The challenge for this week was… Reduce Sugar!
Here is a small overview of how I got on with the challenge.
As I’m writing this post, I am currently drinking a fruit smoothie, but one I’ve made myself, with only natural sugars! I’ve found that this is one of my favourite ways to have a sweet snack without consuming lots of preservatives, sugars, etc. (I’ll leave the recipe at the bottom of this post) and it’s super easy to make as well!
I think having healthy snacks is all about getting into a new mindset where you replace old eating habits with new ones. As I mentioned in my Weekly Wellbeing Newsletter, eating healthy snacks isn’t actually more difficult than grabbing a pack of crisps or a chocolate bar; we just have to rewire our brains and our inner temptations to do so.
I would be lying if I said I didn’t have any sugar this week – no one is perfect – but I think I got better at reaching for something more sufficient when I felt the waves of hunger creeping up on me.
Here are a few things I tried, aside from the fruit smoothie:
- Nuts – reaching for a pack of almonds
- Fruit – apples, bananas, etc.
- A carrot – my Mum’s idea. Apparently, because it involves a lot of chewing, it fills you up more.
- Cheese – I may have had a babybel at one stage, but in future I will just cut a chunk of normal cheddar cheese!
- Having an early dinner – when I get hungry at half five/six, why not start cooking dinner? By the time it’s cooked, it’s a normal dinner time anyway.
I’m still in the process of figuring out what other healthy snacks could be good to try, especially when I’m concentrating on work and I don’t want sugar to spike my energy levels.
If you have any ideas, please let me know in the comments below! Let’s all share our healthy tips!
Smoothie Recipe (for 2):
Blend all the ingredients below.
(I make this in a Nutribullet)
- A handful of walnuts
- A banana
- A handful of frozen berries
- Honey (optional)
- Protein Shake and/or other powder supplements (optional)
- Oat milk (or whichever milk you prefer)