I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Monk Fruit In The Raw. I received product samples to facilitate my post as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation
September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and in observance of this month and the continuous effort of our family to life a healthier lifestyle, our family is working on reducing our sugar intake. Sugar is one of the hardest things for my family to give up. Though we haven’t given it up completely – we do try to watch our sugar intake any time we get a craving.
One way that we’ve been able to watch our sugar, is modifying some of our favorite recipes with Monk Fruit In The Raw which is a wholesome, zero-calorie sweetener, made with real fruit. It has a simple sweet taste that can be used in any recipe that calls for sugar without reducing taste. You can actually purchase it in packets for drinks, or in bakers bags for baking. It’s a easy, convenient way to substitute a healthier alternative to sweet drinks, snacks & desserts. (*Most baking recipes do require the sugar for the right volume and texture, in these instances replace 1/2 of the regular sugar with Monk Fruit In The Raw for best results).
One of our favorite family snacks is fruit dip. My kids will eat any type of fruit that you put out there if you add some fruit dip with it! But with all the sugar in your basic dip recipe, they might as well be eating a cookie. So I made it my mission to find a better way to make our fruit dip healthy. I actually couldn’t believe how easy it was – and how many different options I had using Monk Fruit In The Raw.
Now I came up with a few recipes of my own, and I also found a few great combinations online and I tried them ALL. They all tasted pretty good, but had different textures and levels of sweetness, so I suggest you mix small batches together until you find your favorite. The one I prefer, the kids don’t care for, and the one the kids prefer is a bit too sweet for my taste. Either way any of the recipes are a healthier version of a favorite snack.
This one is quite simple – mix part fat free (or light) sour cream with 1/4 cup of Monk Fruit In The Raw. Refrigerate for about an hour, and enjoy!
Mix 1 package (8 oz) fat free cream cheese (softened), 1 package (8 oz) sugar free cool whip, and 1/2 cup of Monk Fruit In the Raw. Mix well, refrigerate.
This is my favorite – mix 2 cups Greek yogurt with 1/4 cup Monk Fruit In The Raw and a dollop of cool whip (or you can add more, depending on the level of sweetness you are trying to acquire). Refrigerate before eating. LOVE this one!
Any of the above recipes are great with strawberries, apples, bananas, grapes, kiwi, peaches, and any other fruit you can get your hands on!
Not only did I find a great edible recipe to use Monk Fruit In The Raw, but I also found a great beauty DIY Organic Sugar Scrub as well that I had to share!
You Will Need:
1/4 Cup Monk Fruit In The Raw
2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil
a bowl & a spoon
**Optional for scent: a essential oil of your choice
In bowl mix Monk Sugar In The Raw with Coconut Oil – be sure the oil is in more of a solid state. It doesn’t work well if it’s in liquid form.
Blend well, and add 2 drops of the essential oil of your choice (my favorite is lemon).
Apply to dry, rough skin. (Think elbows, hands, heels, feet, knees, etc)
Rub in circular motion until coconut oil is a liquid state.
Rinse and pat dry.
Your skin will be feeling fresh and clean!
*Be sure to store leftover sugar scrub in an airtight container to keep it from drying out!