Cereals offer very little protein and essential good quality fats, both of which we need to kick-start the day and feel satisfied. Image via Favim
Contributed by Libby Nathan
1. Agave nectar
Agave is touted as a healthy, low GI alternative to sugar and has tricked many into thinking they are making a healthy, guilt-free choice. But, it is actually very high in fructose, not too dissimilar to high fructose corn syrup (yuck). Excess fructose is converted to glucose which can then be stored as fat.
Alternatives: Get your sweetness from a little fruit (fresh or dried) or stevia. Use spices to add a little sweetness –Cinnamon tastes sweet and actually helps balance blood sugar levels! Vanilla bean powder is great too.
I have a crazy sweet tooth for raw treats. I just love the feeling of indulging in something naughty when, really, I’m not.
Using nature’s chocolate in its purest, most raw form, cacao, these recipes will make you think twice about eating chocolate bars and other packaged treats you buy at the supermarket. Why? Cacao is a superfood, packed with antioxidants and many essential minerals, including magnesium, iron, manganese, chromium, zinc, copper and phosphorus.
Image via The Farm
I’m going back to the Philippines (my birth country and second home) for two weeks. I’m staying at a holistic spa resort called The Farm and then making the most of the summer for the rest of the time I’ll be there.