

Really the best way to avoid sugars is to just make your own food, so here are some Sugar Detox Breakfast Ideas for you – these are things we ate during our sugar detox!

Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties

Store bought, processed breakfast meats are pretty much out of the question. Almost all of the breakfast sausages have some form of sugar in them which make them un-detox friendly. You can just make your own!

1 lb ground turkey
1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder*
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon Italian seasonings*
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

(* can use fresh garlic and fresh herbs if you have them!)

Mix seasonings with ground turkey in a bowl. Form them into patties. 

Heat up a pan with a little bit of olive oil (or coconut oil). Fry turkey sausage patties over medium high heat, flipping once. Cook until brown on both sides and no longer pink in the middle. 

These are easy to made in advance and you can easily freeze and leftovers. 

Baked Egg Cups

Egg cups are another “easy, can make in advance and save for later” breakfast idea. Easily customizable to create the flavors you want!

6 eggs
1 tablespoon water
Fresh herbs (I like basil and thyme)
1/2 chopped onion
3 cloves of chopped garlic
Fresh chopped vegetables such as zucchini, mushrooms, asparagus, or spinach leaves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat eggs and water together and evenly divide in a muffin pan.

Add chopped onion, garlic, and vegetables to each cup, evenly distributing the ingredients into each cup.

If you’re at the point where you can add cheese to your sugar detox diet, top with Parmesan cheese or cheddar cheese (or whatever floats your boat).

Bake eggs for 15 minutes or until set. 

Mmm. Eggs and turkey sausage!

Sweet Potato & Apple Oatmeal

This is a great make-ahead oatmeal! 

1 sweet potato 
1 apple, sliced into small pieces
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Oatmeal of your choice, cooked

Take your sweet potato brush it with olive oil and a little salt. Cover in foil and roast it in the oven for one hour at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and let cool. 

Prepare your oatmeal of choice (4 servings). I used quick cook oats this time, but steel cut oats and old fashioned oatmeal are also good choices. 

Cut up one apple into slices (make sure to cut out the core). Split oatmeal into 4 containers. Add 1/4 roasted sweet potato, apples, and a split amount of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. 

Author: Mary

Mary is a San Diego native and has been a food blogger for 12+ years. She is an avid reader, a lover of puppies, and loves trying new food. Foods she loves: sweets, peanut butter, pasta, Triscuit crackers with cream cheese, and extra nuts on top of her sundaes. Food she dislikes: pickles, really spicy food, runny eggs, olives, and too much arugula.

2 Replies to “Sugar Detox Breakfast Ideas

  1. good job making it through your sugar detox! it really does help get your body on the right track! that sweet potato oatmeal sounds tasty! i loved having sweet potatoes as part of my january diet!

    1. Thank you, Lynn! It was worth it in the end to accomplish that feat and to see how different foods affect the body. Sweet potatoes are so tasty!

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