I got lots of lovely nice feedback on Twitter about my I Quit Sugar post! Thanks to everyone who tweeted - your feedback was really nice and uplifting. I thought I'd do a follow up post about what you actually eat on the I Quit Sugar programme. As I've been doing it for a while now, I am getting more inventive so will do a few of my own recipe posts in the upcoming months.
So here are a few things I've made, so you can get an idea of what you'd be eating if you gave it a try.
Sarah has posted on her website the recipe for her granola - she says this is her most popular recipe from the Cookbook. I think this is because it is so easy, very delicious and easy to adapt to whatever you have in the cupboard. I have made this a couple of times, and I really enjoy it as well. It is great with yoghurt and berries for breakfast or a snack.
I was browsing the Cookbook as I had some fennel, but wasn't sure how I could use it. To make this recipe I just needed leeks so I went ahead and made it. I am slowly becoming a soup addict - I used to find soup always left me hungry, but that was because I was eating the tinned variety. When you make your own soup and control what goes in, I find it is more satisfying. I made this soup and then added in some extras at the ended - shredded chicken, Parmesan and yoghurt. But the soup on its own was delicious and I can't wait to make this again. I ended up with about 5 servings from this recipe as well and it freezes really well, which makes it great for when you forget to make lunch.
The best way to describe the hash recipes is that it's just a mix of a variety of vegetables and nuts in whatever combinations you like. The first hash I made pretty much followed Sarah's recipe and had sweet potato and pumpkin seeds in it and topped with yoghurt. It looked more like a dessert than a dinner! I put it in a bowl and struggled to finish it - it was really filling. It is also great to use up whatever you have in your fridge like herbs with a nice refreshing lemon dressing. This also makes a great, quick lunch to take to work if you have cooked the vegetables in advance. You could also add in bacon bits, shredded chicken, cheese or tuna to add in more protein.
I am addicted to crushes and pestos now. These are such a great way of eating more raw vegetables while still having a snack or meal that fees like a treat. I have it on toast, mixed into a hash, used as a pasta sauce, as a dip or as a pizza base. They are versatile and could really be used for anything! My husband isn't a huge fan of the pea crush but I really like it - it has a tangy zing from the lemon and Parmesan.
The Cookbook also has a section of sweet treats - sugar free desserts to enjoy without feeling guilty. I made the cheesecake which we took to a friend's house a while back. The judges were split - two of us liked it, and two didn't. It was very savoury! It was the first time I'd used stevia and I don't think I put enough in. I also can't get used to the taste of stevia and will try xylitol when I finish our carton of stevia (we are currently using it up to make mojitos!).
The Cookbook warns about going overboard with the sweet stuff - so these are sometimes treats, not daily ones! Thankfully I don't have too much of a sweet tooth so just make do with a small piece of 70-85% chocolate when needed.
Hopefully that is a useful insight into the recipes in the eBook. There are loads more! Generally, the recipes contain lots of nuts, coconut, vegetables and avocado. Some ingredients I haven't been able to find in shops (such as almond flour) so some recipes I haven't been able to try. But overall, I like the recipes and they are generally really quick and easy to make. I preferred reading the eBook and then the Cookbook to see all the things I could eat. I think they are much better when read in conjunction as they help you stay on track and remember why you're trying to quit sugar.
I've got lots more posts for you this week - including my long overdue review of Nachos Southside and a couple of cookbook reviews! Let me know if you have any questions on IQS below, or via twitter.
(All the images here are photos I have uploaded to instragram, in case you were wondering about the filters!)