Ah, the list of healthy stress-reducing foods makes my heart sing!
Since giving up sugar, I have really learned how to love foods that fuel my body.
For breakfast, I had a nice bowl of steel cut oats (the coarser kind than regular oatmeal, they really stick to your ribs!) with a few raisins, some slivered almonds and skim milk.
For lunch, I had a trip to the cafeteria salad bar. Raw spinach was one of the greens, so onto my salad it went.
Mid-morning and mid-afternoon I like to enjoy a cup of tea … no sugar, no artificial sweetener.
Now, the only thing on the list that is hard for me is chocolate. I know that everyone stresses the health benefits of dark chocolate … and that at least 80% cacao is most beneficial. I have tried this … but it triggered my sugar cravings 🙁
I have found, however, that I CAN enjoy cacao nibs (they are the ground up bits of the actual cacao seed). They aren’t sweet at all, but deliver the flavor of chocolate without the addictive sugar. If I put them into a smoothie or sprinkle them on fresh fruit, the fruit delivers the slow, non-triggering sweetness and the cacao nibs deliver the chocolate flavor … works for me!
And now, for my bedtime snack. I have a bowl of fresh fruit on the kitchen counter and the oranges are calling my name.
I am enjoying this challenge so much! Having a daily tidbit to think about is just enough to help keep myself aware and mindful throughout the day.