Healthy Alternatives for Your Sweet Tooth

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

It’s that time of year again when the Christmas cookies and holiday candies come out! But did you know that even every day foods contain a lot of hidden sugar? On average, we eat about 17 teaspoons of sugar daily and may not even be aware of it. New dietary guidelines suggest we drastically reduce this intake.  

Satisfy your sweet tooth with natural foods like fruits and veggies!  

Veggies? Yes, veggies have natural sugars, too. When onions are cooked over low, slow heat, their complex sugars break down into simpler ones, yielding a slightly sweet flavor. Onions also contain the antioxidant quercetin, which may help lower your risk for certain cancers. Caramelized onions make an amazing topping for sandwiches, baked potatoes, pizza or as an omelet filling. 

Sautéeing fruits also boosts the sweetness in them. Heat berries – fresh or frozen – in a pan for a healthy stand-in for syrup on French toast or pancakes. Stir your favorite fruit into your oatmeal or Greek yogurt. It adds sweetness and texture. Berries especially are super healthy from their rich color. They contain disease-fighting anthocyanins, and are easy to heat up and/or sprinkle on all kinds of food. 

Hi, Yogis! 
These are challenging times, but with the support of each other we have so much to be grateful for. Effective now, Illinois enters into Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations, which means we will pause our in-studio yoga classes. Our amazing NEXT yoga instructors will continue to teach virtual classes. Because it’s difficult to replace the heat and humidity in our homes, we will host a few “Private Instruction” Traditional Hot classes which are limited to 5 students. Please look at our temporary schedule at

VIRTUAL CLASSES - NEXT yoga virtual on-line classes will continue throughout the day.

TRADITIONAL HOT “Private yoga”- We are permitted to lead “Traditional Hot Private Instruction” with a maximum of 5 people at our Wheaton Studio with the heat lowered to 100 degrees & humidity at 35.

MASKS - Masks are mandated to be worn at all times by teachers and students. Due to the rise in the positivity rate in the DuPage area, the only acceptable face covering will be a face mask that covers your nose and mouth. 

Thank you for being a part of our community. You and our teachers have made NEXT yoga the premier studio that it is.
We are thankful, grateful and truly blessed.

Stay healthy & safe,
Debbie & Lauren

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