Ready to add a splash of flavor to your morning coffee or tea? A few shakes - less than a gram - of organic infused sugar, that's all it takes!
You all know that I am not a supporter of a high sugar diet, these are intended as finishers or as part of a treat.
Try an infused sugar to replace a small portion of regular sugar needed in baked goods, use them to garnish cookies, brownies, cakes or pies, or try them over ice cream.
You can buy a four-pack of all flavors - vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa, and mocha coffee - and can also purchase these individually infused sugars.
Frequently Asked Questions About Balanced Bites Organic Infused Sugars:
Besides coffee and toast, how do you recommend using organic infused sugars?
I love these as a sprinkle of fruit for a little treat, or toss a little with a nut butter. You can also use them in treat recipes instead of regular sugar or sweetener or as a topping before baking.
If you are using them to substitute for sugar in baking, what is the right amount to swap?
I would say only 1 to 2 tablespoons, on top, because it will cost a lot more per serving than regular sugar, so don't try to use 1 cup in place of regular sugar. Plus, the flavors are powerful! So you don't need a lot of these to get that pop flavor.
If placed on cookies before baking, will the infused sugar still be visible?
Can cocoa be mixed with milk to make hot chocolate?
No, it's not cocoa. It's literally infused sugar in this jar, so you can sprinkle some of it over hot cocoa.
Are they better in hot or cold drinks? I generally use simple syrup in iced coffee.
I don't really sweeten my iced coffee with them. I use them for the effect of texture and flavor!
I sweeten my iced coffee with a touch of stevia because I love the way a few drops work for me. You can make a simple syrup with these if you want! These would work great in hot coffee.
When you mix with cold coffee, does the brewed sugar actually dissolve? My regular sugar usually doesn't.
Not really, but I don't mind! I like the little crunch. It's for the flavor effect and just a little bit more than the sweetness. Even my coffee has a garnish!
How sweet are they? What is the spice / sugar ratio?
There is little to no spice in the pot for the most part. We've added a touch of cinnamon and a touch of cocoa powder for color, but the flavor is infused into the sugar itself! They are not “mixes” like some more traditional options will be. I wanted to offer something with a different level of flavor intensity, it's not something you can just mix in a jar at home. So if you cook 1 teaspoon, it will be as sweet as 1 teaspoon of sugar, but it will have a strong flavor from the brewing process.
Why did you choose organic cane sugar over the alternatives? Does the type of sugar matter?
Organic cane sugar is the only type of sugar I use when I want real sugar like this. Most calorie sweeteners are comparable, but chemically, sucrose is what works for this. I believe our bodies should be able to process small amounts of sugar when balanced with real whole foods. If you are worried about the sugar in your body, this may not be what you want.
Where do organic infused sugars come from?
I work with my co-conditioner on sourcing ingredients directly from small farms. My co-packer has worked in the spice industry for decades, and we share values of finding great flavor in the best quality ingredients with a sustainable supply.
How is the sugar actually infused?
The process is a bit complicated for me to explain, but I'll try! The aromatic ingredient (cinnamon sticks, cocoa beans, coffee beans, vanilla pods) is made into an extract and then made into a "mass" (industrial term) by cooking it with sugar. It is tested to be sure that no alcohol remains in the extract when finished. Then, the mass is evaporated at very low temperature in the immediate vicinity of the sugar so that the aroma is taken up in the sugar. Think about the process when you smoke a piece of meat, how the flavor of the wood seeps into the meat - it's similar to that, but not at a hot temperature and for a lot longer!
Are They Compatible With A Keto Lifestyle?
Technically, these are not "keto" products. That said, a gram of sugar here or there shouldn't be a problem as part of a true low-carb diet. I spoke with my copacker about the possibilities of making an infused monkfruit product and it looks like the granulated monkfruit would not tolerate the process as it is fructose / glucose versus sucrose and chemically speaking the molecules would not work in the same way to take the flavor.
Would you consider making one sugar free for anyone following a keto lifestyle?
See my previous answer on both chemically speaking monkfruit as well as my take on small amounts of sugar in the diet. It's also not really my thing to create calorie-free foods - it just doesn't feel right to me. I've researched the option with my co-packer, and she doesn't think it's chemically possible, at least not at her facility that works with more traditional ingredients.
I know that as an author of low sugar / sugar free books this product is confusing to people at times, but it's all about the context!
I don't recommend people putting tons of it in / on your food all the time. Sprinkle lightly with coffee or use them in a treat recipe. Eating a balanced diet of real whole foods should help most of us be able to eat small amounts of sugar when we want to. We don't try to hide the sugar anywhere, nor do I recommend spooning it into your coffee every day. Remember, just a shake or a few shakes!
What is the difference between Ceylon cinnamon and others? It has a very strong flavor.
Ceylon cinnamon is true cinnamon and is of better quality and has a stronger and richer flavor. Others are Cassia, which is milder and an alternative typically used in less upscale products and those sold on most grocery shelves. When you open this jar it will smell like it's a jar full of cinnamon!
Are they all dairy free?
Yes! All our dry products (spices, sugars and granola) are dairy free, like most of our Balanced Bites Meal.
Will you be posting recipes with other uses?
Yes! We always share what you all do with our products on Instagram (@balancedbites) as well as.
What is the difference between Cocoa and Cafe Mocha?
Cafe Mocha has organic coffee and organic cocoa infused with sugar.
Cocoa contains organic cocoa and organic vanilla bean.
All the ingredients are on our website!
Since these are sugars, is there a high risk that the mixtures will stick together?
I don't expect these sugars to stick together for you as they are small containers unless you take a long time using them and moisture builds up in them. I didn't feel any lumps, but refrigerating any spices or sugar that clumps together will lower the temperature and help prevent this from happening. Many people living in Hawaii or in hot / humid climates do this regularly. Our thick garlic products can clump together and this is what I recommend, or break with a butter knife.
Will they sell out before the holidays?
Honestly, I do not know! I hope we will have them at least in early December, but I will be sure to communicate if the quantities are low. Make sure you next on Instagram and you are subscribed to Balanced Bites Insider Newsletter to stay informed.
Where can I buy Balanced Bites organic infused sugars?
All of our products are available for purchase in our online shop!
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It’s easy to get confused when it comes to health and alimentation. Even qualified experts often seem to hold opposing opinions. Yet, despite all the disagreements, a number of wellness tips are well supported by research. Here are 27 health and alimentation tips that are actually based on good science.
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The key to a healthy diet is to eat the right amount of kcal for how active you are so you balance the energy you consume with the energy you use.
If you eat or drink more than your body needs, you’ll put on weight because the energy you do not use is stored as fat. If you eat and drink too little, you’ll lose weight.
You should also eat a wide range of foods to make sure you’re getting a balanced diet and your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs.
It’s recommended that men have around 2, 500 calories a day ( 10, 500 kilojoules ). Women should have around 2, 000 calories a day ( 8, 400 kilojoules ). Most adults in the UK are eating more calories than they need and should eat fewer kcal.
Starchy carbohydrates should make up just over a third of the food you eat. They include potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and cereals. Choose higher fibre or wholegrain varieties, such as wholewheat pasta, brown rice or potatoes with their skins on.
They contain more fibre than white or refined starchy carbohydrates and can help you feel full for longer. Try to include at least 1 starchy food with each main meal. Some people think starchy foods are fattening, but gram for gram the carbohydrate they contain provides fewer than half the calories of fat.
Keep an eye on the fats you add when you’re cooking or serving these genres of foods because that’s what increases the calorie content – for example, oil on chips, butter on bread and creamy condiments on pasta.
It’s recommended that you eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and veg every day. They can be fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juiced. Getting your 5 A Day is easier than it sounds. Why not chop a banana over your breakfast cereal, or swap your usual mid-morning snack for a piece of fresh fruit ?
A portion of fresh, canned or frozen fruit and vegetables is 80g. A portion of dried fruit ( which should be kept to mealtimes ) is 30g. A 150ml glass of fruit juice, vegetable juice or smoothie also counts as 1 portion, but limit the amount you have to no more than 1 glass a day as these drinks are sugary and can damage your teeth.
You can choose from fresh, frozen and canned, but remember that canned and smoked fish can be high in salt. Most people should be eating more fish, but there are recommended limits for some genres of fish.
You need some fat in your diet, but it’s important to pay attention to the amount and type of fat you’re eating. There are 2 main genres of fat : saturated and unsaturated. Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which increases your risk of developing heart disease.
On average, men should have no more than 30g of saturated fat a day. On average, women should have no more than 20g of saturated fat a day. Children under the age of 11 should have less saturated fat than adults, but a low-fat diet is not suitable for children under 5.
Try to cut down on your saturated fat intake and choose foods that contain unsaturated fats instead, such as vegetable oils and spreads, oily fish and avocados. For a healthier choice, use a small amount of vegetable or olive oil, or reduced-fat spread instead of butter, lard or ghee.
When you’re having meat, choose lean cuts and cut off any visible fat. All types of fat are high in energy, so they should only be eaten in small amounts.
Regularly consuming foods and drinks high in sugar increases your risk of obesity and tooth decay. Sugary foods and drinks are often high in energy ( measured in kilojoules or calories ), and if consumed too often can contribute to weight gain. They can also cause tooth decay, especially if eaten between meals.
Free sugars are any sugars added to foods or drinks, or found naturally in honey, syrups and unsweetened fruit juices and smoothies. This is the type of sugar you should be cutting down on, rather than the sugar found in fruit and milk.
Many packaged foods and drinks contain surprisingly high amounts of free sugars.
More than 22. 5g of total sugars per 100g means the food is high in sugar, while 5g of total sugars or less per 100g means the food is low in sugar.
Eating too much salt can raise your blood pressure. People with high blood pressure are more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke. Even if you do not add salt to your food, you may still be eating too much.
About three-quarters of the salt you eat is already in the food when you buy it, such as breakfast cereals, soups, breads and sauces. Use food labels to help you cut down. More than 1. 5g of salt per 100g means the food is high in salt.
Adults and children aged 11 and over should eat no more than 6g of salt ( about a teaspoonful ) a day. Younger children should have even less.
As well as eating healthily, regular exercise may help reduce your risk of getting serious health conditions. It’s also important for your overall health and wellbeing.
Read more about the benefits of exercise and physical activity guidelines for adults. Being overweight or obese can lead to health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease and stroke. Being underweight could also affect your health.
Most adults need to lose weight by eating fewer calories. If you’re trying to lose weight, aim to eat less and be more réactive. Eating a saine, balanced diet can help you maintain a saine weight.
Check whether you’re a saine weight by using the BMI saine weight calculator. Start the NHS weight loss plan, a 12-week weight loss guide that combines advice on healthier eating and physical activity. If you’re underweight, see underweight adults. If you’re worried about your weight, ask your GP or a dietitian for advice.
You need to drink plenty of fluids to stop you getting dehydrated. The government recommends drinking 6 to 8 glasses every day. This is in addition to the fluid you get from the food you eat. All non-alcoholic drinks count, but water, lower fat milk and lower sugar drinks, including tea and coffee, are healthier choices. Try to avoid sugary soft and fizzy drinks, as they’re high in calories. They’re also bad for your teeth.
Even unsweetened fruit juice and smoothies are high in free sugar. Your combined total of drinks from fruit juice, vegetable juice and smoothies should not be more than 150ml a day, which is a small glass. Remember to drink more fluids during hot weather or while exercising.
Some people skip breakfast because they think it’ll help them lose weight. But a saine breakfast high in fibre and low in fat, sugar and salt can form part of a balanced diet, and can help you get the nutrients you need for good health.
A wholegrain lower sugar cereal with semi-skimmed milk and fruit sliced over the top is a tasty and healthier breakfast. Further informationThe Eatwell Guide can help you get the right balance of the 5 main food groups. The guide shows you how much of what you eat should come from each food group. Read more about eating a balanced diet and understanding kcal.