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1/16/08 12:12 A

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I found Stevia Yay I love it!!!!!!
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1/15/08 10:28 P

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Here is the recipe. My kiddies loved it...I barely got any..LOL!

Quick and Easy Sunflower Seed Granola (from Clean Eating Magazine-Winter 2008)
Serves 12

1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 1/2 cups oatmeal - I used rolled oats
1/4 ground flax seed
1/2 dried cranberries
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
3 tbsp natural peanut butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup agave nectar

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix evenly unitl blended.

2. Press mixture in a baking pan and bake for 40 minutes.

Calories 234, Fat 13g, Carbs 25.5g, Fiber 9g, Protien 7.5g, Sodium 52 mg.

Warning: this is so good...almost addicting. Enjoy!


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1/15/08 7:45 P

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i recently bought agave nectar for the first time. i love it! i've used it in place of honey on a piece of peanut butter bread, and in my quinoa/steel cut oats breakfast. it's a little bit thinner than oatmeal, but i haven't found that to be a problem yet.
i love the fact that it doesn't cause a spike in blood sugar.
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1/15/08 11:23 A

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WOW! I didn't think that this would be such a popular topic! Thank you all for your feedback and help. What is Stevia and sucanat?

I am going to pick up some agave nectar at the store and give it a try.

I am really loving the eating clean book. It feels so good to be eating healthy now, and I am starting to feel a difference in my body.

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1/15/08 5:51 A

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No I reallly can not believe it because it seems to be everywhere. I went looking for a website that may have a locator for you and I found this article. Anyone have any thoughts on it?
http://stevia.com/SteviaArticle.asp?ID=8
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1/15/08 12:53 A

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Can you believe it ?
I cannot find Stevia anywhere!!!! Whats up with that??? Tina H.





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1/13/08 10:01 P

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I just picked up some Sucanat (at Target) yesterday. Haven't tried it yet. Does it work as a good sugar substitute for baking?

I also use Stevia to sprinkle on top of my oatmeal or add a bit of sweetness to a protein shake. With stevia, a little bit goes a long way. About 1/3 packet works for me.



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1/13/08 5:51 P

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I am glad someone posted about this! My husband just bought some for our tea (it goes especially well in yerba mate!!) and I wasn't sure on how healthy it could be. We already use very few sweetners anyway.

Do you guys track it when you use it? My bottle doesn't have any nutritional information. I only ever use about a tsp a day though.

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1/13/08 3:38 P

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I got some agave nectar yesterday and added a little bit to a salad dressing. I really like the flavor!

Now I'm wondering - if I wanted to use it as a substitute for brown sugar (in a marinade), what ration should I use. It seems sweeter, so I think a 1:1 would be too much. Anyone have experience with using it as a substitute???

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1/12/08 10:41 P

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I will try the health food store tomorrow thanks. Tina H.





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1/11/08 10:09 P

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I have not tried all of the sweetners so as far as taste I can not give an opinion. I can tell you that nutritionists recommend agave nectar as it is considered to be the best one for you. Second in line is stevia. They can both be found at health food stores; but I have even seen stevia at walmart.

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1/11/08 5:38 P

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I have tried almost every kind of natural sweetener out there: Stevia, Sucanat, organic unrefined sugar, brown rice syrup, vegetable glycerin, agave nectar, xylitol, molasses, concetrated fruit sweetener, and honey. And probably something else I'm fogetting.

It's hard to say which is best, it all depends on what you are using it for. Stevia is great to sprinkle on things or put in your coffee or tea. You can cook with it, but it is best mixed with another sweetener like vegetable glycerin or xylitol.

Xylitol is good because it has a 1:1 ratio for sugar. Although, it isn't that sweet, so I usually add a little Stevia.

One of my favorite things to do is alter recipes with natural sweetners. I'm always making something up in the kitchen. If anyone has any questions about sweetners, feel free to ask me.

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1/10/08 10:58 P

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Okay LROD... I'm gonna hit you up for that recipe too! Could you post it? My kids love granola, and I just can't feed them the standard stuff anymore!

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1/10/08 10:52 P

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The cool thing is a little goes a long way.

Laura :)


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1/10/08 10:50 P

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That recipe sounds divine! I just picked up some agave nectar at the health food store for the Clean Eating Magazine's recipe "Sunflower Seed Granola".

I really like the nectar and it's low GFI. The recipe is so yummy and my kiddies are loving it too!

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1/10/08 10:40 P

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Thanks! This sounds almost exactly like what I already do - except I don't put as much mustard in and I don't sweeten it with anything. I can't wait to mix it up a little bit!

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1/10/08 10:35 P

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Agave-Dijon Dressing
Skinny Bitch in the Kitch page 153

1/4c agave nectar
1/4c dijon mustard
2/3c extra virgin olive oil
1/4c balsamic vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
2 cloves garlic, minced finely
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl; store up to 1 month in the fridge.

I went to the grocery store and accidentally picked up a non-vegan salad dressing but I needed one and didn't have the time to walk to walk back so I looked in the book to see if there was any I could make with what I had at home. I absolutely loved it and my uncle (who is a professional chef) said it was only second to his roasted sesame dressing.

Edited by: LAURAZLSK at: 1/10/2008 (22:36)
Laura :)


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1/10/08 10:07 P

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Hey - in the Eating Clean Cookbook, Tosca Reno recommends a natural sweetener called SUCRANAT (I think that's how it's spelled.) Has anyone tried this? I haven't had a chance to get to the Health Food store since I read about it.

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MORTHIAN,
Do you mind posting that recipe??? I LOVE salads always love to try something new!

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1/10/08 9:16 P

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An easier way to remember it is that tequila is made from it if is processed and distilled. Agave is super abundant in Mexico --- lots of agave nectar packaging is done in Texas. It has a similar consistency to honey but not grainy like honey can get sometimes. Many larger grocery stores are carrying it - just ask. Because you need less... price isn't that bad.

I got my dad to replace his artificial sweeteners in his tea with this. I told him the benefits and about the crap in artificial sweeteners while he about to fix his tea and he asked to try it -- he loved it.

I bake and cook with it. I also use it to make sports gels (see Brendan Brazier's "The Thrive Diet") and salad dressings. "Skinny Bitch in the Kitch" has an Agave-Dijon Dressing that is to die for!

Edited by: LAURAZLSK at: 1/10/2008 (21:21)
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LILACWATERS's Photo LILACWATERS Posts: 2,335
1/9/08 7:43 P

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They also have barley malt syrup, beet sugar, date sugar, and molasses...Just be sure you are buying 100% pure, organic products





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I haven't tried agave nectar yet. I use stevia in my coffee and sometimes in oatmeal.

I use brown rice syrup in recipes like granola and muffins. It works great.

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I'm curious abt the agave nectar as well and found this website for a free sample (with a Bonus Oprah/Dr. Oz video) as understand it is a bit pricey.



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I love Agave and I also use stevia now. Primarily use agave for cooking with.

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I love Agave Nectar. It is kinda like a light honey. We alternate between that, honey, and 100% maple syrup for things like pancakes, breads, etc. It is really good for you! I found it at a Health Food Store.

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I love Stevia. At first I had difficulty using it because it has a slight licorice taste (and I don't like licorice) but I got used to it. Normally I buy it in the dropper bottle (for tea) but found it in the small packets on Saturday.

Have you cooked baked goods with it? I'm wondering if I can use it to make merienges (?sp)

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Where do you buy Stevia? I have not been able to find it... Thanks ..Tina H.





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Ive not used Agave Nectar, but I use Stevia (liquid clear stevia) -- My teens are even using it in their oatmeal now!

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You are very welcome..





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I found it at Meijers. It was by the regular sugar.
It is in a plastic bottle and The brand name is ..

WHOLESOME ; organic raw blue agave.

I hope that helps. You could also try a health food store.. good luck....Tina H.





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Where do you find this nectar?

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I don't use agave nectar, but I do use honey or maple syrup -- 100% maple syrup. A bit pricey, but worth the price

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Here's what I could find on AGAVE NECTAR; This high-nutrient sweetener can actually be beneficial to your health. it doesn't contain any processed chemicals, and the raw version (completely unprocessed) contains vitamins and minerals. Because it absorbs slowly into the bloodstream, agave nectar doesn't have a significant impact on blood sugar levels. It can be used in place of sugar in any product or recipe. ( I have some I put in my hot tea and its pretty darn good. Have a great night.....Tina

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I am thinking of trying Agave Nectar as a sugar substitute. Do you like it? What other sugar substitutes do you use (organic/natural)?

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