Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ali's Natural BBQ [Product Review]

Instagram is one of the best platforms I use to learn about new products, new recipes and new ways to spice up my healthy lifestyle. Instagram is also where I saw Ali's All Natural line mentioned first. Someone used her maple syrup on their protein pancakes, and I noticed they said it was sweetened with stevia, which is music to my ears these days.

Ali, from Ali's All Natural, was so sweet to send me a few of her last sample packets. All she had for me to try were a couple of her newest products like her barbecue sauces.

What most people don't consider when they're preparing meals, especially if they're new to the whole "sugar-free, healthy, wholesome, diet" world, is that they can rack in a butt-load of empty calories just by dumping the sauce or dressing onto their perfectly healthy chicken breasts, and unfortunately, your super-lean protein becomes the equivalent of eating a cup of sugar along side it.

That's why most of the time, I advocate using condiments in moderation and recommend low-sugar ones like mustard, soy sauce or salsa. However, since Ali uses stevia, an all-natural, zero-calorie sweetener, you can be very generous with your toppings. ... And you'll want to when you taste them!

I used Ali's homestyle BBQ sauce and Raspberry Chipotle BBQ sauce on some day-old chicken breast at lunch, and it was delicious — the perfect combination of sweet and tangy.

Her flavors include:

  • Homestyle BBQ
  • Spicy BBQ
  • Raspberry Chipotle BBQ

I wasn't able to try any of her syrups, but I'm sure they are delicious.

Those flavors include:

  • Strawberry
  • Blueberry
  • Boysenberry
  • Banana
  • Maple

If I buy some more, I'm definitely going to try out one of the pizza recipes that she suggests. Ali also gives you other ideas on how to use her sauces and syrups on her blog. Not only do I encourage you to try out Ali's line because I think her healthy alternatives taste great, but also because she has a long history in the health/fitness industry, being a fitness competitor and model.

Let me know what you think in the comments below! You can order her syrups or her sauces online at her website:

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