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What’s In My Pantry Series

Baking Ingredients 

Make Some Healthy Swaps!

Due to some technical difficulties, my What’s In My Pantry Post is coming to you Today instead of Tuesday, my apologies!! Let’s get right to it.

When I started eating more mindfully and learning about the benefits of whole foods and natural derived ingredients,  I learned very quickly it’s SO EASY to switch! There are SO many great recipes out there that leave your tastebuds satisfied and leave your tummy happy! 

I have a sweet tooth and always have. Mainly after dinner is when I find I need something sweet to feel satisfied {a habit in the process of breaking}. I always craved things like cupcakes, cookies or pastries, the problem was it made me feel AWFUL after. Bloated, nauseous, super tired and with a headache the night or next day. My sweet tooth didn’t go away so I needed to find better options, that I did!

My Top#4 Healthy Desserts

  1. Chocolate Chia Pudding
  2. Black Bean Brownies
  3. Protein Balls
  4. Chocolate PB Sea Salt Dessert Cups

What these recipes have in common is the ingredients used. No refined sugar, no refined wheat, no dairy and no artificial crap! Below, I share with you some common healthy swaps, and instead of sharing what the typical ingredient DOESN’T have, I’m sharing what my swap DOES have 🙂

Let’s Keep Things Positive 🙂

Cacao vs Cocoa
Cacao:

  • Less refined, meaning it contains way more nutrients.
  • High in antioxidants, good for our body on a cellular level.
  • Is a prebiotic fiber, helps probiotics do their job more efficiently.
  • Promotes healthy skin
  • Gives a rich chocolate taste

Pure Vanilla Extract vs Vanilla Extract
Pure Vanilla Extract:

  • Contains NO sugar
  • Minimal ingredients like water and alcohol to help naturally preserve the vanilla
  • Adds a smoother more pure flavour and enhances other flavours with it.
  • Assists the body in reducing inflammation

Baking Powder Without Aluminum vs Baking Powder
Baking Powder Without Aluminum:

  • Doesn’t contain unecessary ingredients.
  • Creates better flavour without a “tinny” taste to your baked goods.

Dates, Honey, Coconut Sugar vs White & Brown Sugar
Dates, Honey, Coconut Sugar:

  • Contains vitamins, minerals and fiber
  • Coconut sugar when used in moderation, has a lower GI index, allowing the body to use it for energy.
  • Tastes just as sweet but without negative side effects of white sugar
  • Family members won’t know the difference!
  • Dates and honey are naturally occurring, no ingredients to read.
  • Assists the body in reducing cravings for artificial and processed treats.

Coconut Oil vs Vegetable Oil
Coconut Oil:

  • Easier to digest
  • Not stored as fat
  • Anti-microbial, anti-fungal
  • Is a Medium-chain fatty acid which when digested by the liver creates ketones which are a readily accessible energy by the brain.
  • Is a saturated fat, which increase the healthy cholesterol (known as HDL) in your body, but also help to convert the LDL “bad” cholesterol into good cholesterols. 
  • Doesn’t have an over powering coconut taste when used with other ingredients.
  • I could go on and on but you get the picture, it’s AMAZING! Not only can you swap it for baking, it has, oh I don’t know 1 000 000 uses, just Pinterest it. 😉

I hope this gives you some great ideas on how you can make your pantry more healthy!
Remember, it’s not about what you can’t have, it’s about what to use in replace of. Your body and mind will thank You!

Have a terrific Thursday, enjoy that sunshine!
Live well TODAY-Steph

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Morgan
    March 9, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    I’ve bought that honey from Costco it’s so yummy!

    • Reply
      Stephanie
      March 10, 2017 at 9:54 am

      I LOVE IT!It doesn’t go crystallized on my, another plus. What do you use it in most morgan?

  • Reply
    Morgan
    March 22, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    I make energy bites with it, or the VREY ODD time that I bake ha!
    Energy Bites – Oats, ground flax, almond butter, pumpkin seeds and honey!

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