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The reason to avoid sugar in the first place is the effect it has on your insulin levels. Numerous studies have shown that low calorie sweeteners may assist individuals in losing weight, maintaining weight loss or reducing energy intake. But besides that I am okay. Gradually reduce how much sugar you add to your coffee, how much honey and maple syrup is in your baked goods, and how often you consume it. Yes, coconut sugar is fine to use as a sweetener, but keep in mind it is still sugar so use in moderation. Axe on Youtube 1.

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Dates are loaded with potassium, copper , iron, manganese, magnesium and vitamin B6. From the date palm tree, they are easily digested and help to metabolize proteins, fats and carbohydrates. The first step is to make a paste. Date paste can be used one-to-one in most recipes, unlike stevia, and it does add bulk for baking.

Soak Medjool dates in hot water until soft. Add the soaked dates to your food processor, along with one tablespoon of the soaking liquid. Add more water as needed to create a thick rich paste. You are looking for the consistency of peanut butter. Use in your favorite cookie or cake recipe to cut out refined sugar and boost the nutrients.

You can also use date paste to sweeten your favorite muffins and pies. Depending on the water content of the fruit, you may need to add a thickener, like tapioca. These yummy bites are backed with nuts and naturally sweetened just from the Medjool dates. Now, more and more people are using coconut sugar as their natural sweetener of choice because of its low glycemic load and rich mineral content. Packed with polyphenols, iron, zinc , calcium, potassium, antioxidants, phosphorous and other phytonutrients, coconut sugar is versatile and now readily available.

Coconut sugar is extracted sap from the blooms of the coconut and then heated. Next, through evaporation, we get coconut sugar. Use coconut sugar in your favorite recipes, for it measures just like sugar! Add the amount of sugar that is called for in a recipe to your food processor and give it a whirl until you get the desired texture. Or you can dissolve the coconut sugar in the liquids called for in the recipe.

For every cup of coconut sugar, add one tablespoon of arrowroot powder and blend until smooth in a clean coffee grinder or high-powered food processor.

While time consuming, maple syrup processing requires only four steps — drilling the hole in the tree, hanging a bucket to catch the sap, boiling to evaporate out the water, and then filtering of any sediment. Maple syrup is an outstanding source of manganese, and contains calcium , potassium, and zinc. Select darker, Grade B maple syrups, as they contain more beneficial antioxidants than the lighter syrups. Maple syrup is heat stable, so you can use it in virtually any application.

Add it to marinades, glazes an sauces and use for baking. For a glaze for cookies or cakes, heat until just barely simmering and add the coconut-powdered sugar from above. Stir until smooth, allow to cool to room temperature and then drizzle away! Organic blackstrap molasses is highly nutritious, rich in copper, calcium, iron, potassium , manganese, selenium and vitamin B6. Sugarcane and beet molasses has the highest phenolic content and antioxidant activity when compared with refined sugar, beet sugar, rape honey, corn syrup, and dates.

There are several types of molasses, depending on which level of processing it has gone through. Blackstrap molasses comes from the third boiling, concentrating its nutrients and providing for its deep rich flavor.

Molasses has a unique, rich flavor. It may not be appealing for some to use for topping toast, porridges or other concentrated applications.

Put the coconut sugar and the molasses in a food processor, and pulse until the consistency of commercial brown sugar is reached. Balsamic vinegar is rich in antioxidants that destroy free radicals, rich in the enzyme pepsin that helps to promote healthy digestion, and it tastes great. This process can take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. It will thicken further upon cooling.

Drizzle the glaze over grilled wild-caught salmon , over raw cheese or even fresh berries to bring a natural sweetness and a bit of a tang. They are also naturally sweet with a subtle flavor, making them a perfect natural sweetener. First, overripe bananas are the best to use when replacing refined sugar in recipes. They are sweeter and puree well. For every cup of sugar called for in a recipe, use one cup of banana puree.

To make the puree, add bananas to a food processor with a tablespoon of water and blend. Add more water if necessary to reach the consistency of thick applesauce. As bananas brown when exposed to air, use as quickly as possible in recipes. If you are using banana puree in raw preparations, add one teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to the food processor to help retard the oxidation process.

Brown rice syrup starts with brown rice that is fermented with enzymes to break down the starch. The liquid is then heated until the syrup consistency is achieved. A thick, amber-colored, sweet syrup perfect for recipes calling for corn syrup and other unhealthy sweeteners. The fermented process helps to break down the sugars into ones that are easily digestible. The fermenting process is key — some brown rice syrups are fermented with barley enzymes, meaning it contains gluten.

Purchase brown rice syrups that are labeled gluten-free. Add in crushed ice. Top off with Zevia Ginger Ale, fresh mint, and a squeeze of lime! Muddle the mint in the bottom of the glass with the vodka and lime juice. Add in ice and top off with Zevia Ginger Beer Mixer. Garnish with mint and lime slice and enjoy! Muddle ginger in a glass. Add turmeric, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar, then stir. Let sit in the fridge overnight.

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