There is no better season to enjoy food with family and friends than on holidays. When a great company and delicious food go altogether, there’s no doubt everyone will have a perfect time. The thing is because we enjoy it so much, we often eat too much. In fact, on average, we gain approximately one to two pounds during the holidays.
The good news is, we do not have to gain extra pounds in such a short time. By being mindful of what we prepare on the table and how much we put on our plate, we can enjoy the yuletide season without sacrificing our health.
Stay mindful and healthy while munching on sweet goods this holiday by using raw coconut nectar. Instead of using refined sugar, why don’t you use this natural sweetener as a substitute?
Raw Coconut Nectar—a Healthier Ingredient
The holiday table is not complete without the most awaited part of the meal—desserts. Sweet masterpieces are the best part of the menu, at the same time, the greatest contributing factor to weight gain. Lower the risk of adding pounds with a healthier recipe in making desserts. Skip highly refined sweeteners and use raw coconut nectar. Unlike other sweeteners, it’s a natural and organic syrup. Make your desserts sugar-free with this perfect substitute.
There is very minimal adjustment involve in the substitution. All in all, you can use coconut nectar in 1:1 ratio instead of granulated sugar. What is left to modify is the temperature when baking or cooking. Since coconut nectar is liquid, it caramelizes and burns faster than sugar crystals which means you need to lower the usual temperature from 5 to 10 degrees.
Raw Coconut Nectar Health Benefits
Lower Glycemic Index.
Refined sugar is characterized by a high glycemic index of 65. Coconut nectar, on the other hand, has a low glycemic index of 35. Because it is a low glycemic sweetener, it is slowly digested and metabolized thereby releasing glucose into the bloodstream at a steady and gradual pace. This prevents spikes and drops in the blood sugar and insulin levels.
Higher Nutritional Value.
There is nothing healthy about refined sugar. In fact, all it supplies the body with are empty calories. Coconut nectar, on the other hand, contains different nutrients, minerals, and vitamins. Traces of calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, nitrogen, manganese, and sodium as well as polyphenols, antioxidants, amino acids along with vitamin C, vitamin B1, B2, B3, and B6.
The production of raw coconut nectar goes through very minimal processing. It originates from the sap of a coconut tree blossoms by tapping onto the stem of the flowers and drawing out the sap. The collected sap is then boiled over low controlled heat to evaporate excess moisture content. As the liquid thickens and darkens, it becomes coconut nectar.
As you can see, there are neither chemicals added nor unnatural processes employed in its production. Coconut nectar’s flavor, color, and texture are all natural. Rest assured, its composition is free of toxins and other harmful substances.
Changing one ingredient in your holiday recipe can go a long way. Practice healthy holiday cooking and baking by using healthier alternatives. Make sure to include nutrient-rich foods in your menu for this coming holiday season.