I drink coffee, hot tea, iced tea, and water. I don’t ever drink sodas, fruit juices, or anything with sweeteners in it anymore. Sometimes, after a run, I will have some coconut water, but that’s pretty rare.
The area in which I’ve taken the biggest hit in terms of satisfaction has been drinks. I really enjoyed a good iced tea with lemon and sweetener. Mind you, I was never a sweet tea fan as I always found it to be too sweet even when I was drinking sodas. But I did like the taste of iced tea with sweetener in it. Now, I drink my iced tea with lemon and nothing else. It’s good, and I enjoy it, but it doesn’t seem to satisfy as much as iced tea with lemon and sweetener. I find that iced tea made with mango tea seems to be pretty darned good, but again, I miss the sweet aspect.
With hot teas, I seem to accept them being unsweet with more ease just as I do with coffee. Don’t get me wrong: I was the epitome of, “He likes his sugar with coffee and cream.” Now, I’ve gotten used to coffee black, and I can now taste the subtle differences in beans and roast. With that said, as much as I like coffee now, I used to love it more when I could sweeten it. Oddly, I preferred sugar in my coffee and hot tea while I preferred sweetener in my iced tea.
Why not fruit juice? From a caloric level, and when you consider the sugar and carbs in fruit juice as compared to a soda, they are almost analogous. The only difference is the soda is typically sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup instead of more naturally occurring sugars, but the bottom line to the body is it’s still sugar and still very high in easily soluble calories. It’s a shock to the system, and the body quickly converts this extra sugar into fat. Apple juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, and yes, even grapefruit juice are all full of sugar (even non-sugar added varieties). I avoid these like the plague.
I drink lots of coffee every day, and the longer I’m drinking it black, the more I’m getting used to it and learning to enjoy it. I don’t know if I’ll ever enjoy it as much as I used to enjoy my mochas and cappuccinos, but it’s coming pretty close. Very close.
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I’ve never liked sweet coffee…always only drank it black and sometimes with heavy cream if it wasn’t a good cup of coffee. Lately I’ve been making cold brew coffee and I LOVE it. If you prefer your coffee sweet give it a try. I don’t know why, but to me when I make cold brew it has more of a sweet than bitter taste. I make an espresso ground to use for my cold brew – seems to work best for me. I WISH I could like unsweet tea, but I can’t do it…I still put either half a pink packet per glass or splenda. I’ve tried over and over and just can’t do it unsweet!
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I’ll definitely try the cold brew coffee; thanks! As for the tea, lemon goes a long way to making it palatable. Also, mango tea tends to be decent without sweetener.
I’ve been eliminating sugar from my diet, but I love sweetened coffee and iced tea. For the past few years, I’ve been using stevia (specifically the NuStevia brand, because it has no bitterness whatsoever), and it is wonderful. Lakanto monkfruit sweetener (I prefer the golden variety) is also fabulous and the closest-tasting thing I’ve found to natural sugar. Both are natural and non-glycemic, and both can be used in cooking, too.
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Hi Darcie! I️ used to really love sweetened coffee and tea as well. I️ had to learn to live without the sweetener. It took some time, but now, I️ really enjoy iced tea without sweetener was much as I️ did before with sweetener. Two things I️ found have helped for me: either lemon in my tea, or mango tea. They are naturally sweeter, and when you cut sugar out completely, you are able to taste natural sweetness much more easily. As for coffee, I️ found that light roasts are sweeter than the medium or dark roasts. It’s made a huge difference in my ability to enjoy coffee black. I️ try to stay away from sweeteners because even artificial sweeteners act the same way on the brain as sugar does in regards to triggering cravings.