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Jeanette@SolomaFitness.com

Caring Cuisine…Getting Over Your Sweet Hurdle…Is it possible?

So many Americans spend so much money on organic and all natural, and work hard at taking care of their homes and inner terrain. Yet, the American Heart Association estimates that the current average American consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar every day. If you measure that out, it’s nearly half a cup (about 355 calories).  Can you imagine scooping teaspoons of sugar directly into your mouth?

I know that it’s tough to reduce or eliminate sugar. The big joke with my husband is that sugar is my “crack.” I do much better if it is not in the house.  I also know that when I’m eating clean and balanced, natural sugar from fruit satisfies my sweet tooth. Maybe you too will find comfort in thought processes like Ayurveda balance; where foods are classified into six tastes that are necessary for balance. Sweet is one of them! So it is not that a sweet desire is bad, it is how do we find balance without overdoing it?

I have implemented many different suggestions over the years. The few that seem to work for me are:

  • Eat an apple or other fibrous fruit 30 minutes before dinner
  • Eat a small piece (1 oz) of dark chocolate (high-cocoa content) after dinner
  • Broil pineapple, mango or peaches for dessert (fresh lime juice on the mango is yummy)
  • Protein Ice Cream (I mix my ProFlex 20 and goat milk and throw it in the ice cream maker…actually yummy!!  If you like peanut butter, you could even swirl a little in.)
  • Drinking herbal tea at night or a cup of homemade hot cocoa.

There is also something to be said about balance. A little bit of homemade dessert is healthy to have once or twice a week. There are lots of different options. You just have to explore a little. Cooking Light often does recipe make-overs that can save you up to 1,000 calories! Here are some favorites:

Remember, as you decrease your added sugar intake things with added sugar will begin to taste a lot sweeter.  So here are a few other simple dessert suggestions, for those that are ready:

  • Yogurt Parfait – 4 oz yogurt, 1/3 cup raspberries, 1/3 cup pineapple
  • Ricotta Parfait – 2 tablespoons of part-skim ricotta, ¾ cup of frozen pitted cherries or blueberries, 1 tablespoon of slivered almonds. (other add-in’s – ½ teaspoon vanilla or sprinkle of Truvia or mix in a little protein powder)
  • Nut Butter Cookies – 1 cup nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew…), ½ cup TruvÍa (or 1 cup sugar), 1 egg. Mix together, drop in rounded tablespoon size and bake for about 10 minutes at 350. (bag them in groups of 1-3 cookies and refrigerate or freeze…remember to suck the air out)

Best wishes to us all as we continue to strive for balance! Remember, healthy living and caring cuisine is a journey, not a destination. Thank you for bringing me along on your journey.

I’d love to hear what recipes you choose and how your journey to become more healthy and vibrant is going……please share!