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Monday, August 23, 2010

Sparkling Punch

Sparkling Punch
Makes 1 large punchbowl full

2 liters unsweetened organic apple cider
2 liters carbonated water
2 large oranges
2 lemons
6 oz fresh lemon juice
1 c xylitol or 2 1/2 tsp liquid stevia
2 trays ice cubes

Thinly slice the lemons and the oranges and place in a large punch bowl.  Pour in the lemon juice, seltzer water and apple cider. Add natural sweetener to taste.  Lightly stir to combine.  Add ice last and serve.



Can you tell me if the product on the market called Stevia in the raw is healthy or not? I now use Xylitol but it is a lot more costly than this one.

Healing Cuisine by Elise

Hi optiwizard_cls -- great question. I recommend avoiding Stevia In The Raw. If you read the ingredients, you'll see it contains more than stevia. Dextrose is actually the main ingredient, which is a chemically created sugar that comes from GMO corn. When purchasing stevia, the only ingredient should be stevia. You can get some great blends of stevia and xylitol or stevia and organic vegetable glycerin which make the stevia easier to bake and cook with. I recommend the Stevita Stevia brand. Their xylitol blend is called: Stevita Supreme. Their vegetable glycerin blend: Spoonable Stevia. These are what I use in all of my recipes, as well as pure liquid.

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