No Sugar Challenge Reflections
Reflections on the No Sugar Challenge
Plus - a delicious homemade treat recipe packed with nutrients!
Many of you participated in the No Sugar Challenge last month – bravo! Whether you went one day, 30 days, or maybe you simply reduced your overall daily sugar intake even somewhat, we are proud of you and so thrilled you stepped up to the challenge with us.
Here are some things to ask yourself as you reflect on the challenge:
Were there any foods you were surprised to find hidden sugars in?
Do you feel better equipped to be a conscious consumer/label reader/sugar detective at the grocery store?
Are you able to better appreciate the sweetness of a piece of fruit?
Did you discover any healthy alternatives to your favorite snacks or meals that you enjoy?
How did your body feel – more energized? Were you able to eliminate an afternoon slump or post-lunch crash?
As you move forward, here are some tips to consider when it comes to thinking about sugar and sweet treats:
Continue to be an observer of how your body feels when you opt for an option with zero or less sugar as well as when you do choose to enjoy something sweet.
Be thoughtful about which indulgence you choose – settle on a treat that you really love and will satisfy your craving.
Slow down and be mindful during your eating experiences. Think about where ingredients come from and the time and care that went into making the food. Food tastes better and we’re less likely to overeat when we make space to appreciate it.
Consider exploring sweet treat alternatives that contain naturally occurring sugars (fruit, maple syrup, dates, coconut sugar, etc.), which contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber that help minimize the blood sugar spike.
Check out this fun and yummy recipe for a healthier rendition of Snickers from our very own Registered Dietitian Holly!
Peanut Butter Date Snickers
The perfect mix of sweet and salty with a crunch! These delish little dynamites pack a punch with protein, fat, fiber, and carbohydrate plus nutrients like potassium, magnesium, copper, and manganese from the dates. Give them a try... You won’t be sorry.
10 medjool dates, pitted
2-3 Tbsp peanut butter (always check for added sugars!)
¼ cup crushed peanuts
½ cup dark chocolate chunks or 1 dark chocolate bar (aim for 85% cacao)
1 tsp coconut oil
Flaky sea salt
Fill each date with peanut butter. Set aside.
Melt dark chocolate and coconut oil in small saucepan on low heat, stirring and taking caution that mixture doesn’t burn.
Using a fork, dip each date in chocolate and coat until completely covered.
Place each chocolate covered date on a plate lined with parchment.
Sprinkle chopped peanuts and sea salt on top of each date.
Place plate of dates in fridge for chocolate to set.