As promised, I’ve gotten around to writing a post on Stevia. For those of you who haven’t jumped the bandwagon yet, Stevia is an all natural zero-calorie sweetener.
Now I know what you’re thinking…and of course I was skeptical too when I first heard about it. I had tried Splenda in the past and every time I had any I would get a migrane afterwards, which was very unusual for me because I rarely get headaches. I decided to go ahead and give Stevia a try despite my hesitations and I couldn’t be more glad that I did! Although Stevia doesn’t taste the same as sugar (and you shouldn’t expect it to) it is what it claims to be: a zero calorie sweetener. If you’re watching calories this is such a great option. Although I’m not counting calories I figure why waste calories when Stevia is such a good substitute? I bought Stevia in the raw because I prefer raw sugar to normal sugar so I figure the case would be the same with Stevia.
Although Stevia is (of course) more expensive than sugar, it’s actually lasted me quite a while. Plus I used a coupon! (gotta love the thrill of saving money) I’ve probably had this same bag for at least nine months. The reason is most likely because when baking or making a recipe, you only need half as much stevia as is called for in sugar. Unfortunately I still haven’t baked with Stevia yet but I have used it lots in beverages. I find that it’s great as a coffee sweetener – I genuinely don’t taste the difference between it and sugar. I also use it in tea and I’ve started making cocktails with stevia instead of sugar in the simple syrup -there is only a very minimal difference in taste.
I also like Stevia in smoothies – if you’re blending up a random assortment of stuff and it just isn’t sweet enough, add a little Stevia! Another one of my favorite Stevia beverages are the Zevia Sodas.
This stuff is so great that even the turtle wants it. Zevia is an all-natural, calorie-free soda sweetened with Stevia. Now, you have to come into it with the right mindset – if you drink a Coke-flavored Zevia and expect it to taste like Coke you will be disappointed. However, if you just try it without expectations you will probably like it. I really like the Dr. Pepper flavor which once again, doesn’t taste like Dr. Pepper, but it does taste way better than you would expect a zero-calorie soda to. Once again, this is an awesome thing to use in cocktails, you can save hundreds on calories on your Cuba Libres, Jack & Cokes, & Long Island Ice Teas.
If you’re curious for a little more information – check out this Stevia article here
Anyone else tried Stevia and have any favorite recipes? If so post in the comments below!