All I can say is wow. And thank you. Thank you for all of your kind words, wonderful tips and support on my last post. I definitely hovered over the “post” button, it’s not easy to admit that your face looked the dark side of the moon!
Although my sweet tooth had certainly reduced since cutting out refined sugar, I still really enjoy sweet foods. One foodstuff in particular; chocolate. I’ve always been a chocoholic, choosing it over crisps or sweets every time. I made the switch to having predominantly dark chocolate a couple of years back, but I was still eating it every day, and my face couldn’t cope with that. I now have a couple of squares of whatever kind of chocolate once a week, normally on the weekends. I make sure I get the best I can afford, to make the treat really worthwhile. My favourites are Montezuma’s chocolate buttons or Booja Booja hazelnut truffles. I enjoy every single bite.
For times when I need more than just a couple of bites (you know the times I mean), I reach for a naturally-sweetened chocolate bar. Supertreats are made with carob and coconut blossom nectar, so you get a choccie treat without the sugar high or the caffiene fix. You may have seen my review of Supertreats in a previous post. Since then, I crave the smooth, unique taste of the Silky Milky bar. It has to be tasted to be believed.
I’ve moved away from hot sugary drinks, but when I get a craving for a mug full of something tasty, I reach for cacao. This natural substance is made just from ground up cacao beans, no sugar, no funny business. I heat up a pan of almond milk, whisk in a big tablespoon of cacao and add a tiny bit of maple syrup to make a rich, chocolatey drink that feels so indulgent.
As an alternative to chocolate, I’m looking to get back into baking again, now that I have discovered coconut sugar. It’s got a delicious taste, with the faintest trace of coconut, that really reminds me of good brown sugar. Because it’s so sweet, you only need to use a fraction of the amount that you would normally. I don’t think my waistline would be pleased with me if I ate cake every day, no matter how many wholefoods ingredients I pack into it! But it’s good to know that when I do indulge, I can sneak in a few more nutrients too.
Cutting down on chocolate is by no means the end of the world, so don’t let that stop you exploring a low-sugar style of eating. There are plenty of alternatives, and let’s be honest, they taste fantastic. What’s your favourite chocolate? Have you got any good recipes that use coconut sugar? I would love to share ideas. Write to me in the comments section below or come and say hi over on Instagram @boowholefoods