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Natural Weight Loss
Natural Sweeteners to Try
Instead of relying on white sugar to add sweetness to desserts, try these natural options.
Unlike artificial sweeteners, most of these have some calories, but they’re all-natural and have some nutritive benefits.
Agave nectar is extracted from the agave plant and is a little thinner than honey.
Neutral in flavor, 1 teaspoon of agave nectar has 15 calories.
Honey contains antioxidants and can add floral notes as well as sweetness.
The darker the honey, the higher the concentration of antioxidants.
One teaspoon of honey has 21 calories.
Molasses is the dark-colored syrup left behind after sugar processing.
It has relatively low sugar content and provides calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium in addition to antioxidants.
Blackstrap molasses is very intense in color and flavor – and explosively rich in antioxidants.
One teaspoon of molasses has 16 calories.
Stevia is a natural no-calorie sweetener made from the leaf of a South American herb.
It’s much sweeter than sugar, so use sparingly.
Take caution with stevia products claiming to be measurable (meaning 1 to 1 with sugar).
They often contain bulking agents made of starches and simple carbs.
One teaspoon of stevia has zero calories.
Xylitol occurs naturally in many fruits and vegetables, and for commercial production is extracted from hardwood trees and corncobs.
A white powder, it has the same sweetness and bulk as sugar but 1/3 the calories.
One teaspoon of xylitol has 10 calories.
Recipe of the Day: Ginger Currant Biscotti
These biscotti are a bit more delicate than some; the combination of whole wheat flour and cornmeal creates a cookie that easily crumbles, so be gentle when slicing.
Slivers of prunes or dried blueberries substitute nicely for the currants.
Makes about 36 biscotti
1/2 cup agave nectar
1/3 cup olive oil
1 large egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated lemon or orange zest
2-1/4 cups white whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons stone-ground cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup dried currants
1/4 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
1/4 cup chopped pistachios or toasted walnuts
*Use as many organic ingredients as possible.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit with an oven rack in the center position.
Lightly coat a 15 x 10-inch baking sheet with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the agave nectar, oil, egg, vanilla extract, and lemon zest.
Combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, ginger, and salt in a large bowl.
Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the agave mixture.
Stir just to combine.
Stir in the currants, crystallized ginger, and nuts.
The dough will be soft.
Transfer the dough to a work surface.
Form into 2 logs about 10 inches long and 1-1/2 inches in diameter.
Flatten the logs with the palm of your hand to a 1-inch thickness.
Place on the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
Transfer to a rack to cool for 10 minutes.
While the biscotti logs are still warm, carefully slice each of them diagonally with a serrated knife into about eighteen 1/2-inch slices.
Place the biscotti, cut sides down, on an ungreased 15 x 10-inch baking sheet and return to the oven to bake for 15 minutes, or until light golden brown.
Transfer to racks to cool completely.
Per biscotti: 80 calories, 3 g total fat (0 g saturated), 5 mg cholesterol, 20 mg sodium, 12 g total carbohydrates (5 g sugars), 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.
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from Flavor First by Cheryl Forberg, RD