Have a sugar-free day

(with day plan!)

One sugar-free day. People, this cannot hurt you. Fat is often seen as the evil factor when your butt has grown yet another size, but it is mostly sugar. Look, you need both of them but there is a quite a difference between them. Fat leaves you feeling full and sugar leaves you craving more. And there you go again…

I asked my Amayzine foodie-friend Tessa (you know, from the Go! Green bar and the nicest nutritionist I know) to help me make a plan for a sugar-free day. Believe me, you will not be suffering from (sugar) dips, and instead will feel energetic and if you can keep it up for the next few weeks, you’ll soon see a difference in your skin, attitude and energy levels. Okay then, after Christmas.

Breakfast

A Green smoothie with 2 handfuls of finely chopped greens or celery, ½ avocado, cup of water, 2 pieces of fruit (e.g. 1 apple and blue berries), a teaspoon of cinnamon, 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, 1 tablespoon of grated coconut.

Snack

50g coconut pieces (crack open a hairy brown coconut yourself or buy a box of pieces in the supermarket).

Tip: it’s easy to crack open a coconut. You first need to make a hole with a pointy knife, then prick the hole through with a chopstick and place the coconut upside down on a glass. You can drink the water, then wrap the coconut in a tea towel. Use a hammer to lightly tap all over the hard shell so that when you open the tea towel, you’ll have lots of small pieces. Rinse them off and store in a dish in the fridge. You get about 4 portions of 50 grams from one coconut.

Lunch

A millet salad with goat’s milk feta, black eyed peas (or kidney beans), spring onions, tomatoes, basil and olives. Season the millet with a good tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.

Tip: everyone eats quinoa, but millet is just as healthy and not such an over-the-top hyped up product like quinoa. You cook millet exactly the same way as quinoa: 1 cup of millet in 2 cups of water for 15 minutes over low heat. Turn the heat off and let the millet soften for 7 minutes.

Snack

Go!Greenbar of course!

Tip: the ingredients in the Go! Greenbar are raw so the bar is absorbed slowly by the body. Your body has to work so your metabolism goes up.

Dinner

Roasted pumpkin from the oven with garlic, rosemary and red onion. Place a piece of white fish in a separate oven dish with pesto and lemon.

Tip: cutting a pumpkin into pieces is a bit of a job, but not too bad if you first pop it into a preheated oven (175 degrees) for 15 minutes, it’ll be nice and soft and easy to cut. You can eat the skin of a biological pumpkin, wash it off first though before putting it in the oven.

And obviously no cola light in your glass okay.