Day one of my 30 Low Sugar Days went by without incident. I found it strangely reassuring to remind myself that cutting out almost all of the sugar in my diet is not that big a deal when I think of all the options still open to me. Breakfast was scrambled eggs, lunch was avocado, apple and a few Marmite rice cakes (nope, no sugar in Marmite so that is good reason to celebrate) and dinner was cold salmon, new potatoes and a bit of salad all leftover from an impromptu barbecue at the end of last week.
I was pretty dismayed yesterday to find that there is added Muscovado sugar in a sliced brown loaf which markets itself as a healthy option. Luckily I enjoy making bread but its obvious that most people probably don’t have the inclination. I know in the scheme of things that a bit of sugar in bread isn’t the end of the world but its this monotonous insistence that food companies seem to have in adding it to everything that grates. It seems almost instinctive and just supports our craving. Apart from anything else proper homemade bread tastes a hundred times better and its really not hard to make at all. Its time that catches people out, trying to fit it into lives that are already too busy.
Breakfast is fast presenting itself as the trickiest meal of the day, especially if I haven’t baked a loaf, but this morning I surprised and delighted myself. Adding a few tablespoons of oats to a bowl with a sprinkling of nuts, seeds and a little dried fruit I grated an apple into the mixture and added some milk. Leaving it aside whilst the tea brewed just a few minutes later I was enjoying the early morning peace in the kitchen whilst devouring the tastiest homemade muesli I have ever created. No added sugars, ready quicker than it takes to open the Sugar Puffs and absolutely none the worse for it. Quite the reverse.