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Why you should – and can – enjoy a sugar-free treat.

First let me start by saying that I am a huge fan of this recipe as well as the website it came from, Chocolate Covered Katie. As a health coach, I understand how important it is to enjoy your food. And most of all, I don’t believe that being healthy means starving yourself or denying yourself of a little sweetness.

That’s why I love to find healthy, filling foods that people can savor. And while I really love to eat, there isn’t enough time in the day for me to create, try, and tweak recipes. That’s why I resort to seeking out easy AND delicious recipes on the web.

Chocolate Covered Katie has been called the “queen of healthy desserts” and her website is incredible. She believes we should eat dessert every day.  Who wouldn’t love her?!

This fudge recipe is dairy-free, soy-free, and sugar-free (more about why this is important below). Yet I promise you, it’s delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut butter 
  • 1 over-ripe banana (or 2/3 cup additional coconut butter) 
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup or honey – or 2 packets of stevia for sugar-free version
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Make sure the coconut butter is melted
  2. Combine all ingredients in a food processor
  3. Combine all ingredients then smooth it into a container.
  4. Place in the fridge for a few hours, or freeze for a few minutes.
  5. Enjoy!

If you’re wondering if sugar-free is really necessary when it comes to the food we eat, I wanted to share why I recommend cutting down on your sugar intake:

Sugar and Your Health

Sugar is highly inflammatory to your body.  So when you eliminate or reduce sugar from your diet, you will not only lose weight, but your overall health will improve. Why? Because sugar is inflammatory to your body in many ways. Not only does it contribute to weight gain but sugar increases the uric acid in your body, which is a risk factor for both heart and kidney disease. Sugar also overloads liver function, and as a result can lead to liver damage.   (click here to read my article, Sugar – The Bittersweet Truth).

Sugar Addiction

Now if we know this, can’t we just avoid sugar. Sure, some people can. But some are addicted. 

Sugar addiction obviously begins when you crave anything that contains this sweet ingredient. Eating sugar triggers production of natural opioids in your brain. These hormones aid in relieving pain and are triggered in the same way one would consume illegal drugs. (source)

IF you are completely healthy, your body can handle about six teaspoons of sugar per day; if you look at many of the foods we eat, that’s not much. 

Sugar and Diseases

Sugar has been linked to the following health conditions:

Watch these videos about sugar to put it in perspective:

Want to find out what other foods are linked to ADHD, diabetes, asthma and even cancer? Download my Food Connection to a Child’s Behavior webinar (click here).

Got a sweet tooth that you can’t kick?  Or do you feel you have a sugar addiction?  Let me help you rewire your brain. I will show you how to QUIT sugar and other health-sabotaging foods with my 10 Day Detox program (click here)10 Day Detox Online Program

What is your favorite sugar-free recipe? Please share in the comments below!

 

Leann Forst, MBA, CHC — Family Health & Cancer Coach

Leann is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, holding a Master’s degree from Drake University and a Bachelor of Science from Upper Iowa University. Leann is accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. And she is an award winning author of 2 books “How to Get Your Kids to Beg for Veggies” and “100 Ways to Lose Weight.”

Born and raised as an Iowa farm girl, she moved to Texas in 1998 where she lives with her husband and 2 kids.

As a wife of a brain cancer survivor, Leann has a special interest in anti-cancer nutrition and detoxification. She works with individuals and groups, and speaks regularly at hospitals, schools and organizations to teach people how to attain optimal health by getting to the root cause of chronic and inflammatory conditions, while using healing modalities such as essential oils. Click here to get my free report, “37 Cancer Facts You Should Know…But Probably Don’t”

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