When it comes to getting fit and eating right, it can be difficult to find a healthy alternative to satisfy your sweet tooth. Even homemade recipes often call for excessive amounts of sugar, on top of already pre-sweetened ingredients. True, there is no magic food that will help you drop weight simply by eating it, but smartly replacing sugar with other healthy alternatives can be a giant leap forward in your fitness journey. One great option is to use sweet fruits like raspberries in place of sugar. Berries are a sweet, healthy alternative when cutting sugar that can help you reach your goals by harnessing the power of berries for weight loss.
Raspberries are a sweet alternative that provides several nutritional benefits. Raspberries are low in calories and fats while still being a rich source of dietary fiber and antioxidants. The antioxidants in raspberries are suspected to help your body fight against cancer, premature aging, inflammation, and neurodegenerative diseases. Raspberries are also an excellent source of vitamin C, are rich in B-complex vitamins, vitamin K, and also contain minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, iron, and magnesium—all nutrients your body need—-in smaller amounts.
So, without further ado, here are 15 recipe ideas for making raspberries—not sugar—the centerpiece of your next meal:
Raspberry Jam: This jam is not only sugar-free, it is filled with chia seeds—an amazing superfood that packs its own nutritional power-punch. The perfect way to start off a healthy, wholesome breakfast.
Overnight Oatmeal Flax Meal: I’ll admit, I’d never really heard of overnight oatmeal before, but apparently it’s all the rage. If carbs aren’t really your thing, though, then this flax meal recipe is the perfect alternative. You can use honey to add a little extra sweetness, if the raspberries just aren’t doing it for you.
Raspberry Oatmeal Bars: Continuing on in our breakfast category (the most important meal of the day!) we have here a surprisingly great (and healthy!) recipe for some delicious oatmeal bars from Driscoll’s.
Raspberry-Avocado Smoothie: Need a mid-morning pick-me up? Try this smoothie. Made with nothing but fruit, it’s a great alternative to your typical sugary drink or snack.
Raspberry, Avocado and Mango Salad: Jumping into the lunch category, we have here a delicious fruit-and-greens-filled salad that features a healthy, homemade raspberry vinaigrette with no added sugar.
Barbecued Raspberry-Hoisin Chicken: And for dinner? A delicious raspberry-centered marinade for your meat. Just like orange chicken, but way, way better.
Raspberry Spoonbread: Need something a little more savory? Try this delicious reinvention of a southern classic. This is so versatile, you can eat it as a side addition to a meal, or as a dessert all by itself! (Here again, you can sweeten with honey instead of the sugar the recipe calls for, if you so choose to add a little extra sweet touch.)
Raspberry Cordial: Consuming sweet things doesn’t have to be limited to solid foods. Try this drink on for size the next time you’re craving soda or even a cocktail! (This is a non-alcoholic recipe, but no one ever said you had to follow all the rules!)
Raspberry Coconut Cream Popsicles: Another great snack alternative to all of those sugar-water store-bought foods people call “treats,” these delicious popsicles will keep you cool for the summer (no Demi Lovato reference intended, but just go with it.)
Raspberry Chocolate Chip Fro-Yo: And speaking of cooling off, here’s a healthy and delicious alternative to ice cream for all those dessert addicts like myself. If you want to cut the sugar out completely, try adding more raspberries and, again, using honey to satisfy that extra-sweet sweet tooth.
Raspberry Sorbet: For those non-dairy folks in the house, this one is for you! Because no one should have to suffer through life without an ice cream alternative. Not to sound like a broken record here, but for those going completely sugar-free, you can never go wrong with more raspberries and honey.
Raspberry-Almond Crumb Tart: The great thing about this tart is the minimal amount of sugar that it calls for in the recipe (and this is a tart we’re talking about!). Still, feel free to experiment with its sweetness if you shy away from any amount of sugar.
Raspberry Bars: A classic, this dessert uses a surprisingly small amount of sugar as well. But, like all these other recipes, feel free to experiment with sweetness: more raspberries, honey, or another natural sweetener like stevia might just do the trick.
Raspberry and Coconut Mousse: Want something light and fancy, yet still simple? Try out this amazing recipe for a delicious mousse that’s sweet without any sugar!
Sugar-Free Raspberry Ripple: Saving the best for last, this recipe combines my favorite things: chocolate and sweetness, minus the sugar. Just be careful: Remember that portion control is still important, even if the recipe excludes sugar!