Banana Spring Rolls

This one is for reader Heather, who asked for more dessert recipes to satisfy her sweet tooth without veering into sugar-land.

It’s also for my son’s friend Tessa, who loooves banana spring rolls – I make them for her each time she visits. Bon appetit, Heather and Tessa!

I developed this recipe after we ate banana spring rolls at the now-defunct Red Door restaurant on South Granville Street in Vancouver. My son enjoyed them so much that I was inspired to try and recreate them at home.

When cooked, the banana gains extra sweetness, making this a satisfying sugar-free treat. The spring rolls also make a crispy contrast to the fluffy, almost custardy texture of the cooked banana.

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My TV interview

A short interview (just over 1 minute) on my sugar-free year by my local TV station CKPG is now online here. It was filmed in our kitchen

A short interview (just over 1 minute) on my sugar-free year by my local TV station CKPG is now online here.

It was filmed in our kitchen (which has *never* been so clean!), and my husband Andrew was a strong supportive off-camera presence. I was very nervous, but I think it went OK.

The recipe I’m shown making in the interview is my sweetener-free Creamy Chocolate Pudding.

Let me know what you think!

What about fruit?

It’s usually the first question people ask me when they hear about my Sugar-Free Year: Absolute Zero: “Do you eat fruit?”

It’s usually the first question people ask me when they hear about my Sugar-Free Year: Absolute Zero: “Do you eat fruit?”

Yes, I do.

I’m avoiding all *added* sugars, so this means the natural sugars in fruit are fine — but I do exercise moderation when it comes to fruit. Check out my reasons below. Continue reading “What about fruit?”

Paleo Tacos

I was lurking in the Mexican aisle of the grocery store, surreptitiously photographing packages of taco mix. At any moment, a store employee might tap me on the shoulder and ask me to leave.

My goal? To create taco-seasoned ground beef that had the deliciously gummy texture and slight sweetness  of the packaged taco mixes, but with no added sugars. To stay Paleo, which means avoiding grains, I planned to serve the spiced taco meat in lettuce leaf cups.

After a bit of experimentation, I had something pretty close to the original. Give it a try and let me know what you think! Continue reading “Paleo Tacos”

Sugar-free dining: Mongolian grill/BBQ restaurants are worth a try

To age well, you need to eat well, but for those with dietary restrictions, restaurants can be a real challenge.

The Mongolian grill / Mongolian barbecue genre may have a solution: you choose your own raw ingredients, and a chef grills them for you. Typically, a range of healthy options is available, letting you customize the meal for your specific requirements.

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A heaping plate of low-carb Paleo sugar-free deliciousness

To age well, you need to eat well, but if you’re avoiding sugar, restaurants can be a real challenge.

The Mongolian grill / Mongolian barbecue type of restaurant, found in many cities, may offer a solution: you choose your own raw ingredients, and a chef grills them for you. Typically, a range of healthy options is available, letting you customize the meal for your specific requirements.

It’s a fun and easy way to create a healthy meal without sugar, gluten, MSG, soy, or whatever else you’re avoiding. And because each person creates their own meal, friends who eat closer to the norm can still enjoy their noodles, sweeter sauces, rice, and so on. Continue reading “Sugar-free dining: Mongolian grill/BBQ restaurants are worth a try”

1-month update: Less appetite, more energy

One month with no sugar or any other added sweeteners! Hooray! I’m really doing this!

All the positive effects I saw at 2 weeks are continuing, and I’ve been able to follow my sugar-free rules except for a one-bite mistake in a social situation (I hang my head — details below).

One month with no sugar or any other added sweeteners! Hooray! I’m really doing this!

All the positive effects I saw at 2 weeks are continuing, and I’ve been able to follow my sugar-free rules except for a one-bite mistake in a social situation (I hang my head — details below). Continue reading “1-month update: Less appetite, more energy”