The Fruitful Life

Sweet Swaps | Soda, Chocolate & More!

Sweet Swaps | Soda, Chocolate & More!
Healthy eating can quickly get derailed when the occasional treat turns into sugar addiction! That's why we have created the Sweet Swaps series, for people who love sweets but want to start making healthier swaps without missing out on the sweetness of life. Plus, we're aware that some of our guests can't eat a lot of sugar, like those with diabetes. In honor of Diabetes Awareness Month, we've compiled a list of lower-sugar alternatives to our favorite treats! Tame your sweet tooth without missing out on dessert in the latest of our Sweet Swaps series.

Soda pop

Packing between 30-50 grams of sugar per 12 oz. can, soda is enough to send your blood sugar soaring. Fortunately, it’s one of the easiest things to substitute. Sugar-free Zevia soda is naturally sweetened with stevia and comes in many popular flavors, including ginger ale, root beer, and cola. We carry a lot of Zevia flavors, but their Cream Soda is one of our favorites! Or you can try naturally flavored, unsweetened sparkling water and add a drop or two of liquid flavored stevia.
If juice or other sweetened beverages are a temptation, try jazzing up your water or sparkling water with slices of fresh, organic lemons or limes. You can easily make refreshing, fruit-infused detox water! For a kick of caffeine in this mix, we love Limitless Lightly Caffeinated Sparkling Water.

Chocolate

Most milk chocolate products contain just as much (if not more) sugar and milk than actual hot cocoa! If you haven't tried dark chocolate yet, you'll find it's lower in sugar and higher in nutrients. Aim for at least a 72% cocoa content. And if you're looking for an even lower-sugar chocolate, try stevia-sweetened Lily's® chocolate.

Baked goods

Bake your own goodies with natural sugar substitutes, like monk fruit, stevia, xylitol, erythritol or a baking blend like Sugarless Sugar. Homemade is always better, anyway. Not sure which to use? We break it down for you in this post on natural sugar substitutes.

Breakfast cereal

Many popular kinds of cereal contain a lot of sugar! Look for unsweetened varieties or lower-sugar varieties. Remember that 1 teaspoon of sugar equals about 4 grams of sugar, so when reading the nutrition facts, divide the number of grams of sugar by 4, and that’s how many teaspoons are in a serving. We carry a lot of low-sugar cereals online and in-store, but one quick and simple breakfast is Organic Amaranth flakes with a drizzle of honey and your favorite milk!
Which one of these sweet swap ideas was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below, and let us know what other sweets you'd like us to find a healthy swap for.

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