Day 27 – I discovered the most delicious blueberry and cocoa mousse.

At lunch time I was really fancying something dessert like, I threw silken tofu, frozen banana and frozen blueberries in the blended with a little cocoa powder it was literally heaven!

Food today in pictures and words

Breakfast

Corn crackers, mushroom pate.

Lunch

Broccoli, cauliflower, sugar snap peas and baby corn streamed with eggs, olive oil and black pepper on top.

Dinner

Chicken cooked with coconut oil, a whole load of spices and lemon juice. With salad, hummus, coleslaw and grapes.

Snacks

Carrot

Bell pepper

Dark chocolate

Chocolate mousse explained above

Today’s exercise – adapted for broken toe

Total sugars

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Day 26 – what’s wrong with me I’m missing running??

What the heck is going on I’ve started to miss running (which of course I can’t do due to broken toes). The annoying thing is when I go back to it I will probably hate it as it’s going to be awful.

Anyway just a quick update today as it’s a crazy busy one.

What I ate in food and some pictures

Breakfast

Oats, mixed berries, semi skimmed milk

Lunch

Corn crackers with avocado

Banana

Dinner

Egg and salmon omelette with broccoli

Snacks

Dark chocolate

Cashew nuts

Refined Sugar free birthday cakes

It’s my birthday on Sunday and like hell am I not celebrating, I do not believe for one second that joy and celebration comes from external factors whether that is sweet food, booze or drugs. I will have a fab time regardless. I do however want something fun to eat as well. Yesterday afternoon was spent having a go at making a few refined sugar free treats,

Here is my birthday shopping basket, it certainly looks healthier than the average birthday spread I’ve planned!

The first cake I made has no added anything it’s sweetness all comes from the bananas and the dates:-

Ingredients:

  • 250 g dates soaked overnight in 100 ml water
  • 2 bananas
  • 200 g walnuts chopped
  • 100 g polenta mixed with one tablespoon cornflour
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp gluten free baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 eggs, separated

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Prepare loaf tin by greasing it or lining with grease proof paper.
  2. Blend the dates, liquid and bananas. Add the egg yolks, walnuts, lemon zest and spices.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients to the date and banana mix.
  4. Whisk the egg whites until you get soft peaks. Fold gently into the mixture.
  5. Pour into the cake tin and bake for 49 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

You can find the recipe here :-

Recipe: Gluten free and sugar free date and banana loaf

After that my own variation of date balls. Date balls are a really easy treat to make and store well in the fridge

These are cinamon balls and cocoa balls

The basic ingredients are 350g dates 200g oats. I then seperated the mixture out. To make the cinnamon balls I added cinnamon (obviously) and went wild and put in 40g of date syrup (the sugar free folk class this as ok so I’m allowing as a special occasion addition). For the cocoa I added a couple of tablespoons of cocoa powder and 50g coconut oil plus 30g cacoa nibs.

One of my other favourites is loosely based on a recipe in the first Deliciously Ella cookbook “Key lime pie”. I leave the lime out and use cocoa powder and orange oil to make it chocolate orange. I also prefer date syrup with the chocolate flavor.

Base

400g ground almonds

600g dates

2 tablespoons coconut oil

Middle

5 ripe avocados

Date syrup 100ml

4 tablespoons coconut milk

Orange oil

Cocoa powder

Base- blend it and squish into a cake tin

Middle- blend together spoon on top put in the freezer to set for about 90 mins

After its set I blend soaked cashew nuts with berries and a splash of coconut milk to make a second layer.

Honestly I can’t wait to try this on Sunday.

Not sure if I’m going to leave it at these three or make anymore. I don’t think anyone in my family outside of my daughter and I is willing to give the refined sugar free food a try so I don’t want to over prepare!

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Day 25 – going sugar free (or cutting back) tips

We all know that sugar in excess is rubbish for our health, you don’t need me to sit here and witter on about why sugar is bad. It’s the primary cause of diabetes, it’s linked to obesity and cancer, it causes inflammation did you know it can even cause wrinkles! So let’s face it there are a thousand reasons to cut back on sugar even if you aren’t daft enough to give it up for fundraising.

Here’s what I’ve learned over the last 25 days:-

1. Read labels and generally assume most packet food isn’t going to happen. This isn’t actually a problem most of it is dreadful for us anyway.

2. If it sounds like sugar if probably is, and no there isn’t really any version of it that’s healthy. The sugar in fruit is healthy because it comes in the fruit, extract it from the fruit and it’s as lousy as the stuff in a mars bar.

3. Carry nuts, seriously carry nuts and nakd bars otherwise there will be occasions there is nothing to eat and you’ll verbally savage family members.

4. Cooking is not difficult, all the cooking shows and beautiful cookery books have made it seem like cooking is some kind of mystical art only achievable by alchemists. I mean who actually has saffron in their kitchen? A lot of the time cooking really comes down to simplistic meals, throw things in a slow cooker pretty much anything you throw into a slow cooker other than shoes will turn into food. Make salads with nuts, oils and fruits they are honestly really nice plus super quick. Pasta sauce is a simple as passatta with fresh basil, garlic and a little thickening.

5. Don’t be afraid of fat, right now mfp (my fitness Pal) regularly tells me daily my fat intake is too high. Because I’ve taken sugar out of my diet I’m eating more olives, olive oil and nuts/seeds. Plus if I feel like it adding creme Fraiche to fruit. I needed extra calories and they had to come from somewhere, olive oil, nuts and seeds all contain fats that are nothing but awesome for me. Recent science generally seems to exonorate fat generally in many of the health issues it had been implicated in. But that’s for someone else to explore and explain. I’m not about to start wolfing down lard with my salad anyway.

6. Your taste buds will change, within 2 to 3 weeks fruit will become ridiculously mouth wateringingly sweet, dates etc ridiculously so. I dare say by the end of this year actual sugar will be unpleasantly over sweet

7. People will look at you like you’ve 3 heads. That’s fine your health is your concern not their.

8. You’ll still sometimes want a slice a cake and if you aren’t doing a fundraiser year where you’ve commited to stopping altogether just have the cake. It’s not the one slice of cake that’s ruining people’s health it’s the 6 that come after it. If you can’t stop at one probably best to not have it in the first place, but if you do and you wake up in a sugar coma don’t worry about it just move on.

9. Cinnamon is amazing, blend it in milk, have it on oats in coffee, pretty much stick it anywhere.

10. Montezuma dark chocolate is also amazing, who’d have thought 100% dark could be a treat. But it is.

Today’s food in pictures and words

Breakfast

Banana, oats, cinnamon, milk

Lunch

Corn crackers, hummus, eggs, salad, olives, pomegranate seeds, sprouted pulses

Dinner

Falafels, salad leaves, olive oil, coleslaw

Snacks

2 date balls (more on those tomorrow)

Dark chocolate

Total sugars

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