Moderation is a wonderful thing.
Not only do health experts say its the key to making and sticking with healthy eating choices, it also goes a long way to making the healthy foods we choose more pleasurable.
Sweeteners are a good example of a place in the American diet where moderation can make a big difference. While the massive amount of high-fructose corn syrup consumed by many people isnt a great choice, a more moderate amount of natural sweeteners can be a wonderful complement to a healthy diet.
A bit of maple syrup, for example, can create a wonderfully sweet glaze for roasted poultry or root vegetables. Likewise, maple sugar (a granulated form of the syrup) can be great in a rub for beef or pork.
In this recipe for garlic-maple roasted parsnips, maple syrup creates a deliciously sweet glaze. If parsnips arent your thing, feel free to substitute carrots, beets or other root vegetables.