HEALTH CONCERNS? REDUCE YOUR SUGAR INTAKE

Let’s be honest. We all LOVE to treat ourselves. Especially when it comes to stress, over tiredness or any other of the myriad of causes we encounter on a daily basis.  We want the treat. We deserve the treat. My favorite thing about baking at home is the ability to control the amount of sugar in baked goods.

Over the years I’ve developed into a savory baker for two reasons. The first, my health and weight. The second, sugar is so addicting and bad for us. Sugar is rated the most addictive substance on earth. Let that sink in. More than heroine. Cocaine. Speed. A drop in blood sugar is telling your body it needs another “fix.”

Being who we are at Baked in Suburbia, we love to recreate the wheel. Why settle for what is, when there is a whole world of what could?

We continue to seek new opportunities and as they present themselves we are constantly thinking about how we can make the product our own.

Personally I am NOT a fan of sugar substitute. Unless it’s Agave or Honey. Regular sweeteners have a funky taste I simply cannot stand. I’m certainly not going to get into how bad they are for our bodies either.

I found this incredible article in reference to sugar. According to the author eating too much sugar impairs our cognitive thinking, while reducing proteins that are necessary to maintain memory and responsiveness.

It’s amazing how much someone who wants to be healthy has to dig. The website I read is dated 2002. It would be awesome if these type of stories made the news! Something that would actually help us all act, feel and do better on a daily basis.

My solution to not only reducing sugar, but eating healthier is a variety of substitutions. I’ve included a quick list below, but keep in mind nearly anything can be substituted for something healthier.

TURN FAT INTO FUN

  1. Avocado for Butter ~ Avocado is high in monounsaturated fats. This solution works best with recipes which use chocolate.
  2. Banana for Oil ~ Easy way to cut down on calories and fat. Additionally you are adding potassium, folate, vitamin C and vitamin A. Best with light cake and/or baked goods.
  3. Greek Yogurt for Sour Cream ~ Use anytime a recipe calls for Sour Cream. I did notice with my cupcakes they are a little heavier, but still good. No one else noticed. You can even try it on a baked potato.
  4. Unsweetened Applesauce for Sugar ~ Provides the sweetness, without the fatty sugar.
  5. Flax Meal for Egg ~ Mix 1 tablespoon of flax with tablespoons water. Whisk together with a fork and let sit in fridge for 5-10 minutes. Sub for one egg.

As you can see, there are a variety of ways we can improve what we eat. No matter if the goal is reducing fat, sugar or chemicals. There are easy ways to have our cake and eat it too.

Depending on what we are baking, depends on what type of substitution we use. A lot of the time we simply use less sugar.  Especially when we make the Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls. The

Hands kneading bread dough

amount of sugar is unholy and people still say they are sweet.  Perhaps that is a sign I should reduce the sugar further.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

Home cooked meals are simply more time consuming. There is no question about that.  However, take into account increasing discipline issues with children, modern health issues and simply how awful we all feel when we eat garbage.

I struggle quite a bit. When I come home from work I want to collapse not go into Act 12 of the Dinner matinee. I feel this certain mental struggle. My need to cook something healthy and that pesky voice that says you did enough today.

The truth is, they both win some of the time.  I can say I sleep and feel better when I eat healthy. The kids will too.  Admittedly, it has been quite a while since there has been a toddler in our house, but I can’t help but believe that if we feel awful eating processed foods, they do too.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHT ABOUT HEALTHY EATING VS SUGAR?

References:

21 Good Reasons to Eat Less Sugar That Have Nothing to Do With Weight Loss

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