With February seemingly all about sugar and sweets, let’s explore some treats that won’t cause undue stress on the body. Here are some low-glycemic, low-calorie options for you to test-drive. The secret ingredient? Stevia!
ORANGE SUN TEA
Iced tea isn’t just for summer. An orange sweet tea is yummy—hot or cold—with a little sprinkle of cinnamon. Give this no-calorie option a try!
Yield: 2 quarts
6 tea bags (try organic green tea)
2 quarts purified water
6-12 drops orange stevia liquid
Put tea bags into a clean two-quart glass container. Fill with water and cap. Place in direct sunlight for 3-6 hours. When the tea has reached its desired strength, remove from sun, add stevia to taste and store in the refrigerator. Serve hot or over ice with an orange slice and/or a cinnamon stick as a garnish.
FREEZER CHOCOLATE BARS
Candy is dandy when it is made with just a few simple ingredients.
Yield: 4-6 servings
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
20-30 drops vanilla liquid stevia
Combine coconut oil with stevia drops. Stir in cocoa powder and combine completely. Taste and adjust sweetness as needed. Pour into candy molds or any flat container. Freeze until solid. Store uneaten candies in the freezer.
For chocolate peppermint candies, use peppermint stevia in place of vanilla.
Be creative! Add dried coconut, raisins or other ingredients to your own taste.
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