A Miracle Berry is a truly miraculous way to sweeten Vitamix Recipes without adding sweeteners of ANY Kind! Would you like to make a smoothie that tastes like you added sugar, but has NO sugar, NO dates, NO agave, NO artificial sweeteners, NO stevia, NO honey, NOTHING but the addition of an ingredient (think fruit) that is at least partially sour?
Everyone knows that it is good to eliminate or cut way back on sugars, high glycemic foods, and especially artificial sweeteners. Stevia doesn’t affect blood sugar adversely, but many people detect a bitter aftertaste because they use too much, or they are “supertasters“. How many carbs and calories do you think you could eliminate if you never had to use high glycemic fruits, or sweeteners of any kind in your smoothies?
Enter the amazing Miracle Berry – a little known, but soon-to-be-famous alternative to sweeteners of all kinds!
The Miracle Berry is Not Added To Recipes, Or Swallowed Directly. It is rubbed all over your tongue, which changes the way your taste buds react to sour foods – sour suddenly becomes amazingly sweet! When your tongue is “numb” to sour, you can eat a lemon and love it! Strawberries taste so sweet it will blow your mind! Cranberries can be eaten straight out of the bag!
With a Miracle Berry sour foods become your sweetener in recipes! You can take any smoothie recipe, add a sour fruit from the list below, and the sour fruit will be your sugar substitute! The stronger the sour taste, the greater the sweetening effect. So if, for example, you try sweetening your smoothie with blackberries, and it isn’t sweet enough, consider adding lemon juice, or even tart strawberries!
Here is an incomplete list of various foods, and how they change after altering your taste buds with a Miracle Berry:
Lemon – like candy
Cranberries – like sweet tarts!
Lime – like limeade
Orange – like it was picked from the Garden of Eden
Grapefruit – like you added spoons full of sugar
Strawberry – will blow your mind, think “strawberry milkshake”
Sour Apple – won’t give you the puckers
Grapes – Much sweeter!
Pineapple – greatly improves the flavor of pineapples that were picked too green.
Blackberries – can eat them plain and ENJOY it!
Blueberries – raw tastes like you’re eating them out of a muffin
Raspberries – sweeter than usual
Pickles – sour pickles taste like “Gherkins”
Dry Wines – taste like port or dessert wines
Beer – effect depends on how sour the beer is to start with, sour beers turn sweet!
Sour Cream – adds a hint of sweetness
Blue Cheese – “salty, a little sweet, looses the bitter”
Ketchup – MUCH sweeter
Mustard – tastes like honey mustard
Apple Cider Vinegar – tastes like Balsamic Vinegar
BBQ sauce – tastes like a sugary version
Hot Peppers – don’t burn (but I haven’t tried this personally, its just what I’ve read online).
The effect of Miracle Berries lasts anywhere from half an hour to two hours depending on how much you use, and your individual chemistry. Most people get a great result from half of a Miracle Berry tablet (saves you money). I can get 3 uses from one Miracle Berry tablet! You can also buy the actual Miracle Fruit Berries, they supposedly have a stronger effect, but they don’t store as long as the tablets. You can also buy, and grow a Miracle Berry plant at home, but they require acidic soil, no additional fertilizers, and attention to watering. This is what I buy because you save money on each individual tablet when you buy 2.
I have to hide the Miracle Berries at home, because my boys want to use them all of the time! A “Miracle Berry Tasting Party” is always a blast – your friends will remember, and talk about it for years to come!
Here is a recipe that perfectly illustrates how you can create a COMPLETELY SWEETENER-FREE recipe that tastes like you added Sugar!
1) Place one peeled lemon in the Vitamix Container.
2) Add greens of your choice – if you aren’t used to adding greens, less is better. If you eliminate the greens, this is a sugar-free lemonade!
3) Add water to the 1 cup line if you like your smoothie a bit thick, if you like it thinner, add water to the 2 cup line.
4) Add about a cup of ice.
5) The little red tablet in the picture is a Miracle Berry (this brand).
The white stuff in the mason jar is Glucomannan Powder. I added a 1/2 of a teaspoon to the recipe. I used Glucomannan Powder in this recipe to keep the greens from separating, and floating to the top. A good smoothie always includes a fruit that is high in soluble fiber such as banana, papaya, peach, pear, or avocado. Glucomannan Powder can be a calorie-free way to replace a high-in-soluble-fiber fruit. Glucomannan is powdered, soluble fiber, and it works as a tasteless emulsifier and thickener. Glucomannan powder has MANY health benefits! I will be doing a product review of Glucomannan Powder soon, but in the meantime, take a look at the product reviews on Amazon.
Have you tried Miracle Berries? Do you have any questions about them? Please leave a comment below!
By Lea Ann Savage – Copyright 2015
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