Often on the hottest days our bodies crave healthier food options and since there is an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables to choose from, it shouldn’t be too difficult to stay healthy. However, just because we have healthier options on our shelves doesn’t mean your sweet tooth is going away.
While we know we can make healthier choices in the summer, we always look for sugary alternatives when the mood strikes. Finding ways to satisfy those cravings without looting the sugar closet will help you keep your energy up naturally and enjoy a healthier summer.
When looking for something sweet to snack on, try the following alternatives to satisfy that sweet tooth:
- Fruit is a great alternative to a sweet treat. Naturally sweet and high in fiber, fruits allow you to enjoy healthy sugar while staying healthy. Berries are a great substitute for candy, and while they’re sweet, their high fiber content means they’re low in sugar.
- Trick your sweet tooth with Canderel Xylitol. Canderel Xylitol is a natural, plant-based sugar alternative that tastes, looks, and crunchy like sugar, but offers fewer calories. It is a sucrose-free sugar substitute made from birch wood and is also found naturally in small amounts in certain fruits and vegetables such as plums, strawberries, and pumpkins. It’s Keto friendly and gentler on your teeth. “By using an alternative to sugar such as Canderel Xylitol in baking, hot drinks and anything else you would use sugar for, one can reduce the calories consumed while responding more naturally to one’s sweet tooth”, explains Rajnish Ohri, vice president and general manager of Whole Earth Brands. IMEA.
- Yogurt helps regulate appetite and control cravings. Enjoying protein-rich yogurt as an afternoon snack can keep you fuller for longer while reducing cravings.
- Increase your water intake to stay hydrated. Dehydration can be a cause of sugar cravings. Without enough water, your liver cannot release glycogen and other components of your stored energy, which creates a craving for sugar.
- A smoothie is a quick snack to curb the craving. The sweet fruit with the filling qualities of yogurt will help while providing a nutritional option.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with these recipes:
Keto-friendly breakfast waffles
You will need: 1 ¼ cup of coconut flour; 1 tablespoon of Canderel’s xylitol; 1 beaten egg; ¼ cup heavy cream; cup of water; 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract; 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
How? ‘Or’ What:
Preheat and prepare your waffle iron as directed by the manufacturer’s instructions.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine baking mix and sugar substitute. If you are using alternative flours, be sure to add the baking soda here.
Then, in a small bowl, whisk together the beaten egg and heavy cream.
Then stir in the water. Add the contents of the second bowl (egg, etc.) to the first bowl, then add the vanilla extract and oil. Do not over mix.
Bake your waffles as directed by the manufacturer’s instructions.
Lemonade without added sugar
You will need: ½ cup of xylitol; 1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice (bottled lemon juice may contain sugar); ice; 2 liters of water / sparkling water; Optional – 3-4 tbsp lime juice, mint sprigs and / or sliced lemons for garnish.
How? ‘Or’ What:
Start by squeezing the juice from your lemons. Pour the juice into a large pitcher. If you are adding lime juice to the recipe, do so now.
In another pitcher, the one in which you will serve or store your drink, place the amount of ice cubes you want.
Pour the lemon juice over the ice and fill the pitcher with water, add the xylitol and stir until well combined. Garnish with lemons / mint if desired.
You will need: 1 frozen banana; 2 cups of frozen pineapple; ¾ cup of pineapple juice; 140 g of plain Greek yogurt; ¼ cup of coconut milk; 2 Canderel with Xylitol sticks; 1 teaspoon of collagen or protein powder, optional.
How? ‘Or’ What:
Add all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and garnish with pineapple wedges if desired before serving.
Keto Chocolate Cake
You will need: 4 eggs, large; ½ cup melted and slightly cooled unsalted butter; ½ cup of Canderel’s xylitol; 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract; 1 cup of almond flour; ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder; ½ teaspoon of salt; ½ teaspoon of baking soda.
For the frosting – ½ cup softened butter; 3 cups of Canderel’s xylitol; Magnificent Canderel Milk Chocolate; vanilla extract; 3-4 tablespoons of Greek yogurt.
How? ‘Or’ What:
Preheat the oven to 165 ° C. Generously grease an 8 × 8 baking dish with butter or line it with parchment paper and spray with non-stick spray.
In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, melted butter, xylitol and vanilla extract.
Gradually incorporate the almond flour and cocoa powder and finish by adding salt and baking soda and mix to obtain a thick paste.
Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake in preheated oven until center is set and inserted toothpick comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.
Let the cake cool completely in the pan before frosting.
For the icing:
Whip the butter to make it foamy, add the Canderel Xylitol to the butter and cream together.
Stir in the melted Canderel chocolate at room temperature and add the vanilla extract.
Add a tablespoon of mixed chocolate Greek yogurt and add additional yogurt one tablespoon at a time if the mixture is too thick or a teaspoon of xylitol when it is too thin until the mixture is thick. desired texture.