For those of you who don’t know… I’m on a quest to lose some weight for the two weddings I have to attend this year. That, and I’m just fat and can’t breathe… So, of course I’ve found that losing weight is one of the hardest things I’ve ever tried to do with the exception of quitting smoking (five years this October, YAY ME!). I’ve discovered that I have absolutely NO drive to get off my butt to exercise nor do I have any will power to resist the late night cravings of ice cream and chocolate. I guess I shouldn’t be complaining about how I’m not losing any weight since I’m really not doing anything to help myself. (Actually, I am helping myself, to whatever I want… and lots of it.)
Enter Tiffany at Bloggy Moms. I haven’t been blogging for very long and I know when I first started, I signed up for all these groups including Bloggy Moms. So her email comes with a request for bloggers to try and review a no calorie sweetener. Hmm… food?? I’M IN!!
Now I’ve tried a few artificial sweeteners, and all of them have left me with a bad taste in my mouth, quite literally. My mom has been using one particular sweetener for YEARS. I always ask her how she can stand the aftertaste and her response is usually, “You get used to it after a while.” In my opinion if there’s something about a product that you have to “get used to” it’s not worth the effort. I’m looking for something that tastes like sugar, can be used in my coffee and my cereal without any aftertaste, and won’t give me cancer in the next fifty years. Is that too much to ask??
I think I have found the answer!
Ideal sweetener is not like other sweeteners. According to the Ideal website, “Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol that can be found in many fruits and vegetables and is even produced by the human body as part of the normal metabolism of glucose. With its low glycemic index, xylitol is a great alternative for people with diabetes since it is metabolized independently of insulin. ” According to my taste-buds, “WOW, NO AFTERTASTE!!” Oh, and it’s good for your teeth too! Read about the benefits of Xylitol for your teeth here. But its not good for pets, especially dogs.
Ideal comes in packets like the other guys and also in bags for use in cooking and baking. It comes in white, brown and a confectioner’s variety! In fact, on the back of the bag of brown is a great recipe for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. It called for both the white and the brown,so I grabbed up my three year old and we proceeded to make a huge mess, oh and some cookies too. YUM!!
The cookies were really good!! I replaced the raisins with dried cranberries and my family went NUTS for them! But the really convincing factor was when my mom used it in Grammy Smith’s Scotch Bars. Mmmmmm, mmmm!! I don’t think Grammy could have tasted the difference herself! (sorry, no pics of that, they went so fast I couldn’t
stop chewing to snap any!)
Ideal sweetener is the perfect artificial sweetener to replace some of the sugar in your diet. I now use it everywhere I would normally use sugar, coffee, cereal, coffee, fresh fruit, coffee, and all of my baking and cooking. (Did I mention coffee?)
There’s a store locator on the Ideal website so you can find a store near you that sells it. So give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.
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