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thumbnail1Here’s another quickie, no sugar added recipe from my good friend Sharon. I just made it today and I love, love, LOVE it!!!  The best part of this delicious frozen treat is that it barely made a dent in my glucose levels. How “sweet” is that?

All you need are a few frozen fresh pineapple pieces and 1/2 cup of coconut milk. The coconut milk has only 1 gram of carbs! (Pineapples, coconuts, bananas? Hmm… I see a theme here. I think I’m having a tropical monkey baby.)

Blend all the ingredients together until slushy, and BAM… Another sugar-free treat! If the mixture isn’t slushy enough, you can put it back in the freezer for a few minutes. You can also add a bit of sugar-substitute is you prefer it to be a little sweeter.

I had this sorbet for a snack this afternoon, and it was yummy! I also had some for dessert after dinner. I was so pleasantly surprised (both times!) that my glucose levels stayed low. Now I have two fruity, no sugar snacks to choose from: this one and the banana with cocoa powder.

You’re the best, Sharon! Keep sending me more recipes.

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banasplitWhen I was pregnant with my daughter, all I wanted was watermelon. It didn’t matter that it was out of season or if the watermelon wasn’t sweet, I just wanted the refreshing red flesh of watermelon… And I would pay anything for it!

With my current pregnancy, I am craving all sorts of things. During the first trimester, I craved cocktails, such as margaritas and lemon drops. Obviously, I didn’t give in to these cravings. Instead I looked for other ways to satisfy them, such as drinking lemonade in a salt- or sugar-rimmed glass, or sipping margarita mix on the rocks. Neither worked. Needless to say, I had to patiently wait for the craving to subside, then moved on to the next trimester.

My second trimester has been all about the PERFECT banana split. I wanted the usual scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream, AND the sundae sauces had to be in the right spots: pineapple sauce on vanilla, hot fudge on chocolate, and strawberry sauce on strawberry. Of course, the whipped cream had to be slathered all over with sprinkles, almonds, and a cherry on top. Not walnuts, not peanuts, but almonds. And if there were no almonds available, someone (usually my husband) had to go out to get me almonds.

When people find out you’re pregnant, one of the first things they ask is, “Do you know what you’re having?” But when women find out you’re pregnant, they also ask, “Any weird cravings?” So I asked a few women what they craved during their pregnancies. Here’s a  list of some of the weird ones:

  • an Oreo cookie with a dollop of white frosting (from a tub) and a peanut butter cup on top
  • escargot (what my mother craved when she was pregnant with me, which is my excuse for being slow and slimy?! ;-))
  • Krispy Kremes with Classic Coke
  • cold chocolate cake right out of the refrigerator
  • Taco Bell (for breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • pickle juice but not the pickles

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