Quitting sugar is definitely not an easy task. However, there are many natural alternatives to get away from the ingredient. Some of them can even be done at home, as they are extracted from natural products!
I know it seems like something difficult to put into practice, but replace sugar of their food is not a seven-headed bug. This was the subject of one of my channel videos – the challenge of going 30 days without sugar! To help those who also want to face this journey, I will share seven types of natural sweeteners to make your life sweeter (It’s healthy)!
One of the most used options to sweeten sweets and drinks is the honey. In addition to being a healthier sweetener, the product is full of nutrients. It is great for strengthening the immune system, for example, as it has iron and calcium. It even works as a natural antibiotic!
The only thing that needs to be taken into account before using honey is the flavor of the ingredient. Because he has a very characteristic taste, he divides opinions. There are those who love, but there are also those who don’t enjoy it so much. If you are part of the group that loves honey, take the opportunity to make an incredible recipe for honey cake!
Formed from the evaporation of water from the sugarcane juice, the molasses it is a natural sweetener with a very striking flavor. If you want to know how to make cane molasses, know that the process is a little complicated. The broth needs to boil for a long time and stir constantly. Therefore, it is easier and more practical to buy the ready-made product.
The taste of molasses is similar to that of brown sugar, and can even be used to bind pie dough. Oh, and the molasses goes very well with a good granola. For people with diabetes and kidney disease, replacing sugar with molasses is not a good idea. The ingredient has a high calorie content, even though it is rich in vitamins – use it with caution!
THE date it is a traditional fruit from the Middle East region, but it ended up spreading to various corners of the world. Among its main benefits are the high level of fibers and various minerals, such as potassium and iron.
Before adding the ingredient to the recipes, let the berries soak for about 15 minutes to make them more soft and hydrated. Then, grind with a little water to form a paste. The rule of success is: two tablespoons of the paste for each one tablespoon of common sugar. I promise you will use dates to sweeten your cakes and desserts without fear!
Who has heard of stevia? This type of natural sweetener is obtained through a plant of Paraguayan origin, also called Stevia. It is usually sold as powder or drops and sweetens even more than traditional sugar. For those who want to improve digestion, this alternative is wonderful.
Unlike molasses, the stevia sweetener has virtually no calorie content. It can be used in any type of candy, from cakes and cookies to others that need to go through super high temperatures. Oh, and the ingredient is found in two versions: powder and liquid. In my view, the liquid turns out to be a little more practical.
Yacon potato syrup
To regulate blood sugar levels, bet on yacon potato syrup! This type of tuber looks like a potato and is traditional in the Andes. It also helps to lose weight, since it has substances beneficial to our intestinal flow. In fact, the immune system also benefits from the use of this sweetener.
The only problem with this product is that it is affection. To find it, try going to your local health food store.
Nothing better than making our life sweeter with fruit! In addition to the date, other options such as grapes, figs, bananas and cherries are also super sweet. The best way to use fruit in recipes is in the form of jelly, such as cherry or fig.
Another option of natural product used as a sweetener is the coconut sugar. It is made with the nectar of the fruit, which evaporates and has a texture similar to that of ordinary sugar. Its flavor is very neutral and does not resemble coconut, in case someone here doesn’t like it. Because he is still little manufactured, he is a little caring. Even so, I believe it is worth investing the money.
Despite not being such a sweet ingredient, vanilla also works as a sugar substitute. The ideal is to use it in the form of vanilla extract, with a more concentrated flavor and aroma. Few drops of the product already transform the dessert and the drink.
NOTE: Avoid using vanilla essence, which is a more industrialized version. In addition, the essence has in its components the addition of artificial flavorings.
Taking advantage of the substitution climate, start using some kind of vegetable milk in your recipes. They are extremely nutritious and serve the same function as animal milk 😉