Truvia, my stevia sweetener of choice.

Truvia, my stevia sweetener of choice.

This month’s challenge is to try some tea and tell us what you think. I am obsessed with unsweetened black tea, but I know that’s not everyone’s . . . cup of tea, especially kids. So, here are some tips on how to spice up that sweet tea without pouring a dump truck load worth of sugar in there.

Stevia

People in South America have used the stevia plant for centuries, both for its medical properties and its sweet taste. Commercial products like Truvia are made from extracts of the raw leaves, and while they are up to 300 times sweeter than sugar, they have zero calories. That’s right, you can sweeten all your favorite foods and drinks without worrying about the empty calories of refined sugar adding up. If you use stevia to bake, like I do, be sure to adjust for the extra sweetness; most products have a conversion guide.

Honey

Another all-natural sweetener that is great in tea is honey. It works best in hot tea because it softens and becomes easier to mix, but feel free to put it in any tea you like. Another tip is to find local honey. Allegedly, eating honey from your area can help reduce allergies. Plus, it’s always great to get fresh, local food.

Honey jars. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Honey jars. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Sweet Teas

You have to be careful when getting sweet tea. Many have as much sugar, or more, than most pops. Look for all-natural teas from sweet fruits and flowers, like peach, mint, and vanilla.

 

Hopefully you’re brave enough to try some tea and enter our contest. We have a great prize from Complete Nutrition valued over $100, so let us know how your tea trial goes, or what you use to sweeten your drinks!