Reduce Sugars and Calories During Your Family Barbecue Feast
Many people list the Fourth of July as one of their favorite holidays, not only because it’s an American holiday that commemorates the day the United States came into existence, but also because it usually includes grilling and eating wonderful foods in the great outdoors. Quarantine makes us to be at home a lot, a family style barbecue feast doesn’t need to be only in Fourth of July. It can be literally for every weekend. But during our joyful family barbecue time, it’s easy to consume more food … and more calories … than intended.
To help reduce some of the sugar and calories in your barbecue feast, and all your other family dining, SweetLeaf offers a delicious Broccoli Slaw as a side dish that everyone will love and that will be a part of meals all year long.
This easy-to-make and tasty slaw serves 6, and by replacing sugar with SweetLeaf you can save over 64 calories per serving.
1 12-16 oz. bag shredded broccoli slaw, or 1 large bunch broccoli
1/4 cup low-fat or nonfat plain yogurt
1/8 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
3 Tbsp. cider vinegar
1 8 oz. can low-sodium, sliced water chestnuts, rinsed and coarsely chopped
1/2 cup medium red onion, finely diced
Salt and pepper, to taste
- If using whole broccoli, trim about 3-inches off the stems. Chop the rest into 1/4-inch pieces.
Whisk yogurt, mayonnaise, vinegar, SteviaClear® Sweet Drops, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add water chestnuts, onion, and broccoli; toss to coat. Chill until serving time.
(Carbs: 7 grams; Sugars: 2 grams; Calories: 53 per serving)
Don’t forget to make “Barbecue style” drinks to pair with your amazing meals!
This cocktail skips the added sugar and lets you enjoy a traditional Cuban highball with a fruity twist.
- 2 large squeezes SweetLeaf® Lemon Lime Water Drops®
- 3 limes
- 1 cup blueberries, frozen
- 20 mint leaves
- 2 cups soda water
- 1 cup ice
- 2 oz. white rum
- Cut two limes in half and squeeze the juice of each lime into two separate glasses.
- Slice the third lime into thinly sliced wheels and set aside. Add 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 10 mint leaves, 1 large squeeze of Water Drops, and 1 oz. rum to each glass.
- Take a muddler and muddle the ingredients until the blueberries are fully squished. Top with 1/2 cup ice per glass and then pour in the soda water mixture. Garnish with sliced limes and an extra sprig of mint.
Using plant-based SweetLeaf instead of sugar in foods, beverages, and recipes, is a delightfully delicious way to reduce sugar, calories, and carbs in just about everything! Substituting any SweetLeaf product for sugar couldn’t be easier if you use the interactive, online Conversion Calculator, or the printable Conversion Chart.
SweetLeaf products are available online at Shop.SweetLeaf.com, or at your favorite health food stores, natural groceries, supermarkets, and online retailers.
About WISDOM NATURAL BRANDS®, maker of SweetLeaf Sweeteners
Wisdom Natural Brands®, based in Gilbert, Ariz., has been the leading stevia expert and industry pioneer with its plant-based SweetLeaf® Sweeteners brand for 38 years. SweetLeaf is the only stevia brand winning 36 awards for taste and innovation.
weetLeaf Organic Monk Fruit is a 1:1 sugar replacement and available in granular, squeezable, and liquid drops, totalling 18 products. SweetLeaf Sweeteners have zero calories, no sugars, a non-glycemic response, and no artificial ingredients. SweetLeaf Stevia is sold in boxes containing 35 or 70 packets and shaker jars (organic or natural) for easy home use. SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia Sweet Drops® add flavor without calories, no sugars, or artificial sweeteners to foods, beverages, and recipes. Organic Sweet Drops are available in three popular flavors: English Toffee, Vanilla Crème, and SteviaClear®. SweetLeaf Stevia Water Drops® add delicious flavor to still or sparkling water.
New Better than Sugar!® powdered and granular, natural and organic, is a sugar replacement measuring cup-for-cup like sugar—without any of the calories or carbs and no sugar.
SweetLeaf Sugar-Free Stevia Syrup, in three popular flavors, brings the incredible sweetness of stevia and monk fruit, with only 70 calories per serving. Wisdom introduced herbal blends made from Yerba Maté through its Wisdom of the Ancients® brand, one of the most respected herbal lines in the natural industry. Wisdom of the Ancients herbal blends are available in bags and loose leaves and come in a variety of beneficial flavors. And new no-sugar, zero-calorie Yerba Maté Energy Shots, available in regular and orange flavors, provide energy with 200 nutrients and 100% naturally occurring caffeine.
SweetLeaf Sweeteners and Wisdom of the Ancients’ products are available at: Shop.SweetLeaf.com, health food stores, natural groceries, supermarkets, and online retailers.
Never too Late to Reduce Sugars and Calories
Summer officially said goodbye to us. Now we are at the season ready for the cold weather. This year goes so fast and all of us know the reason. We have been quarantined for too long. I believe you are like me, the most fun thing at home is to cook! Cooking at home sounds healthy, but if you are a sweet tooth, all the sugar will bring so much “sweet weight” on you. Glad it’s never too late to start your new journey with natural sweeteners.
Recent years have marked a major shift in attitudes toward added sugars and how they impact the health of Americans. The American Heart Association recommends a daily added sugar intake of no more than 36 grams/9 teaspoons/150 calories for men and 25 grams/6 teaspoons/100 calories for women and children (ages 2-19). Added sugars are those which are not naturally occurring. Examples of natural sugars include those found in fruits, vegetables, and milk.
SweetLeaf® Stevia Sweetener is a delicious, no-sugar, zero-calorie alternative which can help you stay within the recommended guidelines for daily added or hidden sugars. Reduce or eliminate sugars by adding SweetLeaf® as a delicious replacement. With no artificial sweeteners, no sugars, no carbohydrates, and a non-glycemic response, SweetLeaf® adds tasty sweetness to everything from hot and cold beverages to foods and recipes.
SweetLeaf® Stevia Sweetener Packets
One of these little packets is as sweet as two teaspoons of sugar! SweetLeaf stevia packets have the same great quality the customers have come to expect, and you’ll notice an even more delicious taste that will have you coming back for more.
SweetLeaf® Stevia Sweetener Shaker
Ready to shake things up? SweetLeaf 4-oz. shaker jar delivers the perfect amount of delicious stevia sweetener with just a simple-you guessed it-shake! You’ll find the awesome SweetLeaf® quality you’ve come to expect with a new taste that is crisp and delicious. Use this product in your coffee, oatmeal or anything else you’d like to shake a little sweetness on.
SWEETLEAF® LIQUID STEVIA SWEET DROPS
SweetLeaf® Sweet Drops® Liquid Stevia is a tasty, convenient, and calorie-free way to flavor water, yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, coffee, and so much more. Available in a wide variety of delicious, award-winning flavors.
Just about everyone loves a little bit of delicious flavor to perk up the sweetness in foods and beverages. A simple way to drop in fun flavors to just about anything is wanted. Thus, Sweet Drops® were launched. Now with 16 yummy flavors, there is a convenient way to flavor many foods and beverages like yogurt, oatmeal, coffee, and so much more. Enjoy the SweetLeaf® sweetness, one drop at a time and add a variety of fun to your foods and beverages.
SweetLeaf® Water Drops®
Hydrate deliciously, without artificial sweeteners. SweetLeaf®Water Drops® are a convenient, sugar-free, and gluten-free hydration enhancer available in six fruit-flavored blends. Add to still or sparkling water to take it from boring to WOW!
Sweet tooth recipes
STRAWBERRY CREAM CHEESE PASTRIES
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 ½ cup unsalted cold butter
- ½ cup cold water
- 1 cup strawberry jam
- 3 packets SweetLeaf® Stevia Sweetener
- 1½ cup cream cheese, softened
- Sugar-free vanilla syrup, to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Pastry: Combine flour and salt. Add cold butter. Stir in cold water until thick dough forms. Shape dough. Chill in the fridge for one hour. Fold pastries as desired.
Filling: Mix cream cheese, strawberry jam, SweetLeaf Stevia, and syrup with electric mixer. Add filling to center of dough and fold in.
Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown on top.
VEGAN SALTED CARAMEL COCONUT ICE CREAM
- 1 cup soy milk
- 1 can coconut milk
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
- 2 tsp. tapioca starch
- ½ tsp. xanthan gum
- ¼ cup coconut butter
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 Tbsp. soy milk powder
- 1 tsp. vanilla powder
- 2-5 drops SweetLeaf 2-oz Liquid Stevia
Whisk everything together except the salt, maple syrup and coconut butter. Bring mixture to a boil, then let it cool and thicken. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate, making sure a skin doesn’t form.
Mix together the coconut butter, maple syrup and salt.
When ice cream base is chilled, pour into an ice cream maker and churn for 30 minutes.
With the ice cream maker running, add the coconut caramel mixture and briefly continue to churn so that coconut caramel streaks are visible throughout the mixture.
Remove from ice cream maker and store in freezer. Serve on a cone with almond butter drizzle and shredded coconut.
- 3 Tbsp. SweetLeaf® Organic Stevia Extract
- 1 cup dry milk powder
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder, to taste
- 3-4 tsp. instant coffee, to taste
- 2/3 cup powdered Coffeemate Sugar Free Creamy Chocolate non-dairy creamer
For Each One-Serving Drink
- 4 oz. 2% milk
- 2 Tbsp. chocolate syrup
- 1 cup ice cubes, more as desired
Blend all Dry Mix ingredients together and store in a plastic container.
(Enough for approximately 10 servings.)
For Each One-Serving Drink
Put milk into a blender. Add chocolate syrup and approximately 3 Tbsp., slightly rounded, of dry ingredients. Add ice cubes.
Blend until smooth and serve!