Author: Sarah Maki

Spinach and Berry Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients 1 cup fresh strawberries 1 whole banana 1 cup orange juice 1 cup almond milk, unsweetened 2 cups fresh baby spinach 1 cup ice 4 to 8 packets of a stevia-based sweetener* (like Truvía®) to desired level of sweetness Serving Size: 1 cup (8 fl. oz.) Yield: Makes 4 servings Directions Add all ingredients into a blender. Blend on high until smooth. *Please consult online conversion chart, as conversions vary by...

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Key Lime Pie Recipe

Ingredients 1 package (8 oz) sugar-free oatmeal or gingersnap cookies, crushed (1 ¾ cups crumbs) 3 Tbsp of a stevia-based sweetener* (like Truvía®) 3 Tbsp butter, melted 2 Tbsp cornstarch 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk ⅛ tsp salt 4 egg yolks 5 oz (½ cup plus 2 Tbsp) lime juice 1 tsp lemon extract 8 Tbsp frozen (thawed) sugar-free whipped topping Serving Size: 1 slice Yield: Makes 8 servings Directions Heat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl, stir together cookie crumbs, 1 tablespoon stevia-based sweetener* (like Truvía®) and melted butter. Press in bottom and 1 inch up side of...

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Is stevia tooth friendly?

Yes. Intense sweeteners (such as stevia leaf extract) are tooth-friendly because they do not produce acids that eat away at teeth, as noted by The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Stevia leaf extract is an intense sweetener because it has many times the sweetness of sugar, compared by weight. EFSA has noted that intense sweeteners respond differently than sugar to the conditions in the mouth because they have a different chemical structure than sugar. Everyone’s mouth has bacteria of many kinds. Sugars that come into contact with oral bacteria tend to ferment. As sugar ferments, it splits into different...

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Is stevia healthy?

“Healthy” has a specific meaning to the US FDA. Under US FDA guidelines a food (or food component) must meet specific nutrient requirements to use the term “healthy” in its name or in claims made about the product. As an ingredient with no nutritive value, stevia cannot legally be classified as “healthy.” While stevia may not be rich with vitamins and minerals, it can play a vital role in helping people maintain a healthy, balanced diet. Swapping a stevia-based sweetener for full-calorie sugar in baking, cooking, and beverages can be part of a successful weight management strategy. In addition,...

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Banana Bread Recipe

Ingredients 1 ¼ cup flour 12 packets of a stevia-based sweetener* (like Truvía®) 4 Tbsp sugar ½ tsp baking powder ½ tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt ¾ cup (about 2 medium) very ripe bananas; mashed ⅓ cup buttermilk 1 large egg ⅓ cup butter; melted and cooled ½ tsp vanilla extract Non-stick cooking spray Serving Size: 1 slice Yield: Makes 12 slices Directions Preheat oven to 350°F.  Spray 9x5x3 inch loaf pan with non-stick spray. Whisk together the flour, stevia-based sweetener* (like Truvía®), sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.  Set aside. Mix the mashed bananas, buttermilk, egg, butter and vanilla...

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