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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Making Changes with Pure Via Stevia Zero Calorie Sweetener {#giveaway}

Pure Via™ is a naturally sourced sweetener made from the pure, sweet extract of the stevia plant. It’s a great tasting, zero calorie alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners. Use Pure Via™ just like sugar to add natural sweetness to hot or cold beverages sprinkle on your favorite fruits or any other recipes you wish. 

My husband is now seeing a dietician. He works shift work and he is now in his mid-forties.  Over two decades of working rotating shifts has taken a tole on his health and well being.   Our doctor has warned my husband to get control of his health or he may be facing serious issues within two to three years.  It's scary, but, luckily we have lots of resources to help us figure out what he needs to do to make himself healthier.

The dietician first explained that his weight gain is not because he is eating too much - he is actually not eating enough.  He needs to take the time to eat regular meals no matter what shift he is on, as well as take breaks to have something to eat while he is at work.  We are going to concentrate on eating clean and not eating processed foods.

And, just like a sign, I received some information and product from Pure Via Stevia and some inspiration to change our sugar and sweetener habits.

The Sweet Facts

  • It has zero calories
  • Pure Via is naturally sourced
  • The pure extract of the stevia plant is the secret to Pure Via. It’s called Reb A and is the sweetest and best part of the Stevia plant
  • Great tasting Pure Via is perfectly crafted to sweeten coffee, tea, fruits or cereals
  • 1 Pure Via sachet sweetens like 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • No added colours or preservatives
  • It’s Certified Kosher
  • Pure Via is suitable for Diabetics and gluten intolerance   
My husband and I were both born and breed on sugar, it's all either of us has ever known.  Yet, we are ready for change and are up for the challenge in changing our food consumption habits.  We will start painlessly by simply replacing sugar in our coffee with Pure Via Sweetener.  But, from there, that is where things will get exciting.

Get Cooking with Pure Via Stevia Zero Calorie Sweetener







Servings
Makes: 12 muffins





Ingredients
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
20 packets Pure Via® sweetener
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1-1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
Quick or Old Fashioned Oats (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper baking cups.
  2. Mix together flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt , orange peel and Pure Via® sweetener in a large bowl. Stir in buttermilk, oil and eggs; mix until just moistened. Fold in blueberries.
  3. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Sprinkle with oats, if desired. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool one minute; remove from muffin cups.   
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We are making changes with Pure Via Stevia.  It's simple to interchange Pure Via where I was used to using sugar.  We are just beginning this journey, as my husband goes back to the dietician in another month.  Yet, I am really hopeful and encouraged that even this one easy substitution is going to make a big difference.


Giveaway!

Canadians enter to win a $50 gift basket to encourage you to make changes in your life.  It's new to Canada - be one of the first to give it a try!

Enter to win a Pure Via Stevia Zero Calorie Sweetener Gift Pack  ($50 value)



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Disclaimer: I was sent a sample.  Opinions expressed are mine, yours may differ. 

57 comments:

409cope said...

I am interested in giving Stevia a try as hubby would like to cut down on his sugar and this sounds like a good alternative. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

Annie1 said...

I'm interested in this product because I'm always looking for a natural low calorie sweetener that I can use for many purposes! This sounds like a great product!

RAFFLECOPTER NAME is Anne Taylor

Annie1 said...

We are becoming healthier by cutting out white sugar from our diet and drinking lots of water!

Thanks

RAFFLECOPTER NAME is Anne Taylor

Sarah Stickney said...

because I was diabetic while I was pregnant

MissT said...

Trying to lose weight and I love sugar so I need a replacement that has no calories.

Tricia said...

I'm interested because it has zero calories!

Tricia said...

I am being healthier by exercising more.

Emma said...

Hubby is diabetes but go a sweet tooth, I'd like to try alternative.

carschick2000 said...

I would like to try Stevia as i want to loose weight and i have a real sweet tooth!

carschick2000 said...

I am drinking more water and walking to and from school to pick up my son each day (1.2km each way) and am coaching soccer too these days!

robynl said...

interested in trying this as am a Diabetic

robynl said...

hubby bought me a bike and I plan on riding to work instead of taking car whenever possible

Kayla said...

I'd like a healthier alternative to sugar.

the_jaunty_loon said...

I'm interested in trying this product because I have a friend who comes for coffee and she's trying to use less sugar.

Belinda M said...

I would love to try this product because I have changed the way I eat in the last 8 months because I wanted to be healthier. This would be a great way to cut back on sugar even more

Belinda M said...

I joined weight watchers 8 months ago to learn how to take better care of myself. I now make better choices when it comes to food and I exercise

Beth Gallinger said...

My family has good things to say about Stevia, so I'd like to try Pure Via Stevia.

Jasen H said...

I quit consuming sugar and products containing sugar last year. Since then I've tried many sugar alternatives including a form of pure ground stevia leaves unfortunately I found the taste and aftertaste to be horrible! I'd like to try this refined version of Stevia to see if it manages to fix that problem.

Brenda Penton said...

I'm interested in giving it a try because I have insulin resistance and am trying to cut out as much sugar as possible.

Brenda Penton said...

I am being a healthier me by cutting my portions and eating healthier. Down 110 pounds and just maintaining now.

BerryMorins Bits & Tips said...

I've been working with a health and wellness coach and she suggested that I go sugar free. I have noticed less pain but I do miss indulging in sugar treats.

2012july said...

I'm looking for a healthy calorie free sweetener. I think I've found it.

Debbie said...

I am trying to loose weight but my sweet tooth wins every time.
(Debbie W)

2012july said...

I'm getting healthier by losing weight and eating healthier.

Debbie said...

I'm drinking more water and I participate in Zumba on a regular basis
(Debbie W)

tobyhir said...

I'm looking for a 'great tasting' alternative to sugar!

Lori Bazan said...

I need to lose weight so this is an ideal product for me to try!

Soozle said...

I would like to win as I try to avoid sugar - so I need a good alternative!

Fan R. said...

I'd like to try Pure Via Stevia because it is great for health and waist too. Never heard about Pure Via Stevia, would be nice to be first to try.

toolie said...

i would use this for baking
(stacey h)

leanne_mac said...

I would like to try it because it looks good

leannemacg at gmail.com

Victoria S said...

I scarcely use sugar, but it would be nice to have a healthy alternative for baking.

Victoria Ess

Victoria S said...

I started running regularly this summer.

Victoria Ess

Stephanie LaPlante said...

I would like to try it because it's all natural and much healthier then regular sugar.

Rafflecopter Name: Stephanie LaPlante

Stephanie LaPlante said...

My tip and routine is daily vitamins!

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Andrea Amy said...

I would like to win to try it out :)

Andrea Amy said...

I walk lots and try to watch what I eat

Crystal Englot said...

A healthier option for me when I am doing my baking! My Mom uses and raves about Stevia all the time. (Rafflecopter: Laird N Crystal Englot)

Heidi Carlson-Reid said...

My hubby's family has a number of people with diabetes/prediabetes so I would like him to try alternative sweeteners like this!

Heidi Carlson-Reid said...

I have been working on drinking more water. I add a little flavour to make it easier!

Angela M said...

I'd like try to cut down on my sugar intake.
angela mitchell

Angela M said...

I avoid soda, coffee, alcohol and juice and I try to get out for walks and hikes.

Inez McLeish said...

I am interested because of all the interesting things I have read about this product. There are recipes that call for it that I would like to try.

Inez McLeish said...

We are trying to eat healthier. I'm trying to exercise more regularly.

josiefiorda said...

trying to lose weight, I need a good sugar replacement!

josiefiorda said...

to be healthier I have been eating a lot more veggies and fruit and trying to cut back on sugar

Tooth Fairy said...

Looking for sweetening up some things for my sweet tooth cravings while trying to eat healthier and lessen calories too!
ladybugcda (at) hotmail (dot) com

Dianne said...

I try not to use sugar so I would like to try this alternative.

Tooth Fairy said...

I am starting to do some juicing and also keep my sweet tooth under better control!
ladybugcda (at) hotmail (dot) com

Wayne Lecoy said...

Please enter me in your giveaway.
It would be great to win a
Pure Via Stevia Zero Calorie Sweetener Gift Pack.
In response to your question of
Why are you interested in giving Pure Via Stevia a try?
I am interested in trying this product because
i have never tried it.
I use sugar all the time so this would be a healthier change.
Thank you for having this giveaway!

Wayne Lecoy said...

I entered your giveaway.
It would be great
to win a Pure Via Stevia Zero Calorie Sweetener Gift Pack.
In response to your requirement to
Leave a comment sharing one tip how you are being a healthier you.
I am trying to exercise more and eat more fruits and vegetables.
I think a great tip to be healthier is drink a lot of water and watch your sugar intake.

Salad For Breakfast said...

i would like to give up sugar and try a healthier, more natural alternative.

sarah sar
texan_michael AT yahoo DOT com

Salad For Breakfast said...

I'm doing cardio exercise daily and walking as much as i can instead of driving. also, drinking lots of water in this heatwave!

sarah sar
texan_michael AT yahoo DOT com

Flo said...

I like to win it for my mom. But I will also try it myself.

Florence C

Flo said...

I am walking more and cutting back on sweets and salt

Florence C

Christy Martin said...

I like that it is naturally sourced. I have had ugly allergic reactions to various artificial sweeteners (Splenda, Crystal Light drink) in the past.

Savvy Suburban Mama said...

I use Splenda and I understand that Stevia is a better option. It would be great to try it out and see how we like it.