Our Monk Fruit Sweeteners are some of our best selling products but what exactly is Monk Fruit? Where does it come from and what are its benefits? We’re here to answer all these questions.
Monk Fruit Sweetener, also referred to as Monk Sugar, is extracted from the exotic monk fruit, which has been used by the ancient Chinese for medicinal purposes as well as a sweetener, for centuries. It is a zero on the glycemic index, has zero calories and is virtually indiscernible in test from regular sugar.
Health Garden Monk Sugar contains pure Monk Sugar and natural Erythritol without any artificial additives or flavors. It comes in two varieties, one a golden texture, which can be used in recipes in place of brown sugar, and one a classic texture, which can replace sugar in virtually any recipe without affecting taste or texture. We also have introduced Monk Fruit packets for easy use and travel.
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Jam is a kitchen staple and there is no reason to miss out on this delicious condiment. Our recipe for sugar-free blackberry jam uses chia seeds as a natural thickening agent. Chia seeds are high in potassium and fiber with a seedy texture. Use this jam on toast, waffles, pancakes and yogurt!
Our fun and refreshing cocktails use a variety of ingredients including fresh fruit, club soda and our sweeteners!
Share the love by whipping up these delicious and guilt-free desserts for your loved one. Start off with rich truffles that make a delicious and easy gift. Then follow it with a tender beef tenderloin that would rival a restaurants. Finish the night off with a chocolate lava cake that is decadent but comes with none of the guilt.
Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles
Delicious truffles with a creamy, homemade sugar-free Nutella ganache center
Enjoy this guilt free version of the chocolate hazelnut spread you love. Put it on fruit, toast, waffles or just about anything!
Dark Chocolate Raspberry Brownies
These brownies are extremely decadent with a true chocolate flavor
Chocolate Lava Cake
The melty, gooey center of this cake is the perfect treat to end your Valentine’s Day meal
For the crust:
• 3 cups all purpose flour
• 1 1/2 tsp salt
• 1 1/2 cups vegetable shortening, cold
• 3/4 cup water-ice cold
• ½ tsp white vinegar
For the filling:
• 9 granny smith apples-peeled and roughly chopped
• 3 tbsp all purpose flour
• 1/2 cup Health Garden Stevia Powder
• ¾ tbsp cinnamon
• 3 tbsp butter, melted
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the crust:
1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt and shortening.
2. Work the shortening deftly into the flour with your fingertips until the shortening is just under pea sized.
3. Combine the water and vinegar
4. A tablespoon at a time, work the liquid until the dough starts to come together (you may need a little more water but only if the dough does not really come together)
5. Knead lightly to a ball and divide into two pieces.
6. Flatten, wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours before using.
For the pie: have 1 egg and brush set aside
1. Combine flour, sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
2. In a medium bowl, toss apples with vanilla extract and butter to completely coat them.
3. Toss in flour mix.
4. Grease the pie pan.
5. On a well floured work surface, knead one ball of dough to smooth.
6. Roll dough to 1-inch larger disc than the pie pan.
7. Line the pie pan and press gently into the bottom. Do not trim the edges.
8. Fill with apple mix and press apples to compact them down.
9. Repeat with second dough to same 2½-inch larger disc than pie pan.
10. Brush edges of dough inside the pan with egg.
11. Lay second dough piece on top of apples and press to form the pie top.
12. Seal both doughs together and crimp to desired pattern. Trim if necessary.
13. Brush top dough with egg and cut a few air vents.
14. Bake at 350°F for approximately 1 hour or until medium golden brown.
15. Remove from oven and cool completely before serving.
You don't need a juicer to whip up refreshing and super healthy drinks. All our recipes can be made in your blender—so no specialty equipment is needed. The natural fibers will make these pretty think, you can simply add water to thin them to the consistency of your liking.
This green goodie sneaks in a dose of iron, key for healthy blood cell and muscle function. It also delivers more than your daily rec of vitamin K—another must for blood and bone health.
Directions: Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. If you find the mixture to be too chunky for your taste still, strain through a mesh sieve.
The Happy Berry
This juice is great for replenishing electrolytes after a workout. The celery contains natural sodium that helps repair muscles and prevent cramps.
This juice is in Vitamin C and other essential vitamins, that help the body heal and maintain a healthy immune system
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to afford all of that fancy equipment we see and use at the gym? As nice as it sounds, it just isn’t an option for most people who workout. Since exercising is so important, you need to find exercises that are effective and don’t require any equipment at all. To make exercising more enjoyable, you can blast your music or even watch TV while you’re working out. Now that we eliminated all possible excuses not to work out, here are 10 great exercises that you can do at home without needing any gym equipment.
If the weather permits it and it’s nice out, it’s wonderful to get outside and enjoy the scenery around you while you’re exercising. If Mother Nature is getting in your way of walking you can still have an effective workout while walking at home. If you have stairs in your house or apartment, go up and down them a few times. This will help you tone up your legs, while getting some low impact aerobic exercise as well. Now if you don’t have any stairs, just walk around the house for 15-30 minutes. It may not be the most exciting exercise, but it will get the job done.
2. Jumping Jacks
Jumping jacks are always fun since they bring back great memories of being a kid again. Well surprise!!! They are also great cardio exercises and good for warming up as well.
Pushups are probably not the most favorite exercise for most people, but while they can be hard to do, you can find easier way to get them done. The key here is to do what works for you. Do them on your knees, instead of keeping your legs straight if that’s easier for you and work your way to up to straight legs. You can even do them while standing up against a wall. You will be building up arm strength and working out muscles in your chest area.
4. Leg Lifts
These are great for building up strength and muscles in your legs. If you find it hard to do exercises with your legs straight, try slightly bending them.
Crunches are the best exercise for building up and strengthening your core and abdominal muscles. When you’re just getting started, don’t worry or focus on getting your head all the way up. So long as you’re going up until you feel the stretching of your muscles, you will see some progress.
Take a look at how the sweet stuff messes with your health, from head to toe.
1. Added Sugar Contains No Essential Nutrients and is Bad For Your Teeth
You've probably heard this a million times before... but it's worth repeating. Added sugars (like sucrose and high fructose corn syrup) contain a whole bunch of calories with NO essential nutrients.
2. Because it Causes Massive Dopamine Release in The Brain, Sugar is Highly Addictive
Sugar can be addictive for a lot of people. Like abusive drugs, sugar causes a release of dopamine in the reward center of the brain
3. It's Sugar That Raises Your Cholesterol and Gives You Heart Disease
For many decades, people have blamed saturated fat for heart disease... which is the #1 killer in the world.However, new studies are showing that saturated fat is harmless. The evidence is mounting that sugar, NOT fat, may be one of the leading drivers of heart disease via the harmful effects of fructose on metabolism
4. Sugar makes you hungrier
Sugar makes you feel famished. Emerging research suggests regularly eating too much sugar scrambles your body's ability to tell your brain you're full.
5. Sugar turns your smile upside down
We might reach for sugar to feel better, but we're getting the opposite effect in the end. A study published in Public Health Journal followed nearly 9,000 people to study the link between depression and eating sugary sweets and fast food. After six years, those who ate the most junk faced a nearly 40% greater risk of developing depression, compared to those who shunned junk food the most.
Our very own, Joel, gives us all the details about our products and
benefits at the Natural Products Expo! Thank you to Veg TV for meeting with us!