I'm convinced that this usually happens because I'm just friggin thirsty. Today, in an attempt to stave off the demons, I made this delightfully refreshing drink, and thought I'd share it with you. For those of you who haven't heard of stevia yet, it's a perennial shrub, otherwise known as sweetleaf or sugarleaf. Depending on where you live, you can probably grow it in your back yard. It's wonderfully sweet and has been used for centuries in other parts of the world, but only recently in the US. There's some pretty juicy controversy on the topic, mainly about the FDA banning it because of pressure from the sugar industry. Shocking! (Google it for yourself, there are too many interesting articles for me to pick one to link to.)
Stevia is beautiful because it can be used in its natural state, it's cheap, it doesn't force anyone to produce a cash crop for foreign consumers at the expense of being able to grow food for themselves, and, probably most excitingly for most people, it's non-caloric. What? That's right, it's a natural plant that doesn't require refining, doesn't spike your blood sugar, and doesn't get stored as fat in your system. Yes, please.
For your own personal lime-aid, you'll need to:
- squeeze half of a lime into a cup
- add water and ice if you like it cold
- and enough stevia to sweeten it to your taste.
Start with a wee bit and then add, it's easy to over do it.
Enjoy! And have a lovely afternoon~