Sugar Rush (and a relatively healthy, marginally sugar free brownie recipe)

So I have a confession to make.

And I don’t really do this lightly, I’m actually rather embarrassed to learn this:

I have a sugar problem.

The really funny thing is that I don’t even LIKE sugar. Not really.

But last week I started off the week horribly. At least in regards to Sugar. I made some cupcakes for Family night on Monday, and we had tons left over. I snarfed down 4-5 of those suckers a DAY until they were gone. Then I was jonesing for more so I sent Hubby to the store for Oreos. We polished off a family pack in about three days. I ate most of them.

The thing was, I COULDN’T STOP EATING IT. It wasn’t like, “oh this tastes good, I think I’ll have another” it was more like, “I am so sick right now, but I can’t stop eating these…” Which is a sign of a problem.

Finally a week ago Sunday, I cut myself off. I didn’t eat sugar for a few days and I had a horrible crash. I had HEADACHES, I was beyond reason CRANKY and I was doing a lot of symptoms of withdrawals.

Please note: I actually only have the vaguest idea of what a withdrawals looks like….I might not have a clue what I am talking about. Wait, I usually don’t have a clue what I’m talking about!

I’m back on the wagon. Only very small amounts of sugar right now and they have to be couched in something non-sugary. For example, I made a mug brownie the other day and I used un-sugared applesauce instead of the sugar and oil. Then I put in a couple of caramels (because it was a caramel brownie recipe) for a little added sweetness. I could handle that small amount of sugar, but anything purely sugar (like candy or Oreos) get me right back on the path to a sugar crash.

I also had to go on a diet. I gained a bit of weight with my sugar craze….Not just last week, this has kind of been going on for a while. Last week was just the climax.

Guess what?

I feel TONS better.

Sugar gives me a buzz that makes me cranky and sluggish later. Without it, I have tons of energy and I’m able to do an hour of Jillian Michel’s workout videos at 5:30 in the morning and not need a nap later in the day. Don’t get me wrong. I still eat sugar. But I have to be SUPER careful from here on out not to over do it. I have to stop before it becomes a problem.

Moderation in all things.

The funny thing is that this isn’t the first time this has happened. This is just the first time I realized that I had a serious problem with sugar. Maybe this time I will actually listen to what my body is telling me instead of ignoring it…..

Something else I noticed: When I eat super greasy or salty foods I am more likely to crave sugar after. I have tried to stop eating those as well, mostly because they make me feel like utter and complete CRAP after I eat them (not a complete ban,  same as the sugar…I really like Five Guys…Moderation, people, MODERATION) but if I do, I try to eat an apple or some other naturally sweet  fruit instead of straight sugar. That seems to help those salty/sweet cravings that hit occasionally.

Also, I have sworn off pop. I seriously can’t drink pop (or soda, depending on where you hail from) anymore. It just gives me an instant sugar buzz. This includes diet soda. That stuff just isn’t good for you…

Here is a (relatively) Healthy brownie recipe that uses Honey (which is WAAAAAAYYY more nutritious than granulated sugar and supposedly won’t give you a sugar crash) instead of sugar. Yes, I did add chocolate chips, but I would have done that if I had made brownies with full sugar and oil, so I like to think we are a little more healthy for eating brownies this way. I may or may not have put caramel on top too…We liked it!

Double Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

Originally from: http://www.sparkpeople.com/, but I HEAVILY edited it.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup applesauce

  • 2 small or medium bananas mashed

  • 2 cups finely shredded zucchini

  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder

  • 1 3/4 tsp. baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 2 cups all purpose flour

  • ¾ cup honey (or 1 ½ cups sugar)

  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

  • 1 cup chocolate chips

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9×13 inch baking pan.

In the blender, blend the applesauce, zucchini and bananas

Mix dry ingredients
Add the mix in the blender to the dry ingredients, as well as the vanilla and honey.

Mix well.

Add Chocolate Chips.

Spread evenly into a prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes until brownies spring back when gently touched.

 

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