It’s that time of year again. Family, food, presents, celebrating and….sugar! It’s everywhere and in everything! It can be a hard time of the year for those who are trying to eat clean and be healthy. Yes, we all can cheat an should cheat sometimes, but it can be overwhelming when dinner after dinner there is an array of pies, cakes, candy canes, and cookies to be had. So, we are here to tell you that you can have your cake and eat it too! (Literally!) Today, we have 5 healthy sweeteners you can use to replace sugar with in your recipes. Yes, it might change the texture and level of sweetness, but with a little bit of practice and guidance from us, you can take those delicious holiday treats and turn them into a sweet healthier option that won’t fill your body with inflammation and sugar comas!
5 Best Sugar Substitutes
1. Maple Syrup
Maple syrup is one of the best alternatives to sugar. It is great over pancakes and waffles, but it is also great in many recipes. Maple syrup is packed with over 24 antioxidants which reduce free radicals that cause inflammation. Look for 100% pure organic maple syrup; either grade B or C.
Dates are so great because not only are they high in fiber and potassium, but they slow down sugar absorption. Dates flush out toxins and they balance electrolytes in your body. They also help with constipation and boost energy. You can use dates in baking, add to smoothies or in nut butters. They are the number 1 natural sweetener used.
This is a great substitute that you can use on a regular basis in your tea, coffee, or any other drinks. It is an all natural sweetener that comes from a green leaf plant. It is great for those who are looking to lose weight or have insulin issues. A little bit goes a long way, so only use a few drops. When buying stevia it is important to look at the label. Many brands should be avoided because they are highly processed and use chemicals and GMOs. Look for full green leaf stevia and if you want a brand recommendation we use Sweetleaf Natural Stevia Sweetener and NOW Foods Better Stevia.
4. Coconut Sugar
Coconut Sugar is great for baking because it is the exact equal amounts of sugar when you replace it. It’s simple to switch it in and it is vegan and non-GMO. Coconut sugar is easily digested and is full of potassium, electrolytes, and it has a lighter glycemic index. Simply put, you won’t go on a sugar high and then crash a few hours later if you use coconut sugar. Sounds pretty great to me!
5. Raw Honey
One of the reasons honey is such a great replacement is that it is actually a food. Filled with amino acids and antioxidants that help support your overall health. When using honey, use it sparingly, because it is very strong and just like stevia, a little bit can go along way. And when you are purchasing honey, look for the words, local, raw, and pure because that is the best. Local is so important because it reduces your allergies by adjusting your body to the pollen. The pollen will change with the season so getting a new bottle in winter, spring, summer and fall is important.
Try these natural sugar substitutes out in your next dessert! You will satisfy your sweet tooth while taking care of your body!