Note: I received products free for this review, but all opinions (fears and neuroses) are my own.
While I did leave the Winter Citrus Salad recipe mostly alone (tough I reduced the amount of dressing), I made one critical modification. I substituted Stevita Spoonable Organic sweetener, a combo of erythritol and stevia, for the sugar in half of the dressing.
It dissolved actually easier than the sugar–and when I compared the two versions, I couldn’t tell them apart. Yes!
You see I have been talking about going keto in a final, last ditch effort to lose some weight. A person gains a measly 3 lbs one Christmas and 3 the next and pretty soon your BMI is no longer “normal”, and you are in the market for new clothes.
Did I mention I have failed every diet I’ve tried?
But I’ve been especially nervous about trying keto. So I’m starting slowly, by trying to cut out bread and sugar, before I jump in.
Fortunately, I was helped along by a beautiful care package from Stevita Naturals. And their “spoonable” sugar substitute worked perfectly in the dressing.
Not to mention, they use organic (USDA certified) and sustainable farming practices. I’m not hurting the planet no matter how badly I want to button my jeans.
Finally, I was amazed at the variety of products they have.
Gum, hard candies, creamer, drops (I already use these in my coffee) and more. Now when the impulse to pop a spoonful of chocolate chips (what’s your biggest diet vice?), I can grab a piece of gum. And did I mention the cocoa? Cause, um, winter in Wisconsin.
And just maybe, I’m not so scared anymore!
- 3 Tablespoons sugar or equivalent sweetener
- 2 Tablespoons vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon finely minced shallots
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
- 6 cups torn leaf lettuce of your choice
- 1 grapefruit, peeled, sectioned, with sections cut in half
- 2 oranges, peeled and sectioned
- 1 avocado, peeled and cubed
- ¼ cup slivered almonds
- Whisk together dressing ingredients.
- Toss greens with dressing. Top with citrus, avocado and almonds.
- Note: Because this dressing relies somewhat on the “bulk” of the sugar/sweetener, if you use a substitute, select one with some substance rather than “drops”. I used one that was 1 tsp sweetener = 4 tsp of sugar and that worked well, as should a 1:1 sweetener.
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