I am loving any and every smoothie I can get my hands on lately. In fact, earlier this year I did some recipe development, and the focus?
What’s not to love? Fruit. Creamy goodness. A straw.
Of course, some fruits need a little sweetness to make them smoothie ready, but hear me out. Smoothies are supposed to be healthy, right? Right. If you have to add sugar, you are adding calories, and well, that seems to be defeating the purpose.
In steps NECTRESSE™Sweetener.
I’ll be honest, I had never even heard of Nectresse until I was asked to give it a try. Since I am all about cutting unnecessary calories anywhere I can (do they make a Snicker’s out of Nectresse?), I was of course intrigued.
What IS Nectresse? Good question. From the maker of Splenda® Sweeteners, this brand new product derives its natural sweetness from the monk fruit, a small green melon that has grown on lush vines in remote mountain regions in Asia for hundreds of years. Deliciously sweet monk fruit extract is combined with the perfect blend of other natural sweeteners to bring you and your readers the rich sweet taste of sugar without all the calories. In fact – no calories. NO calories! This is the only 100% natural sweetener made from fruit – monk fruit extract available where you shop.
So…did I like it? I did! I dropped a couple of packets into this Blueberry Banana Smoothie and really didn’t notice any difference in flavor. And look at the calories I saved by not using sugar! This is probably good for me (yeah, I know), since my family has a history of diabetes. I should be mindful – but it’s hard! At least I know I can use Nectresse and that will help. I know my limits. I think if you are leery of sweeteners, a smoothie is a great way to start! Give this one a shot and let me know what you think.
Blueberry Banana Smoothie
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/4 cup non-fat plain yogurt
- 3 tablespoons low-fat milk
- 2 Nectresse packets
- 1/2 cup ice
Combine all ingredients in a blender; blend until smooth.
Lisa Ling is the NECTRESSE™ Sweetener spokesperson! Due to a family history of diabetes she has always been cautious about her sugar intake and relied on no calorie sweeteners to satisfy her sweet tooth – but she hasn’t liked any as much as NECTRESSE™! You can check out her video here if you like –
• NECTRESSE Sweetener is available in both convenient single-serve packets (40 servings) and easy to hold canisters (140 servings) with a multipurpose lid for sprinkling, pouring or spooning.
• NECTRESSE Sweetener is available now in grocery stores, drug stores, supercenters and online for suggested retail prices of $3.99 (packets) and $6.99 (canisters).
• For recipes, samples and more information on NECTRESSE™ visit www.NECTRESSE.com.