Half the Sugar, All the Love: 100 Easy, Low-Sugar Recipes for Every Meal of the Day

Half the Sugar, All the Love: 100 Easy, Low-Sugar Recipes for Every Meal of the Day


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Less sugar in every meal.
Would you feed your child a candy bar for breakfast? Of course not. And yet today our children routinely consume three times the recommended daily allowance of added sugar, which puts them at an unprecedented risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, excess weight, and even nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Half the Sugar, All the Love is here to help, with 100 doctor-approved recipes that cut the sugar (by half—or more!) without sacrificing the flavors our families love. It’s an eye-opening education, a program of healthy eating, and a cookbook chock-full of easy, delicious recipes all in one. Pass the breakfast bars!


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781523504237
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 12/24/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 81,917
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Tyler Lee is an award-winning author and healthy food advocate who has spent years inspiring families to improve the way they eat. She earned her Nutrition and Healthy Living certificate from Cornell University. Jennifer’s delicious, low-sugar recipes have been spotlighted by Jessica Alba, Jamie Oliver, and Oprah, among many others. She shares her recipes each week at 52newfoods.com.

Dr. Anisha I. Patel is an Associate Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics at Stanford University and an affiliate faculty member at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco.  Dr. Patel practices general pediatrics at the Gardner Packard Children’s Health Center and cares for newborns at Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Dr. Patel's research focuses on child health promotion, including helping children grow up at a healthy weight. She has conducted numerous studies to evaluate interventions and policies that help children and their families reduce daily sugar intake, particularly from sugary drinks. She has published extensively in this area and has maintained a steady track record of funding from foundations and federal agencies. She has presented her research to local, national, and international audiences, and she has been recognized for her work to inform policies with awards from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Public Health.

Table of Contents

Why reducing sugar is important.
How to Use This Book
How to minimize sugar and maximize flavor.

Busy Morning Breakfasts

Honey Peach Breakfast Pops
Cherry Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
Fruit and Nut Granola
Strawberry Toaster Pastries
Cinnamon Apple and Spice Instant Oatmeal
Animal Toasts
Lazy Weekend Breakfasts
Pumpkin Spice Waffles
with Maple Yogurt
Overnight French Toast Strata
with Raspberry Sauce
Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake
Blueberry Scones
Muffins & Breads
Blueberry-Oat Muffins
Banana Chocolate Muffins
Caramelized Pumpkin Banana Bread
Pineapple Zucchini Bread
Maple Brown Butter Corn Bread
No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bars
Fruit-on-the-Bottom Yogurt Parfaits
Maple-Roasted Almonds
Baked Barbecue Potato Chips
Maple Caramel Corn
Chocolate Drizzled Graham Crackers
Lunchbox Favorites
Nut Free Newtella and Banana Roll Ups
Strawberry and Cream Cheese Sammies
Turkey Panini with Cranberry Sauce
Salmon Yaki Onigiri
Chinese BBQ Pork Fried Rice
Cold Sesame Noodles
with Tofu and Vegetables
Creamy Tomato Soup
with Grilled Cheese Sticks
Alphabet Soup

Fall Harvest Mason Jar Salad
            With Creamy Poppyseed Dressing
Chinese Chicken Salad
            With Mandarin Vinaigrette
BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad
            With Creamy Ranch Dressing
Strawberry Quinoa Salad
            With Roasted Strawberry Balsamic Dressing
Romaine and Cherry Tomato Salad
With Miso Dressing
Big Batch Sauces
BBQ Sauce and Spice Mix
Pineapple Teriyaki Glaze
Chinese Hoisin Sauce
Quick Cook Tomato-Basil Sauce
Slow Cooker Tomato-Basil Sauce
Oven-Baked Korean Chicken Wings
            with Sweet and Spicy Chili Sauce
            with Soy-Garlic Sauce
BBQ Chicken
with Grilled Corn Salad
Chinese Chicken Lettuce Cups
Citrus Chicken Stir Fry with Green Beans
Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup
Stuffed Chicken Parmesan Strips
with 5-Minute Marinara Dipping Sauce
Beef and Pork
Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders
with Tangy Buttermilk Apple Slaw
Sweet and Sticky Chinese BBQ Pork Roast
Beef and Broccoli Teriyaki Bowls
Pineapple Teriyaki Short Ribs
Sloppy Joe’s
Fish and Seafood
Poke Bowls
Miso Glazed Salmon
Shrimp Pad Thai
Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon Burgers
with Sriracha Mayo
Pizza and Pasta
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Spaghetti with Gram’s Meatballs
Rainbow Chard Lasagna
Spinach Ricotta Calzones
Overnight Pizza Dough
Cookies and Bars
Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies
Double Chocolate Brownies
Salted Nut Butter Rice Crispy Treats
Pecan Pie Bars
Snickers Cheesecake Bars
Blondies with White Chocolate and Almonds
Fruit Pies and Crisps
Apple Crisp
Blueberry Pie
Caramelized Pumpkin Pie
Pastry Dough
Cakes and Cupcakes

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Snack Cake
Red Velvet Cupcakes
with Cream Cheese Frosting
Double Chocolate Layer Cake
            With Whipped Chocolate Frosting
Salted Maple Date Caramel Molten Chocolate Cakes
Puddings and Frozen Treats
Banana Ice Cream
with Chocolate and Salted Caramel
Strawberry Cream Pops
Chocolate Pudding
with Maple Vanilla Whipped Cream
Chai Spiced Rice Pudding
Caramel Frappe
            Kid’s Chocolate Frappe
Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
Strawberry Cantaloupe Agua Fresca
Whole Fruit Smoothies
Strawberry Peach Smoothie
Mango Pineapple Smoothie
Blueberry Almond Smoothie
Basics & Condiments
Cranberry Sauce
Boston Baked Beans
Nut Free Newtella
Three-Ingredient Strawberry Jam
Maple Vanilla Whipped Cream
Salted Maple Date Caramel Sauce
Salad Dressings
Creamy Ranch Dressing
Mandarin Vinaigrette
Creamy Poppyseed Dressing
Roasted Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Half the Sugar, All the Love: 100 Easy, Low-Sugar Recipes for Every Meal of the Day 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Robbiebaxter 5 months ago
I bought this book for my daughter, who is a big baker. I am excited for her to try more of these recipes (which look amazing). We are trying to cut down on sugar, but have lots of fans of baked goods in this house! The photography is beautiful, and the recipes are easy. I especially appreciate the tips for cooking with less sugar when time is tight. I highly recommend this cookbook for anyone who loves to bake but wants to cut down on the sugars.
brf1948 5 months ago
I received a free electronic copy of this cookbook from Netgalley, Jennifer Tyler Lee and Anisha Patel, and Workman Publishing. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read Half the Sugar, All the Love of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. I am pleased to refer this cookbook to friends and family. I received this book in June and have been working recipes and ideas from it since then. Some of the sugar cuts in especially beverages and desserts had to be made incrementally or my family fussed, but we have managed over time to adapt to this wonderful idea, and most of the cooking I do now is, as Jennifer Tyler Lee recommends, half the called for sugar, prepared with all the love. Even if you don't have family members with diabetes, excess fluff, or other health problems, cutting our sugar consumption is half can only be a good thing. Following the advice of these ladies makes for an easy transition without resorting to artificial sweeteners.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I absolutely love the recipes in this book and the photography is gorgeous! I’ve already made the Caramel Corn, Pumpkin Spice Waffles, and Double Chocolate Brownies and all of the recipes have been delicious and easy to make. I also appreciate how the authors make it easy to understand how to spot added sugar on food labels. I’m always looking for ways to feed my family in a healthier way and this cookbook will be a fantastic resource for me. Highly recommended!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Half the Sugar, All the Love - the book is phenomenal and what a great helper for New Year resolution to eat healthy and stay healthy. The recipes in the book are easy to follow and the ingredients used are very basic. What I like about the book is that it gives you a comparison and the illustrations are extremely attractive. I can't wait to try out the recipes in the book.
AlyJetha 3 months ago
One of my favorite activities with my girls (4 & 8 years old) on the weekend is to cook a meal. This cookbook has quickly become a staple. The recipes are easy to follow with lots of love....and most important, they are healthy. Highly recommended!
ADonovan 4 months ago
A great collection of yummy-sounding, easy recipes that will appeal to the whole family. Lots of info on sugar, hidden sugars, and reducing sugar throughout our food intake. Recipe chapters are breakfast, snacks, lunches and salads, dinners, desserts, beverages, and basics and condiments. Many recipes include "what kids can do" and/or "make ahead" tips. Recipes have an "ours to theirs" sugar content comparison, but it is not clear where "theirs" came from. The recipes do lower the sugar quite a bit .There are lots of color photos, but quite a few of them are of empty plates or other kitchen items and not a recipe. Even though the cover says the book has recipes for every meal of the day, with the photo being brownies, I think I was expecting the book to have more recipes for baked goods. That said, this book gives me great ideas and ways to lower sugar in all kinds of dishes, and I look forward to trying the new versions of some foods we really enjoy. I received an ebook ARC in exchange for an honest review.
marongm8 5 months ago
This book was received as an ARC from Workman Publishing Company in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. We have been getting a lot of request from patrons and members of our community on cookbooks with little to no sugar in them for various reasons including diabetes, and weight loss and there are not many of them out there where the dishes look so delicious and creative. Jennifer Tyler Lee and Anisha Patel gathered up the most delectable desserts that I couldn't believe contained half of the sugar including the peaches and cream breakfast pops and the overnight french toast strata. I know a lot of people will be requesting this book and probably most likely, I will have to add this to my personal cookbook collection. We will consider adding this title to our Cookbook collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
simplyannehere 5 months ago
Half the sugar all the love By Jennifer Tyler Lee and Anisha Patel Prior to reading this book I could say I was confident in my view of sugar. I have done the Whole 30 and Trim Healthy Mama diet plans which educate on cutting sugar from the diet. This considered I appreciated that the author was not for cutting sugar out but promoted using natural sweeteners, as “sugar free is not sustainable.” By reducing added sugar in your diet, you are cutting out much unneeded sugar. I am always surprised looking at labels and find sugar snuck in. It is literally in everything. Knowledge is power. I enjoyed the charts: “Your Daily Limit of Added Sugar” and “Grams of Sugar per Type of Added Sugar.” The recipes were all pretty simple with common ingredients. I didn’t feel like I had to shop around for anything special. All the recipes contained a combination of sugar (but only a fraction) as well from the natural sweetness of items such as dates or honey. All this being said I prefer to use Monk Fruit and erythritol sweeteners in recipes combined with a natural sweetener such dates and honey. I feel that it is necessary to think about both added sugar and natural sugar in your diet although I think this is a start. These recipes introduce what life with less sugar looks like and might but a stepping stone for changing your diet.
LadyBooksalot 5 months ago
Very well thought out cookbook. It is more than just a group of recipes, it is educational in teaching the reader why and, more importantly, how to reduce sugars in our diets. Ingredients are commonly found in most grocery stores and the recipes included are those dishes one would normally see at most American tables, e.g. waffles, chicken, or muffins. The changes suggested are really not difficult to incorporate into daily life. My only suggestion is that this cookbook be promoted more as a family friendly one. Others would definitely benefit but may not be interested enough to purchase a copy. I received an advanced reader copy from NetGalley in exchange for my volunteer review.