Thursday, April 24, 2014

NuNaturals Product Review and No Sugar Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookie Recipe

NuNaturals recently sent me a very generous package of their products in exchange for my review. In the past, I had tried their liquid vanilla, orange, and lemon Stevias. But I didn't realize NuNaturals also offers many other products. You can read more about the company here

Looking for a sweetener that doesn't have the harmful effects of sugar? NuNaturals offers many great healthy sugar alternatives. None of which are not genetically modified. The products are all-natural.

Below are the products I got to try.


NuNaturals Liquid Stevias: The company generously sent me 7 bottles. I tried the NuNaturals Peppermint Stevia in the recipe they sent with the package of goodies. The mint flavored the bars well. A recipe my brother and I came up with using the NuNaturals Cherry Stevia and NuNaturals Cherry Vanilla Stevia is this Cherry Vanilla Soda Alternative.

The liquid Stevias contain no artificial flavors; they only contain pure vanilla extract and real fruit ingredients.


NuStevia White Stevia packets are really convenient. And they contain zero calories. They are 100% natural and contain no aspartame, saccharin, sucralose, high-fructose corn syrup, sugar, or any artificial ingredients or colors. They are gluten free and contain no soy, milk, or preservatives. I used a packet where I would normally add a bit of sugar and it flavored so much sweeter than sugar.

I was also given a packet of a new NuNaturals sweetener alternative, LoSweet. The extract is from the fruit Lo han Guo. It has zero calories and zero sugars. It is actually 300x sweeter than sugar!

PreSweet Tagatose:  This sweetener is gluten and lactose free. It is safe for diabetics. It has a prebiotic ingredient in it, which helps the good bacteria in the digestive system, which I thought was cool. You sure don't get that from ordinary sugar!

My sister and I both used it in baking. It worked excellently as a sugar substitute. My sister created this chocolate chip cookie recipe using it. 

No Sugar Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies
  • 4 T. butter 
  • 1 T. NuNaturals PreSweet Tagatose
  • 2 3/4 cup chick peas 
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda 
  • 1/2 tsp.baking powder 
  • Chocolate Chips or Raisins 
Mix everything, aside from the chocolate chips/raisins, in a food processor. Fold in chocolate chips/raisins.

Bake at 350 degrees fro 15-18 minutes.

Recipe adapted from this one at Inspired Housewife.



NuStevia NoCarbs Blend: The consistency reminds me of regular white sugar. It is a non-bitter, zero calorie sweetener.


NuStevia Reb99: The consistency reminds me of powdered sugar. It also is a non-bitter, zero calorie sweetener.


NuGrains Oat Fiber: This can be added to recipes to give them some extra fiber. It gives products a nutty taste. One teaspoon (a serving) contains 3 grams of fiber.


Right now you can go to NuNaturals and receive 15% off your entire order through June 30, 2014 with the code BLG0614.

How about you? Have you ever tried any NuNaturals products? If so, which ones?

Disclosure: I was given the NuNaturals products to try. However, all opinions and reviews are my own.



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Monday, April 21, 2014

Healthy Tuesday Hop #89

Hey everyone! Welcome to the Healthy Tuesday Hop! To those who link up each week, thank you! To those new, welcome. I hope you enjoy sharing your healthy posts and browsing those already linked-up.


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Caught in the Middle Book Review

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I was recently received a copy of Caught in the Middle by Regina Jennings from Bethany House Publishers to review. The book contained humor and adventure right from the start.  

Note: This review contains some spoilers.

The book tells of Anne and her journey of healing from her past. Caught in the Middle is rich with emotion and it is easy to sympathize with the characters.

Sammy, the young child in the book, adds some humor and life to the story. Abandoned by his parents, Anne takes him under her wing, knowing nothing about parenting.

Along the way, Anne meets Nick, a sweet gentleman. Because of her past, she doesn't trust or allow herself to love him at first. I like the quote from him on page 218: "I've been waiting for the right lady to come alone, and I'll keep waiting for her until she's ready."

Another piece I liked was on page 283: "She needed more grace than he could offer, and he'd pray that she would turn to God and find it." It takes Anne almost losing Sammy for her to come to trust God and have a changed life, including freedom from her past.

The struggles of the characters are very real and you can root for them. When Anne does give her life to God, the change in her feels very real.

Caught in the Middle was one of those books that I could read for hours on end. If you like historical fiction, I'd recommend it. If you've already read it, what did you think of it?

Disclosure: I was given Tide and Tempest from Bethany House Publishers to review. However, all opinions and reviews are my own.



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Friday, April 18, 2014

Beessential Natural Skin & Hair Care Products Review

I'd like to thank Beessential for providing me 3 products to review. I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing each of the quality products.


Here's a couple cool facts about Beessential's products:
  • They are "family made in small handcrafted batches"
  • They prominently display that they are proudly made in the USA

Beessential is making their products more natural and more organic. Their website states, "As more and more organic ingredients permeate the personal care market, we promise to incorporate them as we ever strive to realize our goal of 100 percent organic, natural, and renewable products." source

The ingredients of the products I reviewed contain no harsh chemicals. Here's an example of what the ingredients look like.

Grapefruit and Lemongrass Foaming Moisturizing Hand Soap: Coconut, olive, and virgin hem oil, capryly and capryl glucoside, aloe, honey, grapefruit essential oil, lemon grass essential oil, rosemary extract, and citric acid.

It's nice when you can pronounce and know what the ingredients in your products are! The only ingredient I didn't know was capryly/capryl glucoside. From what I read, it's a gentle, natural, cleansing and foaming agent.

Below is a summary of the products I got to review.


Original Honey Hand and Body Cream (Fresh Cucumber and Energizing Green Tea)
  • The cream is rich
  • It's thick, but not at all oily
  • It soaks right into the skin, taking away the dryness
  • The scent lasts even after washing hands

Makes me think their shampoo and conditioner would be wonderful!


Totally Hip Hemp Lemongrass (with a hint of) Lavender Soap
  • Lathers really well
  • Very foamy for bar soap
  • Leaves you with a clean, refreshing feel
  • Subtle scent
  • Moisturizing

Made my hands feel smooth, like I had applied lotion.


Grapefruit and Lemongrass Foaming Moisturizing Hand Soap
  • Faint lemony scent
  • Not watery, as some foamy soaps feel
  • Leaves hands with a clean, refreshing feel

Aside from the products I reviewed, Beessential also offers products such as shampoo, conditioner, lip balm, and body wash. You can order their products on Beessential's website, or go here to see if their products are available at a store near you.

Once you try them, let me know what you think. Or if you've already tried them, please leave a comment below!

Disclosure: Though I was provided 3 products from Beessential to review, all opinions and reviews are my own.



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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cherry Vanilla Soda Alternative (with NuNaturals Stevia)

Are you one of those people who just has to have their soda, yet feels guilty because you know the contents are harmful to your health?

I'd like to offer you a soda alternative.

Recently, NuNaturals sent me a very generous package of their products to review. Among the products were NuNaturals Cherry Stevia and NuNaturals Cherry Vanilla Stevia.

NuNaturals Stevia contains no msg, artificial colors or flavor, preservatives, aspartame, sucralose, or artificial sweeteners. Their Stevia is a natural plant extract.


My youngest brother and I experimented a bit and came up with a delicious soda-like product. Cool fact: there is no sugar in it!

Cherry Vanilla Soda Alternative


Add the drops of Stevia to the bottle of carbonated water and gently move the bottle to mix. That's it!

Personally, I think it is a great alternative to sodas like Dr. Pepper or Cherry Coke. The Stevia sweetens and flavors it really well. And of course, if you think there isn't enough flavor, you could add a few more drops.

If you try this, or you have tried other "healthy soda" varieties, please let me know in the comments.

Want to find out more about NuNaturals? You can go here. And go here if you're interested in purchasing their products. Or follow them on Facebook! And stick around here at A Humble Bumble for more information about NuNaturals.

Disclosure: I was given the NuNaturals Stevia to try. However, all opinions and reviews are my own.



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Monday, April 14, 2014

Healthy Tuesday Hop #88

Hey everyone! Welcome to the Healthy Tuesday Hop! To those who link up each week, thank you! To those new, welcome. I hope you enjoy sharing your healthy posts and browsing those already linked-up.


A Humble Bumble

 



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Friday, April 11, 2014

Girl Stuff... You're Not the Only One

Do you ever feel like you're alone when it comes to certain things? Like how you feel at "that time of the month"? If you're like me, these pics summarize pretty well.


Now you know, you're not alone. :)

I must say, there is one thing I'm so thankful for when it comes to the roller-coaster of emotions portrayed above: They are temporary. Yes, they come each month, but once it is all over, I am so thankful. I feel so grateful for my health.

My chiropractor recently gave me some Estrovera. The main ingredient is a type of rhubarb root. It is supposed to help balance the hormones. I just recently started taking it, so I have not seen any results yet. If you suffer from some of the symptoms as the pin above described, maybe consider talking to your chiropractor or medical doctor about options like Estrovera.

And something I'm needing to work on: Praising God amidst the storm. And yes, I would say the above is a storm in a girl's life. But God is good. All the time.

Agreed?

4/14/14 Update: I have now been taking the Estrovera for about a month and can testify that my PMS symptoms seemed to have decreased greatly.



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