I waited a long time, but eventually I caved and bought myself some powdered stevia. It was truly the best cooking/baking investment I've made in a while. I've mentioned before that unrefined sugar (such as maple syrup, molasses, and dates) seems to have the same effect on me as refined cane sugar. I go a little bonkers, get all mood-swingy, and eat way more than my stomach can handle. There's usually some tears involved too (I guess that's only to be expected when you put mood swings and bonkers in the same sentence). Completely cutting out sugar was always too difficult for me though. Until I bought stevia. Since I've been using stevia, I haven't experienced any of the mood-swings or cravings that traditionally happen when I eat sugar, nor do I get headaches or any other physical symptoms. I succeeded in having my first Thanksgiving and Christmas completely sugar-free (although there might have been some molasses cookies sandwiched in between there), and I've been steadily sugar-free since. Of course, I'm hoping that I'll be able to experiment with more unrefined sugars in the future, but for now, stevia and I are best buddies and I'm pretty happy with that.
So why am I telling you all this? Just so I can say that I've been sugar-free for months? Um...no. When I find a product I believe in, I want to share it with all of you, and thanks to NuNaturals, I get to do that. Although I bought my own stevia a few months back, I recently won a NuNaturals NuStevia giveaway from City|Life|Eats. I was so excited that I had won that I had to share my thanks with the company. They thanked me back by offering not one, but four of my readers a giveaway. So four of you will receive a gift pack that includes a box of 50 NuStevia Packets and a bottle of NuNaturals Vanilla Liquid Stevia. In addition, if you don't win (or even if you do), NuNaturals is also offering free samples of their NuStevia packets. You can read more about that by clicking here. And from now until February 28th, you can also get 15% off your order from NuNaturals.com by using this code, BLG228, at checkout. Okay, so...you have a lot of ways now to try stevia out without too much commitment. In the next couple of weeks, I'll be sharing some stevia recipes of my own to help you get started (or keep you going if you already use stevia).
How can you win this giveaway? Let me count the ways:
- Leave a comment letting me know if you've tried stevia before and what you think.
- Post about this giveaway on your blog, on facebook, or on twitter. You can tweet daily for more entries.
- Stumble or Digg this giveaway. I should admit here that I'm not positive what Digging is, but I assume it's the same as stumbling, so if you know how to do it, go for it!
- Do anything else you want to do, and let me know you did it. :)
Come back later this week for two of my favorite ways to use stevia: a simple take on maple-glazed chicken, and a sweet curry salad dressing!