Welcome to February everybody! We’re one month closer to warmer weather!
I guess you guys might be wondering about the title of today’s post. Well, it just so happens that I made a commitment of sorts last night just before midnight. I was “trying” to catch up on some blog reading (I hate my late weeks at work…I get so behind!) when I caught Kayla’s latest post over at Little Miss Healthify and I saw that she was gearing up for another Sugar-Free Week. She is dedicating the first seven days of every month to sugar-free eats! Although I’m not a huge sugar addict, I felt like this would be a good chance for me to start taking notice of the added sugar I do have in my diet and challenge myself to find alternatives for those foods. Plus, I’m always up for a good challenge!
So, for the next seven days, consider me a Sugar-
Plum Free Fairy chick!
Oh, and just for the record, I did what any self-respecting person would do who just made a vow to go completely sugar-free for a whole week and had one last tofu brownie at 11:55pm before freezing the rest! C’mon, you know you’d do the same!
I don’t usually have any problems making a sugar-free breakfast unless it’s Pancake Sunday or I get a hankering for some Crunchy French Toast, but today I thought I’d sweeten it up a bit (naturally of course) in the name of the first day of my self-challenge!
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup oatbran
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup cottage cheese stirred in at the end
As you can see, I repeated the KERF inspired oats from yesterday. I am totally loving the texture and flavor of these WITHOUT adding banana! Plus it let me be more creative with my banana
addiction addition! Yeah, that’s what I meant…addition! 😉
I topped my thick and creamy bowl of oats with grilled banana slices that I just heated in a GREASED skillet over medium heat until brown on each side and then a small handful of walnuts. Ta-da, instant banana bread in a bowl!
During the course of the day, I made sure to check food labels for added sugars before I decided to eat. I’ve never really thought about how easily added sugar can sneak its way into certain foods. It’s really an eye-opener to see that some of my favorite foods have added sugar and I never even realized (i.e. sliced bread, bagel thins, and my jar of chipotle pumpkin salsa).
For dinner tonight, I was tired and really didn’t want to put in much effort so I dug into my freezer and found these:
I bought these Black Bean & Cheese Taquitos from Trader Joe’s months ago, and figured tonight would be the best night to try them out. I love that they’re all natural with no preservatives, artificial colors or flavors and they have a great ingredient list!
Ingredients: Tortilla (corn, water, lime), black beans (black beans, water, onion, garlic), mushrooms, jack cheese (cultured pasteurized milk, salt, enzymes), jalapeno peppers, spices. Canola oil used for frying.
I popped these babies in a 425 degree oven for 15 minutes to brown up. While I was waiting, I whipped up a guacamole dip with a little twist.
Smoky Chipotle Guacamole:
- 1/2 medium avocado
- 1/2 cup white beans
- 1 medium clove of garlic (finely minced)*
- 1 teaspoon adobo sauce from a can of chipotle peppers
- a tiny splash of Liquid Smoke
- juice from 1/2 a lime
- salt & pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mash with a fork until creamy. Top with Mrs. Dash Southwestern Chipotle Seasoning.
*Tip* When mixing fresh garlic into a dip, I dice it finely and then add a pinch of coarse salt and a few drops of olive oil and use the side of my knife blade to grind the garlic into the cutting board. You end up with a garlic paste and no big bits of garlic to surprise you in your dip!
I also heated up 1/2 cup cooked brown rice from yesterday’s dinner mixed with 1/4 cup of all natural salsa. And finally…it was dinnertime!
All in all I think Sugar-Free Week is off to a good start! Just don’t remind me that the end of this week falls on Superbowl Sunday! Quick, I need sugar-free dessert ideas!
Do you think you eat too much sugar? Could you commit to seven days without it?