Day Four…

I don’t know what it is about counting days that I find so helpful. But it is helpful. Perhaps it helps because the numbers knit a context for Today is day four of the “How Sweet It Is Sugar-Free Challenge, and I feel less hungry than I have in weeks and more in control. So to say that this challenge is making a huge difference for me is an understatement. Now, I wouldn’t go so far as to say, I am taking sugar off the menu indefinitely. Summer is coming and if you read my blog, then you know I have a penchant for Carvelite ice-cream! I am going to try to bring it back slowly and with limits built in. I don’t have a plan yet, but that’s a start.

Write a list of alternatives to a sugar filled dessert

Tuesday How Sweet It Is Seven Day Sugar Challenge
  1. Fresh Fruit: 0 sp.
  2. Rainbow carrots, english cucumber, cherry tomatoes: 0 sp.
  3. Grapes and slice up a Mini Bell Low-fat Cheese: 1 sp.
  4. Celery with 1 Laughing Cow Cheese wedge: 1 sp.
  5. 1/4 c Roasted Chickpeas: 1 sp.
  6. Frozen Banana dip in 1/2 c 2% Fage Greek Yogurt w/cinnamon sprinkled on top: 2sp.
  7. 24 g Pop chips Sour Cream & Onion: 2sp.
  8. 12 g Jiff Whipped Peanut Butter & apple: 2sp.
  9. 15 g mixed nuts, blueberries and pomegranate seeds: 3 sp.
  10. 51 g part-skim ricotta cheese with 1/2 cup strawberries: 3 sp.
  11. 1 c Cherries & 1/3 c Wonderful Pistachios: 3sp.
  12. 1 Jarlsberg Cheese Snack with 10 Utz Classic Pretzel Sticks: 4sp.
  13. 5 c Half Naked Popcorn w/a Hint of Olive Oil: 4sp.
  14. 30 g Jus Pea Puffs (it’s a lot they’re light): 4sp.
  15. 23 g Jiff Whipped Peanut Butter spread over 2 Corn Cakes: 6 sp.
  16. 1 c Fairlife Skim Milk 1 Kodiak Waffle (toasted): 6sp.
  17. 30 g Jus Pea Puffs mixed with 2 c Half Naked Popcorn: 6 sp.
  18. 1 Joseph’s Lavash Bread (toasted) with Sabra Classic Hummus Singles: 7sp.
  19. Apple Rings (cut apples into rings), 51 grams part-skim ricotta cheese, cinnamon, 14 g Blue Diamond Slivered Almonds, 14 g Craisins: 7 sp.
  20. 30 g mixed nuts, 1 Baby Bell Cheese, 28 g Boars Head Turkey Pepperoni: 7 sp.

This is a sweet or savory list of alternatives to traditional desserts that I have either tried already or plan on trying. As I was creating the higher point options, it was funny, I kept thinking: these are too many points to spend on a snack. However, whenever I get my Junior Carvelite cone it’s 7 sp. and I get that without blinking an eye thinking I”m getting off easy. It’s strange to put that context over this list. Anyway I hope you find this useful.