It has recently become a tradition in my house for my mom and I to visit our local farmer's market every Saturday morning.
As lame as it may sound, I get genuinely excited to sample the fare and find new products.
I know this is unusual for most 18 year olds- but I embrace my interests, no matter how different they may be.
Zen Cat Bakery usually receives most of my spending money whenever it has a booth at the market.
And of course I always buy a ton of produce.
I mainly frequent the farmer's market during summer because of the availability of affordable organic fruits and veggies. It is so much cheaper than at the grocery store! Plus I like to support local farmers.
When I was at the market last week, there was a woman selling Stevia plants.
I had never considered growing my own (or even realized that I could use the leaves rather than the powder or liquid that you see for sale).
But now that I have tried the whole-foods version, I don't wanna go back!
I like the taste of natural, raw Stevia better. It doesn't contain fillers like erythritol or dextrose.
And it sure beats the price of the store-bought stuff!
I first tried the leaves in this recipe, and was very pleased with the result.
(A little goes a long way!)
If you can find a Stevia plant to buy, I highly recommend doing so.
- 1 small apple
- 1 cup kale (chopped)
- 1/2 cup sliced cucumber
- 1 tsp. fresh ginger
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 cup sparkling water
- 2 raw stevia leaves (or stevia extract- to taste)
- Blend all ingredients on high speed until smooth (strain if desired)
|Nutritional info is for unstrained juice|
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