Good morning and happy Monday! Did you have a nice weekend? I didn’t make it to Joshua Tree National Park like I had hoped, but I did start an important D.I.Y. project that impacts my blog (more on that later).
I also made it to my local farmers’ market where I discovered a vendor who is growing sprouts for sale:
I have occasionally bought sprouts in the past at farmers’ markets and once I even tried growing them myself, but it’s never become a habit. I just watched a video last week that made me think that adding sprouts to my regular diet might be a good thing. I chose the flat with broccoli sprouts (pictured bottom middle):
Which are now living contently on my kitchen counter (I used half of them in a green smoothie described further down):
At some point, I am going to start growing them myself again, I don’t think it is that hard. How does one eat sprouts? They can, of course, be eaten in a salad, but I decided to put mine in a green smoothie.
This is probably the right time to discuss the fact that I have decided to try using sweeteners! If you follow Dr. Fuhrman’s diet, then you know that he discourages the use of any non-nutritive sweeteners and prefers the use of dates or date sugar for sweetening purposes because those products are whole food sources (he does caution against using too many dates and ideally suggests consuming whole fresh fruits).
I’ve discussed some of my past issues with sugar and sugar addition here, and I’ve weighed the pros and cons of using sweeteners in my diet. For now, I have decided to test these products:
The Coconut Crystal product is the only one that has calories, so I doubt I’ll be using that one very much. The other three are Z Sweet which is made of erythritol (editor’s note: Z Sweet is made from erythritol and stevia), Truvia which is a blend of erythritol and stevia, and then the Better Stevia which is all stevia (note: I purchased all of these products myself, this is not a sponsored review in any way).
I’m going to try using these products for a few weeks and see how it impacts my overall sugar cravings and my weight. I will show the amounts I use in recipes and try to give an option for using dates only for those of you who don’t want to use the non-nutritive sweeteners (by the way, non-nutritive simply means it has no calories. I prefer that term over “artificial” because stevia in particular comes from a plant and erythritol comes from sugar itself).
I was a little nervous telling you about this change in my diet, because it is one of the biggest deviations I’ve taken from Dr. Fuhrman’s plan. I want to emphasize that I’m not advocating this change for everyone, but I want to test it for myself and see what impact it has.
So, my first test using Truvia was making the green smoothie with sprouts. To make enough for my husband and me, I used a frozen banana, a cup of strawberries, two cups of unsweetened soy milk, a tablespoon of peanut butter, and a cup of fresh sprouts. Instead of adding dates, I used five packets of Truvia (remember, this is for two people):
The resulting smoothie was slightly sweet but enough to cover the tang of the sprouts:
I had this for my dessert after lunch on Saturday. I don’t often use peanut butter in my smoothies anymore and I so enjoyed the flavor. My experience using the Truvia so far was excellent. I started with only two packets in the smoothie and then kept adding them until it was just sweet enough. The package states that one packet is equivalent to two teaspoons of sugar, so five packets would equal the sweetness of ten teaspoons of sugar. In the past, I would have used four large dates to make it that sweet.
Lastly, I wanted to show you the makings of my D.I.Y. project I mentioned at the beginning of this post. I have decided to make a light box for my nighttime food photography! I am following this guide and got everything I needed yesterday in a marathon shopping session at Walmart:
Now that it is staying light later, I don’t need the evening light quite as much, but one of my goals for this blog is to improve my food pictures, so that is the motivation. Fortunately, my husband is
equally more(?) excited about making the box, so we are going to work on putting it together hopefully this afternoon. Have a great day and see you tomorrow with more food and nutrition talk.
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