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24 Feb, 2019

Sugar Swaps

We believe that reducing your intake of refined sugar can make a big improvement on your health. The Telegraph asked us for our top five sugar swaps and here’s what we suggested.

Health

We believe that reducing your intake of refined sugar can make a big improvement on your health. The Telegraph asked us for our top five sugar swaps and here’s what we suggested.

  1. Instead of processed ready made peanut butter, which always contains hidden sugars and preservatives, give making your own nut butter a go! A light creamy nut is good for this, cashews or almonds work well. Soak over-night in water then drain and add 2 x tbsp rapeseed oil per 200g nuts and blitz either in a nutribullet or powerful food processor until smooth or crunchy, however you fancy! You can add a little Malden salt too. Store in the fridge for up to 1 month.
  1. There are lots of hidden salts and sugars in processed cereals so go for a plain muesli or porridge and add fruit or honey to sweeten. Get creative with your toppings, we like banana with a spoonful of nut butter and a sprinkling of seeds for added crunch.
  1. Spices can enhance the natural sweetness in food. Add cinnamon to apples or pears and roast, mix with yogurt and add to cereals for a naturally sweet flavour. A great pudding is a pancake made with almond milk, eggs and flour with fresh vanilla seeds. No need to sprinkle with sugar, it satisfies the sweetest tooth!
  1. I always stew down leftover fruit to make compotes and add a dash of honey to sweeten. The compote should last 5 days in the fridges and adds a good sweet kick to breakfast or pudding.
  1. Mixing cacao powder with coconut oil creates a sugar free chocolate sauce. I always need a chocolate hit and this is the perfect healthy option. I like to mix the melted cacao and coconut with oats and roast for 10 minutes to make a chocolatey cereal! Or add to warmed rice milk for a sugar free alternative to hot chocolate.
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