This month at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, we are sharing meals, menus, and recipe links for healthier eating and living. So far this month, we’ve shared ideas for sugar-free snacks and detoxing smoothies. This week, I’m sharing ideas for Sugar-Free Sweeteners.
I was much more successful last week at taking sugar out of my diet. I had some very low-energy days and some headaches as I detoxed from the sugar, but I’m feeling much better now. Now my energy is back, I’m not feeling lethargic and bloated, and my cravings have subsided.
Oh, why do I ever buy sugar? I know it tastes good, but I have found that using other natural sweeteners really does the trick for me. Most of the time, I don’t even miss sugar. Honestly, once I’ve taken refined sugar out of my diet, I don’t need as much of it in recipes. Everything tastes sweeter.
However, I still need some sweetness to satisfy my taste buds. Here are some of the alternative sweeteners I use to replace refined sugar at my house. You’ll find that most of these are more expensive than white sugar, but fortunately, you don’t need to use as much.
Gluten-Free Sweeteners, Sugar-Free Substitutes:
- Agave Syrup — You can usually use a smaller amount than called for in recipes.
- Coconut Sugar and Coconut Nectar — Most brands have little or no coconut flavor at all. I use it in recipes for baked goods and sauces.
- 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 — I use locally-sourced honey in my tea and 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. Yummy.
- 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.
Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:
Monday – Chili, Sweet Potato Biscuits with Coconut Palm Sugar
Wednesday – Roasted Turkey Breast, Brussels Sprouts with Maple and Cayenne, Roasted Potatoes
Thursday – Crock Pot Balsamic Pork Tenderloin, Rice Pilaf, Steamed Green Beans
Friday – Pizza, Spinach Salad with Berries and Honey Poppyseed Dressing
Saturday – Eating Out
Sunday – leftover meat and veggies used to make Fried Rice
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 gluten-free nuts and snacks for holiday gifts or entertaining.
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- 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.
- Join us next week for sharing more gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for healthy gluten-free meals.
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Need more menu ideas?
- Laura at OrgJunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there. This week, she talks about how eating a Paleo diet has changed her life for the better. Check out what she and others are doing to live a healthier and happier life on her post this week.
- Or, check out some of my past menu plans.