Sweet Dreams

2 October 25, 2011 - Archive

What is the first thing you think of when you read the word “Halloween”? A few possible answers include black cats, witches, scary movies, and pumpkins. Now go and ask a child. I assure you one of the words will be “candy.” Not just your typical taffy or sucker, we have found ways during this holiday to turn healthy options into a dentist nightmare: enter the caramel apple.

Now don’t get me wrong, I like a little sugar as much as the next guy. I do, however, think we should look for ways to limit our use of sugar. An excellent sugar alternative is agave. Agave nectar, Agave tequilana, is created as juice from the agave leaf, which is filtered, then heated and thickened. This nectar is generally 1.5 times sweeter than sugar with a consistency similar to that of honey. It can be used as a sugar substitute in most recipes and beverages. In general, use ½ to ¾ cup in place of 1 cup of sugar or honey. You may also want to reduce the overall liquid added to the recipe.

Young Living’s Blue Agave is an excellent option for those interested in agave nectar. A nutritional profile performed on our Blue Agave indicated that 1 teaspoon contained 20 calories and had a glycemic index (GI) of 25, compared to table sugar containing 21 calories and a GI of 68. The GI is a measure of the effects on blood sugar levels. The higher the GI, the greater the blood level spikes. This is important for those looking to moderate their current blood sugar levels. Blue Agave is composed mostly of fructose (65 percent) and glucose (13 percent).

Admittedly, it took some time to dial in the correct amount of agave to substitute, but my kids haven’t seemed to notice. Depending on the recipe, I substitute agave for 50 percent to 100 percent of the sugar. My favorite recipes include cookies, cakes, homemade yogurt, and granola.

No matter how sweet you like it, or how much you substitute, every little bit helps. I would love to hear how you use agave in your daily meals. Please share your thoughts or recipes in a comment. Everyone who leaves a comment by October 26 will be entered into a drawing for a free 8-ounce bottle of Young Living Blue Agave!

—Ryan Seely, YL Product Marketing Manager

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37 Comments

  • Valerie November 12, 2011 - 5:15 am Reply

    I have read that Agave is a highly processed product (not good). And fructose has it’s own problems in the way our body & brain processes it. It has been many months since I have come across this information so it is not readily available to me. I would like to know what YL has discovered in relation to these concerns.

  • Debra Delp October 31, 2011 - 8:44 pm Reply

    Yes I have tried agave from a health Food store.Use it in lots of my drinks, and foos. But now I know Young Living has it I rather get it from Y.L. Because I know for sure it is 100% natural and high quality.

  • Vladislava Kropacek October 27, 2011 - 9:14 pm Reply

    We love our Agave. Dominik use it over oatmeal, I use it in baking or making tea, as well little bit in my coffee.

  • Vladislava Kropacek October 27, 2011 - 9:12 pm Reply

    We all love our Blue Agave.Boys put of over oatmeanl, I use it in baking and making a tea.

  • Vlada Kropacek October 27, 2011 - 9:08 pm Reply

    We all love Blue Agave . We use it as well in baking and teas, over oatmeal, pancakes etc.

  • Dominique Beer October 26, 2011 - 9:51 pm Reply

    Ok I’m prob too late for the contest but I love to use agave instead of Maple Syrup on my spelt & Raw Goats Milk pancakes 🙂 And it makes taking Eucalyptus Globulus Essential Oil a whole lot better too! 🙂

  • Charity Sauve October 26, 2011 - 6:03 pm Reply

    I like using agave as a sweetener to add to my smoothies, as it mixes in much easier than honey. It is also great in making Coconut Oil fudge, because of its mild taste (compared to honey), and again, easy blending.

  • Yvonne Bourne October 26, 2011 - 1:57 pm Reply

    Teaching kindergarten exposes me to LOTS of lovelies everyday! One of my de-stress and renew actvities upon arriving home is to make my Agave tea. I heat up the water, pour it into a 12 oz. mug and add 1 teaspoon of agave and oils of choice. Today it was one drop of cinnamon and 3 drops of orange. Good for me in heart, mind, body and soul!

  • Tammy October 26, 2011 - 1:07 pm Reply

    I would love to win Blue Agave! I do use agave for baking muffins for my kids, and to sweeten up smoothies.

  • Melisa Smith October 26, 2011 - 10:12 am Reply

    I have yet to try Blue Agave, as I am still stuck on the Yacon Syrup! Look forward to trying Blue Agave. I have tried others on the market. Can you share with us the difference between YL Blue Agave and others? I am sure your product is top-of-the-line, unadulterated stuff, but do the others have additives or been cut with some other kind of syrup? Please advise. Thanks!

  • Kim October 26, 2011 - 9:03 am Reply

    I put agave on my greek yogurt then add some fresh almonds, dried cranberries, and sometimes dates as well. It’s a healthy way to start my day.

  • Mary Randle October 26, 2011 - 2:11 am Reply

    I can’t wait to try Young Living’s Blue Agave in my recipe for “Raw” chocolate candy!

  • Sandy October 25, 2011 - 8:29 pm Reply

    Used agave to make applesauce & apple butter this fall –great!

  • Gayla Snyder October 25, 2011 - 7:40 pm Reply

    I have not tried this product yet, but have heard great things about it. Would love to win a bottle!

  • Noelle Tagliarini October 25, 2011 - 7:37 pm Reply

    I use it as a beverage sweetener.

  • Dana Jordan October 25, 2011 - 6:38 pm Reply

    I use Blue Agave all the time in place of sugar or Homey. I love to cook with it.

  • Lani Ward October 25, 2011 - 6:26 pm Reply

    I’ve never tried Blue Agave, but I’m fascinated reading the comments for your many uses!

  • Benita October 25, 2011 - 2:54 pm Reply

    I’ve always been curious about Blue Agave and have never tried it. I’m looking forward to it though. I think we’re getting one in the next order. No Young Living product has ever let us down 🙂

  • Donna October 25, 2011 - 2:50 pm Reply

    Are there recipes in the YL Cookbook using Agave?

  • Kris Bragg October 25, 2011 - 1:19 pm Reply

    I’ve never used Agave before. I’ve heard of it and wanted to try it but just haven’t tried it yet. Hopefully I’ll try it soon and be able to reap the benefits of it compared to sugar.

  • Laurie Sharlow October 25, 2011 - 12:55 pm Reply

    With the holidays coming up, I will be testing out the blue agave in all of my cookie recipes! I have already tried it in no back rum balls and it is fantastic!

  • Lori Reniff October 25, 2011 - 12:36 pm Reply

    A sugar substitute that isn’t poison to our bodies!!! Thank you so much for supplying it!!

  • Sandy McWilliams October 25, 2011 - 11:40 am Reply

    Adds a yummy flavor to my green drinks

  • linda w. October 25, 2011 - 11:39 am Reply

    I’ve been meaning to try this ever since I’ve started with Young Living. Budget has not yet allowed it. I’d love to start it this way! 🙂 And I appreciate the ideas for use provided in the other comments here. Thank you!

  • Matt October 25, 2011 - 11:13 am Reply

    That’s a great idea for this time of year, especially with the holidays coming up! I haven’t tried Blue Agave yet, but I’d like to soon!

  • Stacie Grange October 25, 2011 - 11:11 am Reply

    I use just a little agave in the morning to sweetin my smoothie.

  • Karen VanSchenck October 25, 2011 - 10:23 am Reply

    I use Blue Agave in my morning tea and my afternoon smoothies. Gives just enough sweet. I also substitute it for honey in my Wheat Bread recipe. I always keep it handy for all sorts of cooking, spagetti sauce, pie crust, the best sugar replacement ever.

  • Karen Sonnenberg October 25, 2011 - 10:21 am Reply

    Good to know that you are coming up with better alternatives for our sweet tooth. Thank you

  • Faye Durham October 25, 2011 - 10:16 am Reply

    Blue Agave is delicious and healthy. I use it instead of sugar or honey to add a light, sweet flavor to foods. It is my favorite topping for plain yogurt, fresh berries, and 1 oz of Ningxia Red.

  • Stacy Kalthoff October 25, 2011 - 10:15 am Reply

    I love it in my Slique Tea!

  • Sheri Hennen October 25, 2011 - 10:08 am Reply

    I like replacing my sugar with the Blue Agave. It is awesome!

  • jill gordon October 25, 2011 - 9:52 am Reply

    i have never tried agave, but am very interested in the benifits of using this product. maybe I will get the chance!

  • Juleen Kenney October 25, 2011 - 9:51 am Reply

    I just recently bought some blue agave at the store, as I didn’t know I could ge tit from Young Living. I’d love to try it!

  • Kathryn Jost October 25, 2011 - 9:49 am Reply

    Love agave nectar! Started using it about 4 years ago. I make a great chocolate drink with it using cashews, water, vanilla, coconut oil & cocoa nibs. Soo good! Such a great substitute for sugar & so tasty but make sure it’s organic.

  • Melinda Schultz October 25, 2011 - 9:42 am Reply

    Blue Agave has become the only sweetener in my household. We use it for everyting, from toast topping to sweetening in bakery and cooking. It is sweeter than regular sugar so you don’t use as much. Plus, we have a diabetic in our household, so we have to be careful about using anything that will push bloodsugar levels and blue agave is much easier to work with in that regards. Plus it just tastes great!

  • Rebecca October 25, 2011 - 9:32 am Reply

    I haven’t tried the Blue Agave yet, but I am in love with every Young Living product that I have used. I will be using their products for the rest of my life 🙂

  • Melissa Blaske October 25, 2011 - 9:28 am Reply

    When we give our dogs Essentialzyme, we mix a little agave in there as well so the powder doesn’t “poof” everywhere when they eat their food 🙂

    For my hubby and I – we will put a little in our greek yogert for added taste 🙂

    Thanks for doing such a great promotion!

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