If talking about love-hate relationship, I have one, with sugar. Most of the time I’m fine without any extra sugar (I can be without touching the jar of sugar for weeks or months), but I’m aware I still consume heaps of it in processed products, specially as ketchup because I love it almost as much as lime. I want to have a healthier diet, so I have been searching for yummy options (“yummy” part being of high importance).
Low-Sugar, So Simple: 100 Delicious Low-Sugar, Low-Carb, Gluten-Free Recipes for Eating Clean and Living Healthy
by Elviira Krebber
Keywords: cookbook, reference, healthy, low-sugar, low-carb, gluten-free, special diet.
*Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 21st 2017 by Fair Winds Press
Even if you can’t tell by the title, this book is more than just 100 recipes. Actually, the three first sections of this book were what I found the most interesting. On them, you’ll find information about how sugar affects your body and different health conditions linked to high consumption of sugars. Also, there is a very detailed section with different varieties of sucrose (sugar cane) and syrups, their common names and their processing. Complex carbs are also explain, including the controversial high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Third section gives alternatives to sugar, starches and unhealthy carbs with details and usage suggestions for each one of them.
“In our everyday language, sugar refers only to sweet-tasting carbohydrates. However, chemically speaking, complex carbs are just sugars with a more complicated structure.”
-Elviira Krebber, Low Sugar, so simple
When changing your diet, most certainly you will need to change your grocery list. If you are familiar with ingredients such as whey protein, almond and coconut flour, psyllium husk powder and erythritol, you are good to go. Those were the “out of ordinary” ingredients I found that are used extensively. If you are vegan, this is not your book at all. Recipes can include eggs, meat and dairy products. Those on keto diet can benefit from these recipes as well. For all of you who simple want to cut on sugars/carbs without the strictness of a keto diet, this is a great option.
PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST!
Yes, you heard me, there is a “pizza” recipe in the breakfast section and while ingredient-wise it is an omelet, it looks like a cute pizza and I love it. Comforting chicken zoodle (spiralized zucchini) soup was another favorite of mine. However, most of the recipes weren’t love at first sight (this one was *drools*). I expected that “low sugar, so simple” would be more about popular recipes that are naturally low on sugars and carbs without the need of special ingredients. Once you get the right ingredients, it’s easy peasy recipes with no fuss but healthy benefits.
The book is divided into basics & pantry staples, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, desserts and drinks, which makes it easy for choosing a whole day menu. The three dishes on the front cover are good examples of easy recipes with common ingredients, so you can actually find those as well, yum!. I would highly recommend to check the author’s blog Low carb, so simple if you want to see more recipes with beautiful images just like in the book.
*I requested an eArc from Quarto Publishing Group – Fair Winds Press via NetGalley, Thank you! Later, I bought the kindle version and I most say, get the paper version because it looks way better or buy the kindle version if you don’t care about looks.
This is one of the recipes included in the book: