Everyone deserves a treat around the holidays, even those of us who can’t indulge the way we want to. I know what that’s like, because a couple Christmases ago, I had gestational diabetes, so I had to stay away from sugar and anything else that was high in carbs. That’s tough to do at any time of year, but I found it especially challenging during the holiday season. (If you’d like to read more about my journey with gestational diabetes, visit my blog The GD Diaries).
Having had gestational diabetes with all three of my pregnancies, I am now at high risk for developing diabetes later in life. That’s why I still watch my sugar intake carefully. I like using stevia so I can enjoy a little sweetness without the carbs.
If you’re looking for good quality Stevia-based products, NuNaturals is a great place to start. NuNaturals gave me a big box of their various products to try, and wow – they have so many amazing things!
We’ve been using the NuStevia Cocoa Syrup a lot lately, because it makes really good hot chocolate. The kids have no clue that there’s no sugar in it! I was really impressed. They make a chocolate mint flavoured syrup too – perfect for Christmas (think candy cane hot chocolate, yum!).
I also really love their flavoured liquid NuStevia. They have vanilla, cherry, cherry-vanilla, orange, lemon, and peppermint. If you add a few drops to sparkling water, it’s really nice.
I decided to try using these flavoured drops to create a truffle recipe for the holidays. My mom is on a gluten-free diet and avoids sugar due to health issues, so she was delighted to sample my truffles. She liked them so much that she asked me if I could put some in her stocking for Christmas.
I’m happy to oblige! These are really fun and easy to make. You can customize them with whatever coatings you like – I’ve used coconut, cocoa powder, almond slices, even chia seeds.
My kids didn’t really like these very much, because they’re not fond of dark chocolate. They prefer their chocolate to be very sweet. If you like yours that way too, you could add more Stevia and/or Splenda to them. Or if you’re not opposed to real sugar, you can add that as well.
If you’d like to try these products for yourself, here’s your chance. NuNaturals is awarding ( 4 ) four Food & Whine readers ( 1 ) one bottle of the Cherry Vanilla Stevia Liquid, a 50 pkt box of NuStevia White Stevia Powder packets, plus a bottle of their Cocoa Syrup and a bottle of their new Mint Cocoa Syrup. Each of the 4 winners will receive the complete product selection of all 4 items with the retail value of $ 54.00, plus a free bonus product!
This contest is open to readers worldwide and will run until Jan 8/15.
You may also receive discounts on all orders placed on their website : www.nunaturals.com .
When you get to the checkout page, enter the DISCOUNT CODE ; BLG0615 and you’ll receive – 15% discount on your entire order ( excluding any other discounts). This discount remains effective until JUNE 30, 2015 .
Online ordering customers may also receive free shipping to the continental U. S. on all orders exceeding $35.00 after discounts.