With a house full of growing young girls, I’m always on the lookout for nutritious ways to improve our eating habits and replace empty calories. I’ve seen a few In The Raw products advertised, but never tried them, so I was definitely curious to check out Monk Fruit in The Raw.
According to my research, monk fruit was traditionally grown on steep forested mountains in small family orchards, so it was understandably scarce. Legend says that monk fruit is named after the Buddhist monks who first cultivated it nearly 800 years ago. Though extremely sweet, it is also uniquely low-calorie- the perfect combination!
Monk Fruit In The Raw comes conveniently packaged in pre-measured packets- just one pack contains the sweetness of about two teaspoons of sugar. These are ideal for things like tea, cereal and smoothies. It also comes in baker’s bags which can be used to mix up sweet treats like cookies and brownies.
They generously sent me a huge box of supplies to set up a fun tasting party, filled with samples, totes, coupons and more!
They included some great recipes which I will probably try soon, but I decided to go my own way with a watermelon fruit bowl and fruity drink party! Everyone loved the fun bowls, which are super easy to make. You just slice in half several small, ripe watermelons. Remove the flesh from inside, trying to keep it as intact as possible and scraping any excess out with a spoon or small sharp knife. I then sliced the watermelon and used small star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out shapes. I mixed these with peach slices and mandarin orange sections in the watermelon shells, sprinkling with Monk Fruit In The Raw to taste.
Refreshing and delicious for the last hot days of our rapidly fading summer.
They also included fun word games for us to play.
Everyone seemed to agree that the Monk Fruit was super sweet and tasty. I personally am usually wary of artificial sweeteners because of the weird after-taste they leave. Though this doesn’t taste exactly like sugar, I didn’t find it to have an unpleasant after-taste and I was pleased that it is derived from a natural source.
** I received the products mentioned in this post for free in exchange for my honest opinion, thanks to MomSelect and InTheRaw.