Today is NOT a recipe day. Today I am going to write about something I do "eat" everyday though, Sweetleaf 100% Natural Stevia Sweetener. This is not a paid endorsement. I am telling you about this product because it has changed my relationship with food cravings.
I LOVE this stuff! I am proud to say that I finally kicked the artificial sweetener habit. Recently I have read so many negative things about aspartame and sucralose (Splenda) that I finally decided that I had to give it up. (If you are a consumer of artificial sweeteners then I suggest that you do your own research and reach your own conclusions.) I have been avoiding sugar for the past 6 years since I lost over 100 pounds. I needed to stay away from sugar so I blindly switched to artificial sweeteners. I was drinking nearly 2 L of diet pop a day, but I said to myself "Who cares? There are NO calories!" I was not making the connection between consuming all of these artificial sweeteners (most diet pop contains several types of artificial sweeteners) and my intense cravings for MORE sweet things AFTER I had consumed the diet pop.
After doing some research, I decided to try Stevia which is a natural sweetener. I discovered through more research that many brands of Stevia are processed with harmful chemicals. Enter SweetLeaf. A teacher at school gave me a box, and I have been buying it ever since. It does not taste as sweet as the other sweeteners, but it also doesn't set off the "craving cascade" I experienced with sucralose and aspartame. You can buy it in Toronto at Loblaws Superstores in the Health food section. I buy the packets and the drops. I use the crystals in my coffee, and the drops in my plain greek yogurt, mixed with some real vanilla. YUMMY! If you are concerned about controlling your calories and your glycemic index (does not affect your blood sugar levels) then you might consider Sweetleaf. Right now they are holding a contest, so why not enter and you could try it for FREE. http://on.fb.me/10CvJ7D