• food,  Health,  San Diego,  WorldWide

    Embrace life’s sweetness without the guilt

    What did 13th century Buddhist monks know that can still enlighten us about healthy living centuries later?  As it turns out, a great deal.

    They knew that a green, round, melon-looking fruit, discovered in the misty mountains of Southeast Asia, offered unique sweetness and health-giving powers. What they didn’t know is that this yummy fruit—which came to be known as monk fruit—got its intense sweetness from mogrosides, an outstanding source of antioxidants, which boosts the immune system. According to FoodInsight.org,  these unique antioxidants have been said to keep blood sugar levels stable and other benefits.

    Today, perhaps many probably couldn’t pick out a monk fruit in the grocery aisle. So, it took the ingenuity of SweetLeaf® Sweetener, in keeping with its 38-year history of manufacturing products that are better for you, to introduce an all-new family of SweetLeaf Organic Monk Fruit sweeteners, with monk fruit as a delicious key ingredient.  With a non-glycemic response, zero calories/carbs, zero sugars, and great tasting, it is a perfect sugar alternative.

    According to a study published by JAMA Internal Medicine, people who consume 10% or more of their calories from added dietary sugars have a 30% increased risk for cardiovascular disease-related deaths. That risk doubles for those who consume 25% or more of their daily calories from added dietary sugars.

    It’s all well and good that monk fruit sweeteners can cut down on our unhealthy love affair with sugar, can play a role in weight loss and weight management, help those with diabetes with blood sugar control, and cardiovascular risk. But how to get sugar-lovers to buy into it? As any parent knows, telling their family that any product is “good for them” most likely will not fly, particularly with the kids.

    As they say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. No self-respecting sweet-lover wants to give up flavorful desserts like yummy apple pie, peanut butter chocolate bites, maple coconut fudge, or cilantro lime coconut rice—and they don’t have to.  SweetLeaf Organic Monk Fruit is the perfect sugar alternative, and tastes, bakes and cooks like sugar.

    The liquids are designed to make taste buds swoon when added to coffee, tea, smoothies, and water with rich flavors, such as Caramel Macchiato or Almond Amaretto to Chocolate Peanut Butter or Crème Brulée, and playful flavors, like Orange Passionfruit, Strawberry Guava, and Old-Fashioned Lemonade. From powder to drops, clear to flavors, this family of SweetLeaf Organic Monk Fruit is sure to please your entire family!

    “SweetLeaf Monk Fruit stands out on shelf and online because of its taste, USDA Organic status, NON-GMO Project verification, value pricing, and sophisticated, modern flavors,” says Brian Jensen Marketing and Brand Director of Wisdom Natural Brands. “With a clever package design intended to be informative, simple and fun, SweetLeaf Organic Monk Fruit appeals to Millennials, Gen X and Z, and Boomers who are interested in healthier foods with no sugars, zero calories/carbs.”

    Small wonder that SweetLeaf Organic Monk Fruit was honored with the extremely competitive and prestigious 2020 Progressive Grocer Editor’s Pick Award for the entire plant-based line.  SweetLeaf Organic Monk Fruit is a natural and delicious sugar alternative in multiple formats for audiences of all ages. The formats include: Granular Bags; Packets; 1.7-oz Squeezable Organic Liquids; and 2-oz Organic Liquid Drops.

    Purchasing SweetLeaf Sweetener and SweetLeaf Organic Monk Fruit Sweetener products couldn’t be easier. SweetLeaf’s website has a handy store finder, which lists retailers selling SweetLeaf. Additionally, SweetLeaf makes it easy to shop online from the company’s website, SweetLeaf.com. SweetLeaf is also available in many health food stores, natural grocery, supermarkets, and various online retailers. Shop.SweetLeaf.com

    About WISDOM NATURAL BRANDS®, maker of SweetLeaf® Sweetener and SweetLeaf® Organic Monk Fruit Sweeteners

    Wisdom Natural Brands®, based in Gilbert, Ariz., has been the leading stevia expert and industry pioneer with its plant based SweetLeaf® Sweetener brand for 38 years. SweetLeaf is the only stevia brand winning 37 awards for taste and innovation. SweetLeaf Organic Monk Fruit is available in granular, packets, squeezable, and liquid drops, totaling 18 products. SweetLeaf Sweeteners have zero calories, zero 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, zero 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 1:1 like sugar—with zero calories, carbs and zero sugars. SweetLeaf Zero-Sugar 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 zero-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.

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    Use SweetLeaf to Enhance Your Keto Diet

    Unlike many restrictive diets, the keto diet includes a lot of keto-friendly foods other diets wouldn’t allow. Health magazine has a pretty extensive shopping list, which includes:

    • Meat, poultry, and eggs – chicken, turkey, beef, venison, pork, and lamb
    • Seafood – wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, shrimp, crab, tuna, mussels, and cod
    • Low-sugar fruits – tomatoes, avocados, most berries, coconut, lemons, and limes
    • Low-carb vegetables – spinach, arugula, eggplant, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, bell peppers, cabbage, celery, and more.
    • Nuts and seeds – Macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, almonds, flaxseed, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and pumpkin seeds
    • Dairy products – cheese, cream, butter, plain Greek yogurt, and cottage cheese
    • Oils – extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, nut oils, coconut butter and MCT oil

    Happily, avoiding sugar doesn’t mean you have to give up all your favorite desserts and homemade meals. SweetLeaf Stevia Sweeteners are a keto-friendly sweetener for foods, beverages, and recipes. The SweetLeaf Conversion Chart is a good place to learn how to make the change from sugar to SweetLeaf, as is the interactive SweetLeaf Conversion Calculator, which automatically converts all recipe amounts for you.

    There are many dessert recipes specifically created for keto diets and they will satisfy any craving for sugar. Try this Keto Chocolate Smoothie or Keto One-Minute Fudge Cookie and you’ll see that being on the keto diet doesn’t mean sacrificing the things you love.




    In a blender, combine coconut milk, protein powder, chia seeds, and Vanilla Crème Sweet Drops. Blend in chocolate until smooth. Blend in ice cubes until mixture is well combined.




    • 5 oz. sugar-free chocolate bar, chopped



    Put butter in a microwavable bowl or ramekin. Cook 30 seconds to melt.

    Stir in the cocoa, almond flour, espresso, salt, and stevia. Combine well. Taste and adjust sweetener if needed. Add in the remaining ingredients. Stir well.

    Microwave 1 minute. Allow to cool a few minutes and enjoy!


    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an oven-safe ramekin or bowl.

    Melt butter. Stir in the cocoa, almond flour, espresso, salt, and stevia. Combine well. Taste and adjust sweetener if needed. Add in the remaining ingredients. Stir well.

    Bake for 15 minutes. Cool slightly then enjoy!

    These are what I did with SweetLeaf’s Monk fruit Sweetener.

    SweetLeaf® Organic Monk Fruit powder is a gluten-free, better-for-you sweetener with zero sugars, zero calories, and a non-glycemic response. Use it in anything that calls for sugar—foods, beverages, or recipes—for delicious taste.

    Chocolate Lava Cake

    Carrot Birthday Cake

    New York Cheese Cake

    About SweetLeaf:

    SweetLeaf® Stevia is an award-winning sweetener with zero calories, no sugars, zero carbs, a non-glycemic response, and no artificial sweeteners. It is a non-GMO and kosher sugar alternative. SweetLeaf® Stevia has endless uses when you want to add flavor and sweetness to any food or beverage. The makers of the SweetLeaf® brand, Wisdom Natural Brands®, have developed more consumer stevia products than any other company in the world. Today, SweetLeaf® is No. 1 in market share in natural and health food stores, and No. 2 in grocery in the U.S. SweetLeaf is sold in more than 30 countries.

    SweetLeaf® was the first stevia sweetener to receive Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). From its beginning in 1982, SweetLeaf® Stevia Sweetener made consumer well-being its number one priority.

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    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® 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



    Pastry Ingredients:


    • 2 cups flour
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 1 ½ cup unsalted cold butter
    • ½ cup cold water


    Filling Ingredients:



    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.




    • 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


    Ice Cream
    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.

    Coconut Caramel
    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.



    Dry Mix


    • 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


    Dry Mix

    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!