I’m on a mission – a mission to prove you CAN do Trim Healthy Mama WITHOUT using stevia.
My husband and I have decided to avoid using stevia to sweeten things, and I thought that meant no more THM, but as I started looking through the book again, I decided I COULD do this without stevia, and here’s where I started…
I noticed quite some time ago, that certain treats in the book didn’t really need the stevia they called for. The Cheesecake Berry Crunch (p373) and the Trim Healthy Pancakes (p223) are a couple of these. You just don’t need the extra sweet, so why add it? I decided to see what else I could find that didn’t need the stevia.
The first thing I tried was the Fat Stripping Frappe (p240) The original version calls for glucomannan powder and stevia. I left both of these out. I also substituted cashew milk – a new favorite with less calories than almond milk, and I used vanilla whey protein (because it’s what I had on hand). You could use unsweetened, chocolate or strawberry instead.
NOTE: When using a sweetened whey protein, be sure to check the label. So far, the only one I’ve found not using stevia is Swanson; however, it does contain xylitol which I know bothers some people.
There are a couple of tricks to making this Fat Stripping Frappe taste great, but the biggest component is FRUIT. Strawberries are mentioned as an “option” in the book, but to do this without stevia, strawberries or another berry are ESSENTIAL! That’s why this version is called a Chocolate Strawberry Fat Stripping Frappe! The berries give you the right amount sweetness needed to make this drink palatable. I’m also using a “sweetened” protein powder (see note above), but I’d encourage you to try an unsweetened version too!
No Stevia Chocolate Strawberry Fat Stripping Frappe
1/2 c. almond or cashew milk
1/2 c. water
1 Tbsp cocoa powder (could leave out if using chocolate protein powder)
1/2 c. coffee (optional, but yummy!)
1 scoop vanilla, chocolate or strawberry protein powder
4 large strawberries (or other berry – frozen or not)
12 – 24 ice cubes (depends on how frozen you want it)
Mix all of this together in a high-powered blender and enjoy!
Note: I’ve also made this without coffee, with only 1/2 a scoop of protein powder, and using frozen berries. All versions have been perfectly palatable WITHOUT stevia! I personally prefer it with the coffee and the fresh berries. Try all sorts of combinations – I think you will find one perfect for your summer sippin’!