Sugar detox: sugar replacers

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We’re in our second week of our 31-day Swerve Sugar Detox Challenge – last week we talked about strategies for slashing sugar plus hidden sugars to avoid, and this week Molly is here with some easy sugar replacers.



Simply use less – start by cutting the sugar by one-quarter, then gradually cut back to half.

Swerve Sweetener – measures cup-for-cup like sugar; has zero glycemic impact, all-natural.

Fruit Puree – think applesauce, mashed bananas, pureed papaya.   Can be swapped out for sugar in a 1:1 ratio, but for every cup of fruit puree you use, reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe by 1/4 cup.

Vanilla or Almond Extract – adding an extra teaspoon or so gives more flavor with almost zero calories.

Plumseed Oil (available at VOM FASS) adds a marzipan-like flavor



Vanilla or Almond Extract

Plumseed Oil

Swerve Sweetener



Flavored coffee (flavored coffee beans, not sugary syrups)

Flavored tea (hot or cold)

Vitaminwater ZERO

La Croix Sparkling Water

Zevia or Honest Fizz