It comes to a certain time of day and my sugar craving starts to kick in. All I can think about is a chocolate chip cookie to help push it away, but I find that when I do this I become sluggish and extremely tired afterwards. Over the last couple of weeks I have decided to find ways to substitute white sugar, and I have found my sweet tooth is becoming less needy and I have slightly more energy. Here are 3 natural substitutes I have been using for sugar — what do you like to use?
Dates: Dates naturally have a sweet taste to them. They contain vitamin B6, vitamin A, potassium and calcium. I have been keeping a tub of them by my desk and snack on them when I need to!
Maple Syrup: Real maple syrup is made by boiling the sap of maple trees into a concentrated and sweet syrup. It’s a delicious sweetener — I use it to sweeten my yogurt in the morning and put a little drop of it into my coffee. It contains small amounts of calcium and zinc as well.
Honey: Honey has antibacterial properties and is a great source of antioxidants. I use it in my granola and yogurt, and I’ve found that a drink of honey, lemon, and ginger in hot water always helps as a good pick-me-up come mid afternoon. Darker honeys have higher antioxidant value — I usually use raw or unprocessed honey for higher nutrients and antioxidants.
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