Sugar Ban

Last week in the midst of Unique LA craziness, I proclaimed that I was giving up refined sugar for one month, until our trip to Hawaii. Did I mention Gary and I are going to Hawaii?! A good friend of mine is getting married and we are so excited to attend. It'll be our first time there so it's a little vacation for us too. Anyway, where was I? So I decided to give up white sugar. I know what you're thinking, "How can a baker give up sugar?" I'll still taste things, but nothing more than a spoonful. For the past month I've been going to the gym 2-3 times a week, but what's really holding me back is all the sweets I consume. For many people a treat is just 2-3 times a week, and even that's on the high end. For me it was 3-5 a day. Yeah, like two cookies, a slice of cake, and another snack here and there. After logging what I ate for a couple of days I knew I had to make a change. I cut back to about 1 sweet a day and survived (haha), but why not just all together?

It's been day 4 and I'm doing alright. I've also changed my gym schedule to 4 time a week, too. So far so good!

I know I said I'd post a cake this week but I couldn't bring myself to make it. It was going to be a chocolate souffle cake but just reading the recipe got me salivating! You might see an influx of healthier recipes around here in the coming weeks, but hopefully I'll be able to share recipes using honey or agave instead.

Here's one of my recent favorites that satisfies my sweet tooth and stomach at the same time. Does anyone else have a horrible snacking problem? Healthy or not, I can't seem to stop snacking on anything every 20 minutes.

Easy Green Smoothie makes 1 large smoothie

5 ice cubes 1/2 c water 1/2 juice or milk 3/4 c frozen fruit (I like pineapple and mango) 1 full cup of greens, such as spinach or kale 1 tsp flax seed/meal 4-7 almonds

Combine everything in a high powered blender for 30 seconds until smooth. I like to add flax and almonds for extra nutrients and to give it more body, but it's not absolutely necessary.

I use a Vitamix which prevents any grittiness from the almonds and vegetables. Not sure how tasty it would be in a regular blender, unfortunately. A Vitamix is around $400 but think of all the money you're saving instead of buying a smoothie all the time! Plus it's perfect for pureed soups and sauces, too. I make a smoothie almost every day and it's certainly helped me consume more vegetables.