Next up – Monk Fruit in the Raw

Thanks to the kind folks at Green Moms Meet and In The Raw I was able to try the new Monk Fruit in the Raw. Most people are familiar with the Sugar in the Raw… turbinado sugar. What the heck is Monk Fruit??

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Monk Fruit aka Luo Han Guo hails from Asia. Super sweet like sugar.. none of those pesky calories. Having diabetic family members – I was pretty psyched to try this too! It has less than 1 carb and low glycemic impact. Both very attractive to those that watch their carb intake for dietary reasons. Can you say JUST IN TIME FOR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS!!??

So how does it taste? Sweet! I am always hesitant to try sugar alternatives. Why? I blame Stevia. I find Stevia to be very bitter and not enjoyable at all. No matter what the product I can tell if it’s in there. However Monk Fruit in the Raw flies under the radar. I tried it in my tea.. perfectly sweet.

Oh and it measures cup for cup for regular sugar. Only difference.. its SUPER lightweight. I almost threw the bag across the room the first time I picked it up! I used it in my Christmas sugar cookies too! No one could tell the difference. Want the recipe? Head over to see a bunch of other good ones too.. like the Peppermint Brownie Cookies.


Classic Sugar Cookies (from the In the Raw website)

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted sweet butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 large egg plus 1 yolk, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup Monk Fruit In The Raw® Bakers Bag
1/3 cup Sugar In The Raw®, for decoration

In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt, and set aside.

In a large bowl, use an electric mixer on medium-high to beat the butter until fluffy, 2 minutes. Add the sugar and beat until the mixture for 3 minutes. Add the egg, then the yolk and vanilla, beating well between additions. Add the Monk Fruit In The Raw Bakers Bag and beat until just combined. Reduce the beater speed to low and gradually add the dry ingredients, beating until the mixture is clumpy. Stop blending and use a flexible spatula to complete mixing the dough by hand.

Turn the dough out onto a counter and divide it in half. The dough will be soft and sticky. Shape each half into a log 6-inches long and 2-inches in diameter. Wrap the logs in plastic wrap. Chill the dough for at least 2 hours, and up to 3 days.

To bake the cookies, center a rack in the oven. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Place the Sugar In The Raw in a small bowl.

With a sharp, thin knife, cut each log into 1/4-inch slices. If the logs have flattened on one side, use your fingers to gently shape the slices into rounds.  One at a time, lightly press one side of the cookies into the Sugar In The Raw, then place it sugar-side up on the prepared cookie sheet, leaving 1 1/2-inches between cookies.

Bake for 11-13 minutes, until the cookies are firm when pressed in the center and evenly pale gold in color. Let the cookies rest for 1 minute on the baking sheet. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack and cool completely. Keep the Sugar Cookies tightly covered in a tin, for up to 1 week.

Per serving: 120 calories, 6 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 16 g carbohydrate, 8 g sugar, 2 g protein, 0 g dietary fiber, 38 mg sodium, 15mg cholesterol


What else do I love about it? Well.. the obvious! Bright orange packaging! Oh and it’s GLUTEN FREE!

If you’re like myself and watch your sugar intake, I definitely recommend giving this lovely Luo Han Guo fruit a shot. Head here for some pretty awesome coupons!



I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetsSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.


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Worldfoods – easy, tasty, authentic curries & sauces even my kids love! (free $1 off coupon! for you)

What is one thing you wish people warned you about before you had kids?
For me.. it would be how drastically your eating habits change. Sometimes it downright sucks. I miss frequenting my fav thai restaurant. It was always a hard decision between the massamun curry – a coconut based curry with potatoes, onions, carrots and roasted peanuts or tofu with cashew nuts, onions, mushroom, carrots and scallions. Pair that with a sweet Thai iced tea and we’re good to go. Focus Sarah, focus. 
Thanks to the kind folks at Moms Meet I was able to sample a mighty fine selection of WorldFoods sauces: Thai Yellow Curry cooking sauce, Indonesian style Fried Rice Nasi Goreng paste, Thai Green Curry paste and Thai Coconut Galangal stir fry sauce. All four of these are from their ‘Free From‘ product line that are “free from” gluten, dairy and nuts. Absolutely NOTHING artificial or genetically modified.
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I wish I was one of those my-kids-eat-anything type Moms but I’m not and my kids don’t. No matter how hard I try, how many times I introduce new items.. they like what they like. I decided to throw all my reservations about ethnic cooking out the window and try again.
Guess what happened? No seriously.. guess….
My kids ATE IT. Ok Ok.. maybe you’re not as excited as I am.. fine. But my kids ate something that wasn’t in the shape of a dinosaur or out of a squeeze tube!
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And using the sauces is easy peasy. We threw some chicken in the crock pot with the Coconut Galangal sauce and some frozen veggies. A few hours later we threw it over some rice. Done and done. That is seriously my kind of cooking. I work 40+ hours a week, not including my 2 hour commute everyday. The idea that I can have dinner ready and waiting.. PERFECT.
One night I decided to kick it up a bit. I grabbed the Nasi Goreng paste and threw all caution to the wind. Thankfully the jar has a SUPER easy recipe right on the side.
Step 1 – Make an omelette – cool & shred.
Step 2 – Add oil & Nasi Goreng past to your pan, cook for a couple of minutes.
Step 3 – Add chicken (it also calls for shrimp but I didn’t feel THAT adventurous aka I already had my jammies on and didn’t want to go to the store)
Step 4 – Once fully cooked, add cooked rice and TA DA!!
Guess what… MY KIDS ATE IT. If I could I would seriously hop a plane and shake Mr & Mrs WorldFoods Executive hands myself. They created a delish, simple yet authentic product that appeals to EVERYONE. Thanks guys, you guys rock!
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 I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetsSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Medai Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.