Next Tuesday is the start of my FREE 7-Day Sugar-free Challenge. Why do I love this so much? Getting sugar out of your diet has an amazing impact on the way you feel.
Not only do your energy levels increase like you won’t believe, but most people also lose weight (sugar is now recognized as the culprit for weight gain instead of dietary fat as was formerly believed). I’ve had clients talk about stronger immune systems (they don’t seem to pick up every little cold), clearing up their skin, and sleeping better when they give up the white stuff.
The truth is, some people really need to nix dried fruits like raisins and dates and high-sugar fruits like banana and mango and even grains all together to really get their sugar cravings under control (especially when other health issues are in play).
But for many of us, kicking out white sugar – even the hidden stuff in your ketchup! – is insanely effective.
So what to do when you are in the mood to cool off with ice cream? It’s a summer staple for goodness sake! Or your kids want one of those artificially-colored sticks of corn syrup (aka popsicle)? Strawberries and whipped cream?
I’ve got you covered.
- Ice cream Make your ice cream out of frozen bananas (read more here). If you’re unsure of how it will go over, add cocoa powder, peppermint, strawberries, or vanilla extract to hide the banana flavor. Top with nuts, coconut, fresh fruit… the only limitation is your imagination!
- Chocolate shake is what you crave? You can do that with bananas too. Try this in your blender: 1 cup unsweetened coconut or almond milk, 1-2 frozen bananas, 2 tablespoons cacao or cocoa powder, 1-2 medjool dates (pitted). Tell me that is not delicious!
- Just can’t do banana? Make a watermelon slushie or dairy-free sorbet instead. 1 ½ cups unsweetened almond or coconut milk, 2 cups frozen blueberries, 1 cup frozen strawberries, 2 medjool dates (pitted). Blend it up and enjoy!
- My PSA – frozen yogurt is not necessarily better for you than ice cream. I know, we love those little shops where you make your own sundae too.
- Popsicles You can get fancy like I did in this one layering different blended frozen fruits, or go simple. Blend up some fruit (add plain yogurt if you’d like!) and pour into a mold. Done! If you want up the sweetness, blend a date in with the fruit. The good news on the popsicle front is that there are more and more ‘just fruit’ options available in stores. I know the kids still like those sugar (or corn syrup) sticks, but they will also love the fruit-only versions.
- Strawberries and whipped cream You don’t need to mash up your strawberries with sugar! Strawberries are sweet! I promise once you re-train your taste buds, you will whole-heartedly agree with me. If you tolerate dairy just fine, you can certainly use whipping cream with some coconut nectar or raw honey instead of refined sugar. Alternatively, we buy cans of coconut cream from Trader Joe’s and whip that up with 2 tablespoons of coconut nectar and ½ teaspoon vanilla.
- If you want to try a really good ‘healthy’ pudding, give this strawberry chia seed pudding a try!
And here’s how to make sugar-free saltwater taffy!
Just kidding. I haven’t figured out that gem yet. That is one treat I still indulge in on our summer vacation:)
(By the way, don’t eat sugar-free taffy if you see it! It’s just code for ‘artificial sweeteners’ or other crazy stuff that will probably do a number on your digestive system.)
Feeling a little more confident that you could tackle this sugar-free challenge with me? I promise I’ll give you support and ideas along the way to ensure your success. Sign up here.