Today, I started my sugar-free adventure. In honor of Lent, I decided that I would give up more than just candy and ice cream this time. I am walking away from all things “added sugar.” My particular list includes:
- White bread (includes any bread with white flour in it)
- Pasta, unless whole grain
- White rice
- White flour, and products made with it such as cake, cookies, crackers, pretzels, doughnuts, bagels, and muffins
- Corn and corn chips
- Sugar and products with added sugar, e.g. canned fruits in syrup
- Jams and jellies containing added sugars
- Salad dressings and sauces with added sugar, such as Teriyaki sauce
- Fruit drinks containing added sugar
- Sugar-sweetened soft drinks
- Sugar-cured meats (e.g. ham is often cured with salt and sugar)
I’ve seen a lot of different lists, so far, and I have to say, I do have a few things I’m NOT cutting out.
- Chewing gum
- Bananas, pineapple, beets, corn, etc. (This is beyond silly to me.)
Basically, I’m just trying to eliminate sugar that doesn’t occur naturally. This weekend, I’m hoping to get some serious baking done so that I have a variety to live on for the next 40 days. (I actually started this a day after Ash Wednesday.) So here are a few examples of what I will be eating.
Oatmeal: 1/2 old fashioned oats, 3/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk, 2 tbs of unsweetened applesauce, handful of raisins, a handful of almonds and a splash of honey. Perfect flavor combination! I think I’ll throw apples in tomorrow.
Caprese Spinach Salad: bed of spinach with freshly chopped basil, sliced cherry tomatoes, a little fresh mozzarella and a homemade dressing with olive oil, white vinegar and stone ground mustard.
My goal is to keep the ingredients as basic as possible. So here’s to going sugar-free!
My Healthy Tip of the Day: Read your food labels! It’s truly amazing how much junk gets put into our processed foods. For instance, did you know that the following are all fancy terms for sugar?
- Brown sugar
- Cane crystals
- Corn sweetener
- Corn syrup
- Crystalline fructose
- High-fructose corn syrup
- Invert sugar
- Malt syrup
Shocking! So just be aware and try to look for things with less than 3 grams of sugar. Your waistline will thank you later!