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Hello & Happy Wednesday!!
With the weather shifting I make an objective o also shift my diet. Having a plethora of fruit at our fingertips many of us reach for those options that are typically too expensive the majority of the year. While I love this season because it brings an abundance of fruit, I still remain vigilant of how much sugar I consume and try to focus on increasing my vegetable intake.
As a whole our bodies cannot discern the difference between natural forms of sugar and the processed varieties. For myself I find that sugar slows me down, dries out my skin and creates a cycle where I begin to crave it more and more. Having said that, when I consume fruit I like to do so by enjoying it “whole”. This approach allows you to connect more with the amount consumed and enables you to mitigate the over consumption of sugar.
Smoothie bowls and smoothies in general are an easy way over do it in the sugar department as the typical ratio has too much fruit and not enough veggies. Although they make for a gorgeous social share, sugar won’t leave you feeling satiated, but rather crashing and craving more sweets at the end of the day. Studies indicate that high protein & healthy fats actually provide more fullness for an extended period of time and are considered a better choice for the am.
Although I’ve never been a grapefruit person, I’ve evolved to embrace this particular fruit along with other citrus varieties. Grapefruit in particular is a perfect addition for summer salads, sauces, and more.
In addition to adding a dimension of sweetness, studies indicate that it has the ability to burn fat, making it a perfect breakfast or snack option as we obtain optimal effect from fruit on a more empty stomach.
What I love about this dish is that it’s effortless, colorful, affordable, involves minimal ingredients, has a low natural sugar content, is paired with healthy fats making it more filling, approved by the American Diabetes Association.
For those concerned about monitoring their blood glucose levels I highly recommend taking the same approach by following some simple steps below and also consulting with your healthcare provider.
Tips to reducing sugar content in recipes:
- Simply cut the sugar in half in all recipes
- Use sTevia as an alernaive
- Use xylatol, just remember product is toxic to animals
- Utilize fruit instead of traditional sugar
- Opt for fruits with a high water content and low sugar
- Dates can be used instead of sugar to create the perfect crust for desserts
- Reduce sugar cravings by opting for a high protein or healthy fat breakfast
- Add more veggies than fruit to smoothies or green juice
- Alway review the sugar content of prepackaged smoothies or juice. Split with water or make two servings
- Explore products like Nature Made® Daily Diabetes Health Pack
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Peel grapefruit or use canned in its own juices, cube avocado by simply slicing downward and across, and scoop out!
Eat Drink Shrink
10 minPrep Time
10 minTotal Time
- 3 ripe Hass avocados, halved, pitted, peeled, and cut into bite-size pieces
- 1 large pink grapefruit, peeled, membrane removed from each section, pieces halved
- 4 sprigs cilantro, leaves only
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Choices/Exchanges: 1/2 Fruit, 2 Fat
- In a medium bowl, gently toss the avocado and grapefruit pieces, and garnish with cilantro. Serve, lightly seasoned with salt and pepper.
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