Sunday, February 14, 2016

Good Health Made Easy - Cutting Out Hidden Sugar

Trying to cut down or cut out sugar?
You know it's a healthy thing to do.
It's obvious that there's sugar in cakes, pies and soda but there are lots of places where sugar is hiding.   

Hidden sugar can cause big problems.
Grocery store ketchup, for example, is red like tomatoes but it's practically all sugar. 
You'd never pour a bowl of white sugar over your French fries but it's easy to cover them in ketchup.  To your body, they are both the same. 
Commercial sugar free ketchups are not the answer. They're loaded with artificial sweeteners (which you shouldn't be eating) and are priced sky high.
Here's a quick and easy, home made, sugar free ketchup that tastes yummy and is sooooo much healthier than store bought. 
Adults will find it surprisingly good for dipping fries, pouring over meat loaf, and (with a little added horseradish) topping a shrimp cocktail.
Children with a sweet tooth may not be able to go cold turkey from store bought ketchup but, over time, you can win them over.

The first time you make this recipe, add sugar to taste (white, brown or honey) or mix in some of you usual ketchup.  No need to scare the family with too much health at one time.
Then, each time you make it, reduce the amount of sugar or store bought ketchup you add until you settle on a home made ketchup that the whole family likes.   
Even with added sugar, this ketchup is light years away from the sugar loaded store bought kind....  and it has no high fructose corn syrup!


Quick & Easy, Sugar Free Ketchup

Makes 1/2 cup
Keeps a week in the refrigerator
Not tested for canning

1/2 cup canned tomato puree or crushed tomatoes
             (See Karla's Tip #1 below)
2 to 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or to taste)
Salt and pepper (to taste)
Sugar (white, brown or honey) or store bought ketchup to taste - optional

Mix everything together.  Chill to blend flavors.

Cocktail Sauce
Add 2 tablespoons (or to taste) horseradish to home made ketchup.

Karla's Tips
1.  Both canned tomato puree and canned crushed tomatoes are thicker than fresh puree or crushed and taste more like commercial ketchup
2.  Double or triple the recipe to make enough to keep in the fridge for a week at a time.




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