Sugar Addiction – IS SUGAR DESTROYING YOUR HEALTH GOALS:  You probably already know about the five basic tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami. However, sugar addictions can be so strong that few of us get to explore and enjoy the other four tastes. And yes, you read that correctly: bitter foods can be enjoyable too! If eating healthier is on your list of resolutions this year, then reducing (Sugar Addiction – IS SUGAR DESTROYING YOUR HEALTH GOALS) your added sugar intake is a great place to start.

1. Sweet (Choco-Banana Smoothie)

This smoothie is delicious and easy to whip up with readily available ingredients: frozen banana, unsweetened cocoa powder, unsweetened plant-based milk such as almond or coconut, and cinnamon. Combine the ingredients in a blender or smoothie maker until smooth. Best enjoyed chilled or with ice.

2. Sour (M’s Special ‘Agbo’)

With antiviral lemongrass, anti-inflammatory ginger, lime for vitamin C and, apple cider vinegar which has been shown in some studies to lower blood sugar levels, this powerhouse beverage is well worth trying.

3. Bitter (chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas)

This harmonious combo is as simple as dipping frozen bananas in melted dark chocolate and topping with some crushed nuts or desiccated coconut. The natural sweetness of the ripe banana compliments the bitterness of the dark chocolate beautifully.
Use the best quality dark chocolate, the best quality plain dark chocolate should only contain cocoa, cocoa butter, and some form of sweetener such as cane sugar. However, 100% chocolate only contains cocoa and cocoa butter. Feel free to experiment with other types of fruit like strawberries and pears. However, fruits like strawberries and pears work best fresh rather than frozen.

4. Salty + Umami (Too Good To Be True Kale Chips)

This tasty snack is an excellent way to get more veggies in your diet if you struggle with eating vegetables. Furthermore, these kale chips have lots of umami flavour, so you get two for the price of one! Sprinkle with some nutritional yeast to add a cheese-like umami flavour and boost the B vitamin content of this recipe.

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