Sugar, I love you…
But the problem is that I want to fuel my body with real, nutritious food. This means I have to get these cravings under control and quit reaching for those convenient little candy bars. Here’s how I do it:
Exhibit A: Tone It Up’s Dark Chocolate Zucchini Bread. Dark choco chips, chocolate Perfect Fit protein powder, almond flour, zucchini…healthy yet super sweet and chocolatey! This bread was so easy to make and was probably the best tasting recipe that I’ve tried from Karena and Katrina so far. You can get the full recipe here.
*Tip: I sliced the loaf up, put in ziplock bags, and stored in the fridge. You’d think it would taste better warmed up like most baked goods, but chilled is where it’s at.
Next up is an acai bowl where I was able to get my (natural) sugar fix from the fruit and honey. I came up with this simple recipe all on my own 😉
For the Sunshine Problems version of an acai bowl, you’ll need:
- 1 Sambazon Smoothie Pack (I found mine at Sprouts)
- 2 tbsp almond milk
- 1/2 banana
- a handful of strawberries
- a handful of blueberries
- half a cup of granola (I used the Bear Naked Honey Almond kind)
- coconut flakes
- honey (Farmer’s Market)
- a blender
Run the frozen acai pack under warm water before you open it. Blend the acai with almond milk until you get a sorbet-like consistency. Slice up the bananas and strawberries. Pour the acai into a bowl. Throw everything else on top and drizzle with honey. I use a TON of honey.
These options fulfill my sugar cravings without the use of refined, nutrient-depleted sugars. Also, after eating less processed junk the past few days, I actually craved sugar less! One night, I didn’t even order dessert!
My boyfriend and I went to True Food Kitchen and for those who’ve never been, you need to. A slogan of theirs is “Honest food that tastes really good.” By honest food, they mean REAL food. We always leave this place feeling satisfied and like we didn’t eat a bunch of fried garbage.
Here’s what I got:
This savory creation is an “Inside Out” Quinoa Burger. I was totally confused by what that meant and the waitress explained it’s two quinoa patties that act as the bunz and the inside is lettuce, tomato, hummus, tzatziki, cucumber, red onion, avocado and feta. I know..ahhhh! It came with a side of (sweet!) potato hash. It might look weird but this is the best quinoa burger I’ve ever had.
My conclusion? Eating less refined sugars and more “real food” results in me craving less sugar. I mean, it definitely helps to have some delicious substitutes around. What do you reach for when you’re craving sweets?