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
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
- 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.