As my daughter’s first birthday approaches, I have been realizing how much sugar our culture consumes for holidays, birthdays, and everyday life. (I’m also realizing how much sugar I consume.) Birthday parties are usually full of cake, candy, ice cream, and other sweets. The amount of sugar most of us consume, should actually make us sick. But our bodies have become somewhat adjusted to the unhealthy amount of sugar we eat.
My daughter has never actually tasted sugar at this point in her life, outside of the natural sugars that are in fruit. We feed her lots of bone broth, grass-fed meats, wild caught salmon, organic fruits and veggies, dried fruit, pastured eggs, and homemade yogurt. We will soon be introducing grains, but only ones that have been prepared properly (organic, non-gmo, and soaked or sprouted grains).
I recently began preparing muffins with icing for her birthday party, and followed some wholesome recipes that only used natural sweeteners (no actual sugar). My husband and I strongly disliked the first batch of icing I made. There wasn’t anything to sweeten it besides a banana. Our daughter on the other hand, enjoyed it a lot! At first we wondered how she enjoyed something we so strongly disliked (and we aren’t picky eaters). Then it dawned on me, she hasn’t been exposed to sugar and wasn’t used to the amount of sweetness that we’ve become so used to with foods. It was probably just the right amount of sweet for her. Needless to say, we realized that if we didn’t enjoy it, most likely not many guests at her party would either. So I attempted another icing recipe using maple syrup to sweeten it. This one was truly delicious!
Our family is really striving to cut back on our sugar consumption, and find recipes that use only natural sweeteners (in small amounts) when we do get a craving for something sweet. God calls us to take care of our bodies, and God has placed my husband and I in charge of nourishing our baby girl’s little body. I don’t want to fill her body with toxic, unhealthy foods. We have to teach her by example.
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” -1 Corinthians 6:19-20
While organic cane sugar is better than non-organic bleached sugar, it’s still not good for you. So we are starting a new sort of journey with our food, and trying to find ways to eliminate sugar and use mostly natural sweeteners (in limited amounts). If you’re unsure of what sweeteners are natural, check out this great post by Food Renegade. Natural sweeteners are better than the white stuff, but should still be used in moderation.
I look forward to sharing some recipes with all of you as I discover sweet treats to make using natural sweeteners. For starters, let me share this delicious maple buttercream recipe with you! I’m also making these yummy gummy snacks for party favors.
I would love to hear from you! What yummy dessert or snack recipes do you make that use natural sweeteners?