Thursday, July 4, 2013

My Sugar Fast and a Menu

"The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!"  Galatians 2:20b-21

I'm aware that I did not post a meal menu for this past week.  That is because I have been working on two very important things: 1) a mostly sugar-free AND dairy-free meal menu and 2) a family schedule.  These two things have come priorities to me due to some things I've noticed in our family.  By faith, I have put my time into these things in hopes that they will bring good fruit in our lives.

First, we are all addicted to sugar.  I, in particular, have noticed that I am waking up with sore joints and am craving carbs and sweets all the time.  Since I am breastfeeding, I also have to think about the nutrition of the babies, so I am making changes.

Also, time has been my enemy lately!!  I always go to bed feeling like I've left many things undone, and then I can't sleep.  So I went to my old friend, "Managers of Their Homes" by Debi Maxwell from Titus 2 ministries at  I found out about this book from a friend a few years back.  It guides you in managing your time by making a schedule for the entire family.  I could go on and on about this, but I will save that for the next blog post in a couple of days.

On to the menu!!  I'm excited about this one because I worked really hard to make choices that would be sugar-free AND dairy-free, yet still time-manageable and delicious.  The sugar-free part doesn't begin until Sunday on the menu.  I wanted to wait until after the holiday weekend, since there will be too much temptation!  :o)  Feel free to follow along, and challenge yourself to go sugar-free for a week with me.  I will continue sugar-free selections through next week as well.

Saturday:  (today is my oldest daughter's birthday, so her selections)
B- Daddy's pancakes and bacon

L- Build-your-own-salad (lettuce, eggs, black olives, ham, cucumber, raisins, croutons, almonds, cheese, broccoli, avocado, tomatoes, etc)

D- Grilled burgers, baked beans, green beans with bacon, root beer

B- Cereal with milk (rice milk for Mommy and Miriam)

L- Deli sandwiches, fresh pineapple, corn chips

D- White Chicken Chili

B- Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal (unsweetened almond milk, vanilla, unsweetened applesauce, cinnamon, walnuts)

L- Garlic noodles (spaghetti noodles with olive oil and garlic), green salad

D- Crockpot fajitas (chicken breasts, bell peppers, onions, spices in crockpot for 4 hrs on High, serve in tortillas), black beans with crushed tomatoes and seasoning

B- Eggs, sausage, Kale/berry smoothies ( kale, blueberries, strawberries, plain yogurt, banana, maybe some raw honey)

L- Chicken salad (shredded chicken breast, plain mayo, grapes, apples, walnuts) on lettuce, cucumber slices, whole wheat crackers

D- Easy, Healthy Vegetable Linguine to take to Life Group

B- Whole wheat toast with butter, plain yogurt with honey and berries

L- Leftovers!!

D- BLT's, carrots and sugar snap peas, corn chips

B- Overnight Banana Steel-Cut Oats

L- Chicken tostadas (leftover crockpot fajitas on tostada shells with toppings)

D- Omelets (toppings: ham, kale, mushrooms, cheese for the dairy-able, onions, peppers, salsa)

B- Cereal with milk (rice milk for Mommy and Miriam)

L- Taco Bell (grocery day)

D- Homemade pizza with homemade sugar-free sauce (haven't looked up a recipe yet, sorry!!)

Veggies with hummus, energy balls (using sugar-free peanut butter), apples and peanut butter, bananas rolled in nuts, dried berries and nuts

I hope this menu is helpful and gives you some great ideas for making sugar-free eating simple and delicious.

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