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Try It Yourself Series: Sugar-Free (Day 1)

Posted Feb 12 2013 12:08pm

I'm excited to say that I will be going on a brand new  Try It Yourself Series adventure for the next seven days. This time, I'm eliminating all added sugar from my diet. I don't often add a lot of sugar into my foods, but I can get carried away with teas and breakfast cereals. Although I'm removing sugar for the next seven days, I'm keeping a small amount of honey in my diet to sweeten things like tea or oatmeal.

Breakfast

I was craving oatmeal when I woke up this morning, so I decided to make a packet of GF banana maple with flax oatmeal.


I was a little hesitant about the sugar content of this oatmeal, but I figured it would be fine. There wasn't a lot of sugar in it anyway.


The oatmeal turned out delicious! I even added in three egg whites for protein and topped it off with chia seeds.



Meal Prep

My favourite thing to do in the kitchen is meal prep! I spent the majority of my morning getting ahead on my meals while doing homework. I cooked a huge chicken breast that will divide and use for two separate meals and a pork chop on the grill...


...hard-boiled some farm fresh eggs on the stove...


...steamed some brussel sprouts for my dinner at work tonight in the microwave...


...and baked sugar free whole wheat berry muffins in the oven. Yum!


Sugar Free Whole Wheat Berry Muffins
-2 cups whole wheat flour or alternative
-1 tablespoon baking powder
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1 ripe banana    
-3 large eggs
-1/4 cup vegetable, canola or olive oil
-1 cup unsweetened almond milk
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1 cup fresh or frozen berries

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners or spray with cooking spray. In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, mash banana with a fork, then whisk in eggs, oil, almond milk and vanilla. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture. Fold in berries, but be careful not to overmix. Portion out evenly into muffin tin. Bake for roughly 15-20 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.


These muffins turned out pretty good! I ended up eating one fresh out of the oven with a tiny amount of blueberry honey. Mmm!


Workout

Today was leg day! I didn't feel like going out to the gym and I didn't have much time to do so before work anyway, so I opted to do a leg workout from home. I did a whole mish-mash of exercises all blended together. I did regular jump squats interspersed with high knees, plie jump squats interspersed with jumping jacks, jump switch lunges interspersed with speed skaters, donkey kicks, calf raises, and side lying leg raises. I was only at it for about 30 minutes, but my legs were done by the end. It felt awesome!

Lunch

After a long morning of meal prep, homework and an at-home leg workout, I was ready for lunch. I made myself a vitamin C protein smoothie by combining half of an orange, half of a grapefruit, half of a banana, half of a scoop of Bodylogix vanilla protein powder, and a cup of unsweetened almond milk. It was a little bitter with the grapefruit, but it was well worth it!



Dinner

I made my dinner ahead of time because I'd be eating it at work. I combined the brussel sprouts I steamed earlier this day with the pork chop I cooked earlier as well. I'm super excited for this protein-veggie packed meal! I'm also bringing along a muffin to enjoy afterwards!



That's all for today! It was an early blog because dinner was prepped so early and I don't feel like blogging when I get home from work later tonight.

Have a lovely afternoon!
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