We all love our dulces, but we also all know that sugar isn't the best thing for you. A recent study says that sugar is worse for you than fat. It found that substituting fatty foods for sugar still helped lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels. If you're looking to reduce your sugar intake, we've made it easy for you: from helpful tips to sugar-free and low-sugar recipes, cutting back on sugar has never been simpler.

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Drink Your Cafecito Black 1

Drink Your Cafecito Black

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Learning to drink your cafecito black isn't the easiest thing, but it is definitely doable! Start by cutting back little by little. If you have 3 teaspoons of sugar, start by cutting 1/2 a teaspoon back every few days. Soon enough, you'll be sugar-free in the morning!


Sugar-Free Brigadeiros 2

The Brazilian chocolate truffle is one of the best desserts out there, and this sugar-free version using coconut milk and raw honey is a winner.

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Start Snacking on Fruits 3

Start Snacking on Fruits

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Swapping out your usual sweet snacks and pastelitos for fresh fruit is the easiest way to swap out sugar from your diet. Of course, if you've really got a craving, try broiling mangos (or pineapple) to bring out the fruit's inherent sweetness. 

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake 4

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

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By substituting Splenda in place of sugar in this recipe, you won't believe how tasty this rich (and flavorful!) cheesecake truly is. 

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Buy Salsas Without Sugar 5

Buy Salsas Without Sugar

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You'd be amazed by how many salsas and store-bought condiments include added sugar. Why do we need salsa verde with sugar? To keep things on the healthier side, read your labels and always (always!) buy only those that are sugar-free. It's a simple but worthwhile switch.


Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream 6

Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream

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Sugar-free? Check! Vegan? Check! Sounds too good to be true? Almost! 

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Eat a Real Breakfast 7

Eat a Real Breakfast

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After many years here, it's easy to fall into the sweet breakfast trap: cereal, pancakes, French toast... it's delicious but definitely NOT nutritious. Instead, go back to your roots with a traditional Mexican-style breakfast. Or just any Latin variation on eggs, frijoles and the like.

Fried Plantain Dessert 8

Fried Plantain Dessert

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Maduros for dessert never tasted so good as with this yummy recipe. It's not exactly healthy, but it's not that bad either.

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Always Share Your Dessert 9

Always Share Your Dessert

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If you're going to indulge in a pan dulce or other favorite dessert (because we know it's hard to stop), then make sure that you always ask for extra forks around the dinner table. Sharing is caring, and is also a good way to cut back on the sugar you'd be otehrwise eating solo.

Mexican Chocolate Avocado Mousse 10

Mexican Chocolate Avocado Mousse

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Making chocolate mousse with avocados is a genius way to have healthy dessert if we ever heard one. Plus, it's got a little bit of spice!

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Make it Spicy, Not Sweet 11

Make it Spicy, Not Sweet

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If you're having a really hard time not using sugar for extra flavor, why not switch things up with spices instead? If you add cayenne, chili, smoked Spanish paprika or other seasonings, you'll be adding a lot to your recipes without the sugar.

Low Carb Dulce de Leche 12

Low Carb Dulce de Leche

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Is having a slightly (we do mean slightly) healthier version of your favorite ice cream topping ever a bad thing? Definitely not!

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