Friday, May 6, 2011

3 Weeks Without Splenda!

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Can you believe that I have not touched Splenda since I wrote this post a few weeks ago? It still amazes me. I am so thrilled that it was so easy to stop using Splenda and that I was able to find a great natural substitute.

In the past few weeks I have tried Organic Raw Blue Agave, Stevia, and Truvia in place of Splenda in my coffee and my smoothies. I was quite pleased with the taste of all of them. At first I could definitely notice a difference in the taste. None of them tasted quite as sweet as Splenda but by the second day it tasted fine and I never gave it a second thought.

I tried the Truvia first. I had planned on buying Stevia but accidentally bought Truvia. I'm still not completely convinced that they are exactly the same thing. The wording on the Truvia box sounded a little confusing which made me question whether or not it is as natural as Stevia. I did use the Truvia for a few weeks because I bought two boxes of it. The taste is great! I used it in my coffee every morning and my smoothies. The price is also appealing. It seemed to be about half of the price of Stevia. I think I payed around $2.00 for 40 packets.

Next I tried Organic Raw Blue Agave. The first thing I noticed is that it is very, very sweet. Not the same sweet as Splenda but still very sweet. I really enjoyed the taste of the Blue Agave but one tablespoon is 2 Weight Watchers points. I am just not ready to use two points in my coffee each morning. I decided that I will use it in my daughter's smoothies and smoothie pops. They did not notice that I substituted the Blue Agave in place of the Splenda that I normally used.

Last but not least I tried Stevia. I found it at Aldi on the clearance rack for $2.23 a box. Each box had 50 packets. It was such a great price that I bought four boxes. The taste of Stevia is very similar to Truvia except that I have to put 4 packets in my coffee each morning compared to 3 packets of Truvia. I do like my coffee sweet. :)

Out of all three sugar substitutes Stevia is definitely my number one choice. It tastes great and I know for sure that it is completely natural and calorie-free. I'm not sure if I am going to like the price once I run out of the boxes I bought at Aldi. I will have to price it at Wal-mart.

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What sugar substitutes do you use (if any)? Why?

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7 comments:

Diandra said...

I don't use sugar substitutes - except for honey, which is more like comfort food for me, in tea or with my breakfast (raspberries, yogurt, oats, walnuts) sometimes. Instead, I try to go for "less sweet" most of the time. I had to get used to it, but it's really healthy, and these days most sweets are *too sweet* for me. Never thought that could happen! *lol*

Jessica @ Pudget: Losing Weight On A Budget said...

Diandra, That is awesome! I wish I could do that but I don't know if that will ever be possible for me. Maybe that will be my next step. :)

samiam4eva06 said...

Ill have to read on precious posts why you stopped splenda.. I have a box of trivia at home buy im trying to finish my splenda box :/ great job though!

Brandon and Callie said...

i just started using honey in my coffee in the mornings (i like my morning joe sweet too!) and looove it. it's worth a try :)

Roz @ weightingfor50 said...

I use honey and agave - but both have points, so they are used very sparingly. Congrats on 3 weeks away from splenda!!! Have a great weekend.

Two packets a day said...

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quickest way to lose weight said...

I also use Honey as a replacement for sugar because it’s nutritious. Anyway you did a good job; I hope I could do that too someday. I’m really convinced after I saw the picture of your updates.

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