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Stevia or Truvia

Stevia is an all-natural herb-derived sugar substitute that is extremely sweet. In fact, it is 200x sweeter than sugar. Stevia is derived from the Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni plant, and was discovered thousands of years ago on the edge of the rain forest in Paraguay. It contains many nutrients, and the leaves can be used in a variety of ways.

The Ratio?

If the recipe calls for one cup sugar, for example, use 2 tsp. Stevia/Truvia


Raw Honey

or

Blue Agave

The Ratio?

If the recipe calls for one cup sugar, for example, use 2/3 cup of raw honey or agave.

Honey, or the, “nectar of the Gods,” is an excellent option to consider when picking a sweetener. Honey has tons of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to boost immunity and fight off cancer causing free radicals. Honey is also packed with antibacterial properties, and can be used to treat minor cuts and burns. Why raw honey? It hasn’t been heated or processed in anyway, so it doesn’t lose any of those fabulous nutrients.


Applesauce

The Ratio?

If the recipe calls for one cup sugar, for example, use one cup of applesauce.

Wait - what? Yep. You heard me... Applesauce (zero sugar added, obviously) can replace the sugary additive in most baking recipes. It doesn't even really change the taste of any of the confections I've created over the course of my lifestyle change.


Greek Yogurt

DUDE. If you're still using Mayo on things to add flavor, even LIGHT mayo, it's not healthy or even close. Light mayo has THREE TIMES the fat of Greek yogurt. Use it. Your body will appreciate it, and you can't even taste the difference if you buy the plain flavor. Next time you make deviled eggs, or potato salad, sub this stuff.

The Ratio?

If the recipe calls for one cup Mayo, for example, use one cup of Greek yogurt.


Avocado

Substitute this bad boy whenever you need to use butter!

"By substituting avocado for some but not all of your butter in baking you can cut the fat by almost 40%" 

This badass fruit plays a role in heart health and is a HEALTHY fat. Consume this more, butter less.

The Ratio?

If the recipe calls for one Tbsp butter, use one Tbsp of mashed Avocado.