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.

GIVEAWAY
Country Bob’s is offering 2 FFCM readers 2 bottles of their original All Purpose Sauce.  
US only
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Bonus Entries: Please leave a separate comment for each entry completed.
1.  Visit Country Bob’s website and tell me one recipe you might like to try if you win.
2.  Follow Country Bob’s on twitter: @countrybobs
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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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Storyland Yoga Review

When I had a little more time on my hands, I used to love to do Yoga at home. So many benefits like relaxation, increasing flexibility, and muscle one, just to name a few.

I had found some kid’s yoga programs on our free pay per view.  They really enjoyed doing them.  We would do them together as a family.  The only problem was that with the free pay per view, the titles are only on there for so long.

I had the opportunity to review Storyland Yoga from PlayfulPlanetnet.com.  There was two different Yoga session on the DVD.  Condor Trek and Save the Whales.  It’s geared for ages 3-8.  Perfect for me since my two oldest are 7 and 8.  We did the Condor Trek session together.  There is a cute story line to the yoga moves.  There are also little cartoon pictures entered in from time to time.

Now I realize I’m not in the shape I used to be.  I found some of the moves to be rather difficult.  The kids and I just did the best we could.  For instance they had what I know as “the downward dog” position but they increased the difficulty by asking the kids to lift one arm and the opposite leg.  That’s a difficult position to hold.  I suppose after doing this dvd several times they would get the hang of it.

My boys were interested enough that they wanted to do the “Save the Whales” session too.  Here is a pic of them trying to do one of the partner moves.

My boys had fun and it was a nice thing to do together as a family.  I think this DVD will be one that they will pull out and want to do.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.

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SniqueAway for the weekend new site with great hotel prices

As a Bzzagent, I sometimes get the 411 on new sites, products, and services. This one came at a very interesting time for me. I’m in the midst of trying to find what hotel hubby and I want to go to for our anniversary, as well as getting ready to plan our summer vacation.

SniqueAway is a new site with hotel and resort deals daily. Not just any hotels and resorts. I’m not just talking about the normal hotel chains that are in most of our area. In this case it’s top notch hotels and resorts that are deeply discounted for a short period of time.

Pictured above is the Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler British Columbia, Canada.  1 Br Lake view rooms are normally $225/night but from SniqueAway if you book in the next 2 days you can get that same room for only $139.  With complimentary Land Rover shuttle service, 5-10 course tasting menus, warm oil massages, and indoor and outdoor personal training, this is not your run-of-the-mill lodge. 

One of the other deals today (ends in 6 days) is The Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, TX.  A deluxe room is normally $139 but SniqueAway members get the room for $89.  Want a luxury suite?  Luxury suites are normally $775 but not for SniqueAway members for the next 6 days.  Members can get a luxury suite for $485. 

That’s just a couple of current examples.  You can check out the site for yourself by clicking HERE.

***I completed this post from information given to me as a Bzzagent on Bzzagent.com  I did not receive any compensation or products for this post***

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Recycle Bank Rewards Sweetheart Deals only 5 pts this week

Recycle bank is featuring some of their rewards this week featured at only 25 points to redeem. Still more there will be a different “Sweetheart” deal each day that you can redeem for only 5 points. Today’s feature is for $10 off a purchase at FTD.

Sweetheart Deals for Valentine's Day

Browse the rewards and see what you can get for earning easy recycling reward points:

Valentine’s Day Reward Specials

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