This Sugar is Bananas. B-a-n-a-n-a-s: A Natural Whole30 Sweetener!

2 Apr

Hi there!

Looking for a natural Whole30 sweetener? If you’re doing the Whole30, you know how tough it can be to let go of sugar. It’s amazing how much sugar we consume each day and it’s even more astounding how much we don’t even notice it. Well, completely omitting sugar of any kind (other than a small amount of fruit) for a whole month has a way of making you keenly aware of just how much sugar you’re actually used to.

The first few days of this challenge were really difficult for me because of this. Since this is my second Whole30 challenge, I thought it would be easier … it’s kinda not. Ha! Well, I mean it’s easier in that I already know what to eat/not eat and my pantry was already stocked because this diet is very similar to eating Paleo. But the purging of sugar has been simply painful. Yikes.

I knew I wasn’t where I needed to be, which is why I announced this challenge but I didn’t realize just how far off course I had gotten until I hit about day 2. I was grumpy and even gave into dark chocolate a couple times (I’m extending my challenge a couple days because of this.) It was ROUGH. But as long as I kept milking the sweet stuff I wasn’t going to move forward. So, I pushed through and removed all sweets (even Paleo-friendly options) from my diet.

This is day #9 and I’m starting to feel really good. I can tell my body is adjusting and I LOVE that feeling. Until you do the Whole30, you really, really, REALLY don’t know what you’re missing. Our bodies are so smart that they adapt to what we give them as much as possible. When we give our bodies unnatural elements that they don’t understand how to process, that’s when things get disrupted and backed up (literally!)

I wanted to share a true natural sweetener option that is compliant with the Whole30 and absolutely delicious: Bananas. I didn’t even think of this option before and I’m kinda kicking myself. I use bananas in my baking a lot and because they are so sweet naturally, you really don’t have to use much at all! So if you’re looking for something on the sweeter side to compliment your meal, give bananas a chance — I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Here’s what I had for breakfast this morning. It’s a really easy and absolutely delicious meal. It gives you a nice, sweet option that has hardly any sugar at all. Let me know what you think! Want more Whole30 breakfast options? Click here.

Breakfast Gone Bananas

KateUpdates Breakfast Gone BananasIngredients

2 slices all-natural, nitrate-free bacon

2 eggs

1 c sweet potato, shredded

1/4-1/2 medium banana, sliced

1 T bacon fat

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and bake your bacon (about 6 minutes a side.) Baking is KEY in my opinion for evenly cooked bacon.
  2. Once your bacon is cooking, melt the bacon fat into a medium frying pan over medium heat.
  3. Add the shredded sweet potatoes forming them into a disk (like hash browns.) These will cook as long as your bacon does or just a little longer. Flip the sweet potato cake every few minutes until it’s softened and browning.
  4. Once your bacon is done, pull it out of the oven and lay it on your sweet potatoes.
  5. Add 2 eggs and fry over-medium or over-easy, keeping the yolk intact.
  6. Once the eggs are done, plate, break the yolks and tear the bacon into bite-sized pieces.
  7. Mix it all together and bringing in pieces of banana to taste.
  8. Enjoy! This dish will keep you full for hours.

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If you’re doing the Whole30, what day are you on? Keep pushing through and you will discover a body, mind and spirit like you never knew you could have.

~ Kate

1 comments
tulipsatl
tulipsatl

I am on day 6 and I am wondering if I am still eating too much natural sugar?  I am still tracking my food with myfitnespal, just for kicks and my sugar seems high, even thought I am not eating any added sugars or fake stuff. Yesterday I had 53g of natural sugar.  Granted I did eat some berries and a clementine.  Do you have any idea what the target intake should be?

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