Happy New Year! Not trying to be the obnoxious optimist, but I really think that 2014 is going to be one hell of an awesome year. I feel it in my bones… or maybe it’s because I’m getting older and the need to “reinvent” myself with resolutions about becoming a better, fitter person is overwhelming.
Of course bounding into the New Year wouldn’t be complete without doing an official 21-Day Sugar Detox. How else am I finally going to digest THANKSGIVING Christmas dinner? Diane Sanfilippo, New York Times Best-Selling Author of Practical Paleo and The 21-Day Sugar Detox, sent me some copies of the book along with her new 21DSD Cookbook. How cool is that?
You might remember that I blogged about doing my first 21DSD last year which turned out to be a great experience. I honestly think I fell short in a lot of areas (like not getting enough carbohydrates to sustain my active lifestyle as well as enough nutrients to nourish me fully.) To sum it up: my skin was flawless and I slept great. Yet I had really low energy for most of the detox and I lost weight that I wasn’t hoping to lose.
So I think this time around I’m much more prepared to pull off a successful 21DSD WITHOUT “relapsing” on sugar. Hey, working banquet parties with cute little fruit noms are my downfall. Sue me.
For me, going hardcore Paleo (like level 3 of the 21DSD) isn’t sustainable for extended periods of time. That’s why I prefer living an 80/20 Primal diet. But the 21DSD is perfect at jump starting a healthy lifestyle and weightloss for people who need a nice swift kick in the rear. I think every health nut should have this detox planned for their New Year’s resolution.
One of the hardest parts about completing my first 21-Day Sugar Detox was finding good healthy snacks that I could pick at throughout the day. You might call me a “grazer”, or maybe I just eat because I’m bored/tired/lonely/happy. Either way, I’m always munching on something. Making crock-pot meats as entrees was so easy
a caveman could do it but what the hell was I supposed to do for my snackage?!
Below are my Top 15 Snacks for the 21-Day Sugar Detox. I hope this helps anyone who might be suffering from the same hopelessness that I’ve once felt. MARCH ON!
15.) Sweet Potatoes/Delicata Squash-
Ok fine, sweet potatoes and squash shouldn’t be in the same category, but eating enough good carbohydrates to fuel my active lifestyle is really important. It’s good to keep a batch of mashed sweet potatoes handy in the fridge or a bag full of homemade sweet potato chips at the ready. My recipe for delicata squash is really easy to prepare and tastes delicious. Definitely my favorite winter squash of the bunch. Plus the seeds bake nicely and add a tasty crunch to the squash.
14.) Avocado Chocolate Pudding-
Not necessarily a “snack”, but Diane’s Moo-Less Chocolate Mousee definitely easy to whip up for random fits of sugar cravings. During the first few days I allow myself half a cup for dessert. (This is the part where you tell me I’m not supposed to be eating dessert on the detox and I gouge your eyes out because I’m a raving lunatic on sugar withdrawals).
13.) Coconut flour biscuits-
One of my favorite recipes in the 21DSD book is Diane’s recipe for Savory Herb Drop Biscuits. They are made with coconut flour and very little ingredients. These are great to have on hand to spruce up breakfast or make mini sandwiches at lunch with.
12.) Uncured Meats-
I love making little mezze platters with Applegate’s uncured pepperoni. Add some sauerkraut, olives, cashew butter, and sliced veggies. #Winning
11.) Apple Chips-
Apple chips are so easy to make if you have the right tools and are brave enough to face the dreaded mandolin. Yeek! I was obsessed with my Turmeric Apple Chips until I almost sliced my finger off. Now I have a cut-proof glove that helps tremendously.
Carrots have always been my favorite raw veggie to eat (probably because they are slightly sweet, no surprise there Mrs. Sugar Addict). PaleOMG has an awesome recipe with pureed carrots that taste just like pumpkin pie. If you’re new to the Detox and craving something desserty- this recipe will save your life!
9.) Sautéed Apples-
One green apple a day is ok to eat on this detox, so when I’m feeling frisky I slice up a Granny Smith and sauté it in butter and cinnamon. SO. GOOD. Cupcakes who? Ice cream what? My tastebuds love me long time when I make this. I’m so naughty.
8.) Bone broth//Soups-
Bone broth is SO easy to make. If it seems daunting just check out a tutorial or two on the internet and you’ll be sipping gut warming, collagen-rich bone marrow broth in no time. Bone broth is also really versatile, so if it seems like you made too much then don’t worry. It’s the broth that keeps on giving, seriously. Added bonus: helps with cellulite and stretch marks.
7.) Powdered Coconut Milk-
Usually I enjoy my morning tea/coffee as soon as I get to work or in a meeting. Which used to mean LOTS of small Tupperware containers with coconut milk floating around my purse. Ew. After doing some research I found a brand of powdered coconut milk which makes grabbing my brew on-the-go so much easier. Sure, it might look like a giant ziplock Baggie filled with cocaine but whatevs.
BACON ALL DAY EVERY DAY. Enough said.
5.) Sparkly Mint Lemonade-
I never ever have a thought to drink sodas until suddenly I’m doing the 21DSD and everything sweet and carbonated looks divine. To combat this I made my Sparkly Mint Lemonade which is a mixture of muddled lemons and mint, topped with sparkling mineral water. I swear it tastes like nectar of the Gods and it’s so refreshing. This is an easy mocktail that you can have any bartender whip up when you go out with friends during the Detox. Wouldn’t it feel great waking up the next morning knowing you didn’t ruin your detox because of a few vodka sodas?
4.) Coconut butter-
Spoon + coconut butter= happy Rachel. Having coconut butter in the house is CRUCIAL to a successful 21DSD. One tablespoon of this stuff is so satisfying. It boosts your metabolism while filling you with healthy fats (so you feel fuller, longer). It’s also packed with lauric acid, you know the stuff that boosts the immune system and kills harmful bacteria in the body.
If you had told me a year ago that I would be eating sardines straight out of a can (ok not really, I like them plated with some garlic salt on top cuz I’m fancy huh) I’d say you were crazy. Sardines are packed with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and iron. They are also low in mercury- so great for preggos and kiddies. My favorite brands are Palicio de Oriente for the larger, more tuna like tasting sardines and King Oscar for the smaller, more neutral tasting Brisling Sardines. Don’t get skinless, boneless varieties. They are charging you extra for taking out some of the healthiest bits!
2.) Fermented foods-
Lacto-fermented foods are full of healthy probiotics that help with digestion and balance the bacteria in your gut. All types of veggies can be fermented but I usually prefer sauerkraut. Usually I make my own, but when I run out I buy Bubbies sauerkraut. All kraut is NOT created equal! The canned stuff in the grocery store has been pasteurized- thus killing all the probiotics. If it isn’t in the refrigerated section, or if it has vinegar in the ingredient list, it doesn’t have any probiotic goodness. Bubbies is the most widely available lacto fermented brand, but you can sometimes find others at Whole Foods or the like. But the best and cheapest way to get fermented foods is to make them yourself!
People in the Mediterranean know what’s up. Olives make the perfect snack any time, with any meal, dressed up in any form or fashion. Olives are full of monounsaturated fat which actually reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. My bf calls me a grosso for killing a full jar of olives in one sitting. I’d say the joke’s on him if they weren’t so expensive. Here’s a tip: buy whole olives in bulk at BJ’s or Costco instead of messing around with little jars.