Like many of you who are following the Trim Healthy Mama eating plan or a low-glycemic or low-carb diet, the sweetener aspect of eating this way has been a bit tricky for me. And I do love sweet treats. ♥
When Trim Healthy Mama was originally written, the authors recommended NuNaturals Pure Stevia Extract as one of the best stevia products to use with their plan because of its purity and taste.
Unfortunately, in April 2013, NuNaturals changed the formulation of their Pure Stevia product. My family couldn't get used to the change in taste and level of bitterness...and we're not very fussy.
People can grow their own stevia plants, and dehydrate and grind up the leaves, but it will still have an unusual aftertaste that takes some time to get used to.
When the NuNaturals version of stevia was no longer an option my family could use, we chose to use several other stevia/erythritol options...but didn't really love any of them. If our bodies could have tolerated xylitol, we would have used that, too. We weren't too happy about using Truvia, because it's most likely made with GMO corn products, and it is highly processed. :(
Over the last year, we have anxiously been awaiting the new Trim Healthy Mama Stevia products. I'm very excited to let you know that these products are now available!
Pearl and Serene sent me some of their new sweeteners so I could give them a try.
THM Stevia sweeteners are available in three different varieties, for various uses:
How is THM Pure Stevia best used?
It contains a tiny "doonk" (spoon) to sprinkle very small amounts of stevia in your foods and beverages.
Based on my 15 months of experience in using stevia products, the THM Pure Stevia would best be used by adding it to beverages and anything needing sweetened but not needing the bulking action of sugar.
For example, I wouldn't use this as the only sweetener in most baked goods (cakes, cookies, etc.), but it could be used in combination with the other THM sweeteners (THM Erythritol or THM Sweet Blend) in baked goods.
When opening the bag of THM Pure Stevia, tap it on your counter a few times. Then, zip the seal before opening the bag, because the powder likes to "plume" a little when first opened. You’ll find a tiny spoon (1/32 of a tsp.) inside the pouch. This is your “doonk” spoon. When adding the powder to your drink or recipe with your doonk, turn spoon downward and gently tap it on the side of your glass or bowl as you empty it out. This will allow the stevia to flow out of the spoon.
Don’t put the doonk back in the pouch, as you’ll have to dig around in the white powder to find it. Find your doonk its own special home somewhere else in your kitchen. ☺
THM Erythritol can be used alone or combined with THM Pure Stevia in recipes. It provides the "bulking" action in recipes that need 1 cup of sweetener, for example, so the THM Erythritol is great for baking!
You can also combine THM Erythritol with THM Pure Stevia to make your own homemade "Truvia"; see directions on the chart below for the "Homemade Sweet Blend Recipe".
There are many stevia blends on the market, but unfortunately, the majority of them use fillers that won’t do your health or waistline any favors. Stevia that is blended with sugar, dextrose, fructose, or maltodextrin can raise your blood sugar and slow weight loss.
Stevia takes a while to get used to using, for most people. Keep in mind that if you have never used stevia extract or stevia products, there will be a period of adjustment to the taste...although the THM Stevia is far better tasting than anything else I've used so far!
For my own family, it took us 6-8 weeks to adjust to the taste of foods made with NuNaturals stevia so that we couldn't taste the "aftertaste" anymore. Even though the THM Stevia products taste wonderfully, you may possibly have an adjustment period where your body is adjusting away from using sugar as its sweetener source, and switching to using stevia and erythritol exclusively. This is normal.
Also, the THM (Trim Healthy Mama) Stevia sweeteners are definitely sweeter than other stevia products on the market, which is nice! You'll use less of it each time, saving you money in the long run.
I thought it would be helpful to provide you with a THM Sweetener Conversion Chart. This is being shared with the permission of the Trim Healthy Mama authors, Pearl and Serene. Just click on the graphic, below, to download and save/print your own THM Sweetener Conversion Chart:
It's time for a giveaway of THM Stevia products!
To enter this giveaway, please use the Rafflecopter widget below. (Email subscribers may need to click back to the original post to enter this giveaway via the Rafflecopter form.)
Two winners will be selected in this giveaway: one will win a 1 oz. bag of THM Pure Stevia Extract, and the second winner will win a 1 lb. bag of THM Sweet Blend!
The giveaway ends on Friday, April 11th, 2014 at midnight (Pacific time)...
...and please read the requirements, below, for entering this giveaway. ☺ I will be validating the winning entries to make certain they are legitimate entries. U.S. entries only, please. Thanks!
Entrants must be 18 years or older; only U.S. residents are eligible to enter this giveaway.
I received two bags of THM stevia for review, but was not compensated financially in any way. The opinions expressed are those of Joy In Our Journey.com and are based solely on experiences while using these sweeteners.
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