I followed the AHA’s recommendation for added sugar: Day 4
Egg / vegetable scramble – 0g added sugar
Hash browns – 0g added sugar
Smoothie – 2g added sugar
I reproduced the smoothie king smoothie with a couple of changes. Ingredients: coconut water, banana, frozen blueberries, fresh spinach, ground flax seed, PB2.
Veggie burger – 0g
Potato salad – 4g added sugar
Green salad – 0g added sugar
Watermelon – 0g added sugar
Total – 4g added sugar
Worth noting… I’ve eaten some form of dessert most days, for as long as I can remember. I never thought it was excessive. It was usually after dinner and my portions were always very reasonable. I honestly didn’t think it was having much of an impact on my overall health. However, the changes I’m experiencing are remarkable. I’m now realizing just how much of an inflammatory burden sugar is on the body. Part of me feels sort of silly, I’m a Registered Dietitian after all. However, I always found ways to justify it. “My overall diet is really healthy”, “it’s all about moderation”, “Just a little won’t hurt”. While all these things are true, my definition of “a little” was too much. As Maya Angelou said, “When you know better, do better”!
Beth Jauquet, RD