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6/28/12 8:36 P

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If you don't want to worry about making granola I recommend Bare Naked Granola that I find in the organic section in grocery store. And I use Truvia (which is the brand of stevia) as a sweetner.

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5/17/12 5:30 A

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I am sure between SP and the internet you can find a healthier granola recipe. I buy my granola from a friend who is a "raw" chef so all the ingredients are in their natural state. she used either agave or sometimes pure maple syrup (grade B) to sweeten it.
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5/16/12 11:11 P

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Sorry to hear about the granola and yogurt having so much sugar but considering what I used to eat for breakfast before (sugar coated cereals with sweetened almond milk) it is still a better alternative for me

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5/16/12 9:29 P

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I found a link for homemade granola that I think I am going to try this weekend. Here it is in case anyone else wants to try it too:
http://www.ehow.com/how_5401872_make-sug
arfree-granola-artificial-sweeteners.html

I just hope I can find all of the ingredients!

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5/16/12 5:08 P

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Hey I have totally been there! We moved to civilization recently. Try on-line

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5/16/12 4:06 P

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I use xylitol with a little bit of agave in my morning coffee. It isn't quite as sweet but it does work for me. Now I have a huge can (yes a can) of honey and I mix the two. It's pretty much the only sugar I ingest in the morning. I know that there are limits on the amount of xylitol that we should use, however, I figure that the 1/2 tsp in my coffee won't kill me. At least it hasn't so far!

The one I use is from birch bark. I forget the brand name, but it works.

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5/16/12 2:56 P

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Thank you so much everyone!!! I do use Splenda. I put one in my coffee, but I never thought to try using it to sweeten the plain Greek yogurt. I have tried honey once before, but I had to add so much of it to kick the bitter taste of the yogurt that I felt it defeated the whole purpose. I tried Stevia and hated it! It had a bad after taste, which is when I started using Splenda to sweeten my coffee- I don't think it has an after taste. In reference to the agave nectar and homemade granola- I am going to give them a try if I can find the ingredients. I live in a small town and if you can't get it at Super Wal-Mart you can't get it here. I can go to a Kroger in a twon 20 miles away, but other than that I have to drive an hour or more to get to a decent grocery store.

Edited by: JPAT052408 at: 5/16/2012 (15:05)
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5/16/12 2:53 P

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Try chef meg's recipes, she has plenty!



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5/16/12 1:00 P

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Another few flavors that you can put in to plain greek yogurt is honey and molasses. They are both healthy for you but have a strong flavor when you put it in something. Put some fruit in with it and you get double the goodness!

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5/16/12 12:53 P

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You can get agave nectar at most grocery stores, even Walmart. It's a little expensive, so I get it at Costco for about half the price. It looks like honey, but it just tastes sweet,not fruity like honey.

1 teaspoon is 20 calories, slightly more than 1 teaspoon of sugar, but for me, it does not trigger cravings. It tastes sweeter than sugar, so you can use less. The label says you can cook with it, but I only use it in my oatmeal & in Greek yogurt. I don't put any sweeteners in tea or coffee anymore.

I've tried Stevia, but it tastes like chemicals to me, worse than Splenda or saccarine.

You should be able to find recipes with agave nectar on the web.

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5/16/12 12:44 P

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Very interterested in agave. Where do you buy it? Do you like the taste?What can you replace it for? Does it trigger sugar cravings like the other stuff?
Also has anyone tried Stevia?

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5/16/12 12:23 P

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Give Greek yogurt another try, but use a plain variety & your sweetener of choice. My favorite is Fage 0% fat-free. It doesn't taste as sour/bitter as Oikos plain. Greek yogurt has more protein than non-Greek yogurt, and Fage has no fillers or artificial flavors or colorings.

If you use Splenda or Stevia, you still get the sweetness, but not the carbs or calories. I use agave nectar instead of sugar - it's a low-glycemic sweetener that is sweeter than sugar but doesn't have the fruity, overly sweet taste of honey. You can also add your own flavorings, like vanilla extract, or other extracts. Start out with just a few drops because they're strong.

Google granola recipes, or check out the ones on the SP recipe site. Watch out for dried fruit because many of them have added sugar - like Craisins.

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5/16/12 10:51 A

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Thanks for the suggestion! Do you know of a recipe or should I just google it?

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5/16/12 9:54 A

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I'd say make your own granola, the ones we buy are usually quite high in sugar



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5/16/12 9:03 A

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I like to eat greek yogurt with granola and blueberries for breakfast. I thought I was making a smart choice, but I just noticed that even my greek yogurt has quite a bit of added sugar. I buy Oiko non-fat vanilla greek yogurt. I have tried the plain greek yogurt and it tastes too much like sour cream. I also can not find a good granola with low added sugar....any suggestions???

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