Welcome to day two of the Sugar Free Challenge! Here is today’s sample menu:
Breakfast: Bitter Chocolate Waffles with Sliced bananas and peanut butter whip.
Snack: Apple Crisps with Peanut Butter Hummus Dip (recipe below).
Dinner: Brown Rice Stir Fry with carrots, onions, leftover chicken, bell pepper, ginger, soy sauce, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
Dessert: Chocolate Almond Cookie Dough Bites.
Apple Crisps with Peanut Butter Hummus Dip
Apple Crisp Directions
Thinly slice your apples, and leave the peel on. I used a mandolin slicer to have even slices. You may slice in rounds or halves. If desired, sprinkle with cinnamon.
Dehydrator Method: Lay slices flat on food dehydrator and dehydrate for 24 hours. Let cool in a dry area before serving or covering.
Oven Method: Lay slices flat on baking sheet. Do not overlap. Preheat oven to 225* nd bake for two hours, turning halfway through. Let cool in a dry area before serving or covering.
Peanut Butter Hummus Dip Directions
- 1 can chickpeas (1 1/2 cups)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/3 cup nondairy milk
First, drain and wash chickpeas well. Make sure they are well-washed so that the cookie dough doesn’t taste like beans. Add all the ingredients into a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Adjust liquid as needed.
- Chickpeas: Click HERE for a post I did about all the benefits of chickpeas.
- Peanut Butter: These legumes are full of protein with 7g per ounce. They also have a great monounsaturated fat content that helps your heart and brain. Peanut is a good source of Coenzyme Q10 which protects the heart during the period of lack of oxygen example high altitudes and clogged arteries. It also has a high antioxidant and high niacin content that helps in the recovery of cell damage and provides protection against Alzheimer’s disease and age-related cognitive problem.
- Apples: a flavanoid called phloridzin that is found only in apples may protect post-menopausal women from osteoporosis and may also increase bone density. Boron, another ingredient in apples, also strengthens bones. The pectin in apples lowers LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and it supplies galacturonic acid to the body which lowers the body’s need for insulin and may help in the management of diabetes.
THOUGHT-PROVOKING, MIND-PRODDING QUESTION OF THE DAY:
How was your second day of sugar-free?
Also, what’s your favorite dish to bring to parties? Please share! I would love some more ideas.