Thursday, February 17, 2011

Day 11: Sugar Alternatives

Sugar Alternatives.
The important thing is to find a sweetener to replace refined sugar. Don't give up the sweet things, just find a healthier alternative.

How is this for a crazy stat: Most people consume 150lb to 170lbs of sugar annually which is approx 1/2lb of sugar a day!

Some replacements for refined sugar:
Stevia (plant based)
Agave nectar (plant based)
Pure Maple Syrup
Raw Honey
... and so much more.
Today's Recipe
Peach and Blueberry Cobbler
By Jackie Graff of Sprout Raw Food Sprout Raw Food
8 fresh or frozen peaches, peeled and seeds removed (or mango or nectarine)
6-8 medjool dates or more to taste (pre-soaking softens)
1/2 tsp unrefined sea salt
1 Tbsp ground psyllium
1-2 cups blueberries, fresh if possible (or any berry)

1/2 cup pecan pieces
1/2 cup walnut pieces
3/4 cup medjool dates
1/4 tsp unrefined sea salt
1 tsp vanilla powder (use vanilla flavoring if you do not have a vanilla bean)

1. Place 1/2 of the peaches in a blender with the dates and sea salt. Blend well.
2. More dates may be added if a sweeter taste is desired.
3. Add psyllium and blend well.
4. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes.
5. Chop the remaining peaches, placing them in a bowl.
6. Blend the blended peaches again and add to the chopped peaches.
7. Place in glass cobbler dish and stir in blueberries.
8. Sprinkle on topping.
A raw cobbler?

Yes – and a good one, too! You’ll love all the fruit, nuts, and awesome flavor of this chilled treat.