I’m working on my added-sugar dependency. I don’t think I eat anexceptional amount, but when you consider that just about everything weeat has sugar in it in one form or another - yeah, maybe I eat too much.
I cut sugar out of my coffee a couple years ago, andfortunately I haven’t gone back. My oatmeal, however, is a different story. Ilike honey and maple syrup. Not bad at all in my opinion, but worth reducingespecially during Lent.
My main goal is to stop turning to sugar out of habit. Thisdoesn’t mean that I don’t want something sweet. I also happen to disagree thatcravings completely go away. Lessen yes, but go away, no; at least for me,based on several experiments.
So added sugars are out, but fruit is still in.
I solved the problem with my oatmeal. I find a half smashedbanana and blueberries or strawberries stirred in to be the sweet enough for meto enjoy. And by enjoy I mean I’ve hadit every morning this week for breakfast.
With a big container of plain Greek yogurt in the fridge, Idecided to try a no sugar added snack. I love the original or tart flavor atyogurt shops. Sadly, almost all the stores in central Kentucky have removed it becauseit isn’t popular. That leaves me to makeit myself.
I still have blackberries in the freezer, and decided tosweeten the yogurt with banana once again. The blackberries were like the yogurt so if you want to go a little sweeter I’d suggest something likeblueberries and maybe another half of banana, but for me, this was ideal.
Blackberry Banana Frozen Yogurt
1 1/2 cups frozen blackberries, thawed (with liquid)
1 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (full fat)
Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth. This is essentially a frozen smoothie. Turn on your counter top ice cream maker and pour the mixture into the freezer bowl. Run until the yogurt is frozen, about 20 minutes.
Getting this the right texture is tricky. I put it in the freezer to set up a little more and after an hour, it had gone way too far. I would suggestion eating it straight out of the ice cream maker, or allow it to set up for about 30 minutes, watching it closely.