Today is the first day of a new month – and before you tell me that I’ve completely lost it, let me explain why! 🙂 Although it’s entirely like me to lose track of which day I’m on, this time I have a real reason. Today is Day 1 of the Switch Out Your Sweetener Challenge for me. This is a 30 day challenge wherein I switch out my current sweetener (sugar) for a new sweetener – Truvia. This challenge is put together and hosted by Collective Bias, and they sent me packets and a container of Truvia to try during the 30 days – although I received the product free from them, I will be posting my honest opinions about it.
What is Truvia?
You know I can’t change my eating habits without some research first, so let’s talk a little bit about Truvia. Straight from the company website, Truvia is a “natural, zero-calorie sweetener made with rebiana, the best-tasting part of the stevia leaf”. You may remember me dishing about how I don’t like artificial sweeteners, and part of the reason that I like the idea of and wanted to try Truvia is because it is a natural sweetener that still has no calories. They make it by steeping the stevia leaves to release the rebiana and then purifying it so that it’s good for food consumption. I’m pretty sure my mom still just goes outside and gets stevia leaves off one of her plants and steeps or chews on those when she wants some extra sweetener. Yes, my family is weird, we’ve covered that already.
Now, Truvia is a natural ingredient, it’s calorie free, heck it’s even certified kosher, but the one thing that it isn’t is organic. The stevia plants that the company uses are grown on mostly small, independent farms, and in order for the product to be organic, each farm would have to be certified organic. For me, that fact doesn’t outweigh the positives about Truvia. This company really seems to care – they even use soy ink on the packaging, and you know I love using soy like that. One packet of Truvia sweetens the same as 2 teaspoons of sugar, which means I can use one packet for more than one application and that makes me happier than throwing away little bits of paper all the time. Click here for a link to the cooking and baking conversion chart that shows you how much Truvia to use to replace sugar.
My First Day
I’m so excited to start this challenge today, and I thought I would start it off right by replacing sugar in the one item that I have nearly every day – coffee. So I broke out my Truvia packets, and I loved that I was able to just add about a third of a packet and have my coffee sweetened just enough. I saved the rest for putting in more coffee on my way to work – the rest of the packet was perfect for my Collective Bias travel mug.
Now there is a reason in addition to the chemical origins of artificial sweeteners that I don’t like those pink and blue packets. I have never in my life been able to drink diet soda, even when I thought it might be a good way to wean myself off the syrupy goodness, because I cannot stand the taste of artificial sweeteners. Yes, my family thinks I’m crazy too. I was a little nervous getting started with this challenge because I was concerned that I might not be able to stand the taste of Truvia, and that would make for a very long month. This morning’s coffee was a way to ease into it – remember how I only used a third of a packet? Yeah, I was scared!
When I’m drinking the coffee, I know it’s not sugar that is sweetening it. It tastes different. I also know it isn’t one of those other packets because I’m not gagging and trying to wipe my tongue off. It isn’t a bad taste, but it is a different taste. You know, instead of me trying to figure out how to describe the taste, how about this – if you share a link to this post on Facebook or Twitter (or share any Truvia related content of your own), you can enter your link here on MapTruvia.com and get your own free sample to try. Let me know what you think! And, if you’re up for it, join me for the SOYS (Switch Out Your Sweetener) 30 Day Challenge – try Truvia with me for 30 days! You can also catch more information on the SOYS challenge with the #maptruvia hashtag on Twitter. And, of course, you can find me on Twitter as @way2gomom.
Disclosure: I received Truvia free from Collective Bias for this 30 day challenge. I am offering my honest opinions on the product and am not influenced or swayed by the free product.