Sugar, ah honey honey

… You are my candy girl–and you’ve got me wanting you 🙂

We all get sugar cravings and have a sweet tooth that can become out of control.

Does that morning Danish leave you craving another treat two hours later? Do you grab a candy bar to cope with your afternoon slump — and then reach for a caffeinated drink to get out of your post-slump slump?

If you’ve found that munching sugary snacks just makes you crave more sugary snacks, you’re not alone. Eating lots of simple carbohydrates — without the backup of proteins or fats — can quickly satisfy hunger and give your body a short-term energy boost, but will quickly leave you famished again and craving more.

How can you stop sugar cravings once and for all?

Sweet is the first taste humans prefer from birth, it is natural to us and gives us a sense of comfort. But there are healthier options available to cure your sugar cravings. For example, did you know that eating a sweet breakfast in the morning will “crowd out” your cravings later in the day? Give natural sweeteners such as honey, agave netctar, coconut sugar, and maple syrup a try!

My next 5 posts will focus on using natural sweeteners… sure to be tasty!

Below is a recipe for a breakfast that I made recently and was asked to post by request.

Mango & Nectarine Quinoa

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons agave or coconut nectar (or other liquid sweetener)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 cups fruit (in this case I used mango & nectarine)
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • For serving: yogurt & honey (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a skillet, combine coconut nectar, ginger and water. Bring to a boil and add fruit, cook for about 3 minutes. Add quinoa and cook for 2 to 4 minutes more. Allow to cool slightly, and then divide between two serving bowls. If desired, top with yogurt or if need more sweetener, drizzle with honey.

Enjoy!

In health,

Reve~Johanna

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