Anyways, while my husband (who still won’t read my blog…) was napping…I went grocery shopping. While I typically avoid the grocery store like the PLAGUE on Saturday afternoons, I was interested in picking up some of your suggested sugar “substitutes” (be them calorie-free or not). So, here’s what I ended up with: PureVia, Truvia, agave nectar, and turbinado — all per your recommendations! And here’s my cart:
I also picked up dates based of Gina’s recommendation. I’m hoping to make some old fashioned crock pot oatmeal with the dates. Also in there was ingredients for my taste test #2 at work this week with my co-workers. I digress…
When I got home, I figured “Why not try them all and compare!?” So I did. And I took notes.
1. Truvia: silky texture, heavier than Splenda; slightly bitter at first; granular – not powdery, if melted on tongue…tastes like room temperature vanilla ice cream : )
2. turbinado: large, sweet granules; less bold than brown sugar; maple-y
3. agave nectar: prune/date flavored; medium viscosity syrup; no after-taste
4. PureVia: sweeter and more bitter than Truvia; similar in flavor to Sweet’n Low; bitterness subsides
I have to confess that as I was leaving the store with all my new, healthy sugar alternatives…Sonic (which SHARES the parking lot with the grocery store, in my defense!) was having Happy Hour — half-priced fountain drinks and limeades for those of you up north. Sooooooo I might’ve…probably…got a diet cherry limeade. While I know I won’t ever be fully aspartame-free, I do think it’s important to decrease the bad and increase the good in our lives. And for me, that includes diet cherry limeade. I HAVE, however, abstained from diet soda for over 3 weeks! This is huge for me…even though my habit was never more than 12 ounces a day, on average.
Have a wonderful rest of your weekend and enjoy the last football-less Saturday of the year! WOOT!