Lent and Going Sweetener Free

Lent. As a Catholic, I definitely take part in the Lenten season which started this past Wednesday; however, I’m typically not a big fan of giving things up for lent. I just don’t find it that effective in growing spiritually during lent. For some people it’s great; for me, it’s not. Giving up some unhealthy food or habit probably makes me a bit healthier; however often I forget the main reason I’m giving said unhealthy thing up  which of course is to use my little tiny sacrifice as a way to unite myself with Jesus and His big giant sacrifice.

That being said, I’ve decided to give something up this year. I still primarily want to focus on doing good acts and growing in virtue this Lenten season; however, I have decided to go sugar free for lent. Actually, scratch that, sweetener free. Tuesday evening I said so long to not only white sugar, but also agave, stevia, honey and all other sweetening devices. Four days in and my commitment to being sweetener free has already been tested numerous times.

Friday afternoon I even made a batch of traditional chocolate chip cookies for some friends and family. I’m proud to say I didn’t so much as lick dough from the beater, nor did I eat a single cookie. I’ve realized that watching others enjoy the  food I make is actually better than eating my self. Still, nothing sounds better right now than a big chewy overly sweetened cookie. 42 days until Easter.

I’ve already determined that come Easter Sunday I will be making Peanut Butter Stuffed Hot Fudge Cupcakes from How Sweet It Is.

How Sweet It Is

I think they’ll be worth the wait :)

Do you celebrate Lent? What’s your opinion on giving things up? Any delicious sugar free recipe you’d like to share?

Fudge and Finals

Hey There.

Sorry for the absence, school and sleep have been priorities recently. I absolutely cannot wait for Christmas break. Thursday at 9:45 A.M. I will be a very happy and relieved foodie. Of course before break starts, I have 5 midterms looming in front of me. At my school there’s not getting exempt until senior year, regardless of how high your grades are. Of course, to be a bit more optimistic, the stress of finals make Christmas even sweeter. I have been working on doing other things besides just typical studying in order to perform optimally on my exams. Some things I have been working on:

1) getting plenty of sleep

2) eating good healthy, filling food at all meals.

Such as this lovely salad I took for lunch yesterday, featuring plenty of leafy greens, carrots, avocado and pecans.

3) focusing on being efficient while studying and not being distracted (Which includes things such as signing off Facebook)

4) being organized

5) studying in different ways; aloud, notecards, draw pictures, whatever I can possible do to remember a lot of information

6) taking study breaks that include making yummy Christmas-y desserts :)

Such as almost vegan fudge, based on this recipe

1 cup extra dark chocolate chips*

1/3 cup plus a splash of coconut milk (full fat)

a shy 1/4 cup peanut butter (about 1/6th a cup)

1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients together in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Continue to to microwave and stir for 15-30 second intervals until everything if fully melted. Pour in a small foil lined pan. Put in the fridge to harden for about an hour. Cut into squares and enjoy!

*because of the chocolate I used my fudge was not completely dairy free, however use different chocolate and it could be totally dairy free and vegan. Also, the ingredients could easily be doubled and it would probably fit nicely into an 8×8 pan.

Rich, Chocolately, and Delectable

Any other study tips?

Enjoy your Saturday!

~Ann Claire