Often on warmer 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.
Although we know we can make healthier choices in the summer, we always reach for sweet alternatives when the craving strikes. Finding ways to satisfy those cravings without raiding the sweet cupboard 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 your sweet tooth:
- Fruit is a great alternative to sweets. Naturally sweet and high in fiber, fruits allow you to enjoy healthy sugar while staying healthy. Berries are a great substitute for sweets, and although they are sweet, their high fiber content means they are low in sugar.
- Trick your sweet tooth with Canderel Xylitol. Canderel Xylitol is an all-natural, plant-based sugar alternative that tastes, looks and crunches 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 like plums, strawberries and pumpkins. It’s Keto friendly and kinder to your teeth. “By using a sugar alternative like Canderel Xylitol in baked goods, hot beverages and anything else you would use sugar for, you can reduce the calories consumed while more naturally satisfying your sweet cravings,” says Rajnish Ohri, VP & MD Whole Earth Brands IMEA.
- Yogurt has been linked to help regulate appetite and control cravings. Enjoying a high-protein yogurt as an afternoon snack can keep you full 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 sugar craving.
- 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 coconut flour; 1 tablespoon of Canderel xylitol; 1 beaten egg; ¼ cup heavy cream; ¼ cup of water; 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract; 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
How? ‘Or’ What:
Preheat and prepare your waffle maker as directed by the manufacturer’s instructions.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine baking mix and sugar alternative. If you are using the alternative flours, be sure to add baking soda here.
Then, in a small bowl, whisk together the beaten egg and heavy cream.
Then add the water. Add the contents of the second bowl (egg, etc.) to the first bowl, then add the vanilla extract and oil. Do not overmix.
Bake your waffles according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Lemonade without added sugar
You will need: ½ cup of xylitol; 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (bottled lemon juice may contain added 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 add lime juice to the recipe, do it now.
In another pitcher, the one in which you will serve or store your drink, place the amount of ice you want.
Pour the lemon juice over the ice and fill the pitcher with water, add the xylitol and stir until well blended. Garnish with lemons/mint if desired.
You will need: 1 frozen banana; 2 cups frozen pineapple; ¾ cup of pineapple juice; 140 g plain Greek yogurt; ¼ cup coconut milk; 2 Canderel with Xylitol sticks; 1 scoop of collagen or protein powder, optional.
How? ‘Or’ What:
Add all ingredients to 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 unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled; ½ cup Canderel Xylitol; 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract; 1 cup almond flour; ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder; ½ teaspoon of salt; ½ teaspoon baking soda.
For the glaze – ½ cup softened butter; 3 cups of Canderel Xylitol; Gorgeous 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 with parchment paper and spray with nonstick 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 the 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 until center is set and toothpick inserted comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.
Allow cake to cool completely in pan before frosting.
For the frosting:
Whip butter until frothy, add Canderel Xylitol to butter and cream together.
Stir in the Canderel chocolate melted at room temperature and add the vanilla extract.
Add a tablespoon of Greek yogurt to the chocolate mixture and add additional yogurt a tablespoon at a time if the mixture is too thick or a teaspoon of xylitol when too runny until desired texture is reached.