Friday, September 13, 2013

Fitness Friday-Subtitutions

***Disclosure-Sample product was received.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

SweetLeaf Stevia.  Stevia is a natural, non-GMO, certified organic, zero calorie, carb and glycemic index sweetener. Sweetleaf has a liquid stevia line with 17 delicious flavors, including seasonal flavors like peppermint, Cinnamon and hazelnut. You can add these to smoothies and coffee and while cooking to add sugar-free flavor and sweetener. This product provides a sweetener solution safe for diabetics, people watching their weight, and anyone embracing clean eating.

Sweet Drops™
SweetLeaf® Liquid Stevia Sweet Drops™, made with stevia leaf extract and natural flavors, can be added to foods or beverages – from yogurt to oatmeal, water to coffee, sauces to smoothies – for sweet, sugar-free flavor. The drops are available in 17 flavors and come in a convenient dropper bottle. A little Sweet Drops flavor goes a long way, making every bottle an impressive, and tasty, value.

My thoughts-I am always looking for healthier options.  Clean eating has been a big challenge for my entire family.  Sugar is one thing I need.  I am so use to everything being sweet and anything without sugar just doesn't taste right to me.  So how can I ask my family to go without?  

I received these sweet drops to sample.  They are gluten free.  I like that they are natural flavors.  I have been using the Hazelnut and the Vanilla Creme to substitute the sugar in my coffee.  The Valencia Orange is great to flavor my water, and the teen seems to like it as well.  I like that they offer a variety of flavors like watermelon, cola, grape, root beer, coconut, lemon drop, berry, chocolate raspberry, chocolate, cinnamon, apricot nectar, peppermint, and English toffee.  With all these options, it shouldn't be hard to get the entire family on board.

If sugar is a big problem with your family, you may need to start add less and less sugar to your favorites.  Or try a substitute like we did.  Whatever works for your family.  In the long run, it will pay off and once your taste buds get use to it you shouldn't have a problem.  We have always been a sweeten everything family but we are learning to adapt and adjust.

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