If you’re preparing a holiday meal with all the trimmings, don’t forget the cranberry sauce. My Gut Girl-approved recipe is sweet, tart and sugar free. Wondering how I manage all that? My culinary secret is Swerve!
Swerve is an alternative sweetener made from erythritol, oligosaccharides and natural flavors. It’s a no-calorie, non-glycemic substitute that can replace regular sugar cup-for-cup! (You can learn more about Swerve and where to source it here.)
As you might know, refined sugars and carbohydrates can wreak havoc on your digestive system and create a breeding ground for bad bacteria to grow. It can also disturb your blood sugar, causing an energy spike followed by a crash. This can make you feel temporarily hyper and then really tired. If you get sleepy after meals, keep a food journal to see if refined sugars are the culprit.
Now, I understand that cleaning up your diet can be extra difficult around the holidays. I keep my gut happy and enjoy the season by preparing healthier versions of my festive favorites, like this sugar-free cranberry sauce. I also make sure that I’m still eating sauerkraut and taking a probiotic daily, even if I’m travelling or visiting family. These little tricks can help you stay on track during winter, Christmas or any busy time of year.
Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce
1 cup Swerve
1 cup organic orange juice
1 ½ cups cranberries
- Bring Swerve and orange juice to a boil to dissolve the sugar.
- Add the cranberries, and heat for about 10 minutes, until the cranberries pop open. Stir in the cinnamon.
- Allow to cool and thicken. Store in a glass jar.
Gut Girl Note: I like to use fresh cranberries, but frozen cranberries will also work.
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