My new BFF- Swerve.
Let's try this again...I just deleted my entire post. Wah. After my diagnosis with gestational diabetes 11 weeks ago, I had to totally change my eating habits. By no means was I a terribly unhealthy eater (no shame in the few handfuls of goldfish game)....but I had to change when I was eating and what type of foods I was putting into my body. I have always preached eating in moderation, and balancing macronutrients. I was not afraid to eat the "healthy carbs", because I know how important those are to fuel a busy and active lifestyle. I know I posted about this before, but it is truly amazing how quickly food can raise blood sugar levels, and how some seemingly healthy foods, even some of these healthy carbs, are off limits. For example, I love green grapes. Nope. No more. They spike my blood sugar. Bananas- no freaking way. Potatoes...yeah right. So if simple fruits and veggies can't work with my diet...no chance I can indulge in my pregnancy cravings such as rice crispy treats...or ice cream....or chocolate chip cookies...or Cadbury mini eggs...I could go on.....
This brings me back to the title of my post...my new BFF Swerve. Swerve is a sugar-like sweetener that can be used in baking low carbohydrate and low sugar snacks and it doesn't raise blood sugar levels. A friend of mine was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes a little over a year ago. She totally took her diagnosis by the horns and created an amazing keto-friendly bakery serving all sorts of treats that don't raise blood sugar levels (follow her on Instagram @beyondgrainbakery). She introduced me to Swerve. Swerve can be found in the baking aisle. I found it at Whole Foods and Meijer (I think some Kroger stores sell it as well), and have included the link for Amazon below . This very pregnant lady is super grateful to have a sugar substitute to help curb some of these cravings, and live a little. I wanted to bake something for the 4th of July that would be delicious and that I could share with everyone, and that would not put me into some type of diabetic coma...and that wasn't like a hardboiled egg....because that is just no fun. So I found and tweaked this lemon berry cake recipe....and OMG it is amazing. Like Eric told me he would rather have it for dessert than ice cream from Graeter's. Which is a HUGE compliment if you are from Cincinnati. We will definitely keep it in our recipe wheel for frequent use! So here is what you need:
**Note: I know there are lots of FATS in this ingredient list. I am by no means a keto diet expert, nor do I normally live a keto lifestyle. Eating fat has been extremely mental for me...but I am getting over it.
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