It’s been a while doing no sugar now. I am truly past the craving stage but sometimes, just sometimes I have the occasional panic because I want something soooooo baaaaad.
It pays to have the cupboard full of alternatives for moments like this.
Here are my top life savers of the week
- If you can forgive his horrendous website design, if you can call it design…this guy has a goal to get the whole of NZ sugar free. Gary Hayman experienced incredible results for himself and walks the talk. Here is why he does it in a nutshell:
- Body converts carb’s into either glucose or fat
- Sugar contains glucose and fructose
- Body converts fructose to fat
- Fructose is addictive
- Fructose disrupts the signal from the stomach to the brain to say “I’m full, stop eating”
Brief synopsis of this blog: “Table Sugar is made of glucose and fructose, the body converts foods we eat into either glucose or fat. The body knows how much glucose it has in its system but cannot recognise fructose so converts any added fructose to fat. Fructose disrupts the signal from the gut to the brain to say “I’ve eaten enough – stop eating!”, so the body runs as if it is 80% full and looks for more food.
Fructose is also addictive so the body is also looking for something sweet – that extra biscuit or cake or dessert!
Fruit contains fructose but with all the fibre and other content the body can cope with it as long as you eat it as whole fruit – juicing destroys the protective properties of the fibre in the fruit and gives you high concentration of fructose.”
2. Motivational read this week about how sugar causes you to age faster!
3.Sarah Lynn Fitness. This girl gets it. She is a personal trainer and knows how to treat her friends and family to DELICIOUS creamy, saucy treats with NO REFINED SUGAR
Here is her banana bread to have handy this week
Cinnamon Streusel Banana Bread
Serves: 18 (two mini loaves with 9 slices each)
Per slice: 72 calories 2.5 Fat / 9 Carb / 4 Protein (1.5 saturated fat / 2 fiber / 3.7 sugar)
1/2 cup coconut flour (56 g)
1/2 cup gluten-free oat flour (56 g)
2 Tablespoons ground flaxseed meal (14 g)
2 Tablespoons coconut palm sugar or granulated sweetener of choice (24 g)
1/3 cup stevia baking blend (such as Stevia In The Raw) or granulated sweetener of choice
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon coconut oil or butter, melted (14 g)
2 ripe bananas, mashed (250 g)
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (120 ml)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (5 ml)
2 teaspoons butter or coconut oil, softened (10 g)
1 Tablespoon coconut flour (7 g)
2 teaspoons coconut palm sugar or brown sugar (8 g)
2 teaspoons stevia or 1 stevia packet
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 F. Add all dry banana bread ingredients to a large bowl and stir well. Add mashed banana, almond milk, vanilla extract, and butter or oil. Stir just until combined – do not overmix. Line two mini* loaf pans with parchment paper or spray with nonstick spray. Divide batter evenly between the two pans. Combine all streusel ingredients in a small bowl and mix until a crumbly texture is achieved. Divide streusel on top of the two loaves. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
*Note: you may also bake this recipe in one regular size loaf pan, but keep in mind you may need to increase the baking time.
*Protein powder: I have tested this recipe with both Slap Nutrition vanilla whey protein powder and Yep, It’s Vegan Cinnamon Creme protein powder. The vegan protein powder will result in a slightly more dense (but still incredibly delicious) banana bread, while the whey protein results in a more traditional banana bread texture. If using the vegan protein, you may need to add a few extra tablespoons of almond milk, as the vegan protein absorbs more liquid. You can use the discount code SARAH for 10% off any Slap Nutrition or Yep, It’s Vegan products.
Make sure to check out my three e-books for tons of easy, healthy, delicious dessert recipes!
4. Black coffee between meals or to beat cravings with a sugar free treat.
An appetite suppressant to cull the cravings I am learning to appreciate. be aware the effect of this wears off after a while so be warned.
Here is the best answer I found on Quora. “Yes coffee is a stimulant and will in most cases curb your appetite. Over the long run you will become used to its effect and the appetite suppressing powers will diminish. If you are using it as such it can be somewhat effective as all stimulants can, but remember that in the long run starving your body for a long period is detrimental to losing fat and weight.