Now, you may not agree with me on this, but adding particular vegetables as a substitute for sugar and sweeteners, in fact, is a fantastic alternative! Not only will you replace sugar and eliminate blood sugar spikes and crashes, but you will also add some extra vitamins, minerals and the much-needed fibre. This is especially useful when making desserts, such as a chocolate brownie or tray bakes.
Experiment with all of the “sweeter” vegetables, such as carrot, beetroot and sweet potato- you might be (pleasantly) surprised!
If you need extra sweetness to improve the taste of a sauce, sweeten berry or apple compote or add to your pancakes, freshly squeezed orange juice is a great alternative to try. You only need a splash, so make sure to always keep a fresh orange (or even better, a blood orange when it's in season) to sweeten foods on the spot. Add to salad dressings for extra sweetness and zing.
The beauty of coconut is in its many forms and textures. Anything from coconut oil to shredded coconut to coconut butter. Because coconut is so versatile, it can be added to an array of foods and plenty of combinations can be made to enhance food flavours. Coconut contains quality fats and coconut scent creates a “sweet” association in the mind that makes it a perfect substitute, which will trick your tastebuds into feeling satisfied and curb cravings for sugar.
Add coconut oil to a smoothie or a protein shake for extra satiety, add shredded coconut to sweeten breakfasts or desserts or simply snack on coconut chunks.
Stewed apple and homemade apple puree/ sauce is a brilliant natural way to sweeten porridge or overnight oats, baked muffins and sweet bakes with. In addition to great taste and texture, apple puree contains pectin and is excellent to make the digestion smoother and get the pipes moving.
Make it a double whammy and add cinnamon to your apple puree for a maximum natural sweetness that fills the entire house with a delicious scent of baked goods (and helps balance blood sugar when eaten together).
Just like cinnamon, liquorice is an ancient spice with recognised healing benefits, that may contribute towards soothing digestion and supporting the adrenals. Liquorice is fantastic in teas (you can find many fruit teas sweetened with it, no sugar needed), as well as simply chewing on a liquorice stick if you feel the cravings kick in.
I am not a doctor, medical professional or a dietician. The information I provide is based on my professional experience as a Nutritional Therapist, studies provided and on my personal experience. Any recommendations I may make about diet changes, nutrition, supplements or lifestyle, or information provided to you on this website should be discussed between you and a medical or healthcare professional. The information you receive in these blogs does not take the place of professional medical advice.