You guys must be thinking I am really cruel right about now. I’ve declared it “NO Processed Sugar” week and it is Valentine’s week. I could be like the Pope who sometimes allows corned beef on St Patrick’s day if it falls during Lent. But let’s face it………we are going to run into these food dilemmas all year. We all love those heart boxes full of chocolate. How many of you actually get those as a gift? How many of you buy them for yourself? Ask for flowers or lingerie this year! Wow! I just went PG with this blog. LOL!
I’ve talked about how my husband used to show his love for me with food. I’d have a bad day at work and here would come a milkshake. I would have a great day at work and here would come an ice cream sundae. It didn’t really matter what was going on, there was always an excuse for a sweet treat. I turned around and did the same thing to my children. Pretty soon, there was no such thing as a treat in my house. There was an expectation that treats were part of everyday life. I had given up the opportunity to give my kids treats because they just thought of it as food.
How did I turn it around? I decided I was going to eat my way through the sugar cravings. I filled my fruit bowl to overflowing. I ate fruit with every meal and in between meals. I certainly didn’t want to walk around hungry while I was kicking my processed sugar habit. Being hungry leads to bad decisions. Don’t do it. I’ve heard a lot of people worry about throwing away fresh produce because it goes bad too fast. If you eat it, you will throw away less. Sounds silly, I know, but I mean it.
Think about buying your fruit for the week. Eat it whole. Cut it up into fruit salads. Make smoothies with your fruit. When your bananas start browning, chop them up and freeze them.
Why should you freeze bananas? I’ll tell you why. It makes the most simple and delicious “soft-serve” ice cream. Here is the secret. Shhh………….don’t tell anyone. Oh heck! Tell everyone……………..Freeze your peeled bananas in chunks. Toss them into your food processor or mini chopper. Turn it on and chop the bananas. Pretty soon it will be a smooth texture like soft serve ice cream. You may want to add a splash of soy or your favorite milk to smooth it a little more. We eat it just as is or sometimes we dress it up. Our favorites are natural peanut butter (no sugar), coconut and fresh berries. Our absolute favorite though is straight up banana. That’s how the picky one likes his. It is sweet and tasty without adding any additional sugar. It’s also a great way to use up bananas instead of throwing them away. Score!
So……..what are you going to do with this challenge week? I think it is really OK to indulge in sweets once in a while. Remember, it’s not what you do sometimes that matters. It’s what you do most of the time that matters. You could also choose to find your sweets in an unprocessed way with fruits, honey and maple syrup. Most of your favorite sweet treats can be adapted to unprocessed sweeteners. Whatever you decide………remember I still love you. Have a great Valentine’s Day.
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