Healthy food alternatives for baking

Craig Lomas

Well where do I start? At the very beginning, like Julie Andrews taught me.I graduated with a degree in Fashion Design in 2009 and have since set up my own bespoke clothing label.Currently working full time as a costume designer.My main passion is buying things I don't need... I WANT!

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As a bit of a sugar  fiend I can easily consume more than I should, without even realising. In an age where our lives are super fast paced and eating is more a case of a quick hit, rather than fuel, I look at a couple of substitutes that can be used for cooking.

Total Sweet – 100% Xylitol Sugar Alternative

Total Sweet is a great alternative to using the processed white sugar that can often be found in a variety of foods – including some you’d be surprised by, such as baked beans and even some sauces.

The product itself is 100% xylitol, which is a naturally occurring sugar found in fruits and vegetables. Total Sweet can be used as a replacement to ordinary sweeteners and sugars – from your early morning cuppa to your birthday cakes.

Total Sweet has 40% fewer calories than sugar and 75% fewer carbohydrates than sugar. The product is also suitable for diabetics.

The beauty of Total Sweet is not only can it be used in cooking but, more importantly, it can be used in baking too – which means we can all still enjoy the odd treat with less worry about our waistlines. Having used this myself, I can confirm that it tastes exactly the same as regular sugar and it works well as a healthier substitute.

Whether you’re following a new year diet plan and wish to restrict your calorie intake, or just want a healthier lifestyle, you might want to consider giving this product a chance.

For more information, visit totalsweet.co.uk.

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Coconoil – Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

This year has seen a dramatic rise in coconut-based products, much like previous years saw with acai berries and sea kelp. This is due to more awareness being raised about the great benefits of coconut to our general wellbeing.

Tinie Tempah and Alesha Dixon are both fans of this product, which can be used in anything from smoothies to baking. More than just a passing fad, this oil is packed with benefits which makes it much better than using regular oil. Most oils carry a lot of hidden fats and calories. But coconut oil contains no trans fatty acids and is highly heat resistant, which makes it perfect for baking, frying, roasting and flavoring.

The smell of this oil when cooking is also divine. Its consistency is a light paste. Ensure you keep this in a cool area (although not too cold so that is solidifies) to gain a better ingredient consistency. This is great when added to ice cream, as it gives a rich coconut flavour to your vanilla scoop. The main benefits of the oil (among many others) are that it is cholesterol-free, rich in lauric acid, sugar-free and energy-boosting.

For more information, visit coconoil.com.