The Natural Sweetener Debate

Not all natural sweeteners are created equal. They seem to go in and out of favor, depending on the latest rage. At one time Doctor Oz recommended Agave Nectar as a sugar substitute because it has a low-glycemic index and doesn’t spike your blood sugar like real sugar does. Then it was determined that Agave Nectar contains the highest amounts of fructose than any sweetener, which could cause weight gain and increase insulin resistance for both diabetics and non-diabetics.

Organic Agave Nectar

Organic Agave Nectar

 Raw honey is a great natural sweetener alternative due to its many health benefits including anti-microbial, heart healthy and anti-inflammatory effects. Whatever your choice of natural sweetener may be, moderation is key. The following spinach salad recipe calls for one third cup sugar, but I substitute the same measurement of Organic Agave Nectar or Raw honey, depending on what I have on hand.  The strawberries are so sweet, that you can cut down on the amount of natural sweetener used in the dressing. Experiment using half the amount of sweetener ~it’s a matter of preference, and better for your health.

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Strawberry Spinach Salad

Dressing:

1/3 cup natural sweetener
2 tbsp. poppy seeds (sesame seeds may be substituted)
1 ½ tsp. onion powder
1 ¼ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
¼ tsp. paprika
¼ cup cider vinegar
½ cup olive oil

Mix ingredients for dressing well.

Salad:

2 bags fresh baby spinach, stems removed
3-4 oz. slivered almonds
1 pint strawberries (sliced thin)

Toss dressing with the salad and serve immediately

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Strawberry Spinach Salad long plate

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Add grilled shrimp or chicken for a full meal

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Grilled Shrimp

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Grilled Shrimp

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Ingredients

    Dressing Ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup natural sweetener
  • 2 tbsp. poppy seeds (sesame seeds may be substituted)
  • 1 ½ tsp. onion powder
  • 1 ¼ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp. paprika
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • ½ cup olive oil
    Salad Ingredients:
  • 2 bags fresh baby spinach, stems removed
  • 3-4 oz. slivered almonds
  • 1 pint strawberries (sliced thin)

Instructions

    Instructions for Dressing:
  • Mix ingredients for dressing well.
    Instructions for Salad:
  • Toss dressing with the salad and serve immediately
  • Add grilled shrimp or chicken for a full meal
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