Since booking my trip to Miami with my girlfriend, muse, best friend, roommate (from college), I took a closer look at my diet and habits. I want to look good on the beach of course and since my Cardiac arrest episode, I have put a momentary hold on gym sessions. Back in college I did a two month cleanse full of clean eating and little to no sugar and it went rather well. I have decided to start that again at least until I can start hitting the gym!
Week One: No Refined Sugar
This was rather difficult for many reasons.
Reason one: Grocery shopping. It took Young and I a little bit of extra time in the grocery store because we had to choose items with no added sugar (so freaking hard). Even the greek yogurt I eat is filled with sugar, we instead went with the plainest most greek yogurt yougurt possible which tastes super bland.
Reason two: Addiction. Let me tell, I was soooooo addicted to sugar I started to get headaches that week from lack there of. The days drug on without letting myself cave. But I made it the whole week!
Week Two: No Cheese and limited dairy (only eggs)
This one is a little tough since I was born and raised a Wisconsin Cheese Head! So far I am managing, but id kill for a grilled cheese, cheese fries, and cheese curds! I am eating sugar but only once or twice a week in small quantities.
Week Three is supposed to be meat only once a day, but I kind of already do that so I think instead I will say no snacks for week three, speaking of snacks.... Here are the two recipes I have made. One to get me through the no sugar week and the second to get me through no cheese by giving myself a pinch of sugar!
No Bake Protien Packed Energy Bites
For these yummy snacks I followed three different recipes found online and then I sort of add things to mine. Keep in mind the recipe goes by pinches and dashes because I have been baking and cooking all my life and have almost never followed recipes. I also like to experiment with adding and substituting.
In a large bowl I added about 1 C of Oats, 1/2 C of peanut butter, 1/2 C ground flax, 1/2 C Honey, a dash of vanilla extract, a dash of Cacao powder, some chia seeds, peanuts and rasins. After mixing it all together I might add more oats depending on how sticky the dough is. Once mixed well I roll into balls and they are complete!
Young was being sneaking and taking pictures of me making these little guys!
Healthy Lemon Squares
For this recipe I followed two recipes I found online, and also did a little adding and substituting. Again I used scoops, dashes, and pinches of ingredients!
For the crust I mixed 1/3 C Honey, 1 egg, 1/3 C Coconut oil, two spoon fulls of Greek yogurt, a dash of lemon zest, two squirts of lemon juice, pinch of salt, a pinch of raw sugar, a dash of flax, 1 C of whole wheat flour. Then I added a dash of regular flour until the consistency was a bit on the sticky side instead of liquid. I put it in the oven for about 25 min (until golden brown) at 350 degrees
For the lemon topping I whipped together 3 eggs, 1/2 C honey, One spoon full of Greek yogurt, lemon zest of one lemon, Lemon juice of two lemons, About 1/4-1/3 C of Chia Seeds, a pinch of raw sugar, and 2 T flour. Once the crust finished cooking I put the lemon topping on top and put it back in the oven to cook 25 more min at 325 degrees.
Place in refrigerator over night and its done, however young and I each had a couple bits as soon as I took it out of the oven! Enjoy!