As long as you have taste buds for sweetness on your tongue, you will have a desire for sweet foods. Your desire may be only an occasional craving or could be every day, depending on what foods you are presently eating.
If you eat a lot of sugary foods right now, it takes your taste buds about four days to dial down the sweetness you want to eat in your foods. Always remember that if you choose to eat less sugar, there will be an adaptation period of four days.
During the four days, it’s a good idea to start altering how you sweeten foods. Here are six ways that you could sweeten foods without sugar that work well:
1. Add Pineapple Chunks to Stir Fry Dishes and Meat-Vegetable Entrees
Pineapple is one of the sweetest fruits and once it’s added to stir-fry meals and meat-vegetable entrees, you get not only satisfaction for your sweet taste buds but also extra vitamin C. You might not even feel a desire to eat dessert when you add pineapple chunks to these dishes.
2. Use Pineapple Juice Frozen Concentrate
Tired of drinking a bland protein shake? Add a tablespoon of frozen pineapple juice concentrate. It’s the only frozen fruit juice on the market that does not have any sugar added to it. You can also add a few tablespoons of the concentrate to muffin or cake recipes, or instead of pineapple chunks in your stir fry and meat-vegetable entrees.
3. Try the Herb Stevia
The herb stevia comes in a distilled water form with nothing else added, but you must check the label to make sure that no additional ingredients such as aspartame have sneaked into the bottle. Three drops have incredibly sweetening power, even in homemade lemonade recipes where you add the juice of two lemons to a quart of water. Taste it for yourself.
Stevia drops are easily added to recipes of any kind to sweeten them up. But remember, you only need very little since this herb is 300 times sweeter than sugar.
4. Discover Coconut Sugar
Coconut sugar is sweet and has a granular texture, but it melts easily in muffin and cake recipes. Coconut sugar is a totally natural sugar made from coconut water. Use one-third to one-half of what recipes call for, and your sweet tooth will be satisfied.
5. Substitute Fruit Spreads for Sugar
Have you ever considered fruit spreads? These are concentrated fruits usually with an apple juice base. No sugar is added to them but you must make sure the label says unsweetened.
Instead of sugary pancake syrups, use a fruit spread. It will satisfy your sweet cravings and give you some extra antioxidants, especially if you use grape fruit spread or blueberry, raspberry or strawberry fruit spreads. These same fruit spreads are a delicious way to flavor cakes, cookies, and muffins, too.
And for a special treat, make a muffin without any sweetener in the recipe at all, and then spoon a teaspoon of fruit spread in the middle of each. Bake as usual. When you bite into it, you’ll be biting into sheer sweetness.
6. Add Coconut Cream Concentrate
Coconut cream concentrate is a lot different than coconut sugar. It’s creamy in texture, like peanut butter. Thus, it has a lot more uses.
For example, let’s say it’s the middle of the afternoon and you need something to pick up your energy levels. Your rye cracker looks awfully boring but it comes alive once it’s covered with coconut cream concentrate! You are instantly rejuvenated.
Coconut cream concentrate may be added to smoothies, stir fry, vegetable-meat entrees, muffins, cakes, pancakes (in the recipe and on top of the pancakes), and protein drinks. It’s so versatile you will love it.
Plus there’s an additional benefit – you could eat a tablespoon or two out of the jar and feel like you got your sweetness and a burst of energy, too.