We have been trying to eat healthier. While we have has some sucesses - getting our beef and pork from a local farmer, getting our fruits and veggies from the farmers market, trying to use eat processed food, and making more meals from scratch - one area that has been a struggle is snacks. Me - sweet, D - salty.
Admittedly, I am a big snacker. I have little willpower when faced with a sweet treat, even if I know it isn't very good for me.
This is why I was excited to learn about NECTRESSE™Sweetener - a 100% natural sweetener made from monk fruit extract. I can swap out regular white sugar for this 0 calorie sweetener, making a less healthy treat better for me. Plus for the snacks that are good for you, like the blueberry smoothie I used it in, are even better.
In an effort to sooth my sweet tooth, and add more fruit to my diet this weekend, I found this recipe for a blueberry smoothie. I used blueberries we picked last summer and froze for future use, organic plain yogurt and rBGH-free skim milk. The addition of a 100% natural sweetener was perfect since is it allowed me to keep the recipe all natural. On the "good for you" scale, this checked all the boxes.
The Nectresse sample I received was in packets, so no need to measure. And no temptation for me to add just a bit more sugar if I was getting it out of a tin. (though Nectresse is also available in canisters for those with more willpower than I have.) :-)
This smoothie is delicious! Just the right amount of sweet and tart. Yum!!
(modified from this recipe on Smoothie Web)
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
1/2 cup skim milk
2 packets of Nectresse
Place all ingredients into a blender
Blend to desired thickness
To make thicker or if you use fresh bueberries, add a couple of ice cubes before blending, or use plain greek yogurt and use an additional packet of Nuctresse since greek yogurt is more tart that regular plain yogurt.
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Lisa Ling is the Nectresse™ Sweetener spokesperson. Due to a family history of diabetes she has always been cautious about her sugar intake and relied on no calorie sweeteners to satisfy her sweet tooth – but she hasn’t liked any as much as Nectresse™! Check out her video testimonial: