Following my recent post on why not to consume white sugar, I was immediately overcome with questions about what to use instead –especially for a popular wakeup call favourite–COFFEE.
4 Natural Sweeteners that i ♡ in my morning coffee:
Coconut Sugar → Coconut sugar is my number 1 choice for coffee sweetening. Coconut sugar is made from the sap of the coconut plant, and has somewhat of a similar taste to brown sugar. It is a low glycemic option (35GI) –meaning it does not throw your blood sugar levels out of whack. Coconut sugar is rich in iron, zinc, calcium and potassium. I use Mum’s coconut sugar.
Pure Raw Maple Syrup → Maple syrup has a delicious and unique flavour that contains antioxidant & anti-inflammatory properties. Though it has become a staple topping on pancakes & waffles-it may be used in baking, cooking, and in this case- even coffee! It is a great source of Manganese (great for energy production) & Zinc (which supports the immune system). When purchasing maple syrup, stay away from the processed options like Aunt Jemima and Blue Menu, and stick to the authentic, raw products.
Raw Honey → Raw honey is a power house of nutrition- it is anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial. Dr. Oz even refers to honey as “Liquid Gold”…which I think is self explanatory! When purchasing honey, stay away from the processed options like Billy Bee-void of any nutritional benefits.
Stevia → Stevia is a zero calorie sugar substitute that is almost 200 times sweeter than white sugar. With no effect on blood sugar levels, this sugar free sweetener is a great option for diabetics or those maintaining a low glycemic diet. Side notes- 1. It has a bitter after-taste, 2. A little goes a long way.
p.s. Please keep in mind that even “natural” sweeteners should only be used minimally. Sugar is sugar which means calories, carbohydrates, and insulin spikes! It is all about moderation and making healthy choices.