Great news: I am so excited to announce that I have finally finished my long-awaited book: Low-Sugar, So Simple! It’ll be published on 21st November, just in time for the holiday season and the New Year.
If you want to know why sugar in all its forms is hazardous to your health, and if you want to get your hands on easy, reliable sugar-free recipes, I think you’re going to want to check it out. Here’s what one reviewer had to say:
“I knew that sugar was harmful, but this book really explains why and how. Plus, I love the super-easy recipes, many of which will be staples in my house from now on. Thank you, Elviira: your book is very helpful for all of us who want to quit sugar and find simple, healthy alternatives to it!”
Read on to find out more and enter the giveaway. I also have special gifts for those of you who preorder the book!
Here’s a great overview of the content:
The book will be published on 21st November, right for the holiday season and for the New Year!
I’ll be honest: Writing this book was a lot more labor-intensive than I thought it would be, but it was well worth the effort. And I hope you’ll agree! I can’t wait to hear what you think of it. Preorder your copy here (or use the direct Amazon.com link), then drop me a line and share your thoughts!
Here’s why I’m so excited about this book. First of all, it’s not just an ordinary cookbook: it’s full of accurate information on nutrition, too. I’ve done extensive research in order to reveal where sugar lurks, what different forms of sugar are called, and how to banish all sugar-pretenders (I’m talking to you, starch!) from your plate. You’ll also learn to know what you should avoid, and why—such as artificial sweeteners or commercial gluten-free products, for instance.
And I’ll provide you with truly healthy substitutions for sugar: you’ll find out which ingredients to use, and why they are so good for you.
To help you get started (or to help you continue on your journey towards a sugar-free lifestyle), the book contains 100 sugar-free recipes, from pantry basics to breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, desserts, baked goods, and even drinks! I know it’s challenging to stay on track with all those way-too-complicated recipes out there—even though many of them claim to be simple!—but genuinely easy recipes are my trademark, so you can be absolutely sure that all of the recipes in the book are truly super-easy to make. In fact, many of them have five ingredients or less, and feature just a few low-stress steps!
Also, I use simple tricks here and there that really help make these recipes stand out from your usual repertoire: Almost all recipes include tips for quicker preparation or for creative variations.
[Note: The photos in this post are my versions of the recipe photos: the book contains a professional photographer’s shots of the recipes.]
Let’s start with some savory pantry staples. When you keep some basics like Low-Sugar Sweet and Sour Sauce, Five-Ingredient Sugar-Free Ketchup (a real kid-pleaser—and healthy, too!), No-Sugar Teriyaki Sauce, Foolproof One-Minute Mayo, and Simple and Succulent Satay Sauce (plus lots more) on hand, you’ll never have to reach for that unhealthy commercial stuff ever again!
For sweet but sugar-free pantry staples, Five-Ingredient Sugar-Free Chocolate Hazelnut Spread, Three-Ingredient Sugar-Free Caramel Glaze, Low-Sugar Orange Marmalade, Easy Sugar-Free Strawberry Jam, and Homemade Sugar-Free Maple Syrup are ideal.
You might be giving up sugar, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite breakfast treats. Luscious Low-Sugar French Toast is so easy to make that you can whip it up even on weekday mornings. In the mood for something savory instead? The Splendid Sun-Dried Tomato, Basil, and Pine Nut Muffins are sure to do the trick. But if it’s sweet muffins you’re after, no problem: the Scrummy Streusel-Topped Blueberry Muffins will please kids and adults alike.
For a more filling breakfast, whip up some Hearty Breakfast Muffins with Bacon and Cheese, or make a Quick Pizza Omelet. Quick Chorizo and Cauliflower Breakfast Hash is a perfect breakfast for two, and for weekend mornings, Five-Ingredient Overnight Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole or Puffy Cheese Omelet with Avocado are perfect options.
This book saves the day when it comes to lunch, too, since it’s got plenty of soup, salad, wrap, and sandwich recipes. Comforting Chicken Zoodle Soup and Rich No-Potato Clam Chowder will warm you through on those cold winter days, whereas Five-Ingredient Avocado, Bleu Cheese, and Pecan Salad and The Ultimate Mason Jar Salad will keep you satisfied on hot summer days when you can’t even think about turning on the stove.
As for sandwiches, there’s a ton of options. Quick Tuna Satay Sandwich, Irresistible Curried Vegetable Wrap, Terrific Teriyaki Pork Sandwich, Cozy Cheeseburger Wrap; which one will you make today? For something sweeter but just as satisfying, the Nutritious Brie, Orange, and Walnut Wrap is the ultimate solution: Made with homemade Low-Sugar Orange Marmalade—which is also in the book—it’s a real low-carb treat.
Oh, and before you make your sandwiches, don’t forget to check out the recipe for Easy Fluffy Bread. It’s the best-tasting low-carb bread I’ve ever had, and I bet you’ll agree! Here’s the secret: the recipe is an improved version of my all-time favorite bread recipe Simple and Fluffy Gluten-Free Low-Carb Bread.
There are lots of other pantry staples, too. The Single-Serve Tortilla plays an important role in many other recipes in the book, while the Two-Minute Mile-High English Muffin in a Mug is the ultimate vehicle for healthy low-carb toppings.
Two pie crusts—one of which is keto vegan—will work perfectly with sweet and savory pies alike. And my recipe for Super-Healthy Waffles (or Pancakes) will satisfy both your pancake and waffle cravings!
The book won’t leave you cold when it comes to dinnertime, either. Five-Ingredient Salmon Dill Quiche or Savory Ricotta Butternut Squash Tart both taste great with a side salad.
Are you craving pizza? Then make the Quick Gluten-Free Microwave Pizza for one or two; or if you need to feed the whole gang, bake some Fabulous Pizza Focaccia for the Whole Family.
Quitting sugar doesn’t mean quitting comfort food. Fuss-Free, Starch-Free Lasagna, Better than Macaroni and Cheese, Starch-Free Wiener Schnitzels, and The Easiest Spaghetti Bolognese will keep you satisfied and on track.
If you’re cooking dinner only for yourself, you might want something especially quick and easy—with minimal cleanup. Choose from A-Cinch-to-Make Meatloaf in a Mug, Quick Chicken Fajita Pasta, and Skinny Tuna Pasta with Shirataki Noodles.
But if you need to impress dinner guests, Vegetarian Eggplant Curry with Cauli Basmati Rice, Cauli Rice Seafood Paella, Easy Cauli Rice Mushroom and Parmesan Risotto, and Tasty Taco Casserole will be sure-fire hits.
After a sugar-free dinner, why not indulge yourself with Easy Sugar-Free Ice Cream? Paired with Easy Fudgy Brownies, it’s an unbeatably delicious end to any dinner! If you can’t wait for your chocolate fix, though, Quick and Rich Low-Sugar Chocolate Mousse will save the day.
Those aren’t the only desserts you get to choose from, either. Next time you’re in the mood for baking, try One-Two-Three-Four-Five Cake, Crunchy One-Bowl Five-Ingredient Cookies, Guilt-Free Pumpkin Pie, or Five-Ingredient Heaven and Hell Cheesecake. (And check out my tips for making a perfectly foolproof cheesecake!)
Homemade sweets are much better than the sugar-laden, industrially-produced stuff. When you give your kids Sugar-Free Natural-Ingredient Gummy Bears, Low-Sugar Milk Chocolate, or Truly Sugar-Free White Chocolate (which is actually dairy-free, too!), you can rest assured they won’t start running wild or end up with rotten teeth!
For more lunchbox-friendly snacks, make Cinnamon Roll-Flavored Apple Chips or Two-Ingredient Crackers (they’re an essential part of any cheese board as well: with just two ingredients you can’t go wrong!) And Magic Cauliflower Popcorn is a tasty, healthy alternative to starch-filled regular popcorn. Finally, your kids will love dipping Easy Broccoli “Tater Tots” in the Five Ingredient Sugar-Free Ketchup.
Forget those sugary sodas. When you make Basic Sugar-Free Iced Tea (which includes ingenious tips on how to avoid ending up with bitter iced tea!), Guilt-Free Lemonade, Apple Pie–Infused Water, or Mighty Mint Lassi, there are no blood sugar spikes—and no blood sugar crashes (or guilt!), either.
For richer drinks, the Supreme Orange Creamsicle Shake, Creamy No-Sugar Hot Chocolate, Healthy PSL, or Rich Sugar-Free Eggnog will keep you full until your next meal.
Giveaways and special gifts
Giveaway: I’m going to give away one “Low-Sugar, So Simple” book every week for the next 10 weeks! How to enter? Send me an email at elviira [at] lowcarbsosimple.com with the subject line “Low-Sugar, So Simple Giveaway”. If you’re lucky, you might win your own copy of my book! Remember, for the next 10 weeks, one lucky winner is drawn every week—so, if you want to enhance your chance to win, enter early!
Special gifts: If you don’t want to rely on luck, no problem. You can preorder your own copy now. In that case, I have TWO special gifts for you! If you preorder my book before 21st November 2017, you will get my never-ever-published-before eBook “Stevia — A Comprehensive and Practical Guide” AND this handy tool:
How to claim your gifts: After preordering my book (either from Amazon or via Quarto) please send the copy of the receipt to me at elviira [at] lowcarbsosimple.com and I will send you your copy of the Stevia eBook and will ensure that your Kale & Greens Stripper Tool is shipped to you (don’t forget to give me your mailing address in your email).
And that’s not all: On 15th December, everyone who’s ordered my book and sent me the receipt will participate in yet another massive giveaway, where you can win a $500 Amazon gift card!
So, here it is in a nutshell:
a) Enter the giveaway for a chance to win your own copy of “Low-Sugar, So Simple” book and:
Hope you are as excited as I am!