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3 Sugar-Free Ingredients to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

May 2, 2014

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With an increasing number of studies showing the negative effects of sugar on health, more people are searching for ways to curb their cravings. This is a great thing, but man is it hard to give up your favorite sweet treats!

Reducing your sugar intake (especially the added sugar in things like baked goods, sweetened beverages, and various packaged products), can not only lower your risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke, obesity, and type 2 diabetes, but it can also enhance the more subtle aspects of health such as providing greater energy, boosting your immune system, and even helping you clear your mind—something everyone could benefit from.

So what do you do when you’re pining for something sweet but don’t want to resort to full-on indulgence? Get creative with one of these healthy, delicious, and sugar-free sweet substitutes ingredients:

 

Healthy Sugar Substitutes

Cacao Powder

Cacao powder tastes like chocolate, but without the sugar! Sprinkle it over oatmeal or plain yogurt, add to smoothies, or use in granola or baked goods.

Cinnamon

This awesome spice reminds you of things that are sweet without actually having any sugar. Sprinkle over apple slices, mix into almond milk, and add to chia pudding.

Stevia

If you love to bake but want to avoid white sugar, stevia is the perfect alternative. I prefer liquid stevia from The Body Ecology Diet, because it doesn’t have a bitter aftertaste that some brands do, and a little goes a long way.

Besides choosing sugar alternatives for sweet treats, you can also reduce your sugar cravings by adding more fats and proteins to your diet to keep you satiated, eating more sweet vegetables, and simply drinking a tall glass of water with lemon when a craving hits. Foods like avocados, nuts and seeds, organic meats, and a moderate amount of fruits will help you stick within 25 grams per day. Try it for a week and see how you feel!

How do you feel when you increase or decrease your sugar consumption? Share it with us in the comments below!