Chances are you are eating more sugar than the recommended dietary guidelines suggest. After all, it tastes SOOOOOO good. Reducing the amount you consume can have tremendous advantages though. Best of all, there is a way to enjoy sweetness without taking the sugar hit and we are going to give you a few ideas!
But first, let’s talk about the benefits of reducing sugar in your diet.
Yep, right up there on the top of the list is weight loss. Sugar rich treats are typically higher in calories, lower in fiber and higher in unhealthy fat. Eating less of these and filling up on healthy foods such as lean meat, veggies, nuts and seeds, complex carbohydrates and low fat dairy can help you shed weight and keep it off.
Avoiding Energy Crashes
Crashes, especially the ones that happen in the mid-afternoon, are often a result of diet. Eating a lot of sugar will cause your energy to temporarily soar but then quickly crash leaving you feeling tired and unfocused. Making different dietary choices can dramatically change this helping you maintain stable energy throughout the day.
When protein molecules cross link with sugar molecules it produces advanced glycation. Because the body does not recognize this it results in surrounding protein being damaged. This causes you to loose elasticity and firmness. Reducing sugar can prevent this, helping you maintain youthful skin.
Here’s some good news, there are products on the market now made by SweetLeaf Stevia that help enhance flavor and add a delicious sweet taste. Try the recipes below and check out the other products they have on the market as well.
Raspberry Infused Spritzer
12 ounces of natural sparkling mineral water
Raspberry Lemonade SweetLeaf Water Drops (to taste)
¼ cup fresh raspberries
Pour mineral water into a glass. Add as many SweetLeaf Water Drops as desired for sweetness. Mix in raspberries and ice and serve immediately.
Blueberry Protein Pancakes
1 cup of quick oats
6 egg whites
2 whole eggs
¼ cup blueberries
1 tbs. shredded coconut (if desired)
12 drops SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia
1 tbs. coconut oil
Combine egg whites, eggs and oats in a large bowl and mix. Once mixed thoroughly incorporate blueberries, coconut and stevia. Heat non-stick griddle on medium and coat with coconut oil. Using a ladle scoop pancake mix on to griddle in circles. Cook for approximately 2 minutes and carefully flip. Continue cooking until each side is lightly golden brown. Remove and serve or store in refrigerator for an on-the-go snack.