The average American gulps 34 teaspoons of sugar each day.  That represents 544 calories and that means an extra 56 pounds at the end of each year!  You can lose weight just by eliminating that white powder!

Sugar consumption is a major contributor to obesity and Type II Diabetes and it  converts to fat when you aren’t active – – – it truly is the ‘legal white powder’ that can harm you!

Sugar is hidden in food – – become a ‘powder’ detective.

  • Beverages!  From soda, energy drinks, sweetened iced teas, sweet alcoholic beverages and fruit drinks are all loaded with sugar.  Try herbal teas, water or natural spritzers.
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup!  It is extra sweet and found in many foods.
  • Beware of “Low-Fat”!  Many low-fat foods are loaded with sugar to add flavor.  Sweetened yogurts are a great example.  You can add fruit at home instead of the flavored yogurts.
  • Sports Bars!  So many of them have the same sugar content as a candy bar – – not a great alternative.  A homemade trail mix would be far better.
  • Condiments!  Read labels on ketchup and BBQ sauce as they greatly vary in their sugar content.

When you want an alternative to sugar, learn to use natural, healthy sweeteners.  Although pure maple syrup, honey and agave are more ‘natural’, they are still high in sugar content.  Over the years, I’ve found I prefer stevia and xylitol for my cooking and baking needs.  I’ve also found that I prefer foods to be less sweet.

Recently I created a great ‘bar’ with nuts, coconut (source of good fats) and a healthy protein powder (ViSalus shake mix).  These bars are yummy, kid-friendly and easy to make.  When you want something a bit sweet – – – make a health choice and stay away from that ‘legal white powder!’

Here is the recipe.

Almond Coconut Crunch Bars

(Amazingly good, simple and good for you!)

You will need:

  • 2 c. whole, raw almonds
  • 1 c. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ c. almond butter
  • 2/3 c. melted coconut oil
  • 3 scoops of your favorite protein shake mix
  • 1 TBL vanilla
  • ½ tsp salt

Here’s what you do:

  1. Blend almonds in a food processor.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix until like ‘sand’.  Taste and add more shake or some xylitol if you want it sweeter.
  3. Add a bit of water if mixture is not holding together.
  4. Pat into a 9” square pan and chill.
  5. Melt some dark chocolate chips and smooth over top.  Chill
  6. Let come to room temp before cutting.
  7. “Crumbs” are AWESOME in your shake!!
  8. Gluten-free, can be sugar-free, guilt-free –  -just delicious!!!