Holiday cookies, gingerbread, hot cocoa…this time of year, it’s a little too easy to go overboard on sugar. And while it might not be great for your waistline, who wants to say no to those famous peppermint brownies Aunt Peggy only whips up in December? Not us! Which is why we use this little trick to have a little less of the sweet stuff on a daily basis—so we can really enjoy those treats guilt-free during holiday parties and celebrations.
Instead of adding sugar or other sweeteners to your daily eats and drinks—like smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, coffee, or tea—try swapping it out for xylitol, a naturally occurring sugar substitute made from the fibers of fruits and vegetables. It looks like sugar and tastes like sugar, but contains 40 percent fewer calories than sugar (and with a super low glycemic index, won’t raise your blood sugar level). By replacing two tablespoons of sugar with xylitol each day, you’ll save about 500 calories a week—equal to six sugar cookies! Try Xlear Xylosweet All Natural Xylitol Sweetener (One pound for $8, xlear.com)
Reprinted from KIWI Magazine