Sugar Free Vegan

by HEAB on February 19, 2010

I finally remembered to celebrate Vegan Thursday yesterday….well, with my breakfast anyway. :)


That my friends was one delicious bowl of teff (thanks again Maggie!), cooked with water and raisins. After cooking, I added in cinnamon, a few drops of vanilla, 1 TBSP coconut butter, and a few toasted almonds. I love how the raisins get all plump when cooked with the cereal. Have you tried teff yet? It’s a wonderful grain, but unfortunately, I can’t buy it in Nashville. So, I’m slowly eating my way through the bag Maggie sent me from New York. I never want it to end.

After breakfast, I had a revelation…I’m giving up stevia for Lent. Yes, for the next 40 days, no stevia. I’m replacing it with Splenda. Ha ha, just kidding. Nope, no Splenda, no Torani syrups, and no stevia. Now, I don’t think there is anything wrong with stevia. It’s definitely my zero calorie sweetener of choice….which is why I’m giving it up. That’s the whole point of Lent right – to give up something you love? For the longest time, I went without sweetening my foods, and I got so used to them that way. I loved a plain bowl of oat bran and drank my herbal tea as is. Then for some reason, I started adding stevia to everything. I couldn’t eat oats anymore without stevia sweetened protein powder, and I won’t even get into my love of homemade cafė au laits with sugar free Torani syrup. Anyway, I’ve been feeling overly sweetened lately and kind of gross. Do you ever get that way? So, no added sweeteners until Easter…no Jay Robb!!!! Don’t worry Jay, we’ll be reunited soon. 😉

Vegan Thursday continued with 1/2 of my lunch…


I stir-fried some veggies in 1/2 TBSP coconut oil and then de-veganized the meal with some cream cheese covered tortillas. Still obsessed with cream cheese.

Often, in the afternoon, I like a big mug of decaf with cream and vanilla stevia drops


But wait, I then remembered my decision to give up stevia only hours before. Ugh, what was I thinking?!? So, instead of stevia, I had something even better…


Take 1/2 a square of Baker’s unsweetened baking chocolate, put it in your mouth, and take a sip of coffee. It melts the chocolate…so good! I used to do this in Italy with my morning cappuccinos. Chocolate makes unsweetened coffee much betta. 😉

What about you? Did you give up anything for Lent?

Ciao my friends!