It has been quite a while since I last updated The Sugar Addict Chronicles. It has definitely been and continues to be a journey in finding the right diet- food choices and nutritional timing- for me and my active lifestyle. As I have shared, it is so easy to grab that granola bar, pour a bowl of cereal, and sneak that decadent cookie (Oh, Westside Market, how I love your giant peanut butter and chocolate cookies) all before noon. And unfortunately some of those habits have not quite died. But as we approach the new year, I thought it fitting to reflect on some habits that have helped me and my sugar crush.
1. Spice Up Your Breakfast
It is so easy and comfortable for me to revert to the muffins, cereal, and sweets treats in the morning especially when I’m in a rush. But I have found a new favorite breakfast, that packs a big punch: The Egg Tart! Inspired by a friend’s recipe, I created this simple dish with a prepared pie crust, egg whites, spinach, mushroom, onion. I add some garlic, parsley, and additional spices that fit my fancy in the moment. I make it the day or night before and pop it in the microwave when I’m ready to eat. (This is my first tart pictured above :))
2. Don’t Deny Your Sweet Tooth
There are many posts and informational blogs about going cold turkey and completely eliminating processed and refined sugars from your diet. And that is an important step to work toward. However, sometimes you need something sweet. That’s where smart sweets come in. Having juicy, ready to eat fruits like apples, pears, peaches, anything in season really, is my go to. I am a sucker for peanut butter, so adding a little peanut butter to my apple slices or bananas makes a tasty and complete anytime snack.
3. Notice When And Why You Snack
I love a good snack when I’m watching TV. But unfortunately mindless snacking leads to mindless calorie consumption and for me, excess sugar intake. Also since I am trying to cook more, I find myself munching while I prepare my meals. So what am I working on? The two dreaded words for any snacker: portion control. I am now measuring my snacks with measuring cups and making my own snacks and trail mixes and opting for almonds and cashews while I cook. I have also noticed that keeping a glass of water on hand is helpful because sometimes we think we are hungry when we are really thirsty.
What are somethings you do to crush your sugar crush?