Simple Healthy Swaps: Healthy Sugar Substitutes

Simple Swaps

Have you ever counted the grams of sugar you are consuming every day? I did recently, and I was shocked at the amount of added sugar I was eating. While organic packaged foods are healthier, some still contain a lot of sugar. For example, a bowl of organic cereal averages 12 grams of added sugar per serving, a snack bar contains an average of 8 grams of added sugar and bread contains about 2 grams of sugar per slice. If you consumed a bowl of cereal, a snack bar and 2 slices of bread among other foods during the day, that’s 24 grams of sugar without even touching dessert!

Before Silas was born, I rarely ate anything with added sugar. Since I’ve been nursing, my appetite has increased so much, I hadn’t been paying attention to the sugar I’d been eating. I have a history of blood sugar issues, and they are starting to return. It’s my goal over the next few weeks to cut out almost all added sugar from my diet and I’d love for you to join me! I’ll be hosting a special Simple Swaps series where I’ll offer different suggestions for cutting out added sugar, particularly with breakfast items, snacks, sides and desserts, the most difficult categories to cut sugar from.

In my series, I’ll also be sharing recipes with no added sugar. So, let’s stock up on some SAFE sugar substitutes so we can be prepared for the recipes and tips to come in the following weeks.

xylitol

Xylitol: This is my favorite SAFE sugar substitute because it tastes almost exactly like sugar (just a little sweeter) and has the same consistency as sugar. You can also grind it in a coffee grinder to make powdered sugar. It is made from corn (unlike unsafe sweeteners like Splenda which are made from chemicals, not food). Be sure to buy a non-GMO version like Now Foods makes. Because this is a sugar alcohol, it acts as a fiber and could have an effect on your digestive system if you know what I mean. ūüėČ So, I use this sparingly in recipes. The nice thing is, because it is sweeter than sugar, you only need to use 1/2 to 3/4 of what you would use of sugar. Because it is a sugar alcohol, there are 0 net carbs, making it a great sugar-free option. And just a note for you dog lovers, don’t let your pup snack on anything made from xylitol as it is unsafe for them.

I buy my xylitol off of Amazon as they seem to run cheaper than stores and I have yet to find a coupon for xylitol. The cost is $15.69 for a 2.5 lb. bag but keep in mind you’ll be using half of what you would of sugar and using even less since you’ll be combining it with other sweeteners listed below. A 2.5 lb. bag goes along way and usually lasts me 6 months. Go here to purchase my favorite brand of xylitol, Now Foods.

stevia

Stevia:¬†Stevia is an herb that makes an excellent sweetener. I like to use stevia in recipes that contain fruit as it brings out the natural sweetness in fruits. My preferred form of stevia is powdered extract, though you can also get a liquid extract if you prefer. Since it’s an herb, there are 0 carbs and 0 grams of sugar.

Again, I prefer Now Foods as the brand because it’s organic and 100% pure stevia. You have to be careful when purchasing stevia, as many varieties contain additives including sugar (go figure). A 1 oz. container should last you awhile, it lasts me about 6 months. Amazon is where I buy mine and you can get it for just $7.41 right now (reg. $8.99) by going here.

Fruit Juice: If you are less concerned about carbs but just want to cut out added sugar, fruit juice makes a wonderful sweetener. It works great when used with stevia and/or xylitol or just on it’s own. Just be sure to buy 100% organic juice with no added sugar.

I often will use a combination of 2-3 of these sweeteners to get the best flavor. I’ll be sharing recipes in the coming weeks using these sweeteners so be sure to stock up now! I’ll also be sharing my favorite sugar-free products and more, so be sure to check back for new posts in this special series.

What are your favorite sugar substitutes?

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Amazon: BabyGanics Dish Soap Coupon

Amazon BabyGanics coupon

Amazon is offering a high-value $1.50 off BabyGanics dish soap coupon for a limited time.

BabyGanics 33.8 oz. dish soap refill is on sale for $6.39, so just $4.89 after coupon. This is a great price for a large natural dish soap refill. This retails for $8.99, so you’ll get nearly 50% off! This BabyGanics dish soap is a great “clean” soap for cleaning bottles, and general dish washing.

Just go here, clip the coupon under the product description and add the dish soap to your cart. This is an add on item, so you’ll need to place this order with an order $25+. To avoid this, choose¬†Subscribe and Save for even more savings, FREE shipping and no minimum purchase!

For more information on how to save on natural and organic products using Amazon, see my post here. Don’t miss any organic deals, follow me on Facebook!

Recyclebank: Earn 30 Points Plus New Abe’s Market Coupon

The limited recyclebank

Here are two easy opportunities to earn 30 points on Recyclebank that you can redeem for FREE natural and organic coupons.

Easy Greens

First, learn about new options for old clothing by going here to earn 10 points. Then, go here to answer two Easy Green questions and earn 10 points each.

Recyclebank Abe's market

There are some really great rewards available that you can redeem your points for. Here are a few of my favorite:

  • 15% off any purchase at Abe’s Market’s website (natural and organic products) *NEW* – only 75 points
  • $5 off off a $50 purchase at Target.com- only 50 points
  • $2 off any 2 Kashi cereals- only 50 points

New to Recyclebank? See my post here on how to use this FREE, easy program to earn points and redeem them for natural and organic coupons and more!

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Amazon Mom: New Members Receive $25 off First Diaper Purchase

$25 amazon mom

Wow, Amazon is offering up a super hot deal for new Amazon Mom members! Now through November 10th, new Amazon Mom members will receive a FREE $25 credit toward their first Subscribe and Save purchase of qualifying diapers for orders placed between 11/18-12/18! Natural diapers like Seventh Generation and Earth’s Best ARE included in this promotion!

Just go here to sign up now and then claim your FREE $25 credit starting 11/18!

Amazon mom benefits

Amazon Mom benefits: I joined Amazon Mom before Silas was born and love it! Amazon Mom is a program that allows you to save 20% off diapers and wipes. I’ve done many price comparisons and I come out much cheaper buying diapers through Amazon Mom than I do buying them in store. The best part is that the discount is also good on natural diapers and wipes like Seventh Generation, Earth’s Best and more. The cost per year is $79. I’ve found that I more than recoup the cost that I pay, in savings each year. Plus, the Amazon Mom membership automatically makes you an Amazon Prime member which gets you FREE shipping on products shipped from Amazon (no minimum purchase) and access to online videos. In addition to all of those benefits, you’ll periodically receive Amazon Mom member only coupons on toys, baby clothes and more. You can sign up for a FREE 3 month trial here.

Thanks the Savvy Bump!

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Aldi Organic Food Line to Return!

aldi

I found GREAT news from Money Saving Mom’s site! It is said that Aldi’s organic line, Simply Nature, will be returning to most Aldi stores by Christmas time! I’m so excited to hear this, as they offered some really low prices on organic products when they tested it in stores this summer.

aldi simply nature

See Money Saving Mom’s post here for more details that she received from The Humbled Homemaker on this news.

And, in the meantime, check out my post here for their organic food price list!

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