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Monday, July 18, 2011

Sugar Free Simple Syrup, Twitter and an Old Song

One thinkg I miss on Jorge's BFC? A nice cocktail. I've noticed many recipes, especially for drinks and cocktails, call for simple syrup. Simple syrup is basically another name for Sugar Water. I recently participated in a Twitter Party #sweetandskinny hosted by Truvia where they linked up to Simple Syrup recipe that fits the Belly Fat Cure. If you aren't on twitter, these are events where you chat with similar minded folks by using a hashtag (#sweetandskinny in this example). It is a great way to find other tweeters with the same interests as you, and it is one of my favorite things about twitter. Okay, enough of my twitter sales pitch...

Simple Syrup (reprinted from Truvia's site)

In a blender, add:
1/3 Cup + 1 1/2 Tbsp Truvia® natural sweetener spoonable*
1 cup hot water
* or 24 packets Truvia® natural sweetener

1.Blend for 30 seconds, pour into a store-n-pour, add:
1 full-circumference twist of lemon
1 full-circumference twist of lime
1 full-circumference twist of orange

2.Cap and refrigerate overnight.

The revised citrus syrup will work well to use as normally used in bar recipes. For this recipe, Truvia® Natural Sweetener version contains 0 calories, 8 g carb, 0 g sugar, 8 g erythritol per 1 fl oz serving (30 g) compared to a sugar control which has 50 calories, 14 g carb, 14 g sugar.

So what do you do with Simple Syrup? You make wonderful creative cocktails with it! Martinis, Frozen Daiquiris and Pina Coladas.  Truvia's site has several beautiful low sugar cocktail recipes and most list the sugar/carb content. But I noticed on those where the sugar is higher, they just don't list it at all. But you're "sugar smart" and will be able to spot the culprits right away.

And I CANNOT say the words Pina Colada without singing this song!

One more twitter pitch... if you are frustrated with not getting answers from Jorge on Facebook, he has recently started using twitter again. There isn't as much "noise" there and so you have a really good chance of interacting with him there. But remember, you have to be nice. I see so many people being rude on twitter (and Facebook for that matter). You talk to people on Social Networking sites the exact same as you would in person and rudeness is almost always ignored on these sites. Just something to keep in mind, although my readers are absolutely the nicest, most polite bunch of social folks EVER!

Cheers to #twitter, #pinacoladas, #lowsugar, #bellyfatcure and #gettincaughtintherain!



  1. Thank you for posting, Amber! I love to have options, and have wondered about a simple syrup for assorted uses. I'm sure I will use this!

    I agree about being nice - a lot of people who are frusterated on Facebook certainly aren't being polite at all. :)

    I have been trying to Twitter, but I can't figure out, if I respond to your tweet, do you hear me, even if you're not following me? I'm @minouxe

  2. Thanks for posting this Amber! Simple syrup is needed in lots of things, so this is a great find!
    Patty G. in NJ

  3. This is good information. I may learn to "tweet" someday! OK, about the rude people...I was shocked at some of the comments that they leave. A lot of people are nice, but some are just plain nasty. I am sure Jorge is doing what he can. He does kind of go in spurts with his postings etc.
    Thanks Amber!

  4. Great info Amber. I have been making iced green tea and using the stevia drops. It think this would be better. Still learning about twitter, but I did look up what the hashtag was. Didn't know how to use it though. Thanks for that info. Regarding Jorge, I think he wants to stay interactive with his followers, but he is just too busy to keep up. It bugs me when he puts out one of his questions on FB and then never answers anyone. I think he would be better just to make some helpful comments or once in awhile read some of the questions and give answers, then to do that. I think FB people thing he is actually going to resond and when he doesn't they get angry. I agree about the rudeness though. It does surprise me how blunt some people can be. Hope all is well!

  5. Kay, we would love to see you over on twitter! You can see anyones tweets & replies even if they dont follow you. If you send a reply to me at @meandjorge Ill be sure and follow you.

    I actually wrote this post early last wk, before the latest tirade of rude comments on Jorge's FB page. Do ppl even realize that all their family and friends, probably the whole internet if their settings are wrong, can see the rude things they write?

    If I were him I would handle social media COMPLETELY differently, but Im not ;-) It totally bugs me that he doesnt answer questions or post even simple recipes with his food photos... but at least he does interact somewhat and doesnt hire a person to fake tweet/FB for him like so many ppl do. That is my .02!

  6. I agree Amber! I will get on later and tweet you something. :) I've been trying to ask you about the 'no 'poo' thing, I think it sounds like something that would totally fit with my life!

  7. I was over on FB last week trying, trying, trying to pull down the Italian menus ;) and couldn't believe some of the comments I saw. And it's not even an anonymous forum setting where people use nics instead of names and pictures! If you can't say something nice.......

  8. Great! Looks pretty tasty. Ok I will go there! Thanks for the post!

  9. Pretty good for my weight to lose.. Thanks for the post!

  10. Thanks for this post, it took me half an hour until I found out your article! It is such a big help.. Thanks!

  11. Nice tips! It will help me so much! Keep it up!

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  13. *facedesk* truvia is genetically modified stevia, it's not pure stevia :P #sugarfreefail!