Christmas is coming, and around here that means lots of sweets! If you’re looking for a way to enjoy sweets without the guilt of sugar, you may want to give Monk Fruit in the Raw a try.
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What is Monk Fruit? Monk fruit, known as luo han guo in Asia, was first harvested in the 13th century by Arhats, or “Enlightened Ones,” which translates to Monks in English. Monk Fruit In The Raw is a wholesome, zero-calorie sweetener made from real monk fruit, a vine-ripened fruit that is native to Asia. I was amazed how close the taste was to sugar! Usually I can’t stand the aftertaste of sugar substitutes, but the taste of this when I tried it alone didn’t bother me.
Since I’m pregnant, I’m doing my best to eat healthy – and one way to do this is by using natural zero-calorie sweeteners. I made this smoothie as a great afternoon snack. Coconut milk is a healthy fat, the monk fruit adds a touch of sweetness, and of course there is the kale too!
Tropical Milk Shake
½ cup coconut milk (or 1 tsp coconut cream)
¼ cup low-fat (1 percent) cow’s milk
3/4 cup ripe pineapple, cut into chunks
one handful washed, torn kale (I keep a big bag in the freezer to add to recipes)
1 packet Monk Fruit In The Raw®
½ cup coarsely crushed ice
Place the coconut milk, dairy milk, fruit, kale, Monk Fruit In The Raw®, and ice in a blender. Whirl on high speed until smooth and frothy. Pour the milk shake into a tall glass. Serve immediately.
The sweet and delicious extract from monk fruit is blended with other sweeteners to create the perfect balance of sweet. Monk Fruit In The Raw is naturally vegan, kosher, and gluten-free, and does not contain any added table sugar, sugar alcohols, or molasses. One pack of Monk Fruit In The Raw is about as sweet as two teaspoons of sugar. If you’re baking with it, they suggest that you only replace half of the amount of sugar with Monk Fruit In The Raw for best results. Try to substitute half of the sugar in your favorite baking recipes with Monk Fruit In The Raw or visit InTheRaw.com for recipe ideas. Also connect on Facebook and twitter for exclusive access to discounts and special offers!