So I'm two days into my week of no sugar and surprisingly, it's not as hard as I thought it'd be. That's not to say I don't walk into the grocery store and find my mouth watering when I pass the display of cakes and cookies, but I haven't wavered in my commitment to the week, so that's the good thing.
Since passing up sweets after dinner is one of the toughest things for me, my mom and I came up with a no-sugar dessert recipe to satisfy my cravings at night: chocolate chia seed pudding. Most recipes for this type of dessert contain sugar (either refined or natural, like honey & maple syrup), but we adapted ours so that it's entirely sugar free. The whole recipe is 300 calories, but we split it in two and found it was still so filling, we couldn't finish our halves. It's also really high in omega-3s, and tastes pretty darn sweet considering it has 0g sugar. I'm at work on coming up with other no sugar desserts for the rest of the week!
Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
4 TBSP Chia Seeds
1 Cup unsweetened Almond Milk
1 TBSP Organic, all natural Cacao Powder
1/4 TSP Vanilla Extract
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.
For those of you who are interested, some of the no sugar meals I've been eating this week:
Egg white omelet with spinach, tomatoes, smoked salmon
Steel cut oatmeal made with water, topped with almond or cashew butter
Ezekiel sprouted grain bread topped with avocado, lettuce, and an egg over-easy
Salad with sea bass or grilled chicken, kale, peppers, tomato, watermelon radish, cauliflower, and rainbow carrots