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NuNaturals Stevia Giveaway!

Welcome to the NuNaturals Stevia Giveaway! I am really excited about this giveaway because stevia is the only non-caloric sweetener I am down with. Aspartame, acesulfame K, sucralose, and all that other junk is bad. Half of them are banned in Europe, and yet America doesn’t seem to care about the studies that link them to cancer. Not to mention they make you bloat like a mother no other. Certain sugar alcohols do appear to be relatively harmless, but as far as low calorie sweeteners go, stevia is currently the best bet. It is a natural plant extract from the rebiana plant. In fact, one of my friends grows stevia and puts the leaves in her tea! Extracting the compounds from the leaves makes stevia extract far more potent and sweet, which is why it is so useful for cooking.

In my last post, I said there is no one thing that I say no to, and that is true. However, the number one thing in my diet that I do try to minimize as much as possible is

refined sugar.

Sugar is not your friend. It raises insulin levels which will increase fat storage, cause a spike and drop in energy, and mess with your other hormones, which can lead to far more serious conditions than an energy slump. On top of that, your body does not need refined sugar. All carbohydrates are composed of glucose (sugar) molecules, and your body is completely competent at breaking down the carbohydrates down into those units. Also, our bodies can convert dietary protein into carbohydrates when we need them, so carbohydrates themselves are necessary, but we do not need that much.

In this giveaway, 4 readers will win:

1 bottle of Lemon liquid stevia, 1 bottle of Orange liquid stevia, 1 bottle of Vanilla liquid stevia, and 1 box of stevia powder packets

Also, if anyone wants to order NuNaturals prodcuts online, you can use this code to get 15% off! Code: BLG0612. The code expires June 30th and there is free shipping on orders over 35$!

How to enter:

leave a comment for each of the following…

1 entry for a recipe or informational post you would like me to blog

1 entry for tweeting this giveaway link with an @NuNaturals and @wholewheatrbust

2 entries for re-blogging this giveaway

2 entries for Facebooking this giveaway

1 entry for a link to your favorite recipe

The winners will be announced on Wednesday, June 13th!

I use the vanilla stevia in my plain greek yogurt to make it delicious and in most of my baked goods. As for the lemon and orange flavored stevia bottles, I mainly use them for drinks, but there are several muffin recipes on this blog that utilize lemon and orange flavors. Here is some inspiration:

Refreshing, Sugar Free Lemonade

  • 2 handfuls ice
  • grated lemon zest from 1 lemon
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 dropper lemon stevia
  • 2-3 cups water, to taste
  • optional: handful frozen blueberries

Directions – Combine all the ingredients in a tall glass or pitcher and stir! Enjoy.

Orange Coriander Oat Bran Muffins

Adapted from Cake Batter and Bowl

Recipe: Makes 8-12 muffins

Dry ingredients -

  • 1 1/4 cup oat bran
  • 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp coriander
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • handful raisins

Wet ingredients -

  • 2 droppers NuNaturals Orange liquid stevia (or 1/4 cup more sugar)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • the zest of one small orange
  • the juice of two oranges (about 2/3 cup)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 1 egg

Toppings -

  • sprinkle rolled oats
  • sprinkle of sunflower seeds
  • shake of cinnamon

Directions – Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and the wet in a separate bowl. Mix. Pour the wet over the dry and mix with a spatula until just combined. Pour into a baking muffin tin. Sprinkle rolled oats, sunflower seeds, and cinnamon on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes.

NuNaturals Stevia Giveaway!

I am a huge fan of stevia. I have tried almost every brand out there and I can honestly say that NuNaturals is the best. Most other brands have a bitter aftertaste or just taste a lil’ funky. NuNaturals is also the only brand I have been able to easily bake with. Their Baking Blend can be used in the same amounts as sugar, so you don’t have to do any crazy conversions or substitutions.

Why not just use sugar? Because the body doesn’t need it! Yes, it is true that our brains can only use glucose, but that is what carbohydrates (fruit, veg, rice, bread, etc) are made of. Straight up refined sugar is not nutritionally necessary and can have many negative effects on the body, like raising blood sugar, spiking insulin, causing insulin resistance, obesity, and diabetes. Furthermore, your cells can convert dietary protein (and lactate, pyruvate, and the glycerol backbone of fat) to glucose, which is why you don’t die on Atkins.

Stevia can be found in my recipes for raw blueberry cheesecake, nutty bars, skinny margaritas, yogurt pops, blackberry pecan muffins, and more.

However, I know stevia is pretty expensive, especially the liquid kind, so I am super excited to announce that…

4 Whole Wheat or Bust readers will win a box of 50 stevia packets and a bottle of NuNaturals [famous] vanilla liquid stevia!

I rarely enter blog giveaways, but I always do when its stevia or protein powder. I recommend you hop on this gravy train. It’s eazay:

1. One entry for commenting with a recipe you would like to see featured or ‘healthified’ on the blog.

2. One entry for commenting with a suggestion for something you would like to see more and/or less of on Whole Wheat or Bust (like workouts, personal information, specific types of recipes, health facts, news, photos, posts in general).

3. One, two, or three entries for posting about this giveaway on your blog, facebook, and/or twitter. Just make sure you leave a separate comment for each!

4. One entry for telling me something health related that you want to learn more about. (For example, B vitamins, the female athlete triad, the insulin index, dietary cholesterol…)

Also, NuNaturals has kindly offered to send you free samples of their NuStevia Packets if you send a self-addressed, stamped, # 10 envelope to them at:

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

Anddd, Whole Wheat or Bust readers get  a special  15% discount and free shipping on orders over 35$ on online orders at www.nunaturals.com ! At the checkout page, enter the code BLG930.

The giveaway ends in 10 days, on August 18th, 2011!

Woo, that was a mouthful! I hope you all enter the giveaway and have a wonderful Monday!

Warm Gingerbread Oatmeal

I forgot to mention in my original post yesterday that I am having my first giveaway!! While I was at Foodbuzz fest, I visited the Foodzie table at the Tasting Pavilion. Basically, for 20$ a month, Foodzie will send you a “tasting box” full of unique and delicious products. EVERYTHING that I sampled from them was downright delicious. Foodzie contacted me and offered to give two of my readers a free tasting box! Giveaway ends Sunday at 10pm Pacific time!

How to enter: Go to yesterday’s post and…

1. One entry for commenting saying that you want to win a free box of delicious goodies!

2. One entry for commenting with a recipe you would like to see me make or “healthify.”

3. Two entries for mentioning this giveaway on your blog!

Now, as I promised, I have an amazing gingerbread oatmeal recipe for you.

I needed to break out of the yogurt-muffin and pumpkin-oatmeal rut. While perusing Love of Breakfast, I saw that she made gingerbread oatmeal. Why didn’t I think of that? Pure genius! I decided to base my recipe off of my Ginger Teff cookies and it turned out amazingly. It tastes just like gingerbread; perfect for the holidays! And it isn’t just sweet, it has a bit of spice and kick to it as well.

Warm Gingerbread Oatmeal

Recipe: Serves solamente uno

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup milk

1 tbsp maple syrup or molasses

lots of fresh grated ginger

pinch cloves

small pinch mustard powder

shake of cinnamon

1 tbsp coconut butter

shredded coconut

Directions- Microwave the oats, water, milk, and spices for about 90 seconds. Stir and top with the maple syrup, coconut butter, and shredded coconut. Enjoy!

Benefits:

Oats * A slow digesting carbohydrate that will keep you full for longer and not spike your blood sugar because of its high fiber content! Also contains potassium, phosphorous, pantothenic acid, and magnesium.

Coconut * coconut gets a bad rap because of its saturated fat content, but its fatty acids are mainly medium-chain triglycerides, not long-chain. The long-chain triglycerides are bad for our cholesterol levels, but coconut has been shown to improve cholesterol levels. Animal studies suggest that medium-chain triglycerides can increase metabolism.