In order to eat clean, you have to give up everything you love, right? Wrong! Clean-eating recipes do exclude many common ingredients, but we promise, you can easily replace those ingredients with something even more tasty. To enjoy your fave recipes, you might have to do a little tweaking. Thanks to this list, you’ll be an expert in no time. How? Here are a few tips on how to make any recipe clean:
Say Goodbye to Sugar
Sugar is a big no-no for a clean eating lifestyle, as are artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, and Equal. That doesn’t mean you have to give up sweets though! If you are looking for a good 1:1 ratio substitute for white sugar, coconut sugar is your best bet. A mixture of honey and maple syrup subs in for brown sugar quite nicely. Other sugar substitutes simply depend on the flavors and textures of the recipe, including honey, maple syrup, raw agave, Stevia, or date sugar. Pureed fruit such as dates, apples, and bananas work beautifully in most recipes as well. You will just have to play around a little bit with the ratios to find what works best for your taste buds.
Check out a four delicious recipes that use natural alternatives to sugar:
1. Coconut Banana Paleo Cookies (coconut sugar)
2. 3-Ingredient Coconut Mango Ice Cream (honey)