Sometimes the only thing that will quench your appetite is something sweet and sugary. Unfortunately, the same sugar that we love to indulge in, is the same sugar that causes an abundance of health problems! Lucky for us though, there are plenty of other options out there that can satisfy that craving.
We might jump to assume that few things come close to the “real” thing, but these options are much better (health AND taste wise) than processed sugars or corn syrup, which besides having unfavorable effects on our insides, are not nearly as fun and gourmet as the following options!
Agave gives you the major versatility when it comes to kicking your snacks up a notch. If you want to go the organic route, you can try Agave Amber. Another great aspect about this substitute is that it’s less harmful for diabetics to have as a treat once in a while. Being that its consistency resembles that of honey, not only is it a perfect substitute for maple syrup, but it’s also very popular among bakers, who swap it in for cobblers, candied yams and pie recipes.
As it’s already pretty common in peoples’ daily diets, this alternative source of sweetness may come as no surprise. Honey has been used for thousands of years, the main selling point being that fact that it never goes bad! It contains rich antioxidants, nutrients, and vitamins that are packed with all the flavor and none of the refined sugar. It’s low glycemic and, as a result, is usually used for weight management, a remedy for coughs and sore throats, and even helps fight insomnia. Just stay away from processed Honey, which lacks the essential vitamins and nutrients which make this option such a strong candidate!
Fruits are the perfect substitute for satisfying your sweet-tooth. The naturally occurring sugars are more than enough to help you sustain energy throughout your day, and the amounts of recipes that come from just a good batch are endless! This is why we incorporate fruit in every bottle of Oatworks. Fruit can be added into many different recipes as a natural sweetener; you can puree, blend, and mix fruit into almost any dessert, or you can just enjoy them as-is!
Molasses is also low on the glycemic index, and can be considered one of the more rich options. It claims the highest amounts of Vitamin B6, potassium, iron, magnesium, calcium and manganese. It may not seem like the most versatile substitute, but with just the right recipes, you’re in for a tasty, bold, and rich treat!
There is a reason why so many people are switching to healthier lifestyles, one of them being that nature can provide you with all the things your body needs to keep your health in check while providing tasty options! You can find every taste from spicy and sour, to salty and sweet. Using these simple ingredients, you’ll never be feel deprived again!
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