The typical Holiday dinner contains about 3,000 calories – the majority coming from the abundance of butter, cream, and sugar traditionally included in side dishes.

Sweeteners such as honey, stevia and agave nectar bring rich flavors and a healthier profile to your homemade baked goods.
Honey can replace sugar in many recipes—use about half as much honey as you would sugar.

Honey is rich in antioxidants and antibacterial properties.

Stevia can be 300 times sweeter than sugar, although it is calorie-free and does not affect blood sugar levels in the same way sugar does. It combines well with other sweeteners and is heat-stable, so it works great for baking.  Stevia Leaf can be used whole or crumbled, fresh or dried. You can even grow and dry stevia
yourself.  Extracts vary in sweetness, so adjust recipes according to package instructions.

The agave plant produce a wonderfully sweet, low-calorie nectar. The body metabolizes it slowly, preventing dramatic spikes and dips in blood sugar.
Agave nectars come in light, amber and dark varieties. Light agave nectar has a more neutral sweet flavor great for delicate baked goods, and the darker grades produce delicious caramel flavors.

Delicious dishes featuring traditional flavors of the season that will accommodate and satisfy food- sensitive guests.

Butter and cream mean mashed potatoes are off-limits for those with lactose-intolerance and vegans.  White beans give this variation its silky texture and doubling the protein.

For the greatest benefits, use stone-ground whole-grain cornmeal, which still has some of the nutrient-dense corn hull and germ intact.

Adapted from “Natural Sweeteners: Baking with Honey, Stevia and Other Sugar Alternatives” By Tabitha Alterman in Natural Home and Garden Magazine, “The Side Show” By Shira Bocar & Lindsay Funston in Whole Living Magazine.