11 November 2016

Sugar Free Hot Chocolate Mix With SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener Recipe

Last month, I posted about hidden sugars in foods and how I was going to omit excess sugars from my diet.  It's been a month, so I wanted to give you all an update.  I've heard that some people have a difficult time giving up sugar, but thankfully I did not.  

I stocked up on healthy foods that I like, so I was able to enjoy good food that I actually like.  I also took the #GoodbyeSugar30 day challenge from SPLENDA®, so I replaced excess sugar with SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener.  Keep reading for my results, how I felt during the challenge, and a new recipe that I used to help combat sweet cravings.

Sugar Free Hot Chocolate Mix With SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener Recipe

Maybe giving up excess sugar during Halloween wasn't the wisest choice.  I would be lying if I said that I didn't cheat at all.  I did.   

However, I did make a conscious effort to make better choices.  For example, Sunday night is pizza night in our house.  It's been pizza night for more than 10 years.  I have two children with autism, so we do not deviate from the Sunday night pizza rule, even for holidays.  

There is excess sugar in both the sauce and dough, so I didn't eat excess sugar on Saturdays or Sundays until dinner.  I also had a salad before I ate pizza, so I ate less pizza.  I'm not sure that I can live in a world without pizza, but I may try to make my own sauce with SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener so I can omit some of the sugar.  

I like SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener because it doesn't have added flavors, and it doesn't have a bitter aftertaste.  Since it doesn't have added flavors or artificial ingredients, I can eat cleaner.   Where some stevia sweeteners have a bitter aftertaste, SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener is sweet – without the calories, added flavors or artificial ingredients.  For more information, visit SplendaNaturals.com.

I expected to have some strong cravings during the challenge, but I really didn't.  I was able to switch my favorite foods fairly easily.  Instead of using salad dressing, I switched to oil and vinegar.  I swapped croutons for sunflower seeds.  I also omitted sauces like ketchup and BBQ sauce and used herbs for flavor.  I wasn't depriving myself, and I was never went hungry.

I'm happy to report that I lost 5 pounds while doing the #GoodbyeSugar30 Day Challenge!  I was already down almost 20 pounds, so this puts me at just under 25 pounds gone since I started making better choices a few months ago.  

Hot Chocolate With SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener Recipe

In the evenings, my husband and I will have a cup of tea or hot chocolate when the weather gets cold.  If I get a sweet craving, it's usually in the evening just before I go to bed.  Drinking hot chocolate satisfies my craving with fewer calories, but I wanted to omit the excess sugar too.  

I made this hot chocolate with SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener Recipe so it doesn't have excess sugar and is perfect for a little chocolate fix.  


Combine the unsweetened cocoa, dry milk, salt, cornstarch, and SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener in a bowl and stir well.

Pour in to a mason jar or other container with a lid.

Add 1 teaspoon mix to 1 cup of hot water.  Stir well.  Enjoy!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.