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Holy cats! I think I’ve kicked the sugar habit!

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If you live in Canada, you will no doubt recognize the evil temptress in the above photo as a box of Timbits from junk food chain Tim Hortons. I am both happy and surprised to say that I’ve actually resisted not one but TWO boxes of these on two consecutive days.

I also resisted not one but two cravings for hot chocolate on not one but TWO consecutive days.

How did I do it?

I simply kept in mind what my gym goals are. In other words, I manned up and did the proper grown up thing and took the responsibility that I knew I had set myself to take. After, what, 15 blog posts of me saying how I caved in to short term body destructive pleasures, the last thing I wanted to do was write a 16th repost.

See the vending machine below?

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I had change in my pocket for a snack before my night school course and I had my eye on a certain spicy plantain bag but that eye lingered over to the beautiful Coffee Crisp. Temptation was seductive.

“No. The coffee will keep me awake. And not to mention the nasty stuff the rest of the bar will do to me”. So I ordered the spicy plantain bag.

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No added sugar. No gluten. Bla bla bla. I wish I remembered the name (note to the branding department) but hey, I can always dip into the school for a fix.

So I think I’ve finally reached my goal of going back to where I was dietary temptation-wise. Snubbing sugar and enjoying the sense of personal accomplishment of defeating the temptress.

Have you recently reached a tough goal? Even if it has nothing to do with sugar or nutrition, I’d love to hear about it!

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Make bread from… plantains?

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Here’s another recipe that flipped my idea of the need of table sugar in baked goods upside down. It’s a paleo recipe for an avocado and bacon sandwich but it’s the bread that will be the focus of this blog post.

At the time when I found this recipe (about this time last year), I was looking to bake my own wheat free bread. I was intrigued by how simple it was to make this “bread”. Peel a plantain and put it in a blender with two whole eggs. Pour the batter onto a lightly greased baking sheet (with coconut oil or else the paleo police will come after you) and place said baking sheet in the oven (350 degrees) for approximately 25 minutes. That’s it!

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The plantain makes it a little sweet to eat but it sure makes a tasty sweet snack on it’s own (despite my photos above). And nutritious – lots of protein from the eggs, vitamins and fibre from the plantain (and other goodies) and the benefits of coconut oil.

In fact, there’s another super quick and tasty sweet snack you can make with plantains:

1. Peel and chop a plantain
2.Place into a pan with coconut oil
3. Set stove to medium
4. Fry until golden brown.

The more ripe the plantain, the sweeter and ooey gooey the recipe will turn out! The less ripe the plantain, the drier it gets. Not very pleasant. You also save a bit on electricity when cooking with coconut oil as it has a low smoke point.

Up for giving this recipe a try? Let me know what you think!