Can I just express how lucky I am!?
The other day I got a message from this gorgeous lady while I was scheduling this series. At the time I was trying to come up with recipes for low sugar or sugar free treats. As you can imagine I was having a terrible time with it. Cookies and sugar just go together.
It shouldn’t always be that way. As with many families we have family members who suffer from diabetes. It can be particularly difficult to shy away from that plate full of Christmas cookies when everyone else is enjoying them. Avoid them no longer! Dani has whipped up these oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies and each one has only 2 grams of sugar each!
Here are her wise words on eating healthier…
Living a healthier and more natural life style to me meant eliminating certain foods and ingredients that before made their way into everyday meals. Sugar was one of the first things to go when changing up my new eating routine.
I learned from Jorge Cruise that to help maintain a healthy weight, one must limit their sugar intake to a maximum of 15 grams per day (by that I mean natural “raw” sugar, not artificial or refined)…Sugar is one of the worst things your body could be taking in, and cutting back on this ingredient can make a life changing difference!
This new way of eating was the perfect excuse for me to start experimenting with new foods, especially the foods that contain sugar, such as baked goods. I absolutely love eating and baking cookies and re-inventing the original chocolate chip was the first thing on my to-do list.
Reasons why they are low in sugar:
-Using Stevia instead of white sugar– Stevia is a natural sweetener that has zero sugars and zero calories.
-Dark chocolate chunks over semi-sweet because dark chocolate contains less sugar.
-By not packing down the brown sugar you are actually using less, which means cutting out even more sugar!
(link for Chia Seed Nutritional Information– http://www.the-healthy-hippie.com/2011/10/article-amazing-chia-seeds.html) I add Chia Gel to all my foods, its one of my essential ingredients!