April 17, 2017 11:45 AM EDT

You don’t always need to reach for the sugar to add sweetness. Plenty of fruits and vegetables are wonderfully sweet already and come bundled with nutrients, fiber, vitamins, and antioxidant benefits. They also add tenderness to baked goods and fantastic color to sauces and smoothies. These tips will help you use more natural sweeteners in the kitchen and keep your added sugar intake in check.

This article originally appeared on CookingLight.com

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