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I’ve been trying to cut down on my sugar consumption lately. I’m done having babies so it’s time to attempt to reclaim my body… hasn’t been nearly as easy to bounce back as it was pre-babies. So… I’ve given up one of my favorite things. Honey. Not for good, but until I feel more like myself again. Cue search for alternative sweeteners…

I like honey because it’s a whole food. No processing (I use raw unpasturized). Even Agave nectar is processed. Stevia is a chemical and tastes awful. So I was at New Season’s and asked the nutritionist for some help. She steered me to Yacon syrup. It’s a whole food and in 2 TBSP there is only 40 calories and I only ever use 1 tsp max of any sweetener. I tried it last night with some black tea. It tastes pretty decent, but can definitely overshadow the tea. Kind of a cross between molasses and maple syrup, but with a kind of nutty flavor to it.

So last night I was thinking of teas that yacon would mix well with and I thought my flavored matchas would go well and I was right! The cheesecake matcha mixed with the yacon syrup is so friggin good. Kind of nutty cheesecake flavor. 1 tsp yacon, 2 tsp matcha, 12ounces of water. YUMMMY. So creamy without any need for milk, which I normally add to matcha. This will definitely be turning into an afternoon ritual! I’m anxious to try it with the caramel or the creme brûlée or the caramel popcorn!!!! So fun!

p.s. I know Dr. Oz did some kind of special on Yacon. I’m not into all that stuff, simply like it for it’s sweetening effect. All of the miracle pill/syrup/diet stuff drives me crazy.

Sil

i dunno what yacon is..but it makes me think og bacon made from yaks. so i’m going to picture that instead..

TastyBrew

Would definitely make for some interesting flavored matcha!

cryptickoi

haha…Sil…

pyarkaaloo

LOL @Sil & yacon! a logical portmanteau of yak & bacon ;p @TastyBrew i agree- stevia is awful! i truly can’t stand it..has a horrible aftertaste…if that’s the only sweetener available, i’ll just drink the tea plain..

Fjellrev

Yacon bacon will be the next dieting craze soon. Like candied bacon with less calories.

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Sil

i dunno what yacon is..but it makes me think og bacon made from yaks. so i’m going to picture that instead..

TastyBrew

Would definitely make for some interesting flavored matcha!

cryptickoi

haha…Sil…

pyarkaaloo

LOL @Sil & yacon! a logical portmanteau of yak & bacon ;p @TastyBrew i agree- stevia is awful! i truly can’t stand it..has a horrible aftertaste…if that’s the only sweetener available, i’ll just drink the tea plain..

Fjellrev

Yacon bacon will be the next dieting craze soon. Like candied bacon with less calories.

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I love tea. And I love beer. I spent my twenties thoroughly enjoying all that beer has to offer but now that I’m into my thirties and a stay at home mom of 2 little kids and 1 big kid, I spend more time enjoying tea.

I joined steepster in Feb 2013 and it’s crazy how much my tastes have changed since joining. Before, I liked cream and honey in all teas and loved mostly dessert blacks. Now I almost rarely drink them, but enjoy them from time to time. What I love more than anything are straight rich black teas, Fujian, Laoshan, Rizhao, etc… I also love pretty much any black tea that the little leaf hoppers have gotten their teeth on.

I’m still not too into the green/white/oolong varieties. I keep trying to but my tastes are evolving pretty slowly on that front.

Overall, I just enjoy tea. Something about it that just settles me.

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