When making sweet recipes there are a variety of “healthy” alternatives on the market as alternatives to sugar. I’m here now to talk about the most common sweeteners and “debunk” the healthy claims behind them.
I don’t often indulge in sweet treats, but when I do I use rice malt syrup as a sweetener. Rice malt syrup is made from cooked fermented rice and is a combination of glucose and maltose (rather than fructose). Glucose is much easier for the cells of the body to break down, as opposed to fructose which goes straight to the liver and promotes fat storage. When you don’t eat sugar and sweet foods for a while, you don’t feel like having them and when you do have something sweet your body is able to tell you that you have had enough.
Many diets and lifestyle changes, as I like to call them, are hard to stick with due to them cutting out certain foods and learning and taking time to cook. For a lot of people this makes it hard to maintain a healthy diet. A lot of people start a diet and assume that they will be able to stick with it and if they slip up they tend to beat themselves up over it. For me, it is about baby steps.
As of recent I have significantly reduced the amount of grains I include in my diet. This is because I have noticed my body has a negative reaction, sore tummy, bloating and flatulence (if you’re not sure what that is google it), when I consume a lot. This dramatic reduction has caused controversy amongst some people around me who jump to the conclusion that because I don’t eat much grains I don’t eat carbs. This is a common misconception.
People often assume that the reason I don’t eat sugar and processed food is because I am on a diet and it is something I am partaking in short-term to lose weight. The definition of a diet (according to google) is “restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight.” Which, for me is a limited way of looking at what should a wholistic approach.
Breakfast is by far my favourite meal of the day, not only because it fuels me and sets me up for the day, but it tastes amazing. A lot of the people I know, and many people around the world don’t eat breakfast, and this needs to change.
Many people feel sluggish and tired at around the 2-4pm mark and they often turn to sugar to pick them up in order for them to function and stay awake. This is often due to an inadequate nutritional balance to sustain energy. If you’re one of those people, I’m here to help! Here are 5 snacks you eat when you need my 3pm boost: