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Stay Healthy with Lite&Sweet Sweeter from Xlear {Review}

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I am a baker. I love to be in my kitchen and I love to bake and cook for my family. Through the years, I have been able to make some pretty amazing things and because my husband loves chocolate, I tend to use alot of recipes containing chocolate chips. I think it goes without saying that using pure sugar is the best way to cook but is it always the healthiest? Well, if you are on dietary restrictions or are trying to lose weight, pure sugar isn't always the best option. I once was on a yeast-free, sugar-free diet and let me tell you, my body went through some horrible withdrawal symptoms from all the sugar I was consuming. During my quest to not eat sugar or yeast, I found myself using products that contained artificial sweeteners and while they weren't pure sugar, they did the trick when I needed them.
Today, I am going to introduce you to a brand new sweetener that comes from a company called Xlear...the Xylitol Experts.  Lite&Sweet is a sweetener that not only sweetens your foods and beverages, but it is also beneficial to upper respiratory and oral health. Here are some more details about this company...

Xlear Inc. was founded in June of 2000 to launch the company’s first commercially available product, Xlear Sinus Care Nasal Spray. Since that time, Xlear has grown to be recognized as an industry leader in the manufacturing and distribution of high-quality, natural xylitol products. Xlear Inc. is recognized as the leading manufacturer of xylitol-based products in North America.  We are tirelessly-committed to providing consumers with the health benefits of xylitol, erythritol, and other natural sweeteners, by manufacturing natural, health-enhancing products based on these incredible sweeteners found in wood, fruits, vegetables, and other natural sources.

I never knew that there could be anything sweetener related in wood...interesting. I have many friends who are on gluten-free diets and they have used xylitol, which is one of the reasons I was interested in checking out Lite&Sweet.
So, for this review I was sent some Lite&Sweet to try out and was very excited when my package arrived.  Lite&Sweet not only comes in these single serve packets, but also comes in 1, 3 and 5 pound bags...which makes it super easy to use for baking.
The first thing I noticed about this sweetener is that it is not powdery like sugar, but rather looks like itty bitty balls of clear sugar. The flavor is very sweet and doesn't have any nasty after taste, like some artificial sweeteners cause.  The second thing that sets this sweetener apart from others is it's 1:1 ratio when used for baking. If your recipe calls for 1/2 cup of sugar, you can use 1/2 cup of Lite&Sweet. I hate when I have to try and figure out how much sweetener to use when I substitute it for sugar in recipes. There's no guess work here...just use however much your recipe calls for.

Now, I am going to share a recipe with you that I made recently using Lite&Sweet! This recipe turned out AWESOME and was a huge hit with my family. Here it is...

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Cinnamon Fruit Biscuits

1/2 cup sugar (I used Lite&Sweet)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tube refrigerated buttermilk biscuits, separated into 8 or ten biscuits (depending on the size of the can)
1/4 cup butter, melted
10 tsp. strawberry preserves

In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Dip top and sides of biscuits in butter, then in cinnamon sugar. Place on ungreased baking sheets. With the end of a wooden spoon handle, make a deep indentation in the center of each biscuit; fill with 1 tsp. of preserves. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 - 18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 15 minutes before serving, preserves will be hot.

Optional: Drizzle a confectioners sugar glaze over the top of each biscuit for an extra hint of sweetness.

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Cinnamon/Lite&Sweet/Sugar mixture and melted butter...
Lay your biscuits out on your ungreased baking sheet...
Dip sides and tops of biscuits in cinnamon sugar mixture, create a large indentation in the top of each biscuit and add your preserves...
Bake until golden brown...add confectioners sugar glaze as an added touch of sweetness.

Ok, so these biscuits tasted amazing and you couldn't even tell that I used a sugar substitute...let alone a HEALTHY sugar substitute! 

You can purchase Lite&Sweet at natural food stores or purchase it directly from Xlear's website. Prices vary depending on what size package you want to buy. So, if you are looking for a healthy alternative to sugar, make sure you check out Lite&Sweet...it is so good, you will hardly notice the difference. I loved using it and baking with it was super easy. I would definitely recommend it to anyone!

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive free product for review purposes. All quotes and stock photos are from the Xlear website and email. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

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