What is Stevia? It's an herb used for sweetening, and it's amazing. Now, a lot of us have tried Stevia and some have found it bitter. Never fear--give this brand a try. I LOVE it. It is SO delightfully sweet, all natural, and no yucky stuff like maltodextrin which is found in so many non-sugar sweeteners. I was a Splenda lover through and through. I just had to have 2 packets in my coffee. But in large amounts, it upsets my stomach. With an extract, there's so little actual bulk, there's no crap in it to upset your stomach. NO SUGAR ALCOHOLS as are found in things like Truvia.
It is soy-free, wheat-free, milk-free, gluten-free...and of course carb and sugar free, too. 100% natural amazingness.
NuNaturals NuStevia Pure White Stevia Extract
can be purchased HERE
at iherb.com. If you've tried NOW brand stevia or some other brand -- give this a try. It's infinitely better. I buy this stuff at my local health food store for about $10 and it lasts approx 1 month for all my sweetening needs.
Here's what it looks like:
(See that in the background? That's my butter dish!)
Here's what the bottle look like. Look closely: that's 1oz of this fine, white, beautiful, sweet, lovely, WONDERFUL powder. Teeeensy tiny amounts. If you're not sure you got the right stuff, look on the back panel, the serving size will be 1/64 to 1/32 of a teaspoon and I believe it says there are 700 servings in that tiny bottle.
How to use it:
COFFEE! - I use approx 1/16th of a teaspoon for a whole cup. Or, this much:
That's a 1/4 tsp measuring spoon, yes it's ancient. :) And yes folks, that's all the powder you need to sweeten a whole cup of coffee.
Buy some unsweetened Kool-aid, and make an entire 64oz of it. Add a scant 1/4 tsp of stevia extract. There is your sugar free, artificial sweetener-free beverage. No aspartame. Cheap. Delicious. I make an entire 64 ounces almost everyday.
takes about 1/16th of a tsp as well per cup.
Baking with stevia extract can offer some challenges, because you lose the bulking quality of sugar or Splenda. My way around this is to add protein powder, which actually thrills me to death because it improves the nutrition of the final product without flour. Watch out for the post I'm going to make using Stevia extract in flourless PB cookies.
Buy it, try it, you won't be disappointed. Let me know what you think!
I haven't had to buy splenda packets in about 4 months since I discovered this great stuff...I'm on my fourth bottle. I use it every. single. day. in my coffee and kool-aid.