Sugar Shock – Holiday Sweets without Added Sugar

They holidays are synonymous with celebrations and parties filled with extra treats and sweets. We can enjoy these festivities with fervor and flavor without all the added sugar that contributing to illnesses including diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome. In fact one-third of our children are battling obesity, and it is projected that 1 in 4 children born in 2000 will develop diabetes. This really hits home for me because my oldest daughter was born in 2000. This means that unless people embrace the necessity to reduce refined sugars in their diets and make other lifestyle changes now, some of her closest friends are likely to develop diabetes.

Try out these tips on reducing the overall amount of sugar in your holiday treats and share recipes like this one — Decadent Vegan Truffles — with friends and family to serve holiday treats that are naturally sweet enough without added sugars for all to enjoy.

Avoid added sugars by choosing recipes that do not contain them. Instead choose recipes that contain dried fruit like dates, bananas or applesauce that are naturally sweet. Here’s a killer cookie recipe with no added sugar from my blog that is a crowd pleaser — Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Bites

Reduce added sugars – you can safely reduce the cane or other added sugar in most dessert recipes by 25% without affecting taste or texture.

Replace up to 1/4th of the refined sugars called for in your recipes with stevia or luo han guo. Stevia is a plant leaf you can grow in your garden or in a pot on your patio or balcony. You can also buy it dried and ground into a powder that is 30 times sweeter than table sugar. Some people perceive it to have a slightly bitter aftertaste which can be masked by the sugar remaining in the recipe. Luo han go is a sweet fruit from China that is dried and used as a sugar substitute and medicinal herb. Both plants are zero calorie sweeteners with low glycemic index which means they do not significantly produce a rise in blood sugar levels when eaten.

Published on: December 14, 2012
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Yummo, have to make it on the weekend.

Fantastic…a little indulgence always good for the soul

Good tips about reducing sugars and adding lower-glycemic index substitute sweeteners such as Stevia, which you can pick up at Trader Joes…

Yum!! Definitely a guilt free treat…