Over the past couple of years I’ve really started to pay attention to what I eat and I’ve been trying to eat a cleaner diet. By that I just mean I’m trying to cut down on processed foods and eat more whole foods. My main motivation is to be a healthier person and take care of my body, but it would also be nice to lose some weight along the way.
I have made a lot of small changes over the past couple of years, but I’m still far from perfect in my eating habits. I think that’s okay though, because for me the little changes are the ones that tend to last. If I tried to go all in and eat totally clean, I’d be rebounding within a week So I’m taking it one step at a time, and I’ll be a little bit closer to my goal every day.
I have also recently been trying to cut down on my sugar intake because I have a pretty bad emotional attachment to it and I honestly think I might have a little bit of a sugar addiction. I cannot totally deprive myself of sweets or I’ll completely rebound and start eating everything in the house!
I am quite a tea drinker. I love hot tea and I tend to drink it throughout the day. I used to use a lot of sugar or honey to sweeten it, but I’m trying to quit the sugar habit and reduce my “liquid calorie” intake. I don’t generally like to use artificial sweeteners, but for now I’m pretty much okay with stevia as I haven’t really read anything bad about it yet. It does take some getting used to because it’s a different kind of sweet than sugar, more of an herbal taste I suppose. But I’ve been using it in my tea for about a month now, and it’s been keeping me satisfied.
I have tried brewing the actual leaves with my tea and I’ve also tried the liquid stevia and just adding a few drops to a cup of tea after it’s been brewed. In the past, I did try the powder but it left a weird aftertaste in my mouth so it wasn’t my favorite. So far, I like the liquid stevia best. There’s less of that “herbal” taste to it than when I brew the actual leaves with the tea. But I think if I were making mint tea, I could get away with brewing the dried stevia leaf along with it and it would probably pair really well.
I am not normally a soft drink person. I don’t typically like carbonation, but every once in a while I really get a hankering for some Root Beer or Dr. Pepper. As infrequently as I drink it, I probably shouldn’t even be worried about the sugar in it. But the other day I was shopping at Sprouts and they had a ton of stuff on sale for buy one get one free. One of these things was a soft drink called Zevia. I normally pass the diet drinks right by, since I don’t care for most of the artificial sweeteners and I can’t stand the way they taste! But since the name sounded so much like stevia, I figured I’d take a look at the ingredients. And just as I suspected, it was sweetened with stevia! It also has monk fruit extract in it, which is another sweetener I don’t know much about, but since I’m not going to be drinking these often I wasn’t too worried about it.
I decided to buy some to keep at home for when I get a hankering for a soft drink. I normally would NOT have bought them, because I think they were about $8.99 for a pack of 10 cans! Yup, I can be a real cheapskate when it comes to my groceries. I just like saving money and don’t like spending it on things that aren’t necessary. Even at half price I still thought they were too expensive, but I figured I’d give them a shot since I wouldn’t be drinking them on a regular basis anyway. I got the ginger root beer flavor and I finally tried one last night. I have to say, I was very impressed. It tasted like real root beer. I didn’t actually taste the ginger at all. They didn’t use any coloring, so it was pretty weird drinking a clear soft drink that tasted like root beer! It did not have any kind of a weird “diet” taste at all. If I hadn’t known it was a diet drink, I probably would have thought it was real sugar.
If you don’t have a Sprouts near you, these can be purchased on Amazon, but they are pretty expensive (almost $1/can). If you have a Sprouts, I’d say wait until they go on BOGO again and give them a try. My store only carried two flavors, but when I looked on Amazon I noticed they have a ton of different flavors. Now I kinda want to try them all, but I just can’t see myself paying almost $1/can! I’m hoping the price will go down as the company grows. And I do hope the company grows, because I’d like to see more stuff like this popping up and becoming more mainstream.
So, my quest for cleaner eating continues! I’m tried a new recipe for black bean brownies last night and it turned out pretty well for a brownie made of beans. I’ll try to post soon!
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