The harvest is a traditional time of celebration. Though most of us no longer mark the season by storing our own grain, salting meat and preserving fruits and vegetables, it’s still a joyous time of year, when eating and socializing top the charts. The only problem? Sometimes surrounding yourself with food presents problems for your diet. Especially if you have a sugar sensitivity – which often results in not feeling well when you eat it, binging on sweets or eating it even when you don’t want to – you may have to work harder than others to keep your diet in check during autumnal festivities. If so, don’t despair: This fall, you can eat delicious foods and stay sugar-free with these five easy ideas.
1. Fruit Coulis is a thin puree made by cooking fruit (or veggies) until soft, then pureeing them until they make a thick sauce. The final step is to strain the sauce through a sieve to remove any seeds or strands. Great fruits include apples, pears, berries or pineapple. The result is a delicious sauce you can pour over yogurt, sugar-free ice cream or sugar-free pound cake, which is next up.
2. Sugar-Free Pound Cake Many people have wheat and dairy sensitivities as well as sugar, but the Internet abounds with recipes that scrap all three in favor of excellent alternatives. For instance, you can swap a typical all-purpose flour out for NuNana Organic Green Banana Flour, and save money too: For every cup of traditional flour called for, you only have to use 2/3 cup of banana flour. Just Google “pound cake” recipes with “sugar-free” or “gluten-free” descriptors and choose your favorite.
3. Frozen Banana Brittle is delicious and easy to make. Slice bananas and lay them in the bottom of a pie tin. Melt ¼ cup coconut oil, ¼ cup peanut butter, ¼ almond butter and ¼ cup cocoa powder in a saucepan over medium heat. Add Stevia powder to taste: NuStevia® White Stevia Powder makes a great alternative to sugar. **Note that when you use Stevia in specific amounts (rather than just to taste), however, it is not a one-to-one swap, because Stevia sweetener is much sweeter than others. Instead you have to check the recipe for the amounts to use.
4. Vanilla Hot Chocolate A cozy hot cup of hot cocoa is the best when you're in front of a fire with family! Now you don’t have to miss out with this Sugar Free version! Simply swap out the chocolate syrup for NuStevia® Cocoa Syrup and use a tablespoon of dark cocoa powder. If you find you need just a little more sweetness, try using a couple drops of NuStevia Vanilla Liquid Stevia!
5. Baked Apples Nothing is easier than baked apples. Simply wash and core the apples, then set them in a baking pan, brush with a little butter or coconut oil if you’re dairy-free, and cover with foil. Roast them in a 350-degree oven until tender, usually between half an hour and 45 minutes. If you want to sweeten the deal, you can stuff the core with a mixture of raisins, butter and NuStevia® White Stevia Powder.This year, decide not to be nervous about family gatherings. Instead, bring your own sugar-free goodies to share, or just to tide you over while everyone else loads up on the pumpkin pie and whipped cream. You may find the season is even more enjoyable than previous years, because you no longer have to struggle to decide when to eat sugar or how much to eat. Instead, you’ll experience sweet, sugar-free freedom. What are you waiting for?