Well, I would update you on what I ate the last couple of days of the sugar-free challenge. But, there’s not much to report. It was basically different incarnations of banana – banana + almond milk + ice = smoothie; frozen, blended banana = ice cream. Really, that’s about it.
But, I think I turned a corner today. At least, I was hungry and wanted to try to eat something a little more substantial. So I scoured the internet and put together this tummy soothing concoction.
White rice is not a staple in my diet, anymore. But, it was our traditional “healing after sickness” first solid food. I tend to keep it around specifically for times like this – times when I need something easily digested and don’t particularly care so much about the nutritional benefits other than “give me some energy.” Cardamom and ginger – two members of the same family – have long been used for healing digestive issues – soothing yet flavorful. Cinnamon is high in antioxidants, and has traditionally been used to treat digestive issues. In more modern times, it has been shown to help regulate blood sugar – which helps to mitigate the effects of dumping all the relatively simple carbs of white rice into my system.
And, best of all, this meal is fast, fast, fast. Darn near instant, in fact.
Indian Spiced Rice “Pudding”
1/2 cup cream of rice (I get this in at my local Indian grocer.)
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup water
1 t. date paste (or to taste)
1/8 t. cardamom seeds, ground
1/4 t. dried ginger
1/2 t. cinnamon
Place all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir constantly until mixture thickens. This only takes a few minutes. I like it thick. If you like it thinner, you can increase the liquid content. I topped mine with some almond milk, almonds and raisins. But, you can top it with whatever sounds good to you.
I have to admit, I was trying to avoid using dates for this sugar-free challenge. But, this whole food poisoning sort of threw me for a loop and I decided I should just try to eat whatever sounded good, short of eating straight-up sugar.
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