In our household we watch what we eat. We do not consume artificial sweeteners - only honey or Stevia. The thing we've found with Stevia is that many on the market are bitter or leave a strange aftertaste.
We received a package of Stevia products from Nu Naturals which included NuStevia Prebiotic Blend, Pure Liquid Stevia in plain, vanilla, orange, lemon and peppermint flavors and a bag of Tagatose.
"Our NuStevia products are 100% Natural, and DO NOT contain Aspartame, Saccharin, Sucralose, high-fructose corn syrup, Sugar, or any kind of articifical sweeteners/colors. They have "0" calories and are consistent in QUALITY that you expect from NuNaturals! Our products are not altered or produced through genetic engineering. Stevia is derived from sustainable agriculture assisting in making a healthy Earth."
Curious to see how we utilized them in our household? Read on!
Recently we had the flu blow through our home. While we were recuperating, it was wonderful to brew ONE plain pot of Rooibos tea and let my crowd of 6 choose their own flavor. Lemon, Vanilla, Orange or Peppermint liquid Stevia.
While we have our individual favorites, I must say all the flavors are very good and *real* tasting. I was pleased to find out that the Orange tastes like a real orange and not that funky 'circus peanut / children's aspirin orange' flavor!!!!
|Tea with NuNaturals flavored Stevia|
New to the USA! Tagatose is a naturally-occurring sweetener found in milk, fruits and vegetables. It's lactose free, will not raise blood sugar levels, low calorie (6 calories/serving), low Glycemic index, and low in carbohydrates. Additionally it contains a prebiotic ingredient that helps feed probiotic bacteria that benefits the digestive tract.
I had never heard of Tagatose before. So, after looking it over, giving a good sniff and a little taste on my finger, I decided it was pretty darn good and no nasty after taste.
Picking up my recipe for Simple Spritz cookies, I easily made the substitution.
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar (I USED 1/2 CUP TAGATOSE)
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cup flour
My cookies turned out beautifully and tasted great! No one noticed any difference!
Next, we tried the Tagatose in our apple puree which was the first step in making apple fruit leathers.
I normally make my fruit leathers with a little honey and dry them a little longer than usual. The Tagatose blended well with the apple puree and did not change the consistency.
|Waiting patiently to try the fruit leathers with Tagatose!|
|Yummy! Fruit leathers are finished and taste great!|
The final product? Two thumbs up!!! (And again, no one noticed the difference!)
We were very pleased with these products from NuNaturals and would not hesitate to buy from them in the future.
As a special offer to Homeschool Circus readers, you can use DISCOUNT CODE; BLG1212 at the check out and receive a 15% DISCOUNT on your ENTIRE ORDER until December 31, 2012. And, receive free shipping on all orders $35 or more after discounts.
Interested in trying NuNaturals new flavors for yourself? Four blessed winners will win one bottle EACH of the Lemon / Orange / & Peppermint Flavored Stevia Liquids!
Disclosure: I received the above Stevia products to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.