I am a complete coleslaw addict so it figures that it wouldn’t be long before I created a recipe for the blog that conjures up the crunchy, tangy goodness that is a good slaw, but with some healthier twists.
I was lucky enough to receive the gift of a selection from Alpro’s new Unsweetened range last month which really got me thinking about sugar and added sweeteners. Because guess what? Even shop-bought coleslaw has sugar added to it sometimes!
The thing is though, sugar isn’t the devil and really is only part of the ‘big picture’ when it comes to good health.
I have definitely suffered from sugar fear in the past. When I started out on my healthy eating journey, I tried to be really strict about cutting out sugar, even worrying about adding more than half a banana to a smoothie at some points!
The trouble is, extremes and fearing foods is not sustainable.
It’s not as sexy or easy to package, but a long-term healthy approach to eating is all about balance and everything in moderation.
What is sugar anyway?
Simply put, sugars provide energy for the body. Sugars are carbohydrates found naturally in all sorts of everyday foods, not just what we use in baking or to spoon into our morning cup of tea.
The most common sugar in the body is glucose, which your brain, organs and muscles need to function. Some sugars are found naturally in foods like fruit and vegetables, while the others are what we find in processed foods, like cakes, biscuits, sugary soft drinks and confectionery.
Sugars are therefore like every other nutrient type - they all play a part in making our bodies function. It’s just about finding the balance and moderation that is right for you.
Alpro’s Unsweetened range - what’s it all about?
We all know how confusing it can be when the term ‘unsweetened’ is found on food labels, because it doesn’t always mean ‘no sugar.’
Making things simpler for us all thanks to the power of plant-based, Alpro has created an entire unsweetened range which contains absolutely no sugars or sweeteners at all - naturally occurring or otherwise.
Brands often have ‘unsweetened’ ranges, but it’s little-known that unsweetened often means the product actually contains either naturally occurring sugars or artificial sweeteners. So if you’re trying to keep an eye on your sugar intake it can be really confusing!
Join the conversation I started on Instagram about sugar and whether we should fear it here.
Shall we get to the recipe now? I know that’s what you’re all here for!
SERVES: Makes a big bowl, enough for 6-8 side portions
PREP TIME: 25 minutes
COOK TIME: 0 minutes
1/2 white cabbage
2 large carrots
1 red onion
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp sesame seeds (black or white)
Parsley to garnish (optional)
Slice the vegetables as fine as possible. This is the only time-consuming task with this recipe! For the carrots you can grate or use a julienne peeler for thin strips (I use this OXO one), half the red onion and slice into thin strips and shred the white cabbage as fine as possible by slicing finely with a large knife.
Toss the ingredients together in a large bowl, ensuring the yoghurt, sesame oil and sesame seeds are evenly distributed.
Serve as a side dish with your fish or meat, topped on a burger or in a salad or Buddha Bowl. I found the coleslaw lasted 2-3 days in covered in the fridge which made it well-worth making a large batch.
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* I received a gift of Alpro’s latest Unsweetened range with which to create this recipe. All opinions are my own.