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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sugar Free Peppermint Mocha Smoothie With SweetLeaf Organic Stevia Sweetener

By Meg Hodson

I received complimentary samples of Sweet Leaf Sweet Drops and stevia packets to try. All delicious opinions remain 100% my own.

My family and I just got back from a whirlwind week long road trip to Disneyland (more on that later this week on the blog). Our trip was filled with lots of rides, lots of walking, fun shows, plenty of sunshine, and treats, too. I don't think we have eaten as much ice cream in one week as we did at Disneyland! 

That is definitely not the norm for us; I try to be conscious of the sugar intake for my family, so treats like ice cream are rare. But I also don't want them to feel left out, too. So, I was excited to try SweetLeaf Organic Stevia® Sweetener. SweetLeaf Organic Stevia® Sweetener is a certified organic, zero-calorie sweetener made from high-quality stevia leaves. With a delicious taste that is sweeter than sugar, SweetLeaf Organic Stevia® Sweetener is perfect for sweetening hot or cold beverages,cereals, baked goods, desserts, fresh fruit, yogurt, and more. In one of my most popular martini recipes on my blog, my Skinny Raspberry Lemon Drop, I used stevia to cut down on the sugar and calories. SweetLeaf Organic Stevia Sweetener is gluten free, and contains no artificial ingredients, calories, carbohydrates, or glycemic response, making it ideal for people managing their blood sugar or calorie intake.

Enjoy sugar free beverages with SweetLeaf Organic Stevia Sweet Drops

Enjoy sugar free beverages with SweetLeaf Organic Stevia Sweet Drops

I love making smoothies for my kids. It's an easy way for them to get a lot of nutrients in one snack. Most of the time, I make them fruit smoothies, but thought I would make a smoothie that is more of a "treat" using SweetLeaf Organic Stevia® Sweetener. In my sample pack, I received their popular Sweet Drops. They are easy to add to beverages for a sweet treat that is not full of sugar. 


Sugar Free Peppermint Mocha Smoothie



Sugar Free Peppermint Mocha Smoothie


Prep time: 3 minutes
Cook time: 1 minute
Total time: 4 minutes

Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1 cup sugar free vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspooon vanilla extract
  • Small handful of chocolate chips
  • 8 drops SweetLeaf Peppermint Mocha Sweet Drops
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
Cooking Directions
  1. Add all ingredients to blender and mix well. Serve immediately.
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Do you use stevia? What is your favorite way to use it?


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bloglovin' Blog Hop #115




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Friday, March 20, 2015

Delightful Gluten Free Treats From ginnybakes


By Meg Hodson

I received complimentary samples & compensation for my post on ginnybakes. All delicious opinions remain 100% my own.

Isn't it nice to have a delicious treat that you can feel good about eating? These days, it seems that we are bombarded with every imaginable sweet with every possible option: sugar free, low fat, low carb, gluten free, high fiber....it goes on and on, right? How do you make a good choice?

ginnybakes gluten free cookies and bake mixes

I recently had the chance to sample and try some of the amazingly delicious products from Ginny Bakes. ginnybakes line of gluten free products was created by a holistic nutritionist, Ginny Simon, to help those with gluten-free diets enjoy freshly baked goods.  Her  products are organic, handmade with love in a gluten-free kitchen and free of artificial preservatives. ginnybakes is certified gluten free and the product does not contain GMO's. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that all these characteristics make me very happy! It's a treat I can definitely feel good about giving myself....and my children.

ginnybakes gluten free cookies and bake mixes

Of course, we need to talk about the taste! While the ingredients and production process of the ginnybakes treats are important to me, you've got to have something you are going to enjoy. 

I started with the chocolate chip love cookies. Who doesn't love a good, classic chocolate chip cookie? These did not disappoint. My experience with gluten free products in the past has been hit in miss, with my biggest complaint being how "heavy" they often taste. These delicious cookies were far from that! They were light, crisp, crunchy but not too crunchy, perfect. And with one cookie having only 60 calories, you can feel really good about indulging.

ginnybakes gluten free cookies and bake mixes

ginnybakes gluten free cookies and bake mixes

There are also great pre-packaged cookie snack bags that are perfect for tucking into school lunches. I tried the Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bliss. It's safe to say I am a fan of these. In fact, these will be handy for me to grab on my road trip with my family to Disneyland today!

The line from ginnybakes also has gluten free bake mixes. I really like this offering, because I often like to add a few healthful ingredients to pre-made mixes: it might be a little extra flax seed, some applesauce, a spoonful of yogurt. I haven't baked it yet, but I can't wait to try the Lovely Brownie Bliss mix. 

Ready to try ginnybakes gluten free treats? I've got a great giveaway to win FIVE boxes of the amazing cookies she offers. Enter below and good luck!

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