I used to love garlic dough balls so had a play around with a low carb breadstick recipe and voila, low carb and gluten free alternative to dough balls. Slathered with some garlic butter and yum! Yummy, tell me more Diva…
This is made from a herb and is probably as natural a sweetener as you can get. It is however, very, concentrated and you only need to use a very small amount of it. For example, an amount the size of a sesame seed is equivalent to a teaspoon of sugar.
It is puzzling or even frustrating, why Stevia, should have faced so many restrictions over the years in both America and Europe. Stevia has been used in South America for centuries and even in countries such as Japan. For those of you who want to cut sugar from your diet, using an all-natural, no calories sweetener, Stevia could well be for you. Stevia is a natural sweetener, 30-100 times sweeter than sugar. The part used is the leaf. There is no after-taste and it is both safe and non-toxic according to Japanese research.
Stevia also inhibits the growth of the bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay, and in many countries it is used in oral-hygiene products. Less known, is the ability of water-based stevia concentrate to help heal skin problems, including acne, dermatitis and eczema.
Stevia is also high in chromium, (which helps to stabilise blood sugar levels), manganese, potassium, selenium, silicon, sodium and vitamin A. It also contains iron, niacin, phosphorus, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamin C, and zinc.
I would recommend that you research Stevia and the history of it and why it is not as readily available as sugar and make your own conclusions.
I buy mine from my organic health store since this is certaintly not available in supermarkets….!
Erythritol is a natural sugar subsitute which occurs naturally in fruits and mushrooms. It is up to 70% sweet as normal sugar but has virtually no calories, very low on carbs, does not affect your blood sugar, has a low GI index and does not cause tooth decay. It looks like the normal granulated stuff though. Interesting, tell me more Diva..
Honey is another wonder found in the kitchen that can be used in the bathroom. It has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It helps reduce inflamation and redness so it great for acne treatment. Use organic honey for the best results. Tell me more Diva..
Another use for the yummy strawberry. It can be eaten, put into a foot scrub, as part of a face mask and also as an ingredient to help whiten your teeth. The reason for this is the malic acid that helps to remove surface discolouration. Combined with my favourite product, baking soda, strawberries become a natural teeth stain remover! It is a fast, cheap and natural way to brighten your smile. Although giving me something sparkly would achive the same bright smile…. Tell me more Diva…
This is great on dry skin and can also be used to sooth suburned skin. For days when you have overdone it at the pool or beach. Tell me more Diva..
Use Orange Glass Cleaner to polish any glass or mirror to a lovely finish and shine. This is great on stubborn stains and you can enjoy the pleasant aroma too — which makes it seem like you’re not cleaning at all. (Well almost). Tell me more Diva…
Change your chemical laden and overpriced dishwasher detergent for a more natural homemade detergent. It is very easy to make and cleans just as well! Tell me more Diva..
The summer in Dubai will soon be over and although we have many months of outdoor freedom infront of us, it also means the return of those pesky insects. They do love to dine on me but rather use those strong insect repellent sprays that leave me coughing and reaching for my asthma pump, I prefer a more natural and effective route. Tell me more Diva..