Friday, September 25, 2009

Week 4 – Develop a new appreciation of tastes other than sugar that are satisfying and enjoyable.

Reduce Sugar, Not Flavor

Adding Flavor Using flavor enhancers such as orange or lemon zest brings out the fruitiness in a dish and heightens the flavors of the ingredients used. Vanilla, butter flavoring, and nut flavorings produce an aroma of "fattening" sweetness and buttery nuts without the use of butter or excessive use of nuts. Sweet-enhancing spices such as cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger and nutmeg intensify flavors in a dish.

Try combining several spices instead of using just one for a fresh, uplifting flavor. Topping whole grain, (NOT whole wheat), baked goods with fruit, fruit spread or a generous amount of cinnamon mixed with a natural sugar substitute allows the flavors to be on top and tasted immediately.

Try flavoring your coffee with just may learn to really enjoy that without sugar.

Over ripe fruits, such as bananas, provide a tremendous amount of sweetness, moisture and flavor. There are a number of nutrients that can help to get you past the "withdrawal" stage of sugar release. It is important to differentiate the "ose" and "ol" sugars that are "empty calories" from those with the nutrients that need to be there for the correct metabolism of these sugars.

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