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Naturally Sweet Tuesday is an opportunity for everyone to share recipes that are naturally sweetened and do not contain refined, processed, or artificial sugars.

There used to be a lot more blog carnivals that were available as well, some including less sugar or sugar free recipes. I miss them. I feel that no matter what your diet or lifestyle is, cutting back on refined processed sugar and artificial sweeteners is a good choice! Although, I will admit I have a whole mouth full of sweet teeth (sweet tooth just doesn’t seem to describe my obsession…), so cutting out sweet things all together is just too cruel. But I am incorporating foods into my diet that lean on natural sources of sweetness because I know it’s just plain better for me!

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August 2014 


Link Up Guidelines

Please read all the items in this list! I may need to remove links that are not applicable :/ 

  • Link to your individual recipe post, NOT your home page.
  • Within your recipe post on your blog/website, please link back to this post URL specifically, not (this will only frustrate and confuse our readers)
  • Recipes do not need to be desserts. ANY recipe without sugar or artificial sweeteners is welcome, but I do ask that the dish be a sweet dish. AKA, honey glazed chicken would be fine, but spicy lentil soup would not. (I realize that savory foods don’t have sugar, but there are other roundups/linkys that better address that genre of food :)). Please do try and avoid any boxed products in your ingredients as most pre-made things (like cake mix) contain sugar or artificial sweeteners.
  • Also, please feel free to link articles related to sugar free living or using naturally sweet ingredients. Information, reviews, menus, etc are just as useful as a recipe!
  • Links can be ‘older’, AKA not just something you recently published. It can be from last month or last year!
  • Recipes DO NOT need to be gluten or dairy free. Obviously *I* like recipes without them, but not everyone eats like I do ;)
  • When you share your recipe link, please leave a comment about what you shared and what’s great about it!

The link-up will close the last day of each month midnight and the next link-up will be available the first week of each month.


What is Considered Naturally Sweet?

Please note that this will be an ongoing process and many will likely have different views on what is considered healthy and  not. At the end of the day, a few indulgences with an unrefined organic sugar is better than using Splenda, in my opinion. So I’m trying not to have any ‘hard and fast’ rules here, but hoping to create an opportunity for us to change our eating habits for the better :)

Great Healthier Options For Sweet Sources:

  • Raw honey
  • Maple syrup
  • Stevia (I’m still on the fence about whether or not I will continue to use stevia {here are some great articles: Why I Quit Stevia & What’s Your Take on Stevia?}, but let’s include it for now)
  • Banana
  • Dates & date sugar
  • Other dried fruit such as raisins, apricots, prunes
  • Coconut sugar (like stevia, this is one I’m on the fence about but let’s include it for now. Here is an interesting article on it: is coconut sugar a healthy sugar sub)
  • Anything I’m missing? Please share in the comments!


Things That DO NOT Count As Sugar-Free Will Be As Follows:

  • Table sugar, white sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, etc (commonly known as sugar)
  • Splenda (aka sucralose)
  • Truvia (other stevia products that have bulk fillers)
  • Sugar in the raw
  • Agave nectar
  • Aspartame (which includes Equal, NutraSweet, & Amino Sweet)
  • Anything I’m missing? Please share in the comments!


As always, if you have any suggestions or comments, I’d love to hear from you! Please leave a comment here or you can contact me directly at aubreecherie (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks! 

~Aubree Cherie

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