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Are You Ready For The Sick Season??

The kids are off at school, the weather is changing, everyone is outside less and getting less exercise…it’s the perfect combo for the sick season to set in. You don’t have to be a victim though!   Don’t let these guys ruin Fall!! For four years […]

Top 7 Benefits of Chlorella

Chlorella is a type of algae that grows in fresh water, mainly in Taiwan and Japan. When it was first discovered and harvested (after WWII), chlorella was studied as a potential food source because it is high in protein and other essential nutrients and can be […]

Top 6 Reasons to Use Stevia Instead of Sugar

Top 6 Reasons to Use Stevia Instead of Sugar

Stevia is a natural sweetener, not lab-created, which originates in South America. It is available in different forms; as a granular powder, dried leaves, or as an extract. Obesity is on the rise in the USA, so more and more people are turning away from sugar and looking for sugar substitutes. There are a number of reasons why stevia is better for the population than artificial sweeteners and refined, processed sugar.

  • Stevia has no calories. Refined sugar has many calories, and while man-made artificial sweeteners do not have the calories, they do have many negative side-effects. I’ll discuss these more later.
  • Stevia is not addictive. We all know that sugar is addictive, and artificial sweeteners promote cravings. Stevia may actually suppress cravings. I have been using stevia in my coffee for several years and my taste for sweets has definitely decreased. I no longer feel the need to have a sweet treat with my coffee. I also drink much less coffee than I used to, with much less stevia than I initially started with. 
  • Stevia lowers blood pressure. The studies seem to prove that it lowers blood pressure for those who struggle with heightened blood pressure issues, not in people who have regular or low blood pressure. (1, 2)
  • Stevia is great for diabetics. It has a glycemic index of zero! Refined sugar has a GI of 95. The higher the number, the worse it is for diabetics. A study comparing “fake” sweeteners with stevia also determined that using stevia reduces blood glucose and insulin after a meal. 
  • Stevia is beneficial for oral health.  Consuming sugar allows bacteria to form on teeth, which causes plaque and cavities. Stevia will not coat teeth or allow the bacterial action that sugar does.
  • Stevia does not have negative side effects in most people. There have been many reports through the years of headaches, dizziness, rashes, and stomach pains in people who use artificial sweeteners. These are just the most common issues reported, but there are more serious concerns (dementia, cancerheart disease, etc) to be aware of when consuming synthetic “sugars.”  Dementia and cancer run in my family. This is the biggest reason I choose to use raw stevia rather than other sweeteners. 

Always use raw, pure stevia. Some commercially available brands add inulin or maltodextrin to their products. Read the ingredient lists on your boxes and bottles. I really am thankful for the choices we have in safe alternatives for sugar. I bake with raw stevia and add it to coffee and tea. I use about half the amount that a recipe calls for because it is really sweet and a little goes a long way. Add this ingredient to your pantry if you haven’t already!

DIY Homemade Healthy Hand Spray

There are so many toxic hand gels and sprays out there claiming to kill all sorts of things, which they probably do but they rarely tell you about the negative side effects of using them. Such as stripping your hands of it’s natural oils, throwing […]

12 Health Benefits Of Garlic

History & Use Garlic is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the wold and has been grown for over 5000 years.1  Garlic is part of the allium family, which includes onions, leeks, and shallots. Garlic is grown all throughout the world and is a popular cooking […]

Tuna Cakes

Tuna Cakes

I love to make these tuna cakes for lunch to switch things up a bit. It’s such a simple and great way to get some Omega 3 fatty acids into your diet. 
 
If you are a fish lover, then go try these out, and let me know what you think!
 

 

 

 

 

Peach Coconut Smoothie

Peach Coconut Smoothie

I honestly can’t get enough of the fresh seasonal peaches right now! And not only are peaches delicious, they also provide a plethora of benefits, including stress relief, cancer prevention and a boost to your cardiovascular system. I hope you enjoy this healthy and refreshing […]

Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler

Peach season is here! So that means peaches & cream, peach smoothies, and peach cobbler! Growing up, my mom would make the most divine peach cobbler recipe ever! But since it sadly doesn’t fit my gluten-free, refined-sugar-free criteria, I was determined to create one as close […]

One-Pot Chicken Dinner

One-Pot Chicken Dinner

One-pot meals are seriously the best. Not only is this a healthy, crowd-pleasing, easy-to-make meal, the clean up is also a breeze too!

Make sure you use organic chicken and veggies if possible, and even enjoy reheating these tasty leftovers the next day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

  This curried butternut squash soup is so yummy and so-oo easy to make, you don’t even have to chop up that dreaded squash, but just throw the whole thing in the oven to bake! Now how awesome is that?!   Plus, butternut squash delivers an […]