Monday, September 15, 2014

How Sweet it is NOT - a NuNaturals Review & GIVEAWAY!

Disclaimer: I was sent a variety of NuNaturals product samples to review, provide my honest opinion and giveaway. No other compensation was provided. This post does not contain any affiliate links. 

UGH UGH!  I had multiple giveaways planned for you all but my computer has been down and wifi has been spotty.  So I took advantage of a window of opportunity and got this post up!

I was recently approached by NuNaturals to check out their line of products sweetened with Stevia.  They are all zero calories, less than 1 gram of cabs, zero sugar, gluten free, dairy free, GMO free and Vegan.  I was told 1/4 tsp is as sweet as 1 tsp of sugar and a 1/4 cup is as sweet as 1 cup of sugar.  With no calories!


A little bit about Stevia: Stevia is a sweetener and sugar substitute made from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana. Stevia's taste has a slower onset and longer duration than that of sugar, and some of its extracts may have a bitter or licorice-like aftertaste at high concentrations.  I do not claim to be a nutritionist (I leave that to my sister) or a medical expert.  I don't know how good or bad Stevia is for you.  All I know is that I, like too many other Americans, have too much sugar in their diet and I would like to reduce it if I can.

Here is what I received:



I have had some fun playing around with these products.  I add the cocoa syrup to my coffee every morning and it feels like a treat.  Like a mocha from your Keurig.  Ha ha!


And it has been so hot lately, I have been making iced mochas.  Just some cold coffee, ice cubes and chocolate syrup and whatever type of milk you have around.  (I LOVE unsweetened vanilla almond milk)


At first, I could taste the slight bitter aftertaste but then you realize the overall flavor is pretty tasty.   I've played around with the simple syrup too.  I used it to make my favorite Ginger Beergaritas the other day.  Perfect!

Remember, the original recipe is from the Minimalist Baker.

1.5 ounces (3 Tablespoons) 100% agave tequila (such as Altos)
1 ounce (2 Tbsp) fresh lime juice
3 ounces (6 Tbsp) ginger beer
.25 ounce (1/2 Tbsp) NuNaturals simple syrup
Coarse salt for lining rim

Line a small serving glass with fresh lime juice and dip in coarse salt (optional).

Add tequila, simple syrup, ginger beer and lime juice to a large glass or cocktail shaker with 1/2 cup ice and stir vigorously. Don't shake with a lid on or it will erupt from the ginger beer carbonation.
Pour liquid (reserving ice) into serving glass with a few ice cubes. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve immediately. Repeat for more drinks, or double/triple the amounts for more people.

Okay, now for the part you are all waiting for...the GIVEAWAY.  NuNaturals has offered to give 4 lucky winners the same package I received.  Each of the 4 winners will receive ( 1 ) one bottle of the  Cherry Vanilla  Stevia Liquid,  a 50 pkt box of NuStevia White Stevia Powder packets,  PLUS a bottle of NEW COCOA SYRUP & a bottle of NEW SIMPLE SYRUP.  Ready to win?  Enter on Rafflecopter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest runs 09/15/2014 to 09/20/14 at 11:59 P.M. PST

No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited. 4 winners will be selected via the Rafflecopter widget.  Open to Residents of the WORLD 18 years of age or older.  Must have a non P.O. Box mailing address.  NuNaturals CANNOT ship to a PO Box.
Winners must have a valid email address.
Winners will notified via email (if available) and blog post, and will have 48 business hours to claim prize.
If original winner does not claim prize within 48 business hours an alternate winner(s) will be selected.
Contestants must enter on the Rafflecopter in order to win.
All winning entries will be verified. If a winning entry cannot be verified as completed, a new winner will be drawn.
Winner(s) will be provided the prize directly from NuNaturals.

So, what are you going to make with your NuNaturals?  Bake?  Cocktails?  Coffee?  If you don't want to wait to find out if you won, use code BLG1214 until December 31, 2014 for 15% site wide at NuNaturals.

Good Luck and as always, I wish you Happy Feet,
SD Mom

43 comments:

  1. I'm pretty simple as I'd use the Nu Naturals to sweeten my hot black coffee in the morning and try the cocoa flavor sometimes for a cup of mocha! :-)

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  2. What a giveaway! I would love to try this!

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  3. I would like to try NuNaturals to cut back the sugar in my family's diet.

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  4. Stevia is great in coffee, and I also love it in yogurt and where I want a little extra sugar-free sweetness :)

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  5. I would totally use it in my coffee!

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  6. I'd use this in my coffee instead of splenda.

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  7. I would use these syrups in my coffee or when I'm baking. Yum.

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  8. I would totally try this in my coffee. But coffee cake sounds good too!

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  9. I had no idea they made these syrups! I would love to try them in baking as well as in my coffee!

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  10. SO MANY AWESOME THINGS! Sorry that your WiFi is being spotty! I've heard great things about the chocolate syrup, so I would love to give that a go. On just about anything, really.

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  11. I'd try it in oatmeal and would like to try baking cookies or cupcakes with it

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  12. I will use it in my herbal teas.

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  13. NuNaturals has been my JAM since.... 2002!! Can you believe it! :) I LOVE THEIR 100% Pure Stevia Extract, it's certainly me favorite :)

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  14. for sure i coffee. i'll need ideas for how else to use it. i'm not creative in the kitchen at all.

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  15. Bake a coffee cake :D

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  16. I have always wanted to try this for my tea..sounds so good

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  17. Sounds great in coffee. Maybe on waffles with peanut butter....lol...breakfast of champions

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  18. I'd put it in my coffee and probably bake with it too

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  19. I would use it to make a lighter version of the lemon drop!

    Amy
    Miss Adventures in Running

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  20. I use it to flavor coconut fat and whip it together to make topping for cakes!

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  21. EAT IT STRAIGHT FROM THE BOTTLE :) JK, but not really :) I love sweets, so I would add it to my overnight oats, (the simple syrup to spice up my flavors) and the cocoa syrup I would add to my quinoa, with PB2, my sweet potato, spaghetti squash, my rice cakes...

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  22. I would love to try this in my coffee! Sounds different!

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  23. I love to use the NuNaturals Cocoa in my coffee! I always plan to try to bake with it, but that never seems to happen :-)

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  24. I'd spruce up my coffee with this natural sweetener in place of sugar!

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  25. Definately sweeten up my morning joe!

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  26. I would probably use in my coffee or for baking.

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  27. I'd want to try making cheesecake bites with it! :P

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  28. I would use the chocolate to top some banana soft serve and the plainer flavors to bakefor my grandma who is diabetic :)

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  29. I would use the cocoa syrup to make iced coffee. I love iced coffee drinks, but they cost a freaking fortune and have tons of calories. I have been making my own and they're better...and way less expensive.

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  30. Coffee and oatmeal! I always make my own coffee at home and this would spruce it up! ooh maybe in homemade nut milk, too.

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  31. Would definitely use with my iced coffee in the morning.

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  32. I'd love to try the simple syrup in a mojito or make a mocha iced coffee with the chocolate syrup!

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  33. I"d spruce up my coffee in the morning!

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  34. I would use it in my morning iced coffee

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  35. Um. COFFEE!!!!! LOL. Sorry I get excited about any possible way to spruce up my morning fix! ;)

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