Healthy sweeteners for everyday use👍
Who doesn’t like to snack? When taking a refuge at home from the summer heat, it is easy to wonder around the kitchen looking for snacks. I am fan of snacking, and I can spend hours creating cheese trays or snack trays. I mix the chips with the healthy nuts and berries, and balance the bland with salty and spicy. Healthy snacks is what I am all about. Being a vegetarian most of my life my family gets bored with my healthy collection of berries, and nuts, so I give them a break by making smoothies on hot summer afternoons.
With smoothies everything goes. What you add for sweetness is a major part of keeping it healthy. To make smoothies sweet I often add honey, maple syrup, nutella and peanut butter. To make the mix smooth for drinking I add vanilla or chocolate soy, orange juice, or milk. Some cinnamon, vanilla extract with few drops of lemon juice for extra flavor.
Stay cool, and fill the gaps with yummy snacks.😘
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup blueberries (or other berries)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 Tsp Nutella
1Tsp of Honey for sweetness add as needed
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(Scones filled with chocolate chips and berries.)
I truly love baking. I rather bake than cook, and I rather bake goodies that are packed with fruits, nuts & berries.
I know there is always that feeling of guilt that creeps to our head when eating desserts, but I believe when we are baking our own cakes and cookies, we are more aware and use better and healthier ingredients.
For example, scones with cranberries and raisins, covered with vanilla glaze are great as dessert, and when served with a mixture of strawberry jelly and cream cheese or butter and honey is a scrumptious breakfast.
And if you love your coffee in the morning, dunking your scone in a hot cup of coffee is a great way to start your morning. 🌞
Click on the video and watch how I serve the scones.😋👍
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The most difficult part of replacing white sugar with healthy sweeteners is missing the convenience of sugar. Any where out of our own kitchen replacing sugar won’t be easy, but more and more places will provide honey or molasses if you just ask for it .
Here is a list of healthy delicious sweeteners:
honey; date sugar; coconut sugar; maple syrup & molasses
Honey– the nectar of the gods, is also used topically for centuries to heal wounds and fight infections. It’s also great for adding flavor to homemade dressings and marinades.
Date sugar– made from dried dates. Haven’t tried this one but we love adding dates cut in small pieces to oatmeal, salads, cottage cheese, eggs, and peanut butter sandwiches.
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Coconut sugar– also known as coconut palm sugar or coco sap sugar, or coconut crystals is made from the sweet nectar of flower buds of the coconut palm.
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Maple sugar– boiling sap from maple trees dried, powdered, and sold as maple sugar. Also great with cinnamon or ginger for added flavor to sweet potatoes, and grilled vegetables.
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Molasses– dark syrup is the byproduct of processing sugar cane, but it has antioxidants, making it a better option than refined sugar. With its bold flavor it is a tasty ingredient for cookies, smoothies, barbecue and beans.
With so many choices, all we have to remember is that plain yogurt has probiotics that are good for our guts, and has calcium to keep our bones strong, and protein for our muscles.
Organic Greek yogurt adds more thickness to smoothies and parfaits. It is high in protein while still being low-cal. There is about 100 calories in a 6-ounce container of plain, non-fat Greek yogurt. With fruits and honey added to plain yogurt we can lose the extra calories added sugar, and additives from flavored yogurts.
6 fruits, vegetables and fish that not only are good for your whole body, and are full of nutrients, but they may protect you from seasonal allergies.
Here is a list of 6 that you should consider during the allergy season.
1- Local Honey.
The research is mixed on whether local honey helps you with allergies. If you take small doses of the honey early in the season you may develop a tolerance toward pollen in your area.
yogurt drink that contains probiotics the good bacteria in your gut. good bacteria may help prevent and even treat seasonal allergies. You can get probiotics in fermented foods. Look for yogurts that say “live active cultures” on the label. Sauerkraut and kimchi are also good sources.
rich in vitamin C It can cut down on histamines. You can get Vitamin C from lots of foods, including oranges and other citrus fruit.
4- Pineapple has an enzyme called bromelain which can reduce irritation in allergic diseases such as asthma.
Try two servings of fish every week. Tuna, salmon, and mackerel have fatty acids. Omega-3 can help reduce inflammation. A study from Japan found that women who ate more fish had lower levels of hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis.
6- Food with quercetin
Onions, peppers, berries, and parsley all have quercetin. Quercetin is a natural plant chemical which may reduce “histamine reactions.” Histamines are part of the allergic response.
We put a list of easy, healthy ways to get our skin looking and feeling healthy again.
Soaking in a bath of baking soda for 30-60 minutes can make all the difference. Add one cup baking soda to a tub of warm water. For more localized itching you can make a paste of 1 part water to 3 parts baking soda.
You can make an oatmeal bath at home. Use a food processor to chop oatmeal into a fine powder, then put it into warm water. Make sure after your bath you also moisturize your skin to lock in the barrier.
Dot vinegar on the spot with a cotton ball. If you’re itching all over and dryness, add two or three cups of vinegar to your bath water and soak for 15 to 30 minutes.
Pour some milk into a bowl, dip a clean white washcloth into the milk and place it to the dry itchy skin patch for 5 minutes. Milk is very soothing to inflamed, dry, itchy skin. A milk bath once in a month can also help.
Honey tightens, softens and moisturizes dry skin. tapping the area lightly with your fingertips for about 2 minutes. Rinse well with warm water, and use moisturizer afterward.
For extremely dry skin it is better to use an oil-based moisturizer, like baby oil.
Avocado, jojoba and almond, also help keep dry skin hydrated. For best results, use it oil immediately after bathing. Pat your skin dry with a towel.
Cool showers or baths or even ice packs can give you an instant remedy for itchy skin.
Wear cotton or silk under your wool sweaters.
Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air.
vitamins that help to keep skin healthy are:
potassium, vitamin B and vitamin E and vitamin A.
Eat more potatoes and bananas
For vitamin B
Eat more whole grains.
For vitamin E
Eat more corn and carrots
For vitamin A
Eat more peas, spinach and oranges .
After a day of cooking, and entertaining, an easy, nutritious, and quick breakfast before going on line for some Christmas shopping.
Toasted croissant with two scrambled eggs, with a side of black plums and honey.
Yummy, succulent plums only have 46 calories. No saturated fats and are full of minerals and vitamins. Plums and prunes help increase the absorption of iron into the body, which may be due to the fact that they are a good source of vitamins.
We are skipping breakfast, and mostly ending up with a cup of coffee before starting our day.
Eating breakfast balances and replenishes our blood sugar in the morning, which helps our muscles and brain to work better.