One Month Update – The No Sugar Challenge Accomplished!

I wanted to get this written a couple of days ago, but life got in the way!  You all know how that goes!

So how did the challenge go?  

It went surprisingly well and I stayed disciplined through the whole month with the exception of the last day (see below).

There were two specific things that stuck out the most from the challenge:

1. I felt in-control.  I had enough self discipline to say NO and was able to stick with it.  

2. I slept more solidly the last month although I’m not entirely sure it was from the lack of dessert.  

Things that I noticed….

The first week and a half I was craving the iced coffee I usually bought once a week.  I solved those cravings by making my own iced coffee and sweetened it with maple syrup. That hit the spot especially during a hot spell we had.  

Iced Coffee

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Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

An easy to make, refreshing drink for summer!

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Lately I have been obsessed with trying out new drinks.  I have a few others lined up too.  :-)

There is nothing more satisfying than taking a sip of a drink and letting out that sigh (you know the one I’m talking about ) that says, “It tastes sooo good!”

This is one of those drinks.  It’s not too sweet or too sour, but has just the right balance to refresh your taste buds.

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Strawberry Banana Nectarine Smoothie

Enjoy a fruit filled, creamy smoothie for those hot summer days!

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Hello everyone!  How is the start of your summer going?  It’s only been in the low to mid 70’s here.  I’m thankful it’s not too hot since we don’t have air-conditioning and using fans spikes up the electric bill!  

For all of you that have to deal with the heat, here is a fruity, cooling smoothie to satisfy your thirst.

This recipe is super easy to make with only 4 ingredients.  Frozen banana is always a great base for any smoothie and it helps to add creaminess.  All you do is take a banana, cut it into chunks, and freeze it.  So simple!  When a banana starts to get those brown spots, that’s when it has great flavor.

Strawberries are available everywhere now.  My strawberries were sweet and the nectarines were really juicy.  It was the perfect combo for adding the sweetness my smoothie needed.   

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You have your Ball or Kerr mason jars and I have my Italian ones.  :-) 

How do you like my big smoothie straw?  It helps to catch those little, stubborn chunks that don’t want to get blended.  

Strawberry Banana Nectarine Smoothie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 small servings or 1 large serving

A fruity, creamy smoothie for those hot summer days!

Ingredients

  • 1 large, ripe banana, cut into chunks and frozen
  • 1 cup quartered strawberries
  • 2 nectarines, sliced and peeled
  • 1/4 cup milk (add just enough to help it blend)

Instructions

  1. Place the frozen banana chunks, strawberries, nectarines, and milk in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth. About 3 minutes.
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 What’s your favorite kind of smoothie?

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Our Favorite Italian Restaurant: Trattoria

Recently the Hubby and I were visiting my in-laws in Switzerland and we decided to have lunch at our favorite Italian restaurant, Trattoria.  It’s nestled on the edge of Lake Walen in Weesen, Switzerland.  It was a gorgeous day out so of course I had to take some pictures!  Now these are unedited, iPhone pictures so be nice!  

Trattoria Restaurant

Trattoria Restaurant They have a large outdoor seating area across a small street, which we fully took advantage of.

Outdoor Seating I love the mixed, chicken salad they have.  I guess the only thing Italian about it is the dressing!

Chicken Salad Speaking of dressing…the hubby asked the waiter if it was possible to buy a bottle of the dressing.  A little while later he came back and said it was only available in a ONE LITER bottle!  Now you know what happened next don’t you? ;-) He brought one home with him!  

Big Bottle of Salad Dressing Right across the street from the restaurant is the lake.

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Lake Walen It’s a very lovely place to walk around.  There are benches everywhere to relax on.  

Foot Bridge

Tree Lined Path I hope you enjoyed my little visit to Trattoria.  If you’re ever in the area, I’ll be sure to take you there! :-)  

Do you have a favorite Italian restaurant? 

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June Challenge: One Month of No Sugar

So what is the one-month-of-no-sugar challenge you ask? 

Sugar Cubes

 

For me, it is one month (starting today!) when I don’t eat any desserts including cakes, cookies, bars, ice cream, candy or chocolate etc. whether homemade or bought.  

I am also going to throw in there cold/iced coffee (the ones you buy in the store) because they are loaded with sugar.  (I usually will have one once a week when I go grocery shopping).     

Pretty much any unnecessary sugars listed above are out.

When it comes to hot coffee, I am not the type that needs it.  I typically drink hot tea, which I sweeten with a little honey.  I may make one latte a week for myself if I’m in the mood. I sweeten it naturally with maple syrup so decreasing or eliminating sugar is not a problem there.

Where did I get this idea?

One month ago I was reading a running blog I’ve followed for a long time, and Katie decided to do this challenge herself for the month of May.  For some reason it just kind of stuck with me and I decided to try it too.

Why am I doing this?

I really just want to see how my body reacts to it.

Now I don’t consider myself addicted to desserts/sweets, but I can say, if it’s in front of me, I sometimes can take more than my fair share.  I’m not one to pass up dessert!  

Something to consider…

It might be easier for me than others because we are already a household that doesn’t keep any soft drinks, ice cream, packaged desserts, candy etc. in the house.  Those are rare things we might have if we are expecting guests.   

As you know from my blog, if I happen to want it, then I have to make it from scratch! 

What if you’re with friends?

Many already know of my challenge so it shouldn’t be a problem.  

I will still be making desserts for friends’ birthdays this month, but that doesn’t mean I have to eat them.  

Chocolate Cupcake

How will this effect the blog?

I’ve got it all covered. ;-)

 

So that’s my challenge.  Am I crazy, maybe.  Can I do it, yes!

Has anyone else tried it?

Would anyone like to join me?!?! 

By the way, my birthday is tomorrow (the big 3-1!), but you guessed it, no dessert.  I’ll just have to make up for it next month. :-)    

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