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We’re continuing with Healthy Eating at Celiac Family this month.  This week, I’m sharing a list of some alternative sweeteners to replace refined white sugar. We all need a little sweetness sometimes, but we really don’t need all the sugar that is sometimes needlessly added to so many recipes and food products. Over the last 10 years, I have realized how little sugar I really need to feel satisfied. I’ve dramatically cut it back in recipes, or replaced it completely with more natural sweeteners.

There are a lot of alternative sweeteners available these days. At my house, I usually use coconut sugar, coconut nectar, or date syrup in recipes. I also have honey for those who want it in their tea and pure maple syrup for those who want it on pancakes.

I have also used agave syrup with good results in recipes. I tried Monk Fruit and Stevia, but I wasn’t crazy about them. I like the taste and texture of xylitol, but I use it sparingly. What sweeteners do you like to use?

Gluten-Free Sweeteners, Sugar-Free Substitutes:

  • Agave Syrup — You can usually use a smaller amount than called for in recipes.
  • Coconut Sugar (granulated) and Coconut Nectar (like a syrup) — Most brands have little or no coconut flavor at all. I use them in recipes for baked goods and sauces.
  • Dates and Date Syrup — Chop or puree the dates for recipes, or use pure date syrup.
  • Fresh Fruit and Juice — I don’t add any sweeteners to smoothies. The fruit is enough for me! Add fruit to salads and other dishes for a little added sweetness.
  • Honey — Buy locally-sourced honey and reduce amounts when needed for some recipes (marinades, dressings, baked goods, etc.).
  • Maple Syrup — Buy the real stuff, not the “maple-flavored table syrup.” This will add some maple flavoring to your recipes, too.
  • Monk Fruit — Granulated or powdered forms. Some monk fruit sweeteners have added ingredients, so check the labels carefully!
  • Stevia — Comes in different forms: liquid drops, powder, granules. Easy to add to drinks and recipes, needing just a few drops or sprinkled granules. A little goes a long way because it is very sweet. Be sure to read the packaging for how much to add. Stevia also comes in a variety of flavors.
  • Xylitol — Granulated. As with other sugar alcohols, like sorbitol, this can cause abdominal distress for some people if eaten in large amounts.

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Salmon w/Balsamic Glaze

Chicken Vindaloo

Broccoli Mushroom Quinoa

Monday – Rotisserie Chicken, Roasted Cauliflower, Asparagus

Tuesday – Salmon with a Balsamic Glaze, Rice, Green Beans

Wednesday – Pork Chops, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Spinach

Thursday – leftovers

Friday – Chicken Vindaloo, Rice, Roasted Broccoli

Saturday – Pizza and Smoothies

Sunday – Roasted Turkey Breast, Quinoa with Broccoli and Mushrooms

 

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Come back later to check this week’s post and see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for winter produce.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme. We welcome suggested themes, too!

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura at Orgjunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.

 

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We’re continuing with Healthy Eating at Celiac Family this month.  This week, I’m sharing some recipe links for healthier snacks. All of them are gluten-free (GF) and Dairy-Free (DF), and most are also free of refined sugar (SF). There are also some suggestions for Vegan (V) and Paleo (P) diets.

Don’t be afraid to try them just because they don’t have sugar and dairy. They are just as tasty…really! They simply use more natural sources for sweetners, like fruit, dates, honey, maple syrup, etc.

Are you a snacker? Do you have some great ideas for healthier snacks? Here some yummy recipes I found online.

Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Snacks

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Eggs & Hashbrowns Casserole

Easy, Hearty Gumbo

Avocado Salsa

 

Monday – Egg and Hashbrowns Casserole, Fruit Salad

Tuesday – Hamburgers, French Fries, Garlic & Dill Zucchini

Wednesday – Gumbo with Rice

Thursday – Chicken Fajitas, Avocado Salsa

Friday – Eating Out

Saturday – Spaghetti & Meatballs, Spinach Salad

Sunday – Lamb Roast, Sweet Potatoes

 

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Come back later to check this week’s post and see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for winter produce.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme. We welcome suggested themes, too!

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura at Orgjunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.

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Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.  We were happy to celebrate Christmas and New Year with family, but it’s time to move on to the new year. I’m getting a slow start, but I put together a menu plan this week to help get myself back on track. I will be continuing to focus on healthy foods to add to our meals. This week, I’m adding some green and/or detox smoothies to our breakfast and snacks, as well as our meal Friday night.

I found some great smoothie recipes to fill you up with lots of great ingredients that may help detox and reverse any inflammation you may be feeling from the stress and indulgent eating and drinking from the holiday season. Let me know if you have any favorite smoothie recipes or ingredients to share.

Some Gluten-Free Detox Smoothies to try:

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Red Potato & Green Bean Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Party Dogs

Pigs in a Blanket (Hot Dogs Wrapped in Pizza Dough)

Quick Quinoa Recipe with Broccoli & Mushroom

 

Monday – Pork Tenderloin, Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Tuesday – Beef Stew with Carrots and Potatoes

Wednesday – Fish Tacos with Purple Cabbage Slaw

Thursday – Chili over Baked Potatoes or Roasted Cauliflower

Friday – Pigs in a Blanket and Green Smoothies

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday – Teriyaki Chicken Tenders, Quinoa with Broccoli and Mushrooms

 

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Come back later to check this week’s post and see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for winter produce.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme. We welcome suggested themes, too!

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura at Orgjunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.

* Amazon affiliate link.

Categories : Menu Plan
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