Saturday, May 22, 2010
I have been using NuNaturals Liquid Stevia now for the last couple of months and I must say, I really am hooked. It took several tries before I found a stevia that I could stand--some of them taste like nutrasweet to me--in other words, blech. You Do Not want to use artificial sweeteners such as asparatame, but I'm sure my readers already know this! (Skinny Bitch has a wonderful chapter on this subject, by the way and the history and dangers of Splenda).
The South American plant, stevia, which has been used for centuries, seems to be a healthier alternative. After some experimenting I finally settled on the Trader Joes brand. But after reading Natalia Rose's books and adopting her dietary regimen, I discovered NuNaturals stevia, her brand of choice.
What I love about this brand is it's mellowness. It doesn't assault your taste buds, and there's no weird aftertaste. I also love the glass bottle with dropper. The liquid form is much easier for me to negotiate than the packets I had been using from TJs.
I use it to create salad dressing by mashing up an avocado, adding lemon, stevia, salt,pepper and onion salt. It blends easily with no mess. I also use it in my green juice when needed, if I get a particularly bitter batch I will add lots of lemon juice and a drop or two of stevia. It's also great in chia porridge and smoothies.
If you haven't tried NuNaturals yet, or think you don't like stevia, I urge you to try it in this form. They also make the packets for those who prefer powder, and another form that is used specifically for baking. Find it HERE.