Hello Healthy Mummies,
I started off using the 28 day diet & exercise plans and have completed 2 challenges and you can read my latest update here. I was a little worried that after finishing the amazing November challenge I might lose my way in the off month of December. But low and behold, the fantastic team at The Healthy Mummy came up with yet another ingenious idea to get us really thinking about what we put into our bodies-The FREE Reduce Sugar Challenge
I am loving the December Reduce Sugar challenge. It has really opened my eyes to the hidden sugars in many pantry and fridge staples. I had been very focused on low fat and haven’t spared a thought to the amount of sugar that I was ingesting. I don’t have sugar in my tea or coffee so I was a little unsure how I would go about making changes but my golly I have found a hundred ways!
I recently cleaned out my pantry as part of the December Housework challenge and I was appalled at the amount of sugars hidden in even the healthy foods. I found new homes for about 15 items.
I am a huge Jam lover and have always bought good quality yummy jams but after reading the nutritional charts on even the expensive jams I was a little out off. I had a look through the Lose Baby Weight website and found the most delicious chia jam recipe.
Chia Berry Jam
- ½ cup fresh chopped strawberries
- ½ cup frozen mixed berries
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1-2 tbsp natural sweetener such as stevia, agave nectar or honey
- 1 ½ tbsp chia seeds
- Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and stir over a low heat until the berries have softened
- Puree or mash lightly, until just a few small lumps remain
- Thoroughly stir in chia seeds in four lots so that they don’t clump together
- Pour into a jar or container and place in the fridge until thickened, at least 1 ½ hours
- Store jam in the fridge. Will keep for about 1 week
Serves 15 @ 20ml / 1tbsp ea
13 cal / 45 kj per serve
If you haven’t tried it you really must!
The other items that I decided to Reduce Sugar challenge revamp were my condiments collection. The amount of sugar in the tomato sauce and barbecue sauce I had was pretty icky. I was inspired to make my own, so out came the onion, garlic, tinned tomatoes, tomato paste, red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, malt syrup, honey, and all spice. I slaved away over the stove for half of an hour and made the most delicious Tomato sauce I have ever had the pleasure to eat. I was so excited to send the recipe into Kat but as I started to add up the nutritional content I was shocked to see the amount of sugar in my recipe. It was on par with the packaged stuff. The point of my long winded story is that sugar is hidden EVERYWHERE. You have to be very vigilant and really learn how to read labels. I am loving that the team at The Healthy Mummy are so passionate about teaching us to really understand what we are eating and how it affects our bodies.
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