Without reciting the evils of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or artificial sweeteners at this time, let me share with you one way around needing to add syrupy sweetness without feeling deprived.
To create an aura of sweetness, I reach for what I call sweet spices: Cinnamon (which helps regulate blood sugar), nutmeg, cardamon, ginger, allspice, and pumpkin pie spice. Using these will automatically make the taste buds think “sweet”. I also use vanilla and almond extracts in many dishes.
In preparing French toast with gluten free bread, for example, I always put at least cinnamon and vanilla (to taste) into the egg bath mixture. This way the spice and vanilla extract will make me think of sweet goodness and I will not need to add any syrup when I eat it. Using coconut oil to fry the French toast will also add another layer of satisfaction to the palate.
Smoothies do not need the intense sweet carbohydrate boost of banana when sweet spices and vanilla or almond extract are added to unsweetened berries, cherries, apple, or pear along with your protein powder.
Smoothies will be thoroughly discussed and simplified on Thursday.
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