By now I am sure you are craving some of your favorite foods. What can you do to make your favorites and still eat clean? First take a look at the ingredients, how many unnatural ingredients are there. Can you use a homemade pantry staple to substitute to make it clean? Now how do you convert all that sugar in a recipe to clean natural sugar like honey or maple syrup.
Easy Sugar Conversion to Honey Chart
Sugar the Other White Stuff
Here is a simple sugar conversion to honey chart to convert white sugar to honey or maple syrup. It is about the weight of the sugar used not necessarily how it is measured. A liquid (honey) will weigh more than the small white sugar crystals. If you are unsure you can always weigh the correct amount of sugar and then measure out the equal weight in honey. Under 1/4 cup you can substitute equal amounts, since it is so insignificant. You may need to play around with cooking times, since you are adding more wet ingredients to the dish. I would add less oil or milk by half of the natural sugar you are adding. Example: if using 1/2 cup honey use 1/4 cup less milk or oil. This may take a little trial and error to get it just right. But these tips will get you on the right path faster.
You can also replace sugar with natural ingredients like applesauce or bananas. These will add a natural sweetness as well as an additional flavor to your dish. A few other good natural sweeteners are raisins, dates and prunes. Make sure you look to see there is no added sugar just naturally dried fruit.
If you are having a difficult time with giving up sugar, read 10 foods to help stop sugar cravings to help you through those difficult times. Check out my Pinterest board to take the 31 Day Clean Eating Challenge and for clean eating support like Pounds4Pennies on Facebook. I will continue to share great clean eating recipes as I find them.
What other tips do you have for cutting out white sugar and replacing with natural sugars?