Gosh, I didn’t realize how much stevia I was using. For anyone who doesn’t know, I gave up stevia for Lent. I survived yesterday, but it wasn’t easy. My taste buds were screaming for some sweet love! Yesterday’s breakfast:
Oat bran cooked with water and raisins. After cooking, I stirred in 1 TBSP coconut butter, vanilla and cocoa powder and topped my bowl with toasted almonds. Normally, I would have added Jay Robb’s rice protein powder. This tasted fine without any stevia as the coconut butter added enough sweetness. However, this bowl didn’t do much for me. Just wasn’t feeling the oat love yesterday.
I got hungry after lunch and decided to make some chocolate avocado ice-cream…
Instead of stevia, I used half a frozen banana to balance out the coco and avocado flavors. I also added a spoonful of unsweetened shredded coconut. Again, wasn’t feeling this bowl too much either, but I ate it anyway. The 1/2 banana didn’t sweeten the ice-cream nearly as much as stevia…or a few squirts of sugar free Torani syrup would have.
I finally made something without any added sweeteners that left me feeling completely satisfied…
A big frothy mug of HEABified Hot Chocolate. I usually drink this without stevia anyway, and I love it. 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 TBSP cocoa powder, a few drops of almond extract, all heated together on the stovetop and then frothed. Perfect evening snack with 1/2 square Bakers unsweetened baking chocolate.
Today has gone much better. I simply drank my coffee with cream, and I’m getting used to the taste of it without my beloved vanilla stevia drops. Other than that, I’ve just been eating savory foods, and my cravings for sweets have stayed at bay. Honestly, I feel a lot more in control of my hunger when I stay away from the sweet stuff. Know what I mean?
Hope everyone is enjoying their Saturday. Nashville is beautiful with blue skies and plenty of sunshine. Instead of doing yoga, I took the pups on a 3.5 mile walk. It was lovely.