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BREAKFASTS

LUNCHES

DINNERS
SNACKS

DRINKS 

SUGAR ELIMINATION BREAKFAST IDEAS

Green Smoothies

Green smoothies are loaded with vitamins, minerals, oxygen, and fiber. They can cleanse your system, regulate digestion, and leave you looking and feeling younger! Visit our smoothie page for tasty recipes.



Veggie Omelet

Swap cow’s milk with unsweetened almond milk to avoid the added sugar found in dairy in the form of lactose. Load your omelet with your favorite vegetables, like sautéed fresh spinach, mushrooms, or red peppers for added cancer-fighting properties and top with salsa (check the label for added sugar!).

 

Eggs

Having meals and snacks already made in advance is a great way to avoid last minute indulgences. This recipe for egg cups is a quick and easy way to make a dozen eggs in advance. All you need is a muffin tin and 15 minutes to bake. Add spinach, mushrooms, or your favorite veggie for an extra boost. 

 

Oatmeal

Skip the sugar and try flavoring your oatmeal with a few spoonfuls of unsweetened applesauce, cinnamon and nutmeg, or nuts and dried fruit (just make sure they don’t contain added sugar). Or try this easy crockpot recipe for Oatmeal Cookie Slow-Cooker Oatmeal. Make it over the weekend to have a hearty breakfast on hand all week.

 

     Oatmeal Cookie Slow-Cooker Oatmeal

     3 cups unsweetened almond milk

     1 cup steel-cut oats

     1/2 teaspoon sea salt

     1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

     1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

     1/2 - 3/4 cup raisins

     1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

     Lightly grease the bottom of the crock pot and add all ingredients. Stir, cover, and cook on low for            3 - 3 1/2 hours. Serve with your favorite toppings or mix-ins. If reheating, add extra almond milk to          thin.

 

     4 servings


SUGAR ELIMINATION LUNCH IDEAS

Loaded Vegetable Salad

Salads don’t have to leave you hungry. Pile your greens with lots of toppings like red peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes, chopped avocado, roasted chick peas, and sunflower seeds. Skip bottled salad dressings, which contain added sugar, and make a batch of your own. 


     Balsamic Vinaigrette

     1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
     1/2 cup balsamic vinegar  *check label for added sugar
     1 clove garlic, minced
     1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
     2 teaspoons Dijon mustard  *check label for added sugar
     1/8 teaspoon sea salt
     1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

 

     Mix together and shake well. Keep refrigerated in an air tight container or sealed dressing carafe.

 

     Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

     2 limes, juiced
     1/2 cup olive oil
     1/4 cup red wine vinegar

     1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
     1 garlic clove, minced
     1/8 teaspoon sea salt

     1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

 

     Combine ingredients in a food processor and process and until smooth. Keep refrigerated in an air            tight container or sealed dressing carafe.

 

     Greek Dressing

     1 cup olive oil

     1 cup red wine vinegar

     2 teaspoons Dijon mustard  *check label for added sugar

     2 teaspoons garlic powder

     2 teaspoons dried oregano

     2 teaspoons dried basil

     1 teaspoon onion powder

     1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

     1/4 teaspoon sea salt

 

     Mix together and shake well. Keep refrigerated in an air tight container or sealed dressing carafe.


Roasted Veggie Quinoa Salad

Make a big batch of this recipe for Roasted Veggie Quinoa Salad and keep it on hand for a quick and easy lunch option all week. The protein in the quinoa will help to keep you full all afternoon and the veggies give the recipe a boost of flavor and cancer-fighting antioxidants.

 


Spicy Black Beans and Rice

This recipe for Spicy Black Beans and Rice can be made in minutes, so it’s a great lunch option to keep on hand for busy days. Add chopped avocado for cancer fighting anti-oxidants.


SUGAR ELIMINATION DINNER IDEAS

Stuffed Pepper Soup

This soup has all of the flavor of stuffed peppers, but with half of the work. It’s as simple as chopping the ingredients and stirring. Serve with a salad and you have an easy, filling dinner. While many stuffed pepper soup recipes add brown or white sugar, this recipe is full of flavor without the added sugar. Make sure to check the list of ingredients on your favorite brand of rice for added sugar.

 

1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil

1 onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

3 green peppers, chopped in large chunks

2 cans diced tomatoes

4 cups vegetable broth

1/2 cup dried lentils

1 cup uncooked brown rice

2 teaspoons dried basil

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon thyme

1 bay leaf (optional)

sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

 

Heat oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook for 5 minutes until translucent. Add green pepper, diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, lentils, and brown rice, stirring to combine. Stir in spices. Cover and lower heat to a simmer for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaf and serve.

 

6 servings


Pacific Rim Stir Fry

This flavorful recipe for Pacific Rim Stir Fry can be ready in minutes. Use whatever vegetables you have on hand and serve over quinoa or brown rice to avoid the sugary carbs found in some flavored rices.


Taco Salad

2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 large onion, chopped
5 roma tomatoes, chopped
1 cup corn

1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice *check label for added sugar
1 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1 cup prepared salsa or taco sauce *check label for added sugar
8 cups fresh spinach or lettuce
2 avocados, chopped

2 cups crumbled tortilla chips (optional) *check label for added sugar
1 lime, sliced into wedges

 

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes until it begins to brown. Add 2/3 of the chopped tomatoes, along with the corn, rice, kidney beans, chili powder, cumin, oregano and salt. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the tomato cooks down. Set aside.

Combine the remaining tomatoes, cilantro and salsa in a small bowl. In a separate large bowl, toss together greens, bean and rice mixture, and salsa mixture.

Serve with avocado, tortilla chips, and lime wedges.

 

Serves 4


SUGAR ELIMINATION SNACK IDEAS

Hard-boiled Eggs

 

Whole Nuts - almonds, cashews, mixed nuts, sunflower seeds, pistachios (raw, unsalted is best)

 

Berries

 

Popcorn (air-popped, swap coconut oil for butter)

 

Fruit or Veggies and Nut Butter - try apple or pear slices, banana chunks, or celery dipped in peanut or almond butter (check the label for added sugar!)

 

Guacamole or Salsa with Veggies (check the label for added sugar!)

Smooth and Creamy Hummus with Veggies

Hummus, served with sliced veggies like carrots, peppers, and cucumbers, is a filling snack loaded with cancer fighting anti-oxidants and protein. Try our recipe for smooth and creamy hummus for a quick and healthy snack on the run.


Pumpkin Caramel Dip

This recipe for Sugar-Free Pumpkin Caramel is delicious and sweet (you'll never know there's no added sugar!) and a great alternative to sugary caramel apple dips.

 

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip

Try this tasty peanut butter cookie dough dip packed with extra protein to keep you feeling full between meals.

 

1 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 - 3/4 cup natural peanut butter  *check label for added sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3-4 Tablespoons almond milk or water


Combine chickpeas, 1/2 cup peanut butter, and vanilla extract in a food processor until smooth. Add water or unsweetened almond milk to thin as needed. Taste and add more peanut butter if needed. Serve with apple slices. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.


Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Looking for a kid friendly treat for breakfast or snacks on the go? These cookies are a healthier option without the added sugar of most store-bought or homemade options.


2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup peanut butter *check label for added sugar
2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 cup oats (quick or old fashioned)
1/4 cup nuts (optional)

1/4 cup raisins (optional) *check label for added sugar


Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix the bananas, peanut butter, applesauce, vanilla, and spices on medium until smooth. With the mixer on low, add the oats, nuts and raisins, mixing until combined.

 

Spoon rounded, heaping tablespoons of dough onto the lined baking sheet, about one inch apart. Flatten each ball slightly. Bake for 20-30 minutes until cookies set.


Skinny Chunky Monkey Cookies

This recipe for Skinny Chunky Monkey Cookies can be whipped up fast and will satisfy your chocolate cravings!


SUGAR ELIMINATION DRINK IDEAS

Visit our Sugar Elimination Challenge section for drink ideas to replace bottled sports beverages, sodas, and speciality coffee drinks.

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