Last week, our family decided to give up sugar. Non-naturally occurring sugar. Meaning, fruit and the like was fine, but candy bars or artificial sweeteners of any kind were out. It’s a lot tougher than you might think because sugar is in EVERYTHING. Here are a few places we ran into trouble and what we did to substitute.
- After dinner sweet tooth: I have been eating some little sweet treat or another after dinner since the beginning of my third trimester. Luckily for me, lately I had been holding it to almonds and dark chocolate chips, but … it had become a very bad habit! The non-sugar solution? Chocolate flavored protein shakes. We use Isopure protein powder, which doesn’t have any sugar. We would add spinach, bananas, unsweetened almond milk … but no sugar! Almost tricked me into thinking I was getting dessert some nights.
- Diet Coke: My mom is a Diet Coke fiend, so she know that giving it up for a week was going to be a struggle. How did she cope? Iced Tea. She experimented with different flavors and adding fruit. She got a little boost of caffeine and a drink to keep her ritual of constantly drinking a beverage fulfilled.
- Sunday morning pancakes. We make pancakes EVERY SUNDAY. And of course, what is a delicious stack of pancakes without the sugar-laden syrup? We decided to create a fruit puree to take its place. We ground up raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries to make a sweet topping for our made from scratch pancakes (meaning, there is no sugar in our pancakes either).
- BBQ Sauce. When you live in the South, BBQ tends to be a way of life. We frequently attend “Food Truck Friday’s” in our neighborhood, where BBQ is prominent. Because most sauces are rife with sugar, there was really no way around this one. We skipped Food Truck Friday, and used our smoker instead.
After the week was up, we all agreed that we felt a lot better and had even gotten better sleep (at least those of us not caring for a six month old). A week was incredibly difficult, but still not enough to break our cravings for sugar. I suppose next time we will have to try for a bit longer.
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