A big thank you goes out to Robyn from XAgave for sending me this awesome “Delicious Meets Nutritious” Cookbook along with my very own bottle of XAgave Nectar.
What exactly is XAgave?
It is a physician reccommended, healthy alternative sweetener to sugar and other artificial sweeteners with a low calorie count and low glycemic index. It gives you the natural sweetness that you crave without the harmful effects that you risk when using artificial sweeteners and the high calorie content of natural cane sugar. It contains natural enzymes, vitamins, minerals, including calcium and iron, and a nutritious fiber, Inulin, that studies have shown provides a number of health benefits.
XAgave gives you improved energy, bone density, motality, and enhances your immune system. Unlike sugar, it will not “spike” your blood sugar levels and will leave you more satisfied after consumption because of the Inulin (fiber). Recent studies have also shown XAgave to reduce the risk of cancerous causing lesions in the lower intestine and Type II Diabetes! At just 60 calories per tbsp., this product could be the answer to your sugary dreams! 🙂
What is XAgave made of?
XAgave is made completely of organically grown nectars derived from Agave Tequiliana (Blue Agave) and Agave Salmiana (White Agave) plants. The agave plants takes about 7 to 8 years to mature and the plants we use are grown under strict guidelines that meet USDA organic certification requirements.
How can I use XAgave?
The possibilities are virtually endless as far as the versatility of XAgave. I’ve used it in methods from baking to something as simple as sweetening my tea and coffee. When using it as a baking or cooking staple, be sure to remember that it is 1.4 to 1.5 times sweeter than sugar so you will need to reduce the amount of Xagave accordingly in your own recipes. It should also be cooked at a lower temperature (approximately 25° less) for the same amount of time. XAgave even promotes rise of baked goods, which makes it ideal for use in breads, cookies, etc. if you like extra fluffiness! I used my XAgave most for sweetening my tea/coffee, which was perfect because it mixes well in anything! Hot or cold! It is also highly soluable and did not leave any kind of residue in the bottom of my cup!
As far as storage and shelf life of XAgave, it does not need to be refrigerated or anything and can be conveniently stashed in a cupboard, pantry, or countertop! Its shelf life is approximately 18 months after opening!
I liked that it didn’t have any kind of after taste either, like the kind you would find in an artificial sweetener. It was amazing to me that you could technically cut about 500 calories from a quick bread recipe just by swapping out sugar for XAgave! How awesome is that?!
Not to mention, the cookbook that I received is totally awesome. I’ll just give you a sneak preview of something tasty I found within its pages, but believe you, me, this thing is packed with yummy looking recipes that I can’t wait to try! The only thing I’ve gotten courageous enough to make so far was my own Chocolate Syrup! By combining some common staples like vanilla, cocoa, and powdered milk with XAgave, you can concoct a Syrup that beats out Hershey’s all on your own! And you won’t have to deal with the sugar crash after you eat it! Yum! It was rich and smooth with the perfect amount of sweetness.