Here’s Kerri from Hot Fun Fitness! She is going to share with you her favorite sugar-free parfait:
Apparently I’m a Sugar Addict
…but with Alex’s help, I soon won’t be!
First, thanks to Alex for giving me the opportunity to be a guest blogger!
I have to be honest: I tried the Sugar-Free Challenge, and I failed. I didn’t fail miserably, but I did find myself consciously thinking about sugar when I normally don’t think about it at all! I’m sure it’s because I was working so hard to avoid it. And I can be admittedly lazy when it comes to cooking or creating my own meals, which can present a problem when you’re trying to avoid processed foods but you still intend on eating, haha.
I was only half-surprised about some of the foods I found hidden sugars in–Alex’s blog and some other things I’ve been reading have taught me a lot on the subject.
For example, my favorite Greek yogurt is Fage. It’s so fluffy and creamy! They specialize in plain yogurt. But they also sell versions with honey or fruit on the side, and one of the ingredients blatantly listed at the top is sugar! (I found myself sneaking these during the Sugar-Free Challenge!) I’m sure it’s because it’s a fruit puree that needs to “keep” well on the shelf–if they put plain, real fruit it in, it would spoil before it was sold.
So I thought this would be a perfect time to offer some encouragement to people like me who do pretty well at eating clean and mostly sugar-free, but can’t seem to kick the hidden stuff completely! Like our mighty leader Alex professes, the sugar-free lifestyle doesn’t have to be difficult or boring.
Here is one of my favorite quick, easy, FRESH, sugar-free recipes that works nicely as a breakfast or lunch and is very satisfying and filling! (And I can’t claim full credit for inventing it: Tosca Reno offers this idea in her book The Eat-Clean Diet!)
Homemade Sugar-Free Parfait
1 container of plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup Ezekiel granola* (my favorite is cinammon raisin)
Sliced strawberries (or fruit of your choice!)
*Ezekiel granola is made with sprouted grains, which equals a complete protein, no flour, and no sugar. I was able to find it at a local, family-owned grocery store, so it might take a small search to find.
That’s it! How easy is that? And you’re getting some NATURAL sugary sweetness from the fruit, so you won’t be craving any of the fake stuff later!
Try it and let me know how you like it! What’s your favorite sugar-free recipe? Share in the comments below or on my Facebook wall!
Kerri Randall is an AFAA-Certified Group Exercise Instructor and an Emerald-level Beachbody Coach. She teaches Turbo Kick, Hip Hop Hustle, and PiYo, and is dedicated to motivating others to reach their health, fitness, and personal life goals. Her passion is making fitness fun and easy to love–no secrets and no crazy gimmicks!
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Thanks so much, Kerri!