Happiest Monday to us all. If this weekend has taught us anything I hope it’s that an unlimited supply of candy and unidentified alcohol is a terrible, terrible idea. Never in my life have I spent a Saturday so hung over.
Don’t worry, I’m alive and back in action today with my favorite morning routine: boot camp, coffee and blogs (and sometimes some work), and OATMEAL.
One of the biggest concerns people seem to have about No Sugar November is what to do with coffee. In fact, some of you have asked if coffee is even allowed, which signals to me we’ve come a very long way from what coffee actually is if we assume it requires sugar for consumption. So let’s talk about that (and oatmeal sans sugar while we’re at it).
Step one in weaning your coffee off sugar is getting really good coffee. Folgers is garbage. I’m just going to say it. It tastes like dirty water. I like a crazy dark roast and intense cup of coffee, though, so that could just be me. On the other end of the spectrum, Starbucks tastes like acid. So find something in the middle.
Step two is to pick your creamer. I go with coconut milk because I’m weird yet noncommittal about avoiding dairy products. You can use regular milk, creamer, almond milk… whatever. But just none of the weird flavored creamers. If you love flavored coffee, buy beans that are flavored so you don’t have to add a sugary creamer.
Step three is to not put sugar in there. Don’t do it! I don’t know what else to tell you. You just have to retrain your body to like it without sugar. I’m a terrible authority on this because I’ve never sweetened my coffee so I’ve always had it this way. If anyone has made the transition, by all means please jump in.
Another option if you’re down with really strong coffee is to just drink straight espresso shots. I’m serious about that. Espresso is a little like wine or craft beer in that it has legions of devotees that like to talk about the “floral undertones” and “chocolatey aftertaste” different varieties leave behind. Two shots of espresso and a little milk or cream is an excellent beverage and you could begin a new hobby of becoming snobby about your coffee.
As for oatmeal… I am weird, but this is how I eat mine:
- 1 mashed banana
- 1/3 cup oats
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and either: 1) refrigerate and eat cold (I do this; I’m sorry) or 2) microwave for like 90 seconds. Top with peanut butter for the win.
That’s it. I don’t know, but I love it.
Carry on with your #sugarnope day. Resist the urge!