Pure Via Stevia – Zero Calorie Liquid Sweetener {Gift Basket Giveaway – $150 value!}


It’s no secret that excessive sugar consumption will be the downfall of modern civilization. Americans, especially, eat and drink WAAAAAAY too much processed sugar and now have crazy high rates of Type II Diabetes and other preventable health conditions. The issue is that high glycemic sweeteners (natural or artificial) taste amazing and are crammed into most delicious processed treats. It’s important to understand what the glycemic index is to understand which sweeteners are a good idea to consume and which to avoid.

The glycemic index (which ranks sweeteners on a scale of 0-110) is calculated based on three things: the amount of carbohydrate present, the type of carbohydrate present, and the presence of other substances (like soluble fiber) that slow the metabolism of the carbohydrates.

The higher the glycemic index, the harder the sweetener is on the body to process and the longer it sits in the body converting to fat and putting stress on the system. On the top of the list are Maltodextrin (110), Maltose (105), Dextrose (100), Glucose (100) and Splenda (80) which are, unfortunately, the most prevalent sweeteners in prepared foods and bottled drinks. The lower the glycemic index, however, the easier the sweetener is on the body.  Click HERE see the full glycemic index.

Whether you are Diabetic or healthy, there are plenty of options that have a glycemic index of zero. While several are artificial and should be ardently avoided (aspartame, saccharin and sucralose especially), there are a few natural sweeteners like stevia that have a zero glycemic index. That’s right – stevia is a completely natural sweetener with a ZERO GLYCEMIC INDEX and ZERO CALORIES.

Pure-Via-LogoStevia is a small South American plant that is easy to grow in a home garden. To be completely natural, you can simply tear leaves off of the plant to blend into smoothies or steep with tea. But for those that want stevia on the go or have a black thumb, Pure Via makes a portable bottle of liquid stevia sweetener derived naturally from the stevia plant to easily squirt portions into beverages and baked goods.

If you haven’t tasted stevia before, be prepared for a taste different from typical table sugar. It has what I like to call a “high pitched” sweetness that lacks the full bodied taste we’re accustomed to cane sugar. What this means is that it immediately tastes sweeter than sugar and a little goes a VERY long way in sweetening foods and drinks.   It should also be blended with other earthier tasting sweeteners when used in baking to balance the taste. For those that can afford to consume low-glycemic sweeteners, it’s recommended to mix stevia with yacon syrup (1) or agave syrup (15) to round out the flavor to more closely match the taste of table sugar. The Pure Via website offers a bunch of yummy recipes using stevia, as well as a handy conversion table to help you get the ratios right.

When it comes to sweetening drinks, however, the Pure Via stevia drops are awesome straight out of the bottle. I LOVE Georgia sweet iced tea but know it’s super unhealthy because of high granulated sugar content. With low expectations, I brewed 3 cups of fruit-infused herbal tea, poured it over ice and added a quick squirt of the Pure Via stevia (roughly ½ teaspoon) to sweeten it up. Lo, and behold! The iced tea tasted pretty darn close to Georgia sweet tea! With no sugar! I also tinkered with a zero calorie lemonade recipe using the Pure Via stevia. Check it out below.


While I wouldn’t recommend squirting this stuff into coffee (I did and it was a little too sweet compared to the bitter coffee), this stevia liquid is perfect for lightly sweetening teas, lemonades and smoothies. The bottle looks small, but it actually contains 48 servings.  Pure Via stevia doesn’t need to be refrigerated, so is easy to throw in a purse for sweetening on the go, though refrigerating wouldn’t hurt it.  Pure Via stevia is non-GMO, gluten-free, kosher and (appears to be, though is not stated on the packaging or website) vegan.


Yield: 3 cups

All Natural Zero Calorie Lemonade

All Natural Zero Calorie Lemonade

While traditional lemonade is yummy, it's loaded with sugar or artificial sweetener. Using Pure Via liquid stevia sweetener, this recipe is not only refreshing but guilt-free with no sugar and no calories!

Prep Time 5 minutes


  • 1 quart mason jar filled with ice cubes 2 1/2 cups cold fresh water 3 TBS pure lemon juice (more to taste) 1 tsp Pure Via liquid stevia sweetener (more to taste)


Mix all ingredients until chilled, adding more lemon juice or stevia to taste. Enjoy this all natural and calorie free lemonade completely guilt-free!


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Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this review. All views and opinions are my own.

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Allison Baltzersen is a green mama, raising her two little girls to enjoy childhood, ask lots of questions, and be kind to the Earth.

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205 responses to “Pure Via Stevia – Zero Calorie Liquid Sweetener {Gift Basket Giveaway – $150 value!}”

  1. My favourite warm drink is coffee and cold is plain milk.

  2. My fave warm drink is tea and I use powdered Stevia but I have never tried the liquid form. I would love to try it with iced tea or lemonade as well! 🙂

  3. My favourite warm drink is a latte, and my favourite cold drink is actually ice cold fresh water, but I also do love Coke (sad but true).

  4. My favorite drink is coffee 🙂

  5. My favourite drink is green tea

  6. hot tea or fresh fruit juice

  7. Coffee is my favourite.

  8. Iced tea

  9. my favourite warm drink are lattes, and my favourite cold drink is iced tea 🙂

  10. my favourite drink is green tea!

  11. My favorite warm drink is always my teas and my favorite cold drink is pink lemonade

  12. Cold water and Warm Tea!

  13. warm drink is coffee, cold drink would be gingerale and water with lemon

  14. I love coffee but that zero calorie lemonade sounds yummy!

  15. I love coffee.

  16. Hot tea and iced tea

  17. hot cocoa

  18. My favorite drink needs to be there in the mornings for me — my cup of ‘be nice’ (as my grandson calls it). Coffee sweetened with Stevia! My favorite cold drink comes after 5 — a nice cold glass of wine!

  19. I love french vanilla cappuccino

  20. I like hot chocolate!

  21. My favourite cold drink is milk.

  22. My favorite cold drink is ice tea and my favorite hot drink is coffee!

  23. My favorite warm drink is coffee and my favorite cold drink is sparkling water.

  24. My favourite warm drink is coffee and cold drink is iced water with lemon

  25. My favorite cold drink is iced coffee! My favorite warm drink is coffee!

  26. My favorite Hot drink is coffee
    My favorite cold drink, if you can call it a drink is a vanilla milkshake.


  27. My favourite cold drink is lemonade

  28. I love a good cup of hot tea!

  29. I love hot chocolate.

  30. Milk.

  31. My favorite hot beverage is good strong coffee.

  32. I”m a coffee gal, but love a good pint of beer as well!

  33. My favourite cold drink is vodka & club soda and my favourite warm drink is green tea.

  34. Hot Chocolate is my fav hot drink.


  36. My current fav is Pumpkin Spice Latte!

  37. my all time fave warm drink is hot chocolate 🙂

  38. My favourite warm drink would be coffee and my favourite cold drink would be milker water.

  39. favourite cold drink is lemonade, warm drink is tea

  40. My favorite cold drink is half orange juice and half cranberry juice. Warm drink tea.

  41. My favourite drink is coffee 🙂

  42. This is a generous prize

  43. I love coffee

  44. hot chocolate

  45. Mint green tea is my fav drink 🙂

  46. Hard question! I love coffee but green tea lattes are my favourite treat!

  47. I like Mojitos !

  48. My favourite cold/warm drink is a mango smoothie

  49. I love my coffe and cold drink would be lemon iced tea

  50. I love coffee and pure via sounds like a great alternative to sugar

  51. My favorite drink would be hot chocolate

  52. My favourite hot drink is hot wine. My favourite cold drink is cold wine.

  53. I guess Orange juice and Hot tea, ( almost any kind, depends on the day) Although I have to agree with the mojitos, it seems I’ve been pregnant forever so I don’t remember what alcohol is like anymore… ( I guess that’s what happens when you’re pregnant with your 5th 😛 )

  54. I love a nice cold peach iced tea

  55. Coffee all the way! Can’t live without it.

  56. Tea. Hot by itself, and cold with ice cubes, lemon, and sweetener. 🙂

  57. My favorite hot drink is coffee.:) 🙂 🙂

  58. A vanilla latte.

  59. Raspberry iced tea

  60. My favorite cold drink is fruit flavored water and my favorite hot drink is coffee.

  61. Diet Pepsi

  62. Hot chocolate is my favourite warm beverage and lemonade is my favourite cold beverage 🙂

  63. Hot coffee and old apple juice

  64. Chai … warm or iced!

  65. My favorite warm drink is tea, and my favorite cold drink is a vanilla milkshake

  66. Water- cold drink and Chai tea with stevia and coconut milk -hot.

  67. My favourite is iced tea.

  68. I love iced coffee the best

  69. love love a cafe mocha

  70. Hot chocolate!

  71. a Cold Glass of water is my favourite!

  72. coffee!

  73. I love a toffee nut latte 🙂

  74. I love peach iced tea.

  75. I like to drink herbal teas.

  76. My fave hot drink is green tea

  77. Ice tea … cold or hot!

  78. I’m an iced tea drinker.

  79. I love hot chocolate

  80. My favourite cold drink is diet Pepsi and my warm is a French Vanilla latte.

  81. In desserts like cookies, muffins, cake.. 🙂

  82. My favourite cold drink is iced tea. Warm drink: green tea.

  83. Coffee, coffee!!!

  84. cafe mocha

  85. I love tea

  86. I like strawberry lemonade a lot.

  87. I LOVE coffee.

  88. Homemade hot lemon drink is my fave!

  89. Chai tea.

  90. My favorite hot drink is coffee my favorite cold drink is iced tea

  91. My favourite hot drink is coffee, favourite cold – gin and tonic!!!

  92. I love tea – and this would be a great substitute for my sugar I use in it!

  93. Chai Lattes are my fave!

  94. hot chocolate

  95. Favourite Cold Drink is a beer, warm drink would be hot chocolate

  96. Orange pineapple smoothies are my fave.


  98. Chai tea~

  99. I love coffee.

  100. Love my coffee and my cold drink would be water!

  101. Cold – beer for special occasions otherwise water
    Hot – coffee

  102. My favourite hot drink is vanilla earl grey tea, and I can’t resist a nice, cold margarita! Would like to try stevia in both drinks to cut down on sugar. Thanks for the amazing giveaway! 🙂

  103. My favorite cold drink is iced tea; my favorite hot drink is French vanilla cappuccino.

  104. I like hot chocolate

  105. Coffee before noon or hot chocolate or decaf tea in afternoon.

  106. love a hot cup of tea on a cold day….and every once in a while i love a hot apple cider!

  107. my favorite drink is iced tea! i have at least one glass daily

  108. Decaf green tea

  109. My favourite drink is tea because it’s delicious hot and cold.

  110. I’m quite into Cafe Mochas right now.

  111. Steeped tea for me

  112. I love a good London Fog

  113. I am a big Raspberry Lemonade fan myself!

  114. My favorite drink is iced coffee with caramel sweetener.

  115. Iced Tea 🙂

  116. i like tea lattes

  117. Matcha latte

  118. My favourite warm drink is tea (but I can’t pick which tea is my favourite!) and my favourite cold drink is water.

  119. favorite cold drink pink lemonade..favorite hot drink is hot cocoa

  120. Hot chocolate is my favorite warm drink. Juice is my favorite cold drink.

  121. My favourite cold drink is homemade iced black tea.

  122. Milk, water then pink lemonade, awesome.

  123. hot green tea

  124. I love Orange juice

  125. Coffee is my favourite…. Thanks for the chance. Cheers.

  126. Oh my this is an easy one my favorite hot drink is coffee of course 🙂

  127. I like sorry love cold beers. And for warm coffee and if it had some of granddads medicine in it even better.

  128. coffee both hot and iced

  129. le thé ou les tisanes, j’ aime essayer de nouvelles variétés de tisane.

  130. My favorite warm drink is hot chocolate and my cold drink is water.

  131. I love hot coffee and i enjoy iced coffee too!

  132. Favorite cold drink is…orange pop! Yikes! Only have it a few times a year though.

  133. I love blueberry tea!

  134. Coffee

  135. I like french vanilla

  136. i like making my own ice capps like what they make at tims

  137. Mojito!

  138. Water is my favourite beverage.

  139. Cold..Water,and Hot..french vanilla cappucinno

  140. My favourite drink is a caramel latte

  141. Favourite hot is Mexican hot chocolate. Favourite cold is iced tea

  142. Coffee for hot….diet pepsi for cold

  143. I love my flavored coffee

  144. I love hot coffee.

  145. My favourite warm drink is green tea and my favourite cold drink is diet coke.

  146. I love iced tea and apple cider

  147. My favourite drink is iced tea.

  148. I love iced tea!!

  149. I like spiced pumpkin lattes.

  150. My favorite warm drink is coffee and cold drink is Tim Hortons Ice Capp

  151. love Lemonade as a Cold drink and I like English Toffee/Hot Chocolate/Coffee as Hot drinks

  152. I love my coffee — both iced and hot! 🙂

  153. I love a cup of tea!

  154. This time of year I enjoy a mug of hot apple cider

  155. Milk.I love it hot or cold

  156. I love green tea…hot or cold!

  157. I love smoothies! Mango and raspberry or blueberry/lemon are my favorite.

  158. I love a nice cup of hot tea

  159. just plain water – hot or cold. if choosing something else, would go with tea. thanks

  160. I love a great americano

  161. A hot ginger tea.

  162. Green tea latte

  163. coffee is always my go to choice! i use honey already, but this would be nice to add into the mix as well

  164. A big cup of coffee for me. Any flavor,- coffee any time I’ll take! 🙂

  165. I love sweet tea

  166. I love coffee <3 <3 My fav cold drink is homemade Iced tea 😀 😀 Mmmm Caffine :p

  167. My favorite hot drink is Chai Latte and cold drink is lemonade!

  168. My favourite hot drink is tea/ My favourite cold drink is a coffee latte.

  169. i love hot and cold cider

  170. Wonderful Product

  171. lemonaide

  172. Iced Tea

  173. Cold drink is raspberry lemonade and warm is french vanilla cap.

  174. Coffee or water 😉

  175. yes please

  176. My favourite hot drink is coffee!!!

  177. hot chocolate or chai tea hot..lemonade cold

  178. NICE !!

  179. my fave warm drink is chai tea. yum!

  180. My favorite cold drink is iced coffee. My favorite hot drink is tea!

  181. OMG, my fave: Mojitos. Wow, weetener-gift-basket is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity.

  182. apple cider

  183. My favourite cold drink is iced tea and my warm drink is hot tea.

  184. Coffee but for a special treat I do a caramel macchiato (sp?)

  185. I like hot coffee and cold milk.

  186. I love Coffee! haha, and cold, would have to be BEER:)

  187. Lemonade!

  188. Coffee is my favorite.

  189. Hot Drink – London Fog
    Cold Drink – Iced Tea

  190. I am a huge coffee lover, and I also enjoy iced tea

  191. I’m pretty simple. My favourite drink, hot and/or cold is coffee.

  192. coffee

  193. also love iced tea

  194. Hot cocoa! With whip cream, and marshmallows! Sometimes I even add freshly cut strawberries on top of the whip cream. 🙂 It goes great with the hot cocoa!

  195. I love hot coffee!

  196. Love a cup of hot tea or a glass of iced tea.

  197. I love Hot Tea

  198. My favorite hot drink would be made with fresh lemon and a sugar substitute such as Stevis. It is much healthier than using white sugar!

  199. Apple Cider – hot or cold it is amazing!

  200. iced coffee

  201. my favourite hot drink is coffee and it’s seldomI drink cold drinks but if I do I love cream soda and dandelion and burdock.

  202. Thanks for this beautiful giveaway

  203. My fave warm drink is a pumpkin spice latte

  204. For cold drinks,I love water and lemon. Would love to try pure via!

  205. Iced tea is my favourite cold drink

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