4 Alternatives To Sugar

From Get Off Your Acid’s Dr. Daryl Gioffre

Healthy eating is all about moderation, not deprivation. So when your sweet tooth strikes, you should satisfy it! Just don’t run to the nearest Ben & Jerry’s for a triple-scoop cone. When it comes to dessert, be prepared. Not desperate.

Take the time to whip up your own sweet treats, rather than rushing to the nearest bakery or gelato stand. This way, you can be sure that all ingredients are fresh and alkaline, not full of preservatives and artificial ingredients.

These recipes mix sweet ingredients with other foods that are acid-neutralizing, anti-inflammatory and alkaline-approved. They’ll give you just enough of a sweet fix without leaving you sick and sorry.

Chopped Berries with Mint and Coconut Butter

Mint is an herb with incredible medicinal properties. It’s loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients and helps keep stomach cramps and nausea at bay. It’s anti-inflammatory, a powerful cleanser and neutralizer of acid, too!

Drizzle 2 tbsp. of melted coconut butter over a cup of mixed berries and top with a tbsp. of chopped mint for a quick and easy, fresh and fruity snack.

Coco Banana “Fro-Yo”

When the fro-yo craving hits, whip up this frozen smoothie for an after-dinner dessert that’s rich in fiber, B-vitamins, iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. Unlike cow’s milk, coconut milk is lactose-free, meaning it won’t clog up your digestive system.

For two smoothies, blend two frozen bananas with a cup of coconut milk, a heaping scoop of almond butter, a tbsp. of coconut oil and one tsp. of coconut nectar. Enjoy!

Ginger Cinnamon Fruit with Sweet Tahini Dip

A mix of sweet and savory, this easy-to-make dessert is both filling and delicious. It’s a favorite in my house. The cinnamon, coconut oil and almond butter help to neutralize and slow down the metabolism of the natural sugars in the fruits. 

For the fruit base, grate two or three tbsp. of fresh ginger and combine with diced pear and green apple. Mix with a tsp. of cinnamon and a tsp. of Celtic sea salt.

For the tahini dip, combine 3 tbsp. of tahini, 3 tbsp. raw almond butter, 1 tbsp. liquid coconut nectar (or honey), 2 tbsp. coconut oil, 2 tsp. wheat-free tamari and ¼ tsp. cayenne (optional). Drizzle over fruit.

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

A delicious mousse with no egg or dairy and added avocado – yum! Chocolate lovers will love this rich, quick and easy confection.

Blend 1 ½ avocado, 2/3 cups coconut water, 1 tbsp. raw cacao, 3-5 dates, a tsp. Celtic sea salt and shavings of 70 percent dark chocolate in a blender at high speed until you get a thick consistency, then refrigerate to make firm before eating. 

I hope you enjoy these delicious alkaline recipes as much as I do!  In the moderation spirit, you always want to look to the root cause of any cravings you may be having, because this is a deeper sign of a possible deficiency in your body.  

I craved and was addicted to sugar for years, and what I learned was that it was in fact a major deficiency in the big four crucial alkaline minerals, specifically magnesium.  So if you happen to be a sweet-tooth like I was, or have been having unusual cravings, look to balance this deficiency with AlkaMind Daily Minerals, an alkaline mineral powerhouse that I created specifically for sugar cravings and high acid levels in the body.  

For more from Dr. Daryl Gioffre also see his post on heart healthy foods, and read his 7-day alkaline meal plan here