So, here it is. The last day of the sugar-free challenge.
Honestly, I think Brian and I both accidentally had sugar once or twice. Did you know that plain Triscuits do not contain added sugar but the sea salt and black pepper version has added sugar? Yep, guilty of eating added sugar there.
How do I feel? Not any different. I eat a low added sugar diet on a regular basis and gave up fake sugars long ago. So, I’m probably not a good person to speak on the subject.
I think I actually ate worse while doing the Fed Up Challenge than I normally do. Why? Because I ate a TON of cheese. Almost all condiments and seasonings have added sugar, unless you make them from scratch. Even some store-bought hummus brands include added sugar. So, I mainly used hot sauce, mustard and one salad dressing. I also made one salad dressing and a hummus. So, I added flavor to things by adding cheese. I think we now have 8 different types of cheese in our house right now. We rarely have more than one type of cheese in the house. Now we have EIGHT.
The last two days, I decided to experiment with making no sugar added desserts. They both turned out well and will probably make them again in the future.
So, here’s what we have been eating:
A homemade crock pot marinara sauce on various things:
On Saturday, we went to the farmer’s market and bought a fresh loaf of ciabatta bread and some delicious asparagus. I made smoked gouda, chicken, and asparagus paninis out of it.
I made a salad out of quinoa, edamame, corn and cilantro with a lime dressing. It was ok.
Sunday night I made a 30 minute curry that was a disappointment. We had to jazz it up with some hot sauce.
The dinner was redeemed with this dessert made from soft tofu, cinnamon, almond butter, almond milk and dates. I tipped it with oatmeal and almonds. It tasted like an oatmeal pie mash-up. Brian said he would eat it every day.
Last night’s dinner consisted of chicken with poblano hot sauce, carrot stick “fries”, Triscuits with horseradish cheddar cheese, quinoa salad and raspberries.
I experimented with chocolate chia pudding last night, topped with unsweetened coconut and cashews. How did we get to eat chocolate with no added sugar? A combinations of milk, dates and cacao powder, then I thickened it up with chia seeds. Chocolate pudding!
So, where do we go from here? Brian and I have made general guidelines for ourselves from here on out. We are going to allow small amounts of added sugar in our diet. We are going to try to limit the processed food we buy to less than 4g of added sugar per serving and stick to serving sizes. And we are of course allowed treats for special occasions. It’s very difficult to eliminate it entirely, but has been an eye-opening exercise that I think we will both benefit from in the future.