I want to eat chocolate-covered almonds every day and heal my emotions with ice cream just as often. Lately, I’ve realized that I need to cut back on my winter sugar cravings for the sake of my skin and my waistline. I also want to gain control of my emotional eating rather than being controlled by my mindless habits. Sugar in our “go-to comfort foods” increases inflammation, contributes to weight gain, diabetes, aging and is highly addictive. So, read food labels and try to cut back on sugar in all its villainous forms: brown sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, fruit juice concentrates, malt sugar, molasses and all syrup sugar molecules ending with “ose” (dextrose, fructose, glucose, lactose, maltose, sucrose). Love yourself – remember that small changes can make a big difference and keep your life sweet, even without sugar.
Here is how I beat afternoon cravings:
Whisk coconut milk, cinnamon and fresh or ground turmeric in a small saucepan; bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. You can add raw honey or stevia before you drink it. This is a great drink to boost your immunity and it also helps balance your blood sugar.
Use almond milk, goat milk, macadamia milk, or oat milk. You can add fresh or ground ginger, black pepper, cardamom, and nutmeg – make it yours!
Licorice Tea with Almond Milk.
Pour the milk in your tea, sprinkle it with nutmeg and ground turmeric. This tea is simple, satisfying and improves digestive issues.
Mushroom Hot Cacao
Pour hot water and add your choice of nut milk. I don’t add anything else but sweeten it with stevia, xylitol or monkfruit as you like. This is a very satisfying, guilt-free and refreshing drink. And no this delicious creamy chocolate drink doesn’t taste like mushrooms. The active compounds in cordyceps mushrooms are there to support your stamina and endurance.
Banana Split with Almond Butter
Cut two bananas, cover with almond butter, add a few semi-sweet chocolate chips or cocoa nibs and slivered almonds. Finish with a (controlled) drizzle of honey. Keep it simple. When I’m desperate, or in a hurry, I just drizzle honey over two bananas and that’s it. This mini-dessert is great, especially when you want to go crazy and dive into your snack cabinet or a chocolate cake.
Love to hear your ideas!