In the recent survey I did here on the site, I was excited to hear that a lot of you out there were interested in health issues. Being the health nut that I am I love that.
One big health change that I’ve made in the last year is that I’ve given up fake sweeteners and I’ve cut way back on using sugar. Artificial sweeteners (including Splenda) have a lot of suspect ingredients that I refuse to put into my body anymore. You’ll have to do your own research on the issue, but I found I couldn’t continue using artificial sweeteners knowing what I knew. So what’s a girl to do?
Two great alternatives in the sweetener game are Agave Nectar which is great to drizzle on oatmeal or cereal and Stevia. Stevia is the product I use the most and the one I’ll be discussing today. Recently I was sent some wonderful products by NuNaturals and I wanted to share my thoughts on them with you.
The first product I received was NuStevia White Stevia 100 Packets ($9.99)
I love these individual packets of Stevia. I keep these in my purse so I’m never without them. They’re convenient, easy to use and they taste great. Oh and did I mention the fact that Stevia is zero calories?
Pure Liquid Clear Stevia ($11.99)
You can also get liquid Stevia which is the one I get the most use out of. I use this product every single day in my tea. The problem I’ve found with other Stevia products is that they are bitter and therefore an acquired taste for some. The NuNaturals products are not bitter and they taste wonderful. If you are new to Stevia I would recommend this product as your first purchase. It tastes great and blends easily. This will be a staple in my household from now on.
I received this NuStevia Sweetener Stevia Baking Blend($9.99) just in time.
My husband’s birthday was last week and the one thing he loves more than presents is cake (I swear he has the world’s biggest sweet tooth). I decided to swap the sugar in the recipe with the Baking Stevia and see if he noticed. He said the cake tasted amazing and he couldn’t tell a difference at all. I’d say that makes this product a winner wouldn’t you?
Pure Liquid Vanilla Stevia($14.99)
This is a fun product for you coffee drinkers out there. Add a couple of drops of this to your coffee or tea and yummmmm!! Love it.
Pure Liquid Cocoa Bean Extract ($13.99)
If you’re a chocolate lover then you have to try this product. You get all the health benefits without the fat & sugar. Did you know the average 40 gram bar of dark chocolate contains 250 calories and 14 grams of fat? If the chocolate bar uses Dutch processed cocoa, some of the polyphenols will be destroyed. Polyphenols are antioxidants found in plants that many believe have a substantial amount of health benefits. NuNaturals Cocoa Extract contains 15% of the polyphenols and 10% theobromines in Cocoa. You can add this to your favorite beverage or just drop it directly onto your tongue. I like to put a few drops of this in my Rice Milk to create a delicious cup of chocolate milk.
Pure Liquid CoQ10 Max Absorb($25.49)
I’m sure you’ve all noticed that skincare companies like Serious Skin Care and Avalon Organics are creating products with CoQ10. CoQ10 helps protect the tissues and cellular components in the body from free radical damage. In one Mayo Clinic article I read it said studies have shown reduction in fine wrinkles around the eyes with no side effects. Other studies show that application of CoQ10 before sun exposure protects against sun damage. Max Absord is a highly absorbable liquid form of CoQ10. This product is 5 times more absorbable than capsules or tablets. You can either add 20 drops of this product into your favorite food or beverage or add it to your favorite skin creme. I have used it both ways and I love it. I think this is a must have product for you beauty addicts out there.
I’ve tried a lot of Stevia products in the past year, but NuNaturals has to be my favorite one. This is the only non bitter Stevia product that I’ve ever found. If you’re new to Stevia give NuNaturals a try you won’t be disappointed.