Healthy Foods to Replace Sugar and Bring Harmony to Your Taste Buds

23 Dec

 

     In my last post, I said I’d give you some healthy alternatives to the toxicity of so much sugar in your body. Your taste buds can be satiated without it.

     [First, I corrected something I said about honey: Honey is a natural alternative to sugar. Its redeeming quality is that it possesses healing attributes and doesn’t spike the blood-sugar levels. Honey’s undesirable quality is that it has the highest calorie content of all sugars with 65 calories/tablespoon, compared to 48 calories/tablespoon found in table sugar. It also decays teeth faster than table sugar.]

Picture from http://greatist.com/health/healthier-dessert-recipes.
Picture from http://greatist.com/health/healthier-dessert-recipes.

     Now, on to the healthy alternatives that might please your sweet tooth without hurting you. Fresh fruit (freeze banana slices, grapes, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, etc. to add to your oatmeal or cereal), smoothies, granola, nuts, dark chocolate.

    

     I looked for some healthy sweets by doing a google search and came up with this site where you can get some great ideas – http://greatist.com/health/healthier-dessert-recipes. Here are few:

     You can make all-fruit popsicles. There’s no added sugar in these sweet and cool treats. Simply puree 4 cups watermelon chunks, ¼ cup lime juice, 1 tsp. lime zest, ¼ cup agave syrup, freeze in ice pop molds or small paper cups, and enjoy. If it’s not watermelon season, try any other juicy fruit: pears, peaches, or berries with a touch of apple juice for base will all make great pops.

     You might try banana ice cream. It’s a one-ingredient ice cream and is a good after-dinner treat. Mix it up and add in a peanut butter swirl or a few teaspoons of cocoa powder for some chocolate flavor.

     How about a simple plum sorbet that doesn’t use any sugar—just 3 tablespoons of honey per quart. It’s plenty sweet.      Stuff some apples with oats, nuts, (recipe here) and a little honey and bake.

     Add berries to pudding, cottage cheese, yogurt – and if you need a little more sweetness, add a packet of Stevia or honey.      A small serving of a healthy mix of nuts like almonds and pistachios (trail mix) with a few nice chewy pieces of dried fruit (like cranberries or cherries) and some dark chocolate pieces makes a great snack mix with good nutritional value too. Stay away from the mixes with M&M’s!

     Bananas are so sweet on their own they can help sweeten any treat. Mash ½ a ripe banana until mushy, and swirl in a teaspoon of peanut butter. Spread on a rice cake, and voila—“banana butter” rice cakes!

     Natural peanut butter has less sugar than JIFF, and in my opinion, it tastes sweeter than JIFF.

     I have a friend who has rheumatoid arthritis. She gave me a recipe that has helped relieve her pain and improve the disfiguring in her hands. You make it like a cup of hot tea: hot water, 2 tsp. of honey, ½ tsp. of cinnamon — mix, and then add another ½ tsp. of cinnamon. Drink this on an empty stomach, twice a day. That’s it.

     As I was writing this, my sweet tooth started twitching. So I heated up some water, put a bag of chocolate hazelnut decaf tea (STASH is the brand name) in it and added a packet of Stevia—delicious!

     You do not have to sacrifice anything to eat healthy and care for your body. It’s possible to satisfy your taste buds without causing problems. You simply have to change the way you shop and use your brain to choose the right foods that will help maintain harmony in your body.

 

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