6 Tips to Survive without Sugar ~ Recipes Included

 

If you are like me, and have a Special Palao-like, NO SUGAR diet, the gatherings, picnics, and potlucks can become a dread and holidays can come in like a storm and wreck havoc in your life.  Having susceptibility to kidney stones and eating a special diet can be tricky. 
I get a tinge of kidney pain any time that I waiver from this diet as a firm reminder that I never want to experience another Kidney Stone EVER…  This pain keeps me on my toes here.

6 Tips to Survive without Sugar

  1. Have a plan
  2. Shop ahead of time
  3. Stock your pantry well
  4. Freeze extra snacks in travel containers
  5. Always bring extra to the party
  6. Did I say plan ahead???

Stock Your Pantry

I always have a stocked pantry with items that I can whip up a delicious desert to take along.  I try to stock my freezer with a variety of grab and go sizes for on the go.  And when going to a potluck, I make 2 trays just so that I can have a back up in case my 1st tray is devoured before my family gets the chance to dish up.

Here are some of my go to items.

  • Carob chips, great for cookies
  • Medjool dates (dates and almond or pecans make great graham cracker crust replacements and fill with fresh fruit sprinkled with cinnamon)
  • Organic Spelt Flour
  • Almonds and pecans (Can be hard on kidneys)
  • Almond flour (Can be hard on kidneys)
  • Organic Oats
  • Eggs
  • Almond or Peanut butter or I make my own in my Vitamix
  • Grass fed butter
  • organic extra virgin coconut oil
  • organic peanut butter
  • unsweetened carob powder (or more to taste)
  • raw honey (or less to taste)
  • Saigon cinnamon
  • 1 pure vanilla
  • Himalayan sea salt (optional)

I stock my pantry and veggies once a month with Azure Standards

Curb Chocolate Cravings

One of the things I struggle with is chocolate.  I love it but it is hard on me and my kidneys and full of toxic sugar.  On my quest to avoid chocolate, I had to get creative.  
About a year ago, I discovered carob and began making new and healthy treats that did not have cocoa powder.  I struggled to locate a good source.  Until NOW.  You have to try CAROB for yourself…

Uncommon Carob Bar Cool Mint

I am super excited to share that recently, I discovered a great source of carob.  Not only carob powder, but Uncommon Carob Bars and baking chips.  These are the responses my husband, and kids had upon trying these bars.

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I tested them out on my family, (as I have been known to enjoy some odd tastes these days, after all, I eat raw garlic and kimchi on my salads) by giving my husband a small piece and I ask him if he wants more.
His reply:

“These are JUST SO satisfying.”  

What happened to my old husband?
My 11 year old son then adds,

“The peppermint tingle stays in your throat while the chocolate goes down.”

Later that afternoon, my adult son and his friend stopped by and I offered them some of the Naturally Sweetened Baking Chips AKA. “Mom’s healthy chocolate”. I told them it wasn’t chocolate but his friend quickly replies:

“This is some DANK chocolate.”

My son walked away with my bag of Uncommon Carob Naturally Sweetened before I noticed they were gone.

 

Everyone Loves Carob

My kids love carob, my husband loves it and no one has said a word about it NOT being chocolate.  
THESE WILL NOT last long in my house so I must order in bulk to maintain a stock on hand.  I am excited to share that I can order in bulk and get free shipping and local pick up with AZURE STANDARDS once a month.
They have a delivery route and drop off in different cities across the United States with free shipping…
You can add to your order all month long until the cutoff time and then you pay upon delivery.  There must be a minimum order for each location, but that is usually met once you tell your friends.  You even can earn by referring them. You meet the driver at the specified drop time and go home with your boxes of stuff.
Or you can pay postage and get it shipped as well.
Not only can I find GREAT TASTING AND SMOOTH carob but many other food products and more.  Their items are always NON GMO or Organic and high quality products I can trust for my family.  
They have it all and I do not have to read every label knowing that I can TRUST AZURE STANDARDS.  I am so excited!!!
Check out what they have and the best part is you can JOIN for 

 

Real Food Recipes

I have a few fail safe recipes and ideas that get me through time with my family and friends while keeping my health on track. 

Try This Gut Healing Coconut Fudge

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Here is a simple and fast recipe my daughter and I made to curb our cravings.

And guess what? it is healthy! 

In my KitchenAid I can whip up a batch or two of healing fudge in 20 mins and it freezes fairly well a day or two ahead.
Make your own healing treat and curb your sugar and chocolate cravings all in one. Caution for those with diabetes and other insulin issues, honey may spike your sugar so find something that works for your body.  Molasses, agave, stevia, xylitol, or less honey.

Coconut Fudge (Prep time: 10 mins)

  • 1 C organic extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 C organic peanut butter
  • 1/4 C raw honey (or less to taste) or molasses
  • 3 Tbsp carob powder or unsweetened cocoa or more to taste
  • 1 Tbsp Saigon cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • Himalayan sea salt (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a KitchenAid, blend softened coconut oil and peanut butter until smooth and well blended.
  2. Add honey, cocoa powder, and cinnamon taste. Add vanilla.
  3. Pour into shallow dish, cover and refrigerate and sneak into them until they disappear.
  4. Must be refrigerated until consumed due to melting at room temps. The cooled coconut acts as the hardening agent in these.
Enjoy alone or share with others.
Disclaimer: coconut oil is a natural laxative. Do not try to eat these all at once.  Only consume a small amount until your body is used tv o the coconut oil.
More ways to heal the gut

 

Uncommon Mint Carob Popcorn

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For movie night, I thought that I would make a quick treat.  Here is what I came up with from the items stocked in my pantry.

 

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. In a air popcorn maker, add 1/4 c popcorn kernels.
  2. Slowly add carob baking chips while popping to melt OR add them later and stir while heated air continues to melt them onto the popcorn.
  3. Meanwhile, melt coconut oil in a saucepan and drizzle over popcorn.
  4. Sprinkle salt to taste while mixing to ensure all chips and coconut oil is evenly distributed over the popcorn.
Enjoy this tasty treat next movie night.

 

Oatmeal Carob Chip Cookies

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My Daughter just loves to bake.  She is always asking me to help her come up with recipes we can eat.  Here is one we made by altering a few ingredients.  Here are the results.  YUMMY COOKIES.

Ingredients:

  • 1 C     Organic oats
  • ¾ C    Organic Spelt flour or almond flour (Hard on kidney stone formers)
  • 1 ½    tsp baking powder aluminum free
  • 1 ½    tsp cinnamon
  • 1        dash himalayan sea salt
  • 2        Tbsp butter
  • 1        tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1        large egg
  • ½ C    Raw honey
  • ½ C    Carob chips, divided in half

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Coat a baking sheet with coconut oil
  3. Pull out 2 medium bowls, one for dry ingredients, one for wet.
  4. In one bowl, combine dry ingredients. (Reserve half of the chips for adding after baking)
  5. Melt the butter in the other bowl.  Whisk in the vanilla, then the egg. Whisk in the honey.
  6. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and use a wooden spoon to stir until it has just come together (don’t overdo it).
  7. Refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes, or freeze for about 15 minutes.
  8. Use your hands to shape the dough into roughly 15 cookies.
  9. Place on prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
Bake in the preheated oven for about 12-13 minutes, or until they have just started to brown on the edges.
Once you remove them from the oven, immediately press the remaining carob chips into the tops of the cookies.
Pour some Coconut milk and enjoy!
Let cool on the pan for a few minutes before moving them to a cooling rack.

Yummy Carob No Bake Cookies

 

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Healthy Carob No Bake Cookies (Prep time: 20 mins)

In a saucepan combine:

  • 1 c raw coconut sugar
  • 2 Tbsp carob powder
  • ½ c grass fed butter (or coconut oil)
  • ½ c organic or local raw milk (I use raw goats milk)

Bring ingredients to a boil and boil for 1 min. Do NOT OVERCOOK.

Remove from heat and ADD:

  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ c organic peanut butter
  • 3 c organic oats

Refrigerate or freeze if desired.  Do not look the other way or they will be devoured by anyone around.

 

Holiday Helps

I can blend up some pecan and dates into a crust in my Vitamix and press into a pie plate and toss some strawberries inside and sprinkle cinnamon on and chill or freeze in 15 to 30 mins.

Easy Pie Crust

  • 1.5 cups medjool dates
  • 1.5 cups pecan
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries or other topping.
  • Dash of cinnamon

Mix in a Vitamix and press into pie place

Plan, prepare, and party….

 

 

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Order Uncommon Carob bars or Uncommon carob chips from Azure Standards

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*Caution:  Too much cinnamon may affect milk supply

 

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