Glucoholic - Sugar Free Snacks


Panera Bread Power Breakfast Egg Bowl With Steak

Low Carb Foods, Sugar Free Foods

The low carb and paleo worlds have been buzzing about Panera Bread’s new hidden menu items.  A quick look through the list of meals revealed that, based on the Glucoholic’s standards, the breakfast bowls were the only truly low carb option in the group.  Eager to try one of the breakfast bowls, we headed down to the local Panera and ordered the Power Breakfast Egg Bowl With Steak.

The Glucoholic doesn’t eat tomatoes or avocado, and the fine folks at Panera were happy to prepare it with just the top sirloin and eggs.  The steak was very flavorful and tender, and the portion was adequate.  They really use the salt and pepper, so the steak has a little kick.  The eggs were a little rubbery, but still better than your average fast food attempt at eggs.  We would have preferred the entire meal to be heated, and we will probably ask for this next time.  There will definitely be a next time, because this was a pretty filling breakfast option, and priced to move at $5.29USD.

We’re looking forward to trying the Egg White Bowl With Roasted Turkey.  Try these low carb hidden menu items at your local Panera Bread, and let us know what you think in the comments! 

Sugar Ray Leonard Encourages Congress To Renew The Special Diabetes Program

Diabetes News

Last week the great Sugar Ray Leonard encouraged Congress to Imagine a World Without Diabetes.  Particularly moving were his words about the decision to pursue professional boxing to help with the cost of treating his father’s diabetes.  He convincingly encourages Congress to act to renew the Special Diabetes Program by pointing out the following sobering statistics about diabetes:

  • The leading cause of kidney failure.
  • The number one cause of blindness in adults.
  • The cause of the majority of amputations unrelated to injuries.
  • Over the last decade, the number of children with diabetes has grown by more than 20 percent.

We join Mr. Leonard in encouraging Congress to renew support for the SDP.  The fight against diabetes is a hard one, but one worth fighting.

SoBe Honey Green Tea

Low Carb Drinks, Sugar Free Drinks

Sugar Free Drinks - SoBe Honey Green TeaThis green tea is a little bit of a change for SoBe. First, they’ve chosen to use plastic for this bottle. It looks like a traditional SoBe glass bottle, but will probably weather a fall to the kitchen floor a little better than its predecessor. Second, this tea is sweetened with sugar alcohol and stevia. We were excited to see what impact this would have on the sweetness of this green tea.

Overall, green tea lovers will probably not like this drink. It’s probably most easily describable as uninspired. There is adequate sweetness, but the green tea flavor and honey are very weak. There doesn’t really appear to be much in the bottle except water. The green tea was certainly more detectable than the honey, but that’s not saying much. We were really disappointed given the pleasant experiences we’ve had with SoBe beverages in the past. We could only recommend this to a person who just does not like green tea and is looking for something not as strong as other green tea drinks on the market.

Hint Blackberry Flavored Water

Low Carb Drinks, Sugar Free Drinks

Sugar Free Drinks - Hint Blackberry Flavored WaterWe really hate doing negative reviews, but here comes another one! Hint Blackberry Flavored Water was totally uninspiring. It really baffles us that a new flavored water with horrible flavor hits the market seemingly every day. You would think that simple economics would bring about the end to this trend. A flavored water is pretty bad when you can say “I would rather drink plain old tap water because it tastes much better.” This water tastes like you took a glass of tap water, sprinkled in a few grains of any blackberry flavored powdered candy, and added a few drops of battery acid for flavor. In possibly the biggest blunder ever executed for a review, we actually went back and purchased another flavor thinking we might have just picked a particularly bad one to begin with. No dice.

Another thing that cracked us up about Hint water is that every bottle’s label contains the phrase “Unsweetened Essence Water”. Slipping a little too close to homeopathy quackery for our taste here. It’s false advertising either way - we couldn’t find the essence of any distinguishable flavor in this water. Besides, if The Glucoholic was in to spending money on things that were totally useless, he would certainly order some “Essence of the Ability to Date Salma Hayek” on the Internet before wasting any on Hint flavored water. Here’s a hint - don’t buy this water.

KFC Grilled Double Down

Low Carb Foods

Low Carb Foods - KFC Grilled Double DownThe KFC Grilled Double Down. The Glucoholic likes most of his food from the four basic food groups - Beef, Chicken, Pork, and All Other Meats. This “sandwich” has two out of four, which ain’t bad. We ordered the grilled Double Down to avoid the carbs in the breading. We also ordered ours without the special sauce, for two reasons. First, here be hidden carbohydrates in many cases. Second, The Glucoholic just could not bring himself to eat something called “the Colonel’s Sauce.” The sandwich weighed in at about the size we expected, with about the expected amount of grease. As the first bite touches the tongue, you immediately notice the Double Down’s fatal flaw - too much salt. We’re talking way too much salt. We were inspired to produce the following list of Top 5 Things Saltier Than The KFC Double Down:

Top 5 Things Saltier Than The KFC Double Down
1. Pacific Ocean
2. Atlantic Ocean
3. Indian Ocean
4. Southern Ocean
5. Arctic Ocean

Seriously, this sandwich would have been so much better without so much salt. The burning sensation on your tongue for the following four hours was enough to warrant a bad review; but to ruin something as precious as an all meat and cheese sandwich, well that’s enough to guarantee one. Don’t buy this sandwich if you don’t really like salt.