Have you kept up with your New Year's Resolutions? Whether you are looking to lose weight, improve your diet, or eliminate junk food in 2015, we have a great way for you to maintain these goals: cut back on sugar.
Truvia natural sweetener (extracted from the stevia leaf) is an easy swap in your diet to help you reduce your calorie and sugar intake. Simple switches can help you achieve this:
- Pour a Truvia packet in your coffee or tea
- Sprinkle Spoonable Truvia on your Greek yogurt or oatmeal instead of honey
- Bake with Truvia Baking Blend and Truvia Brown Sugar Blend and reduce your calories and sugar by 75%
Get started with these Truvia-based recipes and reduce your sugar intake in 2015!
Our 16-ounce Coffee Frappé recipe has only 7 grams of sugar, naturally sourced from the frozen banana we use to make this creamy smoothie. This 7g is compared to a frappachino which can exceed 60g, or a latté, which has over 20. And there are no artificial, "sugar free" sweeteners.
1/2 frozen banana
1 serving vegan protein powder
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 packet Truvia
6 coffee ice cubes
Pour coffee into an ice tray and freeze overnight. Combine the ingredients in a blender until creamy [290 calories, 6g fat, 27g carbs, 9g fiber, 7g sugar, 30g protein].
We used the Truvia Brown Sugar Blend to bake these homemade Graham Crackers. With just 3g of sugar per serving, you can enjoy this low-sugar cookie as a morning biscuit, afternoon snack, or dessert cookie.
1 cup flour, regular or gluten free
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoons Truvia Brown Sugar Blend
2 tablespoons honey or agave
1 teaspoon molasses
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Pour the flour into a large mixing bowl with the brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and a dash of salt. Use a spatula or electric mixer to mix in the melted coconut oil, honey/agave, molasses and 2 tablespoons water. Continue to mix until the dough can be shaped into a ball. On a clean surface, sprinkle some flour. Roll the dough flat (⅛ - ¼ inch thick) into a rectangle, and cut into 15 squares, re-rolling the excess dough if needed. Place the squares on a baking sheet lightly coated with nonstick coconut oil spray. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the graham crackers are lightly brown and toasted. Let the squares cool. Store in an air-tight container. Makes 15 graham crackers [Per cookie: 100 calories, 3.5g fat, 16g carbs, 3g sugar].
Looking to increase your protein while still cutting back on sugar? Here's a recipe for Protein Bites that contains no sugar and has only 7g of carbohydrates per serving. Instead of sugary syrups, we made our own "simple syrup" using Spoonable Truvia + water. These Protein Bites are perfect to eat on-the-go as a great alternative to high-sugar, high-carb granola bars.
Sugar Free Protein Bites
10 servings organic vegan protein powder
½ cup almond butter
¼ cup Truvia
¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cups oats
¼ cup golden flaxseed
¼ cup reduced fat coconut flakes, unsweetened
Bring ½ cup of cold water and Truvia to a boil in a small saucepan. Turn the heat to low and allow the sugar and water to simmer for 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove the saucepan from the heat to allow the mixture to cool into a syrup. In a food processor, pulse the protein powder, almond butter, Truvia syrup and almond milk. Transfer the dough to a mixing bowl and use a spatula to stir in the oats, flax and coconut. Shape into 20 bites, then store in the refrigerator. [Serving size per 2 bites: 180 calories, 10g fat, 7g carbs, 0g sugar, 14 g protein]
Make your own hot cocoa with a kick - this Mexican Hot Chocolate recipe has a pinch of cayenne pepper and zero grams of sugar.
Mexican Hot Chocolate
2 cups unsweetened almond
3 tablespoons unsweetened dark cocoa powder
2-4 packets Truvia
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon vanilla
tiny pinch of cayenne
Warm the almond milk in a small saucepan at medium heat to simmer. Add the cocoa powder, Truvia, cinnamon, vanilla and cayenne, whisking until smooth. Pour into 2 mugs. Serves 2 [Per serving: 50 calories, 4g fat, 0g sugar].