Well, here we go again! Sugar detox, part 3.
I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I did my first one. A friend of mine told me about a 21 day “sugar detox” he did and I decided to give it a try, for no other reason than to prove myself I could do it.
The first time around, I did great. And it ended up being a lot easier than I thought it would be. Barely any cravings, felt great overall.
Second time, the complete opposite. My stomach was a mess, I had no energy and I got really moody and foggy… Which is really not good for anyone, but especially for someone in my profession. And I’m almost ashamed to admit… I was not able to go all the way.
Third time around? Hmmm… I’m still trying to figure out how I’m feeling. I’m now 8 days into it. Energy hasn’t been a problem, despite the fact that I’m running and teaching now a lot more than I did the first time I went though it. My stomach has good days and bad days. Not terrible, but not as good as I would like it to be. Cravings though? Bad. Really bad. I’ve caught myself a few times fantasizing about buckets of ice cream covered in caramel and bathtubs filled with melted chocolate. I’m not kidding. It’s that bad.
But… I’m staying strong and although I do admit that I’ve tasted a couple of “forbidden” foods here and there, overall I think I’m doing pretty good.
Another thing I’ve been missing, besides sweets, is crunch. Sounds weird, I know, but I really crave that crunchy texture you find in crackers and snacks in general.Plus, being allowed to eat cheese and nut butters is great, but without a “transportation device”, they’re really not that much fun.
Until my genius sister came up with these crackers and saved the day.
Now, we all know she’s not the best baker in the world, right? But since there is no rising involved in these, the recipe worked out great. They’re nutty, salty, loaded with healthy fats and fiber and best of all, crunchy! They do take a little while to bake, but they are super easy to make and you can prepare large batches at a time.
We made them “free form’ this time, but f you want even pieces, all you have to do is score the mix before baking and that’s it!
I’m sure you’ll enjoy them… whether you’re on a sugar detox or not!
- 1 cup flax seeds
- 3 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup water
- 3 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 3 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 1½ tsp salt (or to taste)
- 3 tbsp za' atar
- 1 tbsp date syrup (optional)
- Preheat oven to 200F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
- In a large bowl, soak flax and chia seeds in water for 15-20 minutes
- Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well
- Spread the mixture evenly on the lined baking sheet and bake at 200F for an hour and a half. Flit it over and bake for another hour and a half. Turn the heat off and let it cool inside the oven.
- Once cooled, brake it into "free form", uneven pieces (makes approximately 35)*
- *For even size crackers, score the dough with a knife before baking