NuNaturals Review — tasty Stevia products

I want to try eating better I really do. I try to have my family eat better too. It’s a tough job. We like sweets. What can I say? I’ve considered trying alternative sweetener but, they just don’t taste the same to me. I had heard about Stevia products but have never tried any of them.

NuNaturals offers a variety of Stevia products from white stevia packets, liquid Stevia, baking blends, liquid cinnamon, health supplements, and a whole lot more.

I received a very generous package to sample the NuNaturals products. I tried some myself and also gave some to one of my friends who is dieting and one of my coworkers who is Diabetic to get their take on it as well.  You can use the NuNaturals products to cut down on or eliminate the sugar in recipes or adding to your favorite food or drink. 

One product I really found myself using a lot was the Pure Liquid Cocoa Bean Extract. First of all, the flavor was pleasant. I could put a drop on my finger and taste it.  It really did have a sugar taste in my opinion (and I am not normally a fan of the flavor of alternative sweeteners). This product also has other benefits though.  10 milliliters of this extract has the same amount of the beneficial polyphenols that a chocolate bar has.   What are polyphenols?  Well they are the an anti-oxidant that reduces free radicals (reactions that can cause damage to cells).  Chocolate contains some polyphenols but the NuNaturals Pure Cocoa Bean Extract gives it to you with no fat and no sugar.  I added this to my coffee almost daily since I received it (instead of sugar). 

The Baking mix and many of the white Stevia products work on a 1:1 ratio.  In other words, if the recipe calls for a cup of sugar you substitute a cup of the NuNaturals Baking Mix instead. 

You can use this in any of your own recipes to cut down or eliminate on sugar.  Or, you can check out a few of the 150 recipes on www.nunaturals.com like Sour Cream Bundt cake, Raw vegan soft serve ice cream, Natalia Rose’s Green Lemonade, and lots more. 

I had given my coworker who has Diabetes the Pure liquid Stevia in a plastic bottle, some of the baking mix, and some of the NuStevia white stevia powder packets.  She told me she thought it was similar to some of the other Stevia type products she tried in flavor but it was a pleasant flavor. 

In my personal opinion, it seemed the liquid versions tasted more like sugar to me than the powder version.  It could be all in my head but like i said, it’s my opinion.  The Baking Blend was another favorite.  Very good flavor when I tried it in an apple cinnamon muffin recipe I tried.  The texture and flavor was not much different from when I’ve made the recipe with sugar, the kids didn’t even notice. 

I received such a generous package, I really could go on and on with each product.  The last one I’ll highlight is the Pure Liquid Vanilla Stevia Alcohol free.  This was another product I enjoyed putting in my drinks to add a little flavor.  It has a very smooth and pleasantly sweet Vanilla flavor.  I think this would also be great for some added flavor in a candy or frosting recipe.

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There are so many products that NuNaturals offers.  Stop by their website and check them out.  Also NuNaturals.com is offering FFCM readers a special discount of 15% when you enter code: BLG228 
 at checkout.  You can also get free shipping on their site on order of $35 or over (after discount). This discount code is good until Feb. 28, 2011. 

Review Summary:  NuNaturals products are similar in cost to other sugar alternatives on the market.  I love that  NuNaturals offers such a wide variety of products.  Small products you can stick in your purse to use wherever you go and items to help you bake/cook healthier.  The customer service is friendly and quick to get back to you if you have questions or comments. 

PS:  Be on the look out for a NuNaturals giveaway coming soon!

Can’t wait to try it?  That’s cool, you can request some free samples from NuNaturals by sending a self addressed, stamped #10 envelope to:

NuNaturals , Inc.
2220 West 2nd. Ave. # 1
Eugene, OR 97402

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Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce Review and #Giveaway—CLOSED

 Random.org chose number 2: theladya and number 31 SLS as the winners.  Winners have been emailed and have 24 hrs to reply to winning email.  
***as a side note, please be sure to include a way for me to contact you when entering giveaways.  A number was drawn but there was no contact info: email, twitter id, FB id, for me to contact that person so unfortunately I drew another number.  I really hate to do that but I must have a way to contact***

I had heard about Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce but hadn’t had the opportunity to try it yet. A sauce that you can really use for anything? Well I’d have to try that for myself.

I received two bottles of Original Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce to try.  I have to say that I’m not a fan of the traditional bottled BBQ sauce that you can buy up here in the north.  I don’t know what it is, but I just don’t care for it.  I didn’t know what to expect from this sauce. Would it be salty? tangy? bland? sweet?  I was trying to decide what to make with it.

My 7 yr old has been bugging me since the end of last week to make sloppy joes.  He had to wait until I went to the grocery store to get hamburger buns.  So, I decided today I would go ahead and make him his sloppy joes along with some tater tots.  I thawed some ground turkey (yea that’s right I snuck that in there too).  Went to get the sloppy joe mix and it wasn’t there.  Either I imagined we had it or my toddler carried it off somewhere.  Hard to tell at this point.  My son was disappointed.  Then a light bulb went off, “duh, I could try using the Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce”.  It’s supposed to be all purpose right?

It smelled wonderful as I mixed it in the pan with the browned ground turkey.  I tasted a little bit of the sauce.  It had kind of a sweet, tangy flavor.  Maybe a hint and I mean a small hint of spiciness.

So I served up the sloppy joes and waited for their reaction.  They were eating them.  I didn’t see any noses wrinkle or hear any complaints.  When they were about half done with their sloppy joes I asked them if they liked the taste of the sloppy joes with the County Bob All Purpose Sauce.  They said they did about the same as regular sloppy joe sauce.

I read the label to them as we were eating “hey kids, you can even use this on you tater tots.  My toddler tried this. He’d dip his tater tot, nibble it, dip it again, nibble it, etc etc.  I tried it to and thought it was just as good as using ketchup only with a little different flavor.

County Bob’s All Purpose Sauce uses all natural ingredients.  As I read the ingredients on the label while I chewed my sloppy joe I was pleasantly surprised that I understood each and every ingredient in that bottle.  Simple things like garlic, vinegar, corn starch, etc.  I kinda like to know what I’m eating.

As an added positive for me the bottle is made from plastic, not glass.  My 19 mo old toddler knows how to open the refridgerater door now and worry about him getting at a glass jar.

It was also interesting to see that on the side of the label in smaller print it says “Christ is our CEO” with a little Jesus fish in the phrase.

Review Summary:  This is truly a handy sauce to have around.  Works like ketchup, BBQ sauce, sloppy joe mix, steak sauce, dipping sauce, whatever you need.  Keep a few bottles of this around and save some room in your fridge.

Ok enough about my experience, let’s get you to taste County Bob’s All Purpose Sauce.

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Country Bob’s is offering 2 FFCM readers 2 bottles of their original All Purpose Sauce.  
US only
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1.  Visit Country Bob’s website and tell me one recipe you might like to try if you win.
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6.  Tweet this giveaway using the RT button in the upper left corner of this post OR you can use this phrase:

”  Enter to win 2 bottles of @countrybobs all purpose sauce on http://bit.ly/dQD7sE 2 winners 2/21 US @angiewith3 “

Can tweet 2 X per day at least 2 hrs apart.

Giveaway will end Feb. 21, 2011.  Open to US residents only.  2 winners will be chosen using random.org.  Winners will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to reply to winning email.  If no reply at 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

***I received 2 bottles of Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce to review.  I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post.  Any opinion expressed are my own. ***

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Tropical Traditions Coconut Cream Concentrate Review and #Giveaway 12/10—CLOSED

 RANDOM.ORG DREW NUMBER 97.  CONGRATULATIONS LYNDSEY.  WINNER HAS BEEN CONTACTED VIA EMAIL AND HAS 48 HOURS TO REPLY.

With each product I get to try from Tropical Traditions, the more I become a fan. This review was kind of interesting for me. I started off thinking “what the heck, this product was not what I thought it would be” to “wow this product is what I thought it would be” Let me tell you why, I neglected to seek out the full directions. I know, I know, when all else fails, read the directions right? LOL just kidding. I give hubby a hard time about this all the time. I guess he gets to rub it in for a minute.

Here’s how it went.  I received my generous sized jar of the Coconut Cream concentrate from Tropical Traditions.  I had been wanting to try it.  It seemed like a very versatile products  You can mix it into drinks like coffee or even water to make a coconut flavored drink. You can mix it into your baking and cooking to add a little coconut flavor too.  I thought it would be great to try for some of my holiday baking.

When I got the jar, I noticed that it had separated.  There was a layer of coconut oil on the top and the coconut cream concentrate was on the bottom.  I tried to scoop it out but only kept getting the coconut oil.  The jar said it would separate in temps lower than 75 degrees.  That’s my house like 24/7 365.   At first I was really disappointed.  I thought  “How can I use this stuff?”  So after trying different things on my own, I finally decided to check the Tropical Traditions website.  Well there it was, the video on how to mix the Coconut Cream concentrate.  I felt so silly, I should have gone to the site in the first place. 

So I tried it.  What do you know it worked!

I looked over the recipes on the Tropical Traditions site.  It’s so easy.  You can look at them all or just for the products you’re using.  My kids helped me pick one out.  We decided to try the “Chocolate Coconut Creme Bar” recipe.  It was easy, quick to make, and tasted pretty good.

The Coconut Cream Concentrate melted easily in the pan.

The Chocolate Coconut Creme Bar turned out smooth.  You could definitely taste the coconut flavor in the bar.  I also tried some in my coffee  I was expecting a sweeter coconut flavor but it reminded me more of a toasted coconut type of flavor.  Something like a macaroon.  My family tried the Chocolate Coconut Creme Bar and I took some to work.  I heard several comments that it tasted like a mounds bar without the flakes of the coconut. 

Once I figured out how to use the product I loved it.  If there was one suggestion I might have, it would be to have some quick directions on the side for how to mix it.

Plus  from now until Nov. 28 you can get $10 off any order of $16 or more.  Use code: 24110
If you order I’d so appreciate it you’d use my referral ID: 6162177

GIVEAWAY
Tropical Traditions is going to give one of my readers their own jar of Coconut Cream Concentrate to try for themselves.  Open to US and Canada.
Mandatory EntryFollow Tropical Traditions on twitter: @troptraditions 
Must be completed before any bonus entries will count.  Don’t forget to leave an email address so I can 
contact you if you win.    
Bonus Entries:  Please leave a separate comment for each bonus entry completed.  If there is a +1 after the entry leave one comment for that entry.  +2 leave 2 comments for that entry and so on.  

1.  Sign up for Tropical Traditions email newsletter (+2)

2. Like Tropical Traditions on facebook (+1)

3. Tell me what recipe you might like to try with your Coconut Cream Concentrate if you win (+1)

4.  Tweet this giveaway using the RT button in the upper Left corner OR you can use this message:

”  I entered to win a jar of Coconut Cream Concentrate from @troptraditions on http://bit.ly/TTcream 12/10 US/CAN @angiewith3″

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7.  Like FFCM on facebook (+1)

8.  Enter any of my other current giveaways and leave a comment telling me which one(s) you entered  (+1 for each one)

9.  Purchase anything from Tropical Traditions with my referral ID:  6162177   (+5)

Giveaway will end 12/10 at 10 PM EST.  1 winner will be chosen using random.org.  Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond to winning email. Open to US and Canada

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. 

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Find recipes and video how-to’s on Kraft Delicious Days

Have you ever looked at a pound of hamburger and thought “What the heck am I gonna make for dinner today?” I know I have. I get tired of making the same things with hamburger. Hamburgers, chili, porcupines, stuffed peppers, stuffed cabbage, spaghetti and meatballs, blah blah blah.

I get so excited when a friend gives me a new, easy and/or quick recipe. Well, AOL and Kraft Foods created “Delicious Days”. Kraft Delicious Days has new weekly content, videos, and featured articles to help me find a great recipe.

You’ll find recipes (like for ground hamburger for instance) like these:

Or these:

Cheesy mini-burgers

While you’re there you can also enter to win The Delicious Home Make Over Sweepstakes for $2,500 towards a kitchen or dining room makeover: 

All this talk about food is making me hungry.  It doesn’t help that I just came across a recipe for this too on the site: 

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Honeyed Walnuts

Think about whipping that out on the table instead of a traditional pumpkin pie.  I’m thinking about it. 

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