March 26, 2010

truvia - Nature's Calorie-Free Sweetener {REVIEW & GIVEAWAY} (Closed)

Being an owner of a fitness center, I am very conscious of what I put into my body.  Way back before I met my husband I decided I was going to change my eating habits so that I had more energy.  After doing much research on different eating plans, I decided to start following the Zone Diet and it worked!  I had so much more energy and even lost weight.  It was on a message board related to the Zone that I found out about the stevia plant which is a natural plant used to sweeten foods without adding calories.  I was never very fond of using Stevia in my cooking and baking because it was so concentrated and I could never figure out the correct conversion with sugar.  Over the past 10 years, more and more people have begun to use stevia and recipes are now widely available.

When I was approached by truvia to review their calorie-free sweetener that is made from the stevia plant, I took the opportunity right away!  You can learn about how truvia is made by going to their website and reading about the process.  They basically steep the plant, sort of like tea, then purify it and make it into a powder that you and I can use in our coffee!

I love to bake and my hubby loves to eat however neither of us have fast metabolisms so we have to be very careful not to overeat baked goods.  I instantly started looking up recipes, in fact truvia has recipes on their website that were created by "celebrity chef" Marisa Churchill.  Check them out here.  I was impressed with the variety of recipes from cheesecake to chocolate chip cookies.  I decided to make Raspberry Oatmeal Bars and Chocolate Chip Cookies with the box of truvia that I received.


They were both very tasty!  I have tried to bake with artificial sweeteners in the past and they end up creating a strange texture and bad aftertaste.  I was pleasantly surprised when the food had very similar texture to recipes that use sugar with no chemical aftertaste at all!  My family is still enjoying them!

How you can buy it:

truvia is available at Whole Foods, Walmart and most major supermarkets.  Click here to find your closest retailer!

How you can win it:


truvia has offered to give five (5) of my lucky readers a prize pack including a canvas tote, gardening gloves and a 40 count box of truvia!

Mandatory Entry:

Head over to truvia's website and tell me which recipe you would like to make.  Leave a comment below and make sure that you either leave a valid email address in the comment or that your email address is visible in your profile.

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This giveaway will close on April 9th at 11:59 pm PDT. This giveaway is open to US residents only. The winner will be chosen via random.org, announced on this blog and notified by email. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen and notified.

Disclosure: I was not paid for this review. I was given a product sample for my honest feedback.
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  1. Those cookies look SO GOOD!!

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  2. Thanks for the great info above - my vote is for Apple Crisp although all of them look fantastic! :-)

    My husband and I have been on a low calorie diet for the past 4 years and I don't think we ever enjoyed food as much as we do now because of products like Truvia.

    We are always searching for ways to make our old recipes / foods into low calorie, healthy dishes and have been using it since it came out on the market as a replacement as sugar in all of our recipes.

    Can't wait to hear how the recipes go. If you are interested in some of our product reviews of our favorite foods you can visit our site and also follow us on twitter too.

    Thanks again and look forward to reading more!
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  3. That sounds so good! I'm always open to trying new sweeteners!

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  4. The classic cheesecake sounds yummy.

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  5. My family loves Apple Crisp, yum! Awesome giveaway!
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  12. I'd love to make the Pumpkin Pie! That is a favorite around here.

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  13. I'd like to try the strawberry rhubarb pie from the Truvia website.

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  24. THAT PLATE OF COOKIES MAKES ME WANT TO EAT MY LAPTOP ESPECIALLY THE CHOCOLATE CHIP.BUT SERIOUSLY, THIS IS A GREAT SWEET TASTE

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  25. Apple crisp....yum. I would love to make that recipe with Truvia for my family.
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  26. Raspberry Oatmeal Bars sound yummy!

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  35. The strawberry rhubarb pie is a recipe that I would like to try,

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  37. I'd love to try theRaspberry Oatmeal Bars. I love anything with Raspberry! Thanks for the review and giveaway!
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  89. Hey Jennifer. I would try the Classic Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberry Topping. Sounds yummy and who doesn't need less calories.

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