A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a representative of Nunaurals Inc. about sampling some of their wonderful stevia products. ( *Nunaturals sent me samples of their products for free and all opinions regarding any of their products I have sampled are entirely mine) Now if you have been following MKA for some time, you know I rarely use any sort of sweetener besides honey or pure sugar...just because I either don't care for the taste or the artificiality of substitutes. This is purely a personal preference of mine. But stevia is different....
Stevia is a natural sugar substitute, derived from the leaves of an herb, and has been found to have negligible effects on blood glucose making it a great alternative to sugar for people who are sensitive to sugar or just want to cut back on sugar in their diets. I will admit to having tried stevia in the past with less than stellar results. Many stevia products can have a bitter aftertaste...but I am thrilled to tell you, all the Nunatural products I have sampled DO NOT!
Why are Nunatural products different from the rest? Because Nunaturals Nustevia is a superior stevia extract without the bitter taste that has been traditionally associated with stevia. Through an all-natural process, the bitter-tastng components are removed and natural flavors are enhanced providing you with the best tasting stevia products available.
When my package arrived, I was very excited to test out the MoreFiber™ Stevia Baking Blend in some of my baked goods. Remember the Easy Apple Spice Muffins I made last week? Well...I made half the muffins with granulated sugar and used the MoreFiber™ Stevia Baking Blend to replace the granulated sugar in the other half. The result made with the MoreFiber™ Stevia Baking Blend was outstanding. While it didn't change the point+ values by replacing the sugar with MoreFiber™ Stevia Baking Blend...it did make wonderful ( almost ) sugar- free muffins ( there is a small amount of brown sugar mixed in with the apples that I left in both batches) . You could not tell the difference between the two batches of muffins in looks or taste. Plus, by using this product, I was able bump up the fiber content considerably! Fiber = happy! :)
|This is an actual muffin made with MoreFiber Stevia Baking Blend...it is also the one pictured in the original post!|
What I love about this product is that it is a one to one ratio for replacement. If the recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar, you can replace it with that much MoreFiber™ Stevia Baking Blend or just do a half cup of sugar and a half cup of MoreFiber™ Stevia Baking Blend . Each serving ( 3/4 TBS ) of MoreFiber™ Stevia Baking Blend has 15 calories and 3 grams of dietary fiber.
Today I made a wonderful fall bread...Spiced Pear Bread. (The recipe will be posted later this week)! In this delicious and super moist quick bread, I replaced half of the sugar with MoreFiber™ Stevia Baking Blend.
|Great texture and taste!|
But I must give props to the other great products Nunaturals has to offer too!
I have been using the Nustevia White Stevia Powder in my tea at night. It dissolves easily in any drink, warm or cold and is perfect for sprinkling on things such as cereal and yogurt. I have shared packets with friends, family and neighbors. Everyone has given this stevia product a big thumbs up. Although I don't usually sweeten my coffee, I have on occasion enjoyed using the Pure Liquid Vanilla Stevia. This product not only sweetens, but adds a touch of pure vanilla flavor to anything you use it in. It is very economical too...as you only need a drop or two because it is concentrated. Since it is alcohol free...it has a very mellow flavor!
After sampling the Nunatural Stevia products...my mind has been changed. I believe in stevia now and you will too!
NOW ON TO THE GIVEAWAY!!
The wonderful people at Nunaturals have generously offered one 50 ct. box of Nustevia White Stevia Powder Packets AND one (2 oz.) bottle of their Pure Liquid Vanilla Stevia to FOUR lucky readers! YES....FOUR lucky readers will recieve both products FREE!
Now I am sure you want to know HOW you can try your luck at winning this great giveaway! Here is what you need to do:
*Visit the Nunaturals website by CLICKING HERE. Browse their products and let me know in a comment on this post what Nunaturals product you would be interested in trying and how you would use it.*
For additional entries: ( for each one, please leave a separate comment )
1. Follow MKA on blogger or on Facebook, if you don't already do so, and leave me a separate comment letting me know you added MKA.
2. Post about this giveaway on your blog, facebook status, or tweet about it on twitter and provide appropriate links to this post. Leave me a comment letting me know you did so.
* I MUST be able to contact you to let you know you have won and so that your prize pack can be delivered. If you do not have a blog that shows a contact email I can contact you on, please include an email in your comment and a name( you can write out the (at) and the (dot) to help avoid getting spam) or send me your email address through my email ( mykitchenadventures (at) yahoo (dot) com) and let me know who you are and which comment is yours. Anonymous comments will not be included in the contest, unless somewhere in the comment you have left me a name and contact information. Contest is open to all Continental US residents only, sorry. No PO boxes please.
This giveaway will end on Friday, September 23 at 8:00 pm EST. Winners will be chosen at random and will be announced either that night or the following day. Winners must claim their prize within 24 hours of notification, or a new winner will be chosen.
But wait......EVERYONE IS A WINNER!!
In addition to this fabulous giveaway....Nunaturals is offering "FREE SAMPLES" of their Nustevia White Stevia Powder packets to everyone in the Continental US that sends them a self-addressed, stamped, #10 envelope to the following address:
2220 West 2nd Ave. #1
Eugene, OR 97402
PLUS...if you place an order with Nunaturals online from now until September 30, 2011 you will receive a 15% discount off your total order. To get the 15% discount, just enter the code: BLG930 when ordering. You will also receive FREE shipping to the continental US on all orders totaling $35.00 or more!
So go and visit Nunaturals and tell me what you think!