The new year is an ideal time to reset our diets and adopt healthy habits. Whether you’re looking to lose a few pounds or make some positive lifestyle changes, replacing sugar in your diet with stevia is a good place to start.
The average American consumes an excessive amount of sugar. Not only is a high sugar intake associated with mood swings and headaches, but it poses more serious risks from obesity to heart disease and diabetes.
Swapping sugar in your diet for stevia is a better, healthier way to sweeten. Stevia offers all the delicious flavor of sugar, but without the potential health risks. Not only does stevia have zero calories and carbs, but it may help fight diabetes, lower blood pressure and improve oral health.
Stevia can be added to pretty much the same food and beverages, you’d normally add sugar to; you’ll just need a lot less since stevia is 200-300 times sweeter than regular table sugar.
Coffee & Tea
Adding a sprinkle or two to your hot beverages is the perfect way to start adding stevia to your diet. Stevia dissolves easily, and instead of a spoonful, you’ll just need a pinch to achieve the sweetened flavor you enjoy. Throw a packet or two into your handbag and enjoy it on the go as well.
A sweet breakfast isn’t off limits with stevia. If you’re a fan of acai bowls, oatmeal, yogurt, fresh fruit or even cereal in the morning, stevia is an ideal way to sweeten these breakfast favorites so that they’re as nutritional as they are tasty.
Protein Shakes & Smoothies
Whether you’re whipping up a green smoothie filled with vegetables or a protein packed meal replacement shake, adding a dash of stevia is certain to improve the taste without adding any extra calories.
Stevia can take the place of sugar in your favorite recipes with a few simple adjustments. You’ll be able to enjoy healthier, reduced-calorie versions of your favorite desserts, including cakes, cookies, pies, ice cream and others. You can find a variety of delicious recipes online.
Skip the high-calorie sugary sodas, juices and pre-made cocktails you find in the supermarket. Make your own at home with stevia for a healthier version.
The next time you’re craving sweets, reach for stevia; the healthy sweet.