Originally posted on No 2 Minute Warning  |  Last updated 9/21/12

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nectresse™ Sweetener for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Boise State and BYU played a stingy defensive battle Thursday night that many would have been wise to turn off and head to bed early, but Boise State defensive tackle Mike Atkinson's 36-yard interception return for a touchown was all the Broncos would need in a 7-6 decision on the blue turf. Atkinson's defensive score is the No 2-Minute Warning Sweet Play, brought to you this week by NECTRESSE Sweetener.

Every morning I wake up at 5 a.m. and get right to work with some catching up on the latest college football headlines and email exchanges and some writing. It is a routine that is just about always accompanied by a cup of coffee, as you might have already guessed. This coffee generally comes with a spoonful of sugar, but recently I have been giving NECTRESSE™Sweetener a try replacing the sugar and I have to say the change was a wise one.

The folks who brought you Splenda have come up with a new alternative sweetener using ingredients extracted from monk fruit, which is typically the source of many traditional Chinese medications. The all-natural ingredients, I thought, would be too fruity for me but I was willing to give it an honest try.

I first tried a recipe that was sent with my FREE sample of NECTRESSE™Sweetener for a strawberry bnana smoothie. Of course, I don't know how much you need a recipe to make a simple smoothie but I tossed in one packet from the free sample box and blended the ingredients to make what turned out to be one of the better smoothies I have ever made. My wife agreed, stealing a couple sips of my smoothie before I could be done.

The recipe is simple enough.

  • 1/2 medium banana
  • 3 frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 2 NECTRESSE Natural No Calories Sweetener packets
  • 1/3 cup of ice

Put it all in a blender and blend until smooth. Like I said, incredibly easy.

With the first test passed by the sweetener it was one to a tougher evaluation. How would this sweetener mix with my morning coffee?

Like many, the morning coffee is somehting I dare not mess with usually, but to be fair I needed to see if it could hold up to the task. To me, it got the seal of approval (note to self: design a seal of approval) and thus I felt comfortable recommending it to others who may be looking to cut down on their actual sugar intake while not losing that sweetness factor. Of course, this may also depend on personal preference and what type of coffee you like to sip on (or gulp down multiple times before 11 am).

But do not take my word for it, check out this testimonial from Lisa Ling…

If you want to give it a try simply request a free sample. You can also visit the NECTRESSE Facebook page for more information and recipes.

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