When I first brought up the idea of this little experiment to my fiance his reaction was priceless. I told him about the article I read and some of the research I had done and he said ‘Damn it internet’. You see, he is a pretty big fan of candy, ice cream and hearty meals. I must confess that I am too. When I first thought about going sugar free I was really nervous because I didn’t know how meals would taste now, I wasn’t sure if my taste buds could adjust to whole wheat and a lack of sweetness. Fortunately I found some sites that had recipes that looked pretty yummy. So I thought I would share with everyone on here what I have made for dinner for the first two nights.
Our first sugar free dinner was a shrimp, avocado and red grapefruit salad. It was super easy to make. First I set a 16 ounce bag of cooked shrimp in cold water. Then while the shrimp thawed I cut up one avocado and scooped the pulp out of one large red grapefruit. I stirred those together in a bowl and left them. Then I rinsed the shrimp and set them in a bowl of lukewarm water. While that set for a few minutes I chopped up some chives and grabbed black pepper. Then I mixed the shrimp in with the avocado and grapefruit sauce and tossed some chives and a bit of black pepper on top. The recipe can be found here.
The second meal I made was a chicken, spinach alfredo calzone and it was delicious! The recipe called to make your own dough but I don’t have a mixer so I just used whole wheat pizza dough and it worked out well! The recipe for that meal can be found here
So after a couple of delicious dinners I am happy to say that Matt is much more excited and supportive of this lifestyle change! Our first grocery shopping trip was also very interesting this week. I normally buy a fair amount of produce each week, but I noticed that this week the grocery cart was nearly full of fruits and vegetables. Focusing on taking the sugar out of our diets has really forced us to expand our food interests and to look more closely at what we are putting into not only our meals but also our snacks. Its made us stop and say ‘what do we like to eat and what can we try’. So far this little adventure is going very well and I’m extremely excited to see how it continues. Until next time I hope everyone is having a happy and healthy week!