Local sweeteners are more than a treat, try substituting them next time in the kitchen.

Sweetener: Why Natural is Better and Ways to Use Maple Syrup and Honey
There has been an awful lot of talk about sugar and artificial sweeteners in the
media recently, and being a health coach, I for one am really glad that it’s getting a


lot of buzz.
Why? Because refined sugars and artificial sweeteners are not good for your health – both are highly addictive and cause inflammation in the body. Inflammation can lead to degenerative diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
The good news? We have two natural sweeteners that are made fresh right here in the Seacoast Region – maple syrup and honey – that are much better alternatives than refined sugar and artificial sweeteners.
When I work with clients I always tell them to go the natural route with sweeteners because they have health benefits that processed sugars just don’t have. Below I’ll share more information on both maple syrup and honey, as well as ways to use them including some tasty recipes.
Maple syrup: Contains over 50 antioxidants and many beneficial minerals such as manganese, calcium, zinc, potassium and riboflavin. Maple syrup has also been known to aide in digestion, inflammatory disease, and muscle recovery in athletes. Maple syrup can be used anywhere you would typically use processed sugar like in baked goods and sauces. Tip: Try it in your morning cup of joe. Maple syrup is very sweet and a little goes a long way, so start off with a teaspoon and add more to taste.
Recipes: Healthy Pumpkin Pie {Gluten-Free}Autumn Spiced Cookies {Vegan & Gluten-Free}
Honey: Contains antioxidants and has anti-bacterial properties. This natural sweetener has been used for years to help cure common aliments like colds, sore throats, and seasonal allergies. If you are looking to reduce your seasonal allergy symptoms, purchase raw honey – the closer it is made to your home, the better. Like maple syrup, honey can be used anywhere you would typically use processed sugar. It works well in dressings and marinades. Tip: Sweeten your tea with honey for an antioxidant boast.
Recipes: Winter Cabbage SlawGluten-Free Pancakes with a Warm Blueberry Sauce



You can also visit the Seacoast Eat Local Pinterest page for a number of recipes using local sweeteners or other delicious farm fresh ingredients. Over the years Seacoast Eat Local has put together recipe cards using great items available at the Winter Farmers’ Market.
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