Amaranth: Efficient Native Grain

Amaranth is an ancient plant whose seeds can be ground or popped — they have a sweet, nutty flavor. The ancient Aztecs considered Amaranth a “super food”. It was an important part of the empire’s crop base, and was fed to runners and warriors because of its reputation for providing large bursts of energy and improving athletic performance.

Efficient Sweetener: Stevia

Stevia is a herb native to Paraguay whose leaves are extremely sweet. In fact they are 10-15 times as sweet as table sugar, and refined extracts are 200-300 sweeter than sugar. I can’t abide artificial sweeteners, but I use Stevia to make lemonade, and it tastes great. It takes just one dash of the extract to sweeten an entire pitcher. …