My Cuppa Tea {Nevella to Go}

Hi everyone!

Guess what I’m about to go do for the first time in more than a week…

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Run! Although I kinda feel guilty because it’s unseasonably warm (like, 65 degrees, at 6:00 in the morning) and I’m heading to the treadmills. Along with those fabulous temps are also 20 mph winds. With those winds I wouldn’t even notice the nice temperatures. So it’s to the gym I go – just for an easy 3 or 4 or 5 miler. We’ll see how it goes Smile

But first, a cuppe joe:

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(and a banana instead of cookies.)

I’ve done pretty good this week about limiting my coffee to one cup (I’m usually a 2-cupper) though, and I think I owe it to my afternoon tea time.

Hi everyone!

If you’ve been reading my blog for a bit, you know that recently I’ve really gotten into drinking tea. I started with tea bags thrown in the microwave, and have since progressed to actually steeping it in a cute little steeper – fancy tea and all!

Recently, one of my favorite ways to enjoy it has been to have a hot cup of sweetened tea after lunch (instead of my usual piece of chocolate!) I’m often cold right after lunch – and I crave something sweet – and this takes care of both of those needs ;)

Since I work throughout the day, I don’t really have time to run home and brew some hot tea. Instead, I stashed my electric kettle and some peach tea bags in the gym’s office, along with some sweetener.

Through my partnership with Blog Frog, I was recently given the chance to try outNevella To Go, portable liquid sweetener which dissolves instantly. The sweeteners come in three varieties – monk fruit (which I had never heard of!) stevia, and sucralose.

As the name suggested, I decided to try them out by putting them in my purse to grab at work when I wanted some post-lunch tea. I tried the monk fruit first, purely out of curiosity sake:

I wasn’t exactly sure what monk fruit was, so I did some researching first. Turns out, monk fruit is, in fact, a fruit – a very sweet one – that contains mogrosides. The mogrosides are then extracted to use as a sweetener.

I could definitely taste the “fruitiness” of the monk fruit in my tea. It tasted very citrus-like and incredibly sweet.

Next, I tried the stevia, which I ended up liking the best. Just a little squeeze was all I needed to sweeten my tea to taste.

Finally, I tried the sucralose version, which is the main ingredient in Splenda. Although I’m not a huge fan of Splenda, it did taste good, and actually ended up being my husband’s favorite. (I had Shane taste-test with me at home.)

What’s your favorite sweetener? I’d have to go with stevia for low-calorie sweeteners and honey for, well, regular sweeteners.

I took the Sweetness To Go Challenge using Nevella To Go. These handy little bottles fit perfectly in your purse or pocket, come in stevia, monk fruit, and sucralose varieties, and they’re calorie free. Take the Sweetness To Go Challenge yourself and click here to get your $1 off coupon!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nevella. The opinions and text are all mine.

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  1. I. Would. Love. I. Would. LOVE.
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  2. I’ve heard of monk fruit only because it’s in my favorite healthy ice cream (Arctic Zero!)
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  3. I usually use stevia for a sweetener, so I’d definitely be interested in the stevia version!
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  4. These are so neat! I usually keep a couple packets of stevia with me for when I’m on the go so these would be perfect! I’ll have to try the tea after lunch trick! I always crave something sweet then too!
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  5. Yesterday it was so nice and I headed off the gym. My dad was surprised I wasn’t running outside but I had run the day before and didn’t want to do back-to-back days. It’s nice outside again but I also have strength-training on the agenda so I’m pretty sure it’s back to the gym…
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  6. I WAS going to go run for the first time this week on the treadmills. However, I made a last-minute decision to take it outside. Totally stupid because I was wearing a black workout top and everything, but luckily there is literally no one out when I’m up to exercise. It was sooooo nice.
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  7. Usually pure maple syrup or Stevia. I have some stevia packets I can keep at work etc that work great!
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  8. I love honey and maple syrup..absolutely delicious. Especially in some homemade granola bars!
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  9. I’m not such a sweetener type person. I like herbal tea just plain. But, when I sweeten a recipe, I use maple syrup or honey.
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  10. I can’t stand the wind either so I totally get your decision to do a treadmill run! I definitely prefer Stevia as my favorite sweetener, but I rarely use it anymore. I used to be addicted to Splenda which was just a bad habit all around!
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  11. I don’t usually use sweetener in my tea, but that monk fruit intrigues me and they are so convenient I think a lot of ppl would enjoy these!
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  12. Oh sounds very interesting! I don’t usually sweeten my tea, but I found out I actually prefer it a tad sweetened. Usually stevia is my go to sweetener, but I do enjoy maple syrup just to change things up every once in a while!
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  13. It is really warm here too! I am about to head out for a walk it is so nice, because tomorrow all that goes away. :(
    I love stevia! I need to check this stuff out!
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  14. Stevia is my favorite. I don’t do Splenda at all and I was curious about the monkfruit one, so it’s good to know it’s citrusy.

    Ok, so the temps were amazing today so Tony and ran outside…BIG mistake! The winds were crazy! I wanted an easy run too…which I did not get. Sometimes, the treadmill is better in my book. My legs would have appreciated it. I hope you had a good one!
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  15. I’ve never tried those little To Go teas, but I’m a huge tea fan, especially in the colder months of the year. I have traded in coffee for a combo of black and green tea in the mornings during the week (still drink coffee on weekends) and drink herbal teas in the evening. If you ever have the chance to go to a loose-leaf tea shop, do it, it’s like Disneyland for tea lovers.

    I actually grow chamomile, lemon balm, lemon verbena, mint and lavender in my back yard to make my own herbal teas. Love it.
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