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Copycat Sugar Free V8 Juice recipe

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Mr. Incredible loves V8 juice. The thing is, it’s expensive and made with ingredients that can spike some people’s blood sugar. You can make a copycat for pennies on the dollar and for fewer carbs than ten plus per one cup serving.

When buying tomato paste, always, ALWAYS check the ingredients label.  Some brands have stuff in them, like added sugar. One can of Aldi tomato paste has 30 total carbs, and that was what I used for this.

Make Your Own Sugar Free V8 Juice Copycat

One can no sodium tomato paste
4 cans water (I add a bit more water to make it an even 4 cups)
Mix well then add:
1 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
pinch pepper
3 shakes of Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon horseradish

Several shakes of hot sauce (Optional)
A packet of sweetener (Optional)

Take all of the ingredients and mix them up (a whisk works best!), pour into a jar and store in the refrigerator.

Per one cup serving, there will be roughly 8 carbs, depending on your ingredients. This really works well in recipes like chili and soup, to give it a nice tomato flavor without adding a lot of carb.

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Copycat YooHoo Chocolate Drink Low Carb, Sugar Free

My youngest son LOVES YooHoo. When we take a day trip and I stop to gas up the car, I usually give him my water glass and some money and send him in to top off my ice and get himself a drink. If I don’t specify that he doesn’t get to drink sugar, he gets YooHoo, which is what he did yesterday. I don’t forget to tell him often, but I do forget, and he slips one in every time.

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As we drove along yesterday, I told him to read the ingredients off to me. He struggled with some of the words and as he went down the list, certain things stuck in my mind. When we got home, I took some items out of my pantry and he and I started experimenting. After a few rounds, we hit upon the formula we both felt was worth sharing.

Ok. I’m not gonna lie. We totally knocked it out of the park!
It’s easy to make, stores in the fridge, tastes great hot or cold, and has 3 carbs per 8 ounce serving, using the ingredients I had in my pantry.

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This low carb, sugar free recipe for copycat YooHoo is made with whey protein powder.  I had a big tub in my pantry that I bought at Costco, but you can find it on Amazon or any store that sells those sorts of items. When buying protein powder, pay attention to your labels, some contain sugar (in one of its many names), some are higher in carb than others, and be prepared for some sticker shock. It’s expensive. Before you invest that kind of money on any grocery item, I recommend getting a smaller container to test the recipe. Here is the brand that I already had, there are probably less expensive and there are definitely more expensive. There are also some that have fewer carbs, but I am comfortable with mine.
A rounded scoop of it has 3 carbs, and two rounded scoops fill a one cup measure. The brand is Optimum Nutrition, and you can look at it here:

Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard, Double Rich Chocolate, 5 Pound, 80 Ounce

This recipe for make your own YooHoo copycat is easy to double, triple, or even halve the quantities.  If you love YooHoo, or if you just need to find a way to get a little more protein in (my youngest doesn’t love meat or eggs) then this may be a great option for you. It could also be changed to use other flavors of whey powder, rather than chocolate, but we were going for a copycat yoohoo.

Low Carb, Sugar Free YooHoo Chocolate Drink

1 Quart water
1 cup of Chocolate whey protein
1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
1/4 cup of cream
Teaspoon of vanilla
Pinch of salt
Sweetener to taste (go easy on this. Add a little, then taste, then add a little more. Remember, you can’t take it out once it’s in there. I used a scant pinch of sweetener from my bag of pure sucralose powder)

In at least a 2 quart stockpot, combine all ingredients over med-low heat and stir with a whisk till the whey powder is dissolved. Once it looks nice and chocolatey, like Yoohoo, either serve it hot, or store it in the fridge and serve cold. I poured mine into a quart mason jar and kept it overnight. We all agreed that it was awesome hot, but way better chilled.

If you love YooHoo, give this a try. It’s  going to become a staple in our fridge, not for me, because I drink water, but for my guys.