In January 2013 – one year ago – I found myself 30 pounds overweight. I’d never had a weight problem in my life, and while I was still within the “normal” range for my height (5’9″), I felt sluggish and not my normal healthy, energetic self. It’s no wonder how this happened…the life of a food blogger, chef and writer means eating a lot of delicious food (poor me ;) then spending a lot of time sitting on my rear, writing about said food.
I’m in the process of writing an article about the changes I’ve made – and stuck with – over the past year. I intentionally waited this long so I could be certain that I could firmly stand behind these changes (anyone can stick to something for a month, but a year truly makes it a life change, IMO). In the meantime, I thought I’d share one super easy change that was one of the easiest to stick to: swapping regular sugar for something less caloric yet also natural. I don’t eat a lot of sugar but I do have tea in the morning (another change!) and it just didn’t seem right to load up on a lot of empty calories from my morning beverage. So I switched to using two things instead: honey, which I love to cook with, and Truvia, a zero-calorie, all-natural sweetener made from the Stevia plant. I love that it also TASTES natural – there’s nothing worse than that artificial stuff, ugh. I’m told you can also use it to bake with but I’ve mostly used it for my morning tea, making hot chocolate for my girls, and as a simple syrup for cocktails! Honestly, for me personally, that’s what I love it for the most. I’m known for my Pomegranate Margaritas that you can make in one big batch at a time (recipe coming just before Valentine’s Day, so keep a lookout) and for my spicy cocktails! Whenever my friends or family stop by, if it’s past 5pm, I’m pretty much guaranteed that I’ll be getting a cocktail request.
The cocktail you see above is my most requested as well my personal favorite. Flavored with habanero-infused vodka, passion fruit puree and a simple syrup, it’s a little sweet with a spicy finish. I posted the recipe a couple of years ago and the only change I’ve made to it since then is to make the simple syrup with Truvia instead of regular sugar. There’s no change in the flavor yet it significantly cuts down on calories!
If you’d like to see someone making the simple syrup in action, here are some fantastic recipes from their YouTube channel. Look for the Cosmo cocktail recipe – you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make a simple syrup with Truvia (it’s already easy as can be, they just make it easier)!
After you’ve watched the videos and you just can’t wait to try Truvia, head over and sign up for a free sample! They’re also having a fantastic sweepstakes to help you stick with your New Year’s resolutions. You can even choose which prize you’d like the most – an AMEX gift card, $500 toward a Personal Trainer or a Pampering SpaFinder Gift Card. I would love any one of those! I just with it was 5pm already :)