One of the things that I miss the most from the standard American diet is sugar. Sure, I loved all the other unhealthy stuff I had to give up too, but giving up sugar was 1,000 times harder for me than giving up gluten. Truth be told, I still struggle (and sometimes fail) with my sugar cravings.
I’ve always had a sweet tooth, and now with a thyroid imbalance, adrenal fatigue, and candida, all of which make you crave sugar, I barely stand a chance some days! It’s been so frustrating for me, because I’ve been in the process of trying to give up sugar for 9 months now. Something as simple as apples as a snack never does the trick. I know it’s not supposed to be easy, but should it really be this hard?!
So I’ve been working really hard at finding alternatives that I can use in place of unhealthy sweets if a craving hits. And, they are hitting. HARD. I know that God is using these struggles for a reason, but I still don’t know what it could be. So I’m going to keep writing about it in hopes that I help one of you!
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
So back on taming my wild sweet tooth, these Go Raw Choco Crunch Sprouted Cookies have been amazing. They take some getting used to, but if you’ve been off sugar for a while and can actually taste food the way it’s supposed to taste again, then you’ll appreciate them! Another tactic that I’ve been using to keep the cravings away is making a big pot of tea, and sipping it through the day. My favorite blends currently are from Yogi: Vanilla Spice Perfect Energy, Chai Roobios, and Raspberry Ginger Digestive Tea. I’m also having fun finding recipes on Pinterest and trying them out. This caramelized apples recipe wasn’t found on Pinterest, but was inspired by recipes I’ve found there.
Cinnamon Caramelized Apples Recipe
1 apple, sliced
1 tbsp coconut oil
cinnamon to taste
Melt the coconut oil in a pan, over medium heat. Slice apples into thin slices, they’ll cook faster and more evenly this way. I don’t bother skinning them, but if the skins bother you, then skin the apples before slicing. Once they turn into caramelized apples, the skin is nice and soft and doesn’t take away from them at all.
Saute the apples in the coconut oil and cinnamon until they begin to brown and get soft. The coconut oil and the sugars from the apples will start to caramelize, and it gives it a really rich, sweet flavor.
Once the caramelized apples are a toasty color and soft, they’re done! They are a nice sweet, cinnamon-y snack. For a former sugar addict, they hit the spot! Hope y’all enjoy them too!
Do you have any go-to healthy sweets that you use to keep the sugar cravings away?