Have you been craving something sweet, but don’t want to consume unhealthy sugars? Well, we have wonderful news for you! Lucuma powder tastes like a cross between sweet potato and maple ( similar to butterscotch or caramel). In powder form, it’s granulated and resembles brown sugar. Even better, it’s healthy for you since its rich in antioxidants and vitamins. Does it get any better? Yes!! There are many health benefits and we’ve chosen what we believe to be the Top 5! But first we wanted to share this deliciously healthy recipe with you, guaranteed to squash your sweet tooth and fill you up!
It is not difficult to switch out sugar in your recipes. Try this ratio. When substituting lucuma powder for sugar, begin by using 2 Tablespoons of lucuma powder for every 1 Tablespoon of sugar. Add more if you find that it is not sweet enough.
Lucuma is also an excellent sweetener to blend into healthy treats such as smoothies or energy bars. Try this yummy lucuma smoothie for a sweet, sugar-free treat or breakfast. We’ve made sure to include greens for iron, bananas for potassium and berries for antioxidants. Peel, slice and freeze your bananas in baggies to have on hand. You’ll find that they make the smoothie rich and creamy.
- 1 frozen Banana
- ½ cup Berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries)
- 1 cup Almond milk or water
- 2 Tbs. Lucuma powder
- 1 cup Greens – kale, spinach, Swiss chard
- ½ cup frozen mango
- 2-3 pitted Dates, chopped
Place almond milk into a blender. Add all other ingredients. Blend until smooth.
Now on to the health benefits . . .
The Best Benefits of Lucuma Powder
1. Weight Control
Lucuma powder is a low calorie-sweetening alternative that satisfies your sweet tooth naturally. Unlike harmful artificial sweeteners like aspartame and saccharine, lucuma powder offers just the right amount of sweetness, healthfully. People feel satisfied after consuming it and therefore, their cravings become much more infrequent. Add the powder to your smoothies and yogurts.
2. Diabetes Management
With just 2 grams of natural fruit sugar for every 11 grams of carbohydrates, lucuma powder is a low-glycemic index food, making it safe for diabetics or anyone watching their blood sugar levels. It stabilizes blood sugar and provides long-term energy, without the typical blood sugar spikes and crashes when consuming processed sugar and fructose.
3. Natural Healing
In South America, the lucuma fruit is believed to be a potent natural healer. In the United States, studies also show the many benefits. One study done by Rutgers State University of New Jersey, showed lucuma extract promotes wound closure and tissue regeneration. Many people believe the powder has similar skin benefits. Just 1 teaspoon of the powder contains two percent of the recommended daily value (RDV) for iron, which plays an important role in boosting our immune system.
For those with celiac disease and gluten intolerant, lucuma is naturally gluten-free. In fact it’s actually helpful for digestion as the next benefit shows.
5. Digestive Tract Regulation
Lucuma powder is high in fiber, an important component behind regulating the digestive tract and therefore, flushing toxins from the body. This reason, coupled with its enjoyable flavor, makes it an ideal choice for people of all ages who want to maintain or restore their digestive health.