The holidays are filled with ooey-gooey sticky sweet treat, although its a herald of the season Fotolia_15012055_XS-200x300it can wreak havoc on your dental condition as well as your waist-line. Here are a few tips we picked up along the way of how to stay sugar-free or at least minimize the amount of sugar you consume this holiday season.

  • When baking try replacing sugar with Stevia or Xylitol, these natural sugar-free substitute is a great sweetener to try using with your baked goods.
  • Oatmeal is a great healthy breakfast option. However, some instant varieties are laden with sugar. To create a low-sugar or sugar-free breakfast try buying plain oatmeal and adding fruit and nuts to it before heating. Or for something different try adding a little of your favorite flavor of yogurt.
  • If you’re craving ice cream or frozen yogurt a great substitute is soft serve frozen banana ice cream. By freezing ripe bananas and pureeing them in your food processor you can create a sugar-free frozen soft-serve treat.  All with just one ingredient too!
  • If you are a fan of dried fruit check out the back of the label before you buy, some dried fruit products are loaded with sugar. If you simply can not live with out, try using a microwave chip maker. These appliances fit right in your microwave and you can create all sorts of dried fruit treats without the additional sugar.
In general remember natural sugars are a great way to get your sweet fix, try sticking to fresh fruit when you crave something sweet and always remember to brush and floss afterwards!]]>

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