Good Sunday morning! Just a reminder that today is the last day for this week’s Outside the Box Challenge.
Remember, this week’s challenge was to go an entire day without added sweeteners. We’re defining added sweetener as any form of concentrated sweetener, natural or not (this means maple syrup, agave, and honey are all no-nos!). This also includes artificial sweetener. Whole fruit is okay, as is any other non-concentrated food that happens to taste sweet. Watch for processed foods with added sweetener, though.
I’ve been eating less sugar over the past few weeks and I’ve definitely stopped craving it so much. (And trust me when I say giving up the artificial stuff will make you stop craving it in a major way.) The only thing I sweeten now is my morning cup of coffee and my smoothies.
Skipping smoothies wasn’t too hard, so I made my goal this week to not add any sugar or sweetened creamer to my coffee. It wasn’t easy because I like super, super sweet coffee, but Leah encouraged me to savor the creaminess of it instead of the sweetness. I experimented with cream, whole milk, and coconut milk, and really have begun to get used to a more bitter cup of coffee. I am definitely going to keep at this to find the perfect cup that works for me.
I also ate my Greek yogurt without honey, but I found a way to offset the tanginess by sauteing fruit in coconut milk first and then mixing that in with the yogurt. I had that last night for a bedtime snack topped with some cinnamon and macadamia nuts and it was awesome! Again, it was super creamy, and the warm fruit made it plenty sweet enough.
If you haven’t entered yet, today is your last day, so put down the honey bottle and give it a try! Once you’ve gone through a day without sweetener, share your experience here.
Good luck, sweet thang!