When we think of fresh produce, we tend to dwell for a long time on sweet oranges (paired with semi-sweet chocolate, a combo that cannot be surpassed by anyone anytime anyhow) and/or huge Fuji apples, which are a meal unto themselves. But there are times when we stray and grab a cookie. Because it’s there. You know.
A piece we found on livestrong.com reinforces that orange and apple love, and it also offers some other insightful info about naturally sweet food. Honey, of course, is one of our faves – and did you know it has nutritional value that other sweeteners don’t possess? You don’t want to go full-tilt nuts, but adding it to your smoothies is a good thing to do to increase daily dosage of trace vitamins and minerals.
Berries are bustin’ with sweetness, something that we’ve known since we were old enough to crawl through the strawberry patch on all fours. They are also good sources of that all-important vitamin C and antioxidants that help keep us well. They’re also a whole lot less likely to make our teeth melt and our guts hang over our waistbands. Just a thought.
AND – this is rather huge – we can find them at the farmers market. Or the supermarket produce section. Or in the frozen food aisle. So just do it. http://www.livestrong.com/article/395963-what-are-some-naturally-sweet-healthy-foods/
We thought this next link might appeal to you because it appealed to us: Honey as a home remedy. It has applications beyond consumption, but the fact that it’s a healthy thing to eat makes us all the more inclined to keep it handy. http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message2289471/pg1
If you are still in the grip of a sweet-something craving, this next link will take you to a great article on not just what to eat but why you should eat it when the urge for sugar strikes. For instance, if your craving is stress-induced, sweet potatoes are an excellent antidote.
To wit, “Though they’re rich in natural sugars, sweet potatoes are actually helpful at lowering the glycemic index. They’re also rich in fibers that reduce your hunger and cravings, along with nutrients that fight stress-related cravings such as Vitamin C, potassium, Vitamin B6, and magnesium. All of these will help regulate your electrolytes, lower stress, and generally make you feel more satisfied and content.”
Almonds are another source of sweetness that help in that area. You can also turn to leafy greens. Perhaps that’s not the first thing you think of when you want a cookie in the worst way, but here’s the scoop: “While they’re certainly not naturally sweet, leafy greens are powerful at fighting back against nasty sugar cravings. They help bring balance to the body, which is crucial during times of cravings where the body has become imbalanced. Leafy greens are also high in chromium, a nutrient that’s necessary for healthy blood sugar regulation. Add 3-5 cups of leafy greens such as spinach, romaine, and kale if you’re new to eating so many greens, but also don’t leave out the more bitter collards, Swiss chard, arugula, and even mustard or turnip greens if you’re up to trying them.”
And here is a crazy wonderful sugar-free recipe that’s also easy enough to get done. Link provided as well. Be advised it calls for a lot of cream. Not that we think that’s a bad thing.
Lemon Panna Cotta
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1 ½ c heavy cream
1 tsp lemon zest
¼ c lemon juice
½ c plain Greek yogurt, full fat
1 tsp Liquid Lemon Drop Sweet Drops (lemon stevia)
In a saucepan, stir gelatin into heavy cream and set aside for 1 minute.
Sprinkle lemon zest over gelatin and cream mixture.
Add lemon juice and turn heat on low continually stirring mixture until gelatin is completely dissolved and everything looks combined well.
Whisk in the yogurt and lemon stevia into the pan and stir until incorporated.
Grease 4 ramekins and pour mixture into each evenly.
Cover and refrigerate at least 5 hours or until set.
You can serve them as is in their cups or remove onto a plate and top with fresh lemon zest and a few lemon slices to garnish. Link: http://sweetleaf.com/sugar-free-lemon-panna-cotta/