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What are ways to cut sugar from holiday recipes?

We naturally gravitate toward sweet because we have more sweet taste buds. But our tongues can be "fooled" into finding similar pleasure in sugar alternatives that mimic the sweetness we like so much. Here are some ways to cut sugar from holiday recipes:
  • Vanilla and peppermint extracts bring out sweetness.
  • Use spices such as ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and mint, instead of added sugar, in vegetable dishes, sauces and baked goods.
  • Highlight the natural taste of sweet potatoes with cinnamon and vanilla. Avoid canned ones that are packed in syrup. If you must have marshmallows on top, use the mini-type, space them apart and let them bake only briefly before serving (they melt faster than big marshmallows).
There are many ways to reduce the amount of sugar in recipes. Applesauce and carrots can be substituted for sugar as can spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Adding vanilla to recipes enhances sweetness, thereby decreasing the amount of sugar needed in a recipe.

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