Sweet Seasons

Bring out the flavors of foods with seasonings that offer the perception of sweetness: allspice, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, mace, nutmeg, and citrus juices.

  • Add ginger to a fruit glaze. Blend frozen raspberries with a pinch of ginger and a small amount of fruit juice concentrate or sweetener. Toss the glaze with fresh berries or sliced fruit.
  • Add a "sweet" spice of your choice to dry coffee grounds before brewing.
  • Add zest and sweet flavor to oatmeal and other cooked breakfast cereals with allspice, mace, or nutmeg. In place of water, cook it in fruit juice (or milk for more calcium and phosphorus)! Toss with dried fruits, such as cranberries or apricots. Or top with fresh fruit.
  • For a hint of sweet flavor in rice, cook with cardamom, cinnamon, or ginger. You might substitute juice for part of the cooking liquid. Perhaps toss in raisins or other dried fruits, too!
  • Add a touch of sweetness to cooked vegetables: for example, carrots with a hint of ginger, mashed sweet potatoes with cinnamon, and spinach with a sprinkle of nutmeg.
  • Squeeze citrus juice—lemon, lime, or orange—over fresh fruit to enhance the flavor. Calorie-saving tip: You save about 45 calories with a "squeeze" of juice rather than one tablespoon of sugar.
  • Create "syrup" for pancakes or waffles. In a blender, puree sliced peaches, berries, or apples with a little fruit juice, honey, and a pinch of cinnamon.

referred to as "sugar replacers" or "reduced-calorie sweeteners."

Sugar alcohols are naturally present in many foods you already enjoy, including berries, other fruits, and vegetables. In fact, they're carbohydrates. They're also a category of commercial ingredients, derived from sucrose, glucose, and starch: for example, sorbitol, mannitol, and hydrogenated starch hydrolysates.

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