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Natural Healthy Sugar Substitutes
Refined Sugars and artificial sweeteners are addictive and they do more more harm to our bodies than good. That is why more people each day are switching over to natural sweeteners. Natural sweeteners still satisfy your sweet tooth as well as benefiting your body at the same time. Did you know? Natural sweeteners actually contain vitamins and minerals essential for our bodies.
Replace your refined sugars and artificial sweeteners with these 5 natural and healthy sugar substitutes.
Stevia leaf’s most obvious and notable characteristic is its sweet taste. However, the sweet taste is not due to carbohydrate-based molecules, but to several non-caloric molecules called glycosides. Stevia is a great sugar alternative with zero calories. It is commonly used in helping manage diabetes, and can be used freely without affecting blood sugar. Stevia leaf powder is a fantastic alternative for people trying to manage their weight.
BENEFITS OF ORGANIC STEVIA POWDER:
- Great sweetener for hyperactive children
- Contain anti-cavity and plaque retardant
- Contain: anti-bacterial properties
- Health no-carb, no-calorie substitute
- Shown to aid in calcium formation
Stevia leaf powder is about 300 times sweeter than regular sugar, making just a little bit go a long way. It also tastes wonderful, and is very easy to incorporate into your diet. You can sprinkle it on top of fruit, yogurt or cereal, and mix into just about anything. It makes some bitter tasting smoothies taste fabulous, without adding any additional calories.
Dates are a much loved and ancient fruit, because they are very sweet and a great vegan source of potassium, fiber, calcium, copper and iron. They are great for digestion, and to help with constipation just soak 2-3 dates overnight in water, and consume first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
BENEFITS OF RAW ORGANIC DATES:
- Delicious Natural Sweetener
- Promote good digestion
- Great source of potassium
- High in calcium, copper and iron
- Certified Raw, USDA Organic, Non-GMO, Vegan and Pesticide-free
- Satisfying alternative to processed sweets
Try adding dates to sweeten any recipe such as raw energy bars, desserts, and sauces. They can be cut up and added to cereals, granola, trail mix, and yogurt, for additional sweetness and texture. Dates can even be stuffed with raw nuts, and pair wonderfully with almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts and hazelnuts. Children and adults can enjoy eating dates right out of the bag for a delicious and satisfying alternative to processed, or unhealthy sweets.
Vanilla is mainly used to add a robust flavor to many food recipes, beverages and medicines. It’s now also used as a fragrance in many perfumes and other scented products such as candles, incense and air fresheners.
MEDICINALLY, VANILLA HAS BEEN USED TO:
- Decrease anxiety
- Reduce hysteria and nervousness
- Overcome and reduce nausea
- Promote and stimulate sexual arousal
- Scent has been used to reduce food cravings in overweight people
Vanilla beans are native to tropical areas, and have been cultivated for their flavor and healing properties. Its considered to be a sacred plant to the Totonaca people of the Gulf Coast of Mexico, who were the first people to cultivate vanilla.
To use the vanilla bean in recipes, split the bean open lengthwise, and scrape out the thousands of black seeds that are inside. You can do this by splitting the bean down the middle with a small, sharp knife. Next, fold back the sides and with a spoon or back of the knife, simply scrape out all of the tiny black seeds inside, then just add seeds into a recipe. The seeds of 1 bean are equivalent to about 1 tsp. vanilla extract.
Another way to use vanilla beans in recipes, is by adding the entire bean(s) into a small coffee or spice grinder. Then adding desired amount of grounds to a recipe. You can also add the entire bean to a blender with beverages and smoothies, and pairs especially well with nut milk such as almond, cashew and hemp.
Vanilla adds a great flavor to raw desserts and sweets, and has been used as an essential ingredient in any and all chocolate recipes.
Coconut palm sugar is highly nutritious, and is one of the lowest glycemic index sweeteners on the market. It is ecologically beneficial and provides sustained energy. It is naturally rich in a number of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients like potassium, zinc, iron and Vitamins, B(1,2,3, and 6). Coconut palm sugar has 16 amino acids, which help boost metabolism, help with overall growth, repair and development of body tissues, hormones and enzymes.
Coconut palm sugar is made from the nectar (sap) of the coconut palm tree. It has a creamy, caramel-like sweetness and has a moist, crumbly texture.
Coconut palm sugar is a wonderful alternative to refined white sugar, and can easily be substituted in it’s place. Add coconut palm sugar to sweeten any recipe such as desserts, nut milks, curry dishes, yogurts, granola, etc.
Honey has a long history. The ancient Egyptians not only made offerings of honey to their gods (in the form of baked honey cakes), they also used it as an ingredient in embalming fluid and a wound dressing. Today, many people swarm to honey for its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, and first aid treatment for burns and cuts. Holistic practitioners consider it one of nature’s best all-around remedies, aiding with sore throats, congestion, digestive issues, skin problems and more.