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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.