Sugar Detox Day 4: Veggies, Sweet Veggies

Most people don’t think of veggies as being sweet per se, but some of them are. They can help satisfy your sweet tooth during your meal so that you crave sweets afterward less. Here are some ways to sweeten your meals:

Caramelized onions are quite sweet, and my favorite way to eat them is in salad. A good, sweet salad will help curb those refined sugar cravings.

To make the onions, just sauté them in a pan with some olive oil. If you like balsamic vinegar, sauté the onions in it to add to their already wonderful flavor. Refrigerate.beets

To make the salad, just tear up your preferred lettuce, chop up apples and/or pears, add your favorite salad veggies (carrots would go nicely in this), include any meat you have on hand (roast/grilled chicken or sliced steak work particularly well) and then add the caramelized onions. I’m a fan of balsamic and white balsamic vinegars, so I suggest sprinkling a dash of salt, a sprinkle of olive oil, and at least a tablespoon of balsamic or white balsamic vinegar. The measurements are up for interpretation – I generally like my salads with heavier vinegar than most people, so I use more than a tablespoon of it. Toss the salad well.

You can also make an orange dressing with just salt, olive oil, freshly squeezed orange juice, and a small bit of lemon juice.

Fresh loose multi-colored carrots are extremely helpful for sugar cravings as the different colors are sweeter than orange. Purple is the sweetest of all. Of course baby carrots are very sweet as well. I snack on multi-colored carrots or baby carrots when I get a craving. Of course it doesn’t replace chocolate, but it definitely helps to have something sweet to nosh on.

Roasted beets are often ignored as something you can make at home, but they’re actually very easy! Just wash them, wrap them in two layers of aluminum foil, roast them until they’re soft (about 40 minutes), let them cool, then peel them. This works for both red and gold beets, and they’re both extremely sweet. In fact, when I include them in smoothies, I have to be very careful about how much I include because their taste and sweetness easily overwhelm the whole smoothie. They’re great on salads, as their own salads (salt, pepper, olive oil, dill!), or just as a little snack. If you doubt whether beets can replace sugar, just remember that some companies use beet sugar instead of refined sugar for their sodas and chocolates.


Do you agree that veggies can help lessen cravings for sweets? Which ones do you eat to replace sugars?

Keep on living the wheat free life!


2 responses to this post.

  1. Great post! Carrots are at the top of my sweet craving list (if it’s not a chocolate day….) , pears also work well for me. Believe it or not, sometimes if a sweet craving is too strong, I go the opposite way and have something tart like grapefruit to kill the craving. It seems to disappoint my taste buds just enough to make them stop torturing me.. 😉


    • It’s so funny you should say that about grapefruit! I do the same thing, sometimes even eating an orange instead of a grapefruit. Even though oranges aren’t sour, something about the citrus really helps cut the cravings.


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