“7-Day No-Added-Sugar Meal Plan That’s Actually Doable” : Day Seven

“7-Day No-Added-Sugar Meal Plan That’s Actually Doable” : Day Seven

This is a continuation of my My Experience with a “7-Day No-Added-Sugar Meal Plan That’s Actually Doable.” Today’s post shall focus on Day Seven, also known as THE LAST DAY. (Want to catch up? Here’s the introduction, shopping and meal prep, and Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four, and Day Five, Day Six)

This it. This is the final day. The menu for today involved the following items, which I shall explain in further detail below:

  1. Almond Milk Oatmeal With Peanut Butter, Banana, and Strawberry
  2. One-Pot Hash with Chicken, Sweet Potato & Kale
  3. Cold Thai Peanut Noodle Salad

Breakfast: Almond Milk Oatmeal With Peanut Butter, Banana, and Strawberry

No added sugar Almond Milk Oatmeal With Peanut Butter, Banana, and Strawberry
Almond Milk Oatmeal With Peanut Butter, Banana, and Strawberry

This was another repeat recipe, so I only halfheartedly followed the instructions. Again, I used to eat oatmeal for breakfast every day for several years.

Yields one portion in about fifteen minutes. Requires a pot on the stove.

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp lemon juice (I left it out this time)
  • 1 TBSP peanut butter
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 strawberry, sliced
  • 1 TBSP chopped peanuts (Or whole peanuts, if you are lazy like me)
  1. In a medium sauce pot, heat oats, almond milk, half of the banana (or all of it if you are me…), and salt over low heat. Let cook for 7-8 minutes until thick and creamy.
  2. Add lemon juice and stir.
  3. Transfer to a bowl and top with peanut butter, sliced banana, sliced strawberry, and peanuts.
  4. Enjoy.

I believe this time I flavored my oatmeal with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla extract, and a little bit of almond extract. As I was transferring the oatmeal to the bowl, I saw some leftover unsweetened coconut flakes nearby. I thought to myself, “Why not?” and threw them in as well.

Also, the reason there is no banana in the photo is because I cooked it in with the oatmeal.

Lunch: One-Pot Hash with Chicken, Sweet Potato & Kale

no added sugar One-Pot Hash with Chicken, Sweet Potato & Kale
One-Pot Hash with Chicken, Sweet Potato & Kale

Lunch was straight up leftovers from dinner Day Six. I threw them into a container and completely forgot to take a picture.

Dinner: Cold Thai Peanut Noodle Salad

Confession: I did not make this for dinner. Instead, I went over to a friend’s home in order to celebrate her birthday (ah, life before COVID-19). She fed us amazing jerk turkey, roasted potatoes, and a very delicious salad. Technically, I did not finish the seven day complete no sugar added menu. But also, technically what I ate for dinner that night did not contain any added sugar.

Except I did eat some cookies and have a slice of cake with some pieces of chocolate. But that was okay. I do not want to adhere to a rigidly strict “diet” because that is not healthy for me. I want to strive for a healthy lifestyle. And a healthy lifestyle makes room for some cookies every now and then.

Concluding Thoughts for Day Seven

The week is over! But this journey on this blog lasted much longer than a single week. That’s the thing about journeys though. When you begin one, it is impossible to know what the end shall look like. Next week, I shall share my concluding thoughts.

I’ll give my standard disclaimer that this is not a diet. I want to create for myself a healthy, sustainable life-style. I want to remain Clearly Alive.

This is part of a continuing series. Here are the other Parts: Introduction, Shopping / Meal Prep, Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four, Day Five, Day Six

Amber Nicole is Clearly Alive