Hot Stuff: NuNaturals NuStevia product review!
First of all, I have no idea where my brain is this week. From Tuesday at sundown until tonight was the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, which meant my plans for the week were completely derailed. I simply forgot about it! Even though it’s in my BlackBerry scheduler AND my iCal calendar. Seriously…whereismymind?
One note about Shavuot – it’s customary on this holiday to eat DAIRY. Well, what is a lactose- and casein-free girl to do? I know, eat things with tehina! Like in my Vegetable Fettucini a la Vodka! Yes, that was my sneaky not so sneaky way of trying to tell you that I added a page for my recipes on the site. I’ve only posted three recipes so far, but I’m sure there was even a time where Martha Stewart only had three recipes to her name, so everyone’s gotta start somewhere!
So I was one lucky girl to win a sweet giveaway from Ms. Averie – yes, NuNaturals stevia products! Since I’m a major sweet tooth but trying very hard to limit my sugar intake these days, stevia has been something I’ve wanted to try but couldn’t find the room in my budget to branch out to. So imagine my thrill when a huge box arrived on my doorstep carrying not only the promised vanilla drops and stevia packets, but also the NuNaturals NuStevia baking blend! My #1 form of procrastination/stress relief is to create bakery confections in my kitchen, so thank you NuNaturals for making all my sugar-free pastry dreams come true!
First of all, when I opened the package to find not just the drops and the packets, but the baking blend as well, I literally squealed in delight. I scared my cats. I’ve never heard myself make that noise. Then I opened this giant envelope to find a wonderful and informative letter from the company, telling me about their products, and a huge packet of creative and fun recipes for suggestions on how to use the Stevia.
I have to say I was impressed. I like to see when a company is proud of their product and interested in promoting its benefits. And this is a great product.
Now, I must confess that I haven’t yet had the time to devote to finding a recipe I would like to test out my precious NuStevia baking blend on (no offense to all the fabulous recipes they sent me, but I like to make my own stuff up), but I have had a chance to give both the vanilla drops and the packets a spin, and I am a happy girl!
The other day I used half a packet of the powder in my coffee, and it was the perfect amount of sweet for me – I actually like my coffee bitter, but some bold roasts have a little too much of a burnt taste for me, so somehow this stevia adds the perfect, minimal touch of sweetness to my coffee without making me feel like I’m sipping simply syrup.
By far, though, my favorite product is the vanilla drops. I can guarantee you that when these run out I will be droppin some of my squeezed tight dollas on this stuff. One drop is absolutely perfect for an Ilana-sweet cup of coffee, and three drops mixed into a tablespoon full of peanut butter makes me a really happy girl.
Oh yeah, and using it in chocolate butter also makes me a really happy girl. Katie, from one chocolate-covered hottie to another, DAAAAAYYMMMN GURL! In case you were wondering, hotties, chocolate butter takes less than three minutes to make and tastes like a chocolate truffle on a spoon…which is basically what it is. Excuse the awful picture of my half-eaten jar of it (I just had to keep taste-testing to make sure the RIGHT balance between bitter and sweet was used). Just try it.
(Side note – this post is taking me a million years to write because I keep getting distracted by having a personal dance party in my mirror to Lady Gaga. Just thought you needed to know.)
Something to talk about: Two of my best friends, kind of inspired by me, are thinking about starting their own blogs. Of course, both of them are having difficulties deciding on a name for their blog. As you may or may not know, I actually blogged for nearly six months before I landed on the blogdentity of Happy Healthy Hottie (yes I am corny as hell). I totally feel their pain as they toss around different names for their future creative spaces. I mean, the title of any creative work is supposed to identify, in some respect, the essence of the piece (I guess I am considering a blog to be a “creative piece” in and of itself). My question is, how did you come upon the name for your blog? When you started blogging, did you have a clear sense of what you wanted to achieve through your blog, or has their been evolution and development in that area as you continue? Looking back, if you could, would you want to change your blog name, or does it still reflect your core goals for your blog? How has your blog changed since you started? What I love is how I’ve learned so much from reading various blogs over the past few years, and the most valuable lesson I’ve been able to take is how change is good, and that change is possible ANY time. I was nervous about scrapping my original project for a new one, but I couldn’t be happier with where Happy Healthy Hottie has been going, so I know I took the right step to start a new blog. Tell me about yours!!
Anyway, I’m off to catch up on Glee and Lost and try to pretend that Lost doesn’t end in three days (I’m tearing up right now thinking about it — this is going to be a rough separation). Have a goodnight hotties!