Craving a sweet treat? You can still enjoy cookies, cake, pies and all of your favorite desserts as part of a clean eating lifestyle. Simply replace refined white sugar in your recipes with a natural sweetener, such as stevia. Extracted from the leaves of the stevia plant, this remarkable substance has an exceptionally sweet taste, zero calories, and it can be used in just about any recipe that calls for sugar.
Stevia is available in powder, granule or liquid form. Because it’s so much sweeter than sugar, you’ll use less of it when baking and sweetening beverages. For recipes, try a spoonable stevia, such as Stevita Spoonable or Truvia. Here’s a simple conversion guide.
- 1 cup sugar = 1/3 cup + 1-1/2 Tbsp. stevia
- 1/2 cup sugar = 3-1/2 Tbsp. stevia
- 1 Tbsp. sugar = 1-1/4 tsp. stevia
- 1 tsp. sugar = 3/8 tsp. stevia
Taste may vary according to brand, so experiment with amounts until you find the level of sweetness that’s right for you!
Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP is the Editor-in-Chief of TheHealthyApple.com; she is a Manhattan based Personal Chef, Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer, Food Photographer and Writer specializing in simple gluten-free and dairy-free “˜Clean’ recipes using whole foods. Amie recently healed herself from six years of chronic pain, exhausting every doctor in the country and Mayo Clinic; she shares her story of howClean Eating saved her life and inspires you to Clean up your food, too. Amie lives in Manhattan, NYC where she cooks for a variety of clients including celebrities and people with busy lifestyles who enjoy healthy, fresh food. Visit Amie on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest; she’d love to hear from you!