Whether you’re trying to reach a healthy weight, watch your blood sugar, or improve your athletic performance, cutting out sugar is a common problem for many people. Most people drink soda or sweet tea with every meal, and the amount of sugar in one average 12 oz. can of soda alone is more than triple the recommended maximum daily amount. So what are you supposed to do about your sweet tooth? Don’t panic. It’s not as terrible as it sounds, and you really can enjoy sweet treats without the inflammation and other side effects of processed sugar.
If you don’t want to give up sugar completely, you can substitute unbleached, natural pure cane sugar cup for cup the same as processed sugar. Honey is also a good, nutritous option, but you have to keep in mind that it will add liquid content to your recipes and make adjustments.
For better blood sugar levels and weight loss, choices like stevia and xylitol will give you that sweetness satisfaction without the calories and insulin fluctuations. You just have to be patient during the adjustment period and keep in mind that the taste and amounts will be a little different than you’re used to. To achieve the best results, look for new recipes rather than performing science experiments in your kitchen with the old ones based off of sugar. It won’t end well if you don’t, trust us.
On that note, here’s a recipe for one of our Southern summer favorites to get your sugar busting off to a good start.
Sweet Tea, the Healthy Way
1/2 cup xylitol
1 tbsp. stevia
6 bags black tea
This is so simple. Just boil a kettle of water, steep 6 bags of tea in it for around 5 minutes, then pour it into a gallon pitcher and add sweeteners. You may need to change the amounts slightly to suit your taste. Pour cold water or ice into the pitcher until it’s full, and you’re done.