Stop Eating So Much Sugar! I Did, So Can You

One of the best things I have done for my body lately is reducing my sugar intake. When I first decided to do this, it seemed scary and overwhelmingly restrictive. Desserts are my jam. The good news I discovered: I don’t have to give them up.

By no means have I achieved a completely low sugar diet by now, but I’m certainly much better than I was before.

If you’re thinking about reducing sugar in your diet, too, here are 8 tips and things I learned so far that might help you on your journey. Let’s start with the benefits so you feel encouraged:

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Three of Our Favorite Fair Trade Chocolate Companies

It is no secret to anyone that knows me. I have an insatiable appetite for chocolate. To me, chocolate is essential. It’s the utmost pleasurable gastronomic experience, and I feel it should be indulged in daily in some form, even if only a teensy bit.  

The choices for purchasing chocolate are vast, as far as companies go. But the big name candy companies lack not only in flavor and high-quality ingredients, but also in ethics. Child labor is a serious issue on cocoa farms, as well as farmers being underpaid by companies for their goods.

I see chocolate as a blessing and a luxury. There’s no reason why something that tastes so good should harm anyone.

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Check out this Amazing Vegan GF Lemon Date Bar Recipe!

I have been making these gluten-free, plant-based treats for years. Kids & adults love them equally. One of my favorite cookbook series is the Moosewood Collective. The recipe is a riff on a lemon date bar from Moosewood Cooks At Home, which I highly recommend. I recently found out about a great source for used vegan cookbooks, Thriftbooks. Many books are $4 and below. Shipping is free after $10 in books. The site is a little dangerous for someone who is obsessed with books like me. 🙂 -Liz

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Healthy Holiday No-Bake Maca Cookies

Holiday cookies are unapologetically my favorite part of the holiday season! Growing up, I would start making cookies with my mom about mid-December. We baked anywhere from five to eight different kinds. We gave them as gifts to anyone we visited, we left them on neighbor’s doorsteps, and of course, we kept covered platefuls in the kitchen so anytime during the day I could float over and grab a little something to feed my sugary festive appetite.

But ever since I began working at BumbleBar, I’ve admitted just how unhealthful and harmful all of that refined sugar and gluten-filled flour can be. My sweet tooth can’t be stopped, though. That’s the truth. So now I just try to make my sweets with natural sugars—and a little less of it—and ingredients that actually provide some nutrients. [Read more…]

Finding Hope in El Salvador

Joanna, our R&D technician, shares her El Salvador experience

It is a profound experience to have your heart broken and then filled with hope by the people of a foreign country. I spent the last 10 days of October in El Salvador learning about the violent history of the country, meeting its people, and seeing the hope and hard work they pour into solving their current social issues.  [Read more…]

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