Just say no to doughnuts!

By: Heather Nielson

I realize that today (June 3rd) is national doughnut day but I confess, I am one of those weird people who hates doughnuts…and pie! *GASP* What can I say. I’m forever married to my dark chocolate. I do have a sweet tooth though and I’ve found that the fewer simple carbs I eat, the fewer I crave. I wrote earlier about getting back to basics with nutrition and one of those basics is eating a lot fewer simple carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates come in many forms, some of which might surprise you! A doughnut is definitely a simple carb that raises your blood sugar very quickly but did you know that raisins do the same thing? They both have a pretty high glycemic index; but I would bet you would choose raisins over a doughnut in terms of a healthy food choice, and you would be right! Raisins have a lot of other micro nutrients as well as fiber in them that make them healthier for you than a doughnut, which is essentially ’empty’ or doesn’t provide any other nutritional benefit other than a lot of highly accessible carbohydrates.


Raisins and other fruits may help you satisfy that sweet tooth craving and during the summer, there are a lot more fruit in season for you to enjoy! Salsas, guacamoles are also very popular in the summer at BBQ’s and other parties. Below is a recipe (that I honestly can’t quite remember if I made up or not!) that is a fruity salsa.

Strawberry Mango Salsa

  • 1 package of strawberries chopped fine
  • 1 mangos, peeled and chopped fine
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped fine
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro chopped fine
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbl lemon juice
  • (and if you’re brave….) 1 jalapeno chopped
  1. Combine all ingredients and let marinate overnight
  2. Enjoy!


One thought on “Just say no to doughnuts!

  1. Darren Hunter

    Delicious! I vowed to stay away from Cookies in 2016…they are my Achilles Heel. Coach Heather is absolutely correct…the fewer carbs you eat the less you desire…the hard part is breaking away from the sweets. I use post it notes on the fridge and cabinet: No unnecessary junk! Simple reminder and it works for me to stay honest.
    Thanks Heather!


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