August 3 - Day 19: Cheers to Zero Added Sugar!

Eating Less Sugar Leads to New Discoveries and Flavors 

My NJFD mission to eat no added sugar for 31 days in honor of my aunt who had diabetes led me to do a little research on the added sugar in wines. Many alcoholic beverages have added sugar, which is why I have cut most out for now.  Through my search, I learned about Brut Nature sparkling wine, which has zero added sugar - other than the tiny amount needed for the grapes to ferment. Had to try it, but it is difficult to find.  After calling several liquor stores, we found one bottle, but it was very expensive.  Found a better price at a local restaurant and, even better, they take half-off the price of bottles on Mondays.  And so we splurged to try the brut nature. Verdict: It was fantastic!  Well worth the hunt. Noticeably less sweet to me (husband didn't notice the difference). I tasted a little natural dry sweetness from the grapes, which I enjoyed.  Brut nature champagnes and sparkling wines are hard to find in the U.S. because the assumption is we love our sweet sparkly.  Let's step out of that comfort zone and prove them wrong!

All the food I've eaten today is featured in the photo above.  Starting with breakfast, I had two scrambled eggs with fresh sweet peppers and a little coffee. Followed that immediately with toasted Ezekiel, almond butter, blueberries and a drizzle of honey.  Didn't get hungry until lunchtime, at which point I had salmon (a bit more than is featured in photo), mixed greens, cucumbers, zucchini, eggplant, beets, tomatoes.  After eating all that, I also ate a whole peach and walnuts.  I am certain that I could have done without half of the food I ate at lunch today. I was fairly full after all the salmon and veggies.  I suspect I was doing a little stress eating at the office today, but at least I was munching mindlessly on nutritious foods.  

At the restaurant, I asked the waiter to consult the chef to make sure nothing we ordered had added sugar in it.  I also strategically paired the potatoes with a little high quality meat, keeping in mind that foods with a high Glycemic Index (GI) take a little longer to break down when paired with fats and proteins.  I didn't eat full portions of the tapas pictured, but rather I shared these portions with my husband.  My favorite discovery of the evening was ending the meal with a smokey sweet corn, feta, peppers salad.  It made me realize that "dessert" can come in many forms, and it doesn't have to be a fruit or other sugary treat. Sweet vegetables, like corn and beets, in their natural state, can make great options for ending a rough day on a sweet note.

I did fairly well today staying within the no sweets and 1 serving of fruit parameters.  The sparkling wine probably took me a little out, but it was well worth the taste.  I drank a fair amount of pure water, plus 2 cups of mint tea.    

I am looking forward to sharing more of my daily meals with you, my blog subscribers!