Personally, I really need to add some sweetness to that green smoothie and I can’t live without my cookies, bars and muffins. Even a Fit Girl has to satisfy that sweet tooth! I stay away from artificial, processed sugar (products) as far as possible, because there are healthier options that are just as or even more delicious. I’ve selected three options of which you may not have thought about before.
So here are some delicious natural sugar replacers:
Dried fruits like dates, figs, apricots and pineapple do contain natural occuring sugar, but thanks to the fiber they will actually prevent insulin spikes and keep you longer satisfied. Eat them like candy or use them as a sugar substitute for baking; especially (Medjool) dates are a great option. Blend some soaked dates to make a gooey, caramel like substance which you can use as a syrup replacer.
Because raw honey is unpasteurized, its nutrients remain intact. It contains important enzymes and antioxidants along with vitamin C, B-vitamins and several minerals. It is also a great immune booster because of its antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Coconut sugar may be similar to regular table sugar on the outside, but looks can be deceiving because coconut sugar actually contains several vitamins and minerals. It is also said that coconut sugar has a relatively low GI, so you won’t have that sugar crash later! Tip: sprinkle some coconut sugar over your hot morning oats – it will melt a little bit and gives an awesome caramel flavour.
Next time you’re craving something sweet, give these natural sugar replacers a try and make a healthier version out of your favorite treat!
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