For the month of October I decided to take on an extra challenge, to quit sugar. I know, I know. You're thinking, "But Becka what about halloween? And pumpkin spice lattes? Do you hate all things happy and joyful?!"
I get it. Fall is all about sweet treats. But for me, those sweet treats end up becoming more of a daily indulgence and before I know it I'm in full-fledged sugar addict mode! Has that ever happened to you to? One piece of candy turns into 3 and pumpkin spice lattes go from a treat to a daily routine. And when that happens I notice my weight loss plateau (and sometimes I even GAIN weight!) and my energy levels nosedive and my moods become unpredictable. If you actually look into sugar, you'll learn how bad it truly is for us and all the negative affects it has on our bodies!
(If you're really curious, go rent the documentary Fed Up on iTunes. It is informative and really eye-opening!)
I recently learned some sneaky places that sugar can hide, even in a Paleo diet like mine! And marinara sauce is a HUGE culprit! My husband and I were shocked to learn that some of our favorite brands (even organic ones) have about as much sugar as a pop tart! WHAT?! I know, right? But rather than throw a pity party about how we'd never be able to have pasta sauce again in our lives we decided to give making it ourselves from scratch a try. And we were blown away by how easy and delicious it was! Bonus... it makes your house small like garlic and herbs for hours! Mmmmmm.
I encourage you to make as much of your own food as you can. Even when you are eating healthy things, buying pre-cooked and packaged foods increases your chances of adding sugar, chemicals, preservatives and other not-so-great additives to your body without really meaning to. If you can cook it yourself, you'll already be ahead of the curve!
This is so stupid easy you guys! You'll never need to buy jar sauce again. And it tastes amazing. And the best part is, you can doctor it up as much or as little as you like, play with the spices and veggies, maybe add some meat. The options are completely limitless! Have some fun with it!
➳ 1 28oz can organic crushed tomatoes (I like this brand and we got the fire roasted ones! Yum! Ps. Just 2 grams of sugar in these bad boys and all of it is just natural in the tomatoes. Booyah.)
➳ 1 cup organic chicken broth
➳ 1 medium yellow onion, diced
➳ 2 stalks celery, diced
➳ 3 large cloves of garlic, minced
➳ 1/4 c. mushrooms, diced
➳ 1 tbs. cumin
➳ 3 bay leaves
➳ red pepper flakes
➳ salt and pepper
➳ your favorite italian spices
1. Saute the onions, celery, mushrooms, and garlic in olive oil over medium heat until soft (about 5-10 minutes)
2. Add the crushed tomatoes and chicken broth
3. Heat to a low boil while stirring in the spices
4. Once you get the flavor where you like it, turn it down to a low simmer and let it go for 1 hour.
5. Remove from heat and serve!
6. Store the extras in an air tight container in your fridge for up to a week or freeze!
Want to try quitting sugar in October too? I'm running a FREE support group on FB! Come join us (it's totes free!) by clicking the banner below and requesting an invite! Then grab the badge to share on your own blog, FB, and IG and be make it known to the world that you're going to crush this challenge! Remember to hashtag #iquitsugaroctober if you post stuff outside of our group so we can all stay connected when we share!