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Before I embark on any Jus Jus Cleanse, I like to prep ahead by reducing our intake of processed sugars, dairy products, gluten and alcohol.

But I see the biggest improvements on my health and energy, when I drastically reduce refined sugars.

Many of you have asked us at Jus Jus how to reduce your consumption of sugars and here are my top five swaps:

  1. Instead of processed/ready-made nut butter, which always contains hidden sugars and preservatives, give making your own nut butter a go! A light creamy nut is good for this, cashews or almonds work well. Soak them over-night in water then drain and add 2 x tbsp coconut oil  or olive oil per 200g nuts and blitz either in a powerful food processor or blender until smooth or crunchy, however you fancy! You can add a little Malden salt too. Store in the fridge for up to 1 month.
  1. There are lots of hidden salts and sugars in processed cereals so go for a plain muesli or porridge and add fruit or honey to sweeten. Get creative with your toppings, I like banana with a spoonful of nut butter and a sprinkling of seeds for added crunch.

  1. Spices can enhance the natural sweetness in food. Add cinnamon to apples or pears and roast, mix with yogurt and add to cereals for a naturally sweet flavour. No need to sprinkle with sugar or syrups, the right spices (we also love cardamom and ginger) can satisfy the sweetest tooth!
  1. I always stew down leftover fruit to make compotes and add a dash of maple syrup or honey to sweeten. The compote should last 5 days in the fridges and adds a good sweet kick to breakfast or pudding.

  1. Mixing cacao powder with coconut oil creates a sugar free chocolate sauce. I always need a chocolate hit and this is the perfect healthy option. I like to mix the melted cacao and coconut with oats and roast for 10 minutes to make a chocolatey cereal! Or add to warmed almond milk for a sugar-free alternative to hot chocolate.

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