Get Addicted to your Health Without Compromising Life’s Sweet Pleasures!
Getting addicted to your health means recognizing the addictive habits that are keeping you from getting clean. One of the most overlooked addictions in today’s society is sugar.
Sugar is a real addiction, and craving junk food is no different than craving alcohol, drugs, or nicotine. In fact, sugar releases the same dopamine receptors in your brain as heroine! Just like a drug addiction, the more these receptors are activated, the more of the substance is needed to feel the same reward or “high.”
Even if the dealer boasts that their product is “sugar-free,” often artificial sweeteners are put in its place (which in fact are even more harmful than the culprit itself), or the sugar is broken down into smaller molecules that are disguised under different names.
I believe that leading a healthy life –mind, body, spirit, does not mean depriving yourself – or your taste buds, and replacing sugar with healthier alternatives does have to be hard. Whether you’re ready to wean off sugar slowly or cut it out completely cold turkey, I encourage you to take that first step. It’s often easy to forget that there are much healthier – and even sweeter alternatives to mainstream sugar. This is where stevia comes into play.
What’s so sweet about Stevia?
- plant-derived natural sweetener
- used around the world for hundreds of years
- ¼ cup of Stevia = sweetness of 1 cup of sugar
- does not affect blood sugar, which is directly linked to mood swings, cravings, weight gain, hypoglycemia, and Type II diabetes
Due to Stevia’s benefits, many companies have tried to capitalize on this natural product, in the process adding harmful ingredients in order to optimize sales and lower production costs. Always read ingredient labels.
Chi Junky approved Stevia
NuNaturals is a green company that has been around for over 25 years due to the integrity and quality of their products.
Their product NuStevia:
- Contains no MSG, soy, milk, sugar, synthetics, artificial sweeteners, colours or flavours, aspartame, gluten, wheat, yeast, preservatives, or chemicals
- Supports and derives from sustainable green practices
- Not processed through genetic engineering
- Promise that if it’s not on their label, it’s not in their product
At Chi Junky, our specialty is coming up with ways to make the things we love as healthy as possible – including the occasional drink. During our most recent stint of healthy debauchery we thought we would put the NuNatural Simple Stevia Syrup to the test and try and revamp one of our favorite cocktails.
The results…? Outstanding! Not only did it taste great, but knowing that the cocktail wasn’t loaded with refined sugar definitely made us feel better about indulging. We all know that all that extra sugar found in our favorite boozy drinks can make for a nasty hangover, and this hand-crafted cocktail is sure to help make the next morning a little more bearable.
Chi Junky Spiked Green Goddess Punch
(makes 3-4 drinks)
6 oz Gin
1 cup freshly pressed green juice (we used celery, cucumber, cilantro and lime)
1 cup sparkling water
2 tsp NuNaturals Stevia Syrup
Lime slices to garnish
Juice the celery, cucumber, cilantro, and lime. Combine all ingredients in a big jug, mix, and enjoy!
Remember Stevia is much sweeter than sugar, so if two teaspoons does not seem to satisfy your sweet tooth, only add one additional drop at a time!
Want to start getting creative with stevia? We have an incredible giveaway from NuNaturals to get you started!
To enter, all you have to do is follow these 2 simple steps:
1) Share this post on Facebook and tag a friend, Nu Naturals, and Chi Junky saying what you would do with any of the products in the NuNutural giveaway
2) Like Chi Junky and NuNaturals on Facebook
Winners will receive:
1 bottle Cherry Vanilla Stevia Syrup
1 bottle new Cocoa Stevia Syrup
1 bottle new Simple Syrup (used in our recipe!)
1 50 packet box of NuStevia White Powder Packets
+ 1 FREE bonus product!!
Readers are also invited to use the following promo code on the NuNaturals website to receive 15% off any order until December 31st, 2014!
Promo code: BLG1214
What are you waiting for?! Giveaway ends November 27th, 2014.