Sorry about that - are you still with me? Recently, I decided to make a concentrated effort to cut refined sugar out of my diet. No fun right? In my job, I am currently faced with this on a day to day basis:
Yep ladies and gentleman, in the world of yachting we always have a candy drawer. Guess who gets to stock it? This girl. I know that you all believe that I live a glamourous life but when I have worked 18 hours for a few days in a row, my ability to resist the allure of this is tough.
I really have tried to cut foods like this out and when I lived a "normal" life I did not buy this kind of junk food. I much prefer to splurge on "amazing" dessert. I like to stock something like dark chocolate almonds and some fantastic gelato. I feel like I live a very "healthy" lifestyle in general but when you really start looking at sugar hidden in food it really gets you. I could dedicate an entire blog on our ability as Americans to allow our food companies to blatantly lie to us about healthy foods and what our food contains but I will skip the lecture and get to the point! It is crazy when you realize that things like cereals, breads, and even certain "healthy" foods have so much sugar. Before I lose you and you get depressed like I just made myself by writing this I am here to give you a Thirsty Thursday afternoon pick up! Yeah!
I spend lots of time shopping and as many of you know Target & Starbucks joined forces to lead you into temptation. I walk into Target and I want something to sip on for a little pick me up while I stroll down the aisles. Unfortunately, you realize you are only supposed to take in 25 grams of sugar a day (this is not talking about naturally occurring sugar from fruit & veggies - I also include sugar in Red wine as naturally occuring). You will be shocked to learn shaken ice tea/ lemonade has 33 grams and a Chai Tea Latte has a whopping 42 Grams of sugar. It is enough to make this girl throw herself in the ocean (I know how to swim).
Here it is FINALLY! I am getting to the point I promise. I know we all like a little sweet pick me up in the afternoons and maybe even a tiny bit of caffeine. I have stumbled on the answer (cue music). A Skinny Chai Tea Latte without that fake sugar crap. Yes!!!
I stumbled on this beauty at the grocery store the other day. I have already been a huge fan of Green Tea Blueberry Slim Life but this is the new addition. I brew this tea bag, add honey (which has been getting rave reviews about weight loss), and put in a splash of unsweetened Almond Milk (I am sure skim milk would work the same) and then I pour it on ice. Delish!
This drink was approved by my resident Sugar Addict on the boat (amazing I know) but he wants me to put a nice Spiced Rum in it for happy hour one day. I realize this defeats the purpose of the drink and the cutting out of sugar that I just blabbed on about for way too long. But one of these days I will need that kind of afternoon pick me up too…….