Archive for March, 2009
Monday, March 30th, 2009
Low Carb Drinks
Let’s not waste any time. After you’ve followed our advice and procured a few bottles of Welch’s Diet Black Cherry, and had the opportunity to sample it, you will agree that this might just be the best diet juice ever made. We can’t remember a product we’ve been this pleasantly surprised by. The first sip leaves you saying “I don’t remember black cherry being this sweet.” We’ve come to expect a bold taste from good black cherry drinks, but this one’s taken it to a new level. Part of Welch’s Living Lightly line of products, the nutrition specs on this one aren’t too shabby either.
An eight ounce serving contains only ten calories and three grams of carbohydrate. Surprisingly, there’s only 20mg of sodium per serving as well. This delicious drink is sweetened with Splenda and two grams of sugar. Though not a completely sugar free drink, Welch’s Diet Black Cherry is certainly a must try low carb drink. We can’t wait to see how it does against the competition in our year end roundup. Please get out and try this one today!
Monday, March 23rd, 2009
Low Carb Drinks, Sugar Free Drinks
The vitamin water market is flush with competitors trying to sell you their version of health in a bottle. SoBe is hoping that being one of the first players to successfully use PureVia sweetener in a sugar free drink will help them leave the competition in the dust. PureVia is derived from the stevia plant, which contains natural sweetener. We decided to put SoBe’s Black and Blue Berry Lifewater to the test, and were pleasantly surprised at how flavorful this water is. To start things off, we can’t go without saying how compelling the bottling and labeling is. This is par for the course for SoBe, but you really have to take a look at the bottle in good light to see how much time and effort went in to making a stunning package for this product.
The taste of this product is strikingly sweet. Truthfully, we were expecting something really bitter; or perhaps weak and unsatisfying. The berry and the sweetener are a great couple, and the only aftertaste is one slightly akin to candy. It’s hard to believe that you can get this much taste from 6 grams of carbohydrates and 25mg of sodium, but somehow they did it. We are definitely looking forward to trying some of the many other Lifewater flavors. An eight ounce serving also contains 100 percent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C, 20 percent of Vitamin E, and 10 percent of several important B vitamins. This water also contains grape seed extracts and mixed berry extracts.
Monday, March 16th, 2009
Low Carb Snacks
It’s been a while since we did a protein bar review so we went in search of the latest and greatest in low carb snack bars. We were fortunate to find a new offering from a familiar face. The Atkins Advantage Caramel Chocolate Peanut Nougat Bar looked interesting, and ended up being a really good buy. This bar is a very good combination of chocolate, peanuts, and caramel. The nougat is somewhat understated, and does not leave you with the dried out feeling that some of the other Atkins bars do. The caramel is sweet and seems to add a little moisture to the mix. There are more peanut pieces than we were expecting, and the peanut flavor is not overwhelmed by the other ingredients. Actually, the peanut taste lingers for quite some time after finishing the bar, which is a bonus as far as we’re concerned. This is definitely one of the better tasting Atkins products we’ve tested, and we’re glad to recommend it.
Serving size for the Atkins Advantage Caramel Chocolate Peanut Nougat Bar is one bar. Each bar contains 170 calories, 11 grams of fat, and 150mg of sodium. One bar also contains 115mg of potassium, 8 grams of digestible carbohydrate, 11 grams of fiber, and 10 grams of protein. Each bar also contains between ten and twenty percent of the recommended daily intake of quite a few vitamins and minerals. The product contains soy, milk, and peanuts; and is made in the same facilities as other products that contain peanuts and other nuts and seeds.
Monday, March 9th, 2009
Low Carb Snacks
We’ve had good experiences with Kraft South Beach Diet products in the past, so we thought we would give them an opportunity to continue their winning ways by trying out the South Beach Living Fiber Fit Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies. We realize the sizzle can leave the steak as soon as you mention the “f-word”, but fiber is an important element in any diet. What better way to sneak some in than having some fiber-filled snacks? These little cookies were quite enjoyable, and come in convenient 100 calorie packs containing about six or seven quarter-sized cookies. This doesn’t sound like a lot of food, but we’ve tried several of the competing 100 calorie snacks, and most fall short of South Beach Living Fiber Fit Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies in terms of satisfying hunger. The chocolate is a great complement to the oatmeal, and the combination tastes sort of like a chocolate-dipped ginger snap. We do recommend having something to drink with this low carb snack, as the cookie can leave your throat a little parched and scratchy. We’ve noticed this before trying to drink powdered fiber with too little water in the mix, so it could be all the fiber in the cookies. During testing, just a sip of water with each cookie totally eliminated this problem.
Serving size is one 100 calorie bag of cookies. Each serving has 5 grams of fat, 80mg of sodium, 30mg of potassium, and about 11 grams of digestible carbohydrate. A serving also contains one gram of protein and 5 grams of fiber. The cookies contain milk, soy, and wheat for those readers with allergies. We’re very happy to say that Kraft’s South Beach winning streak is intact, and we’re also happy to recommend these cookies for those who might be looking for a more pleasurable way to get more fiber in their diets.
Monday, March 2nd, 2009
Low Carb Drinks, Sugar Free Drinks
We were pretty rough on Hansen’s a few months ago. The Glucoholic does not like publishing bad reviews, but what he does like is the concept of second chances. A second chance is what Hansen’s was a recipient of this week, and we can’t remember a company who has made up so much ground with one product before. Diet Hansen’s Root Beer is fantastic. Having a few cans of this was so much better than our previous experience with Hansen’s that it’s hard to find the words to express how impressed we were. This drink is a real root beer contender, and we would easily grade it even with every diet root beer we’ve tested except for Jones Soda Sugar Free Root Beer. What can we say, our loyalties run deep here. Second place to Jones Soda is still an enviable position. Diet Hansen’s root beer has a unique root beer taste derived from several staple root beer ingredients like licorice root extract, vanilla, wintergreen, and acacia. The taste is unique and familiar at the same time.
Nutritionally, Diet Hansen’s Root Beer is very sound. There’s nothing to report. Zero of everything you don’t want, including sodium! When was the last time you had a diet soda that did not have a single gram of sodium? This root beer is also one of Hansen’s many diet sodas sweetened with Splenda and a little acesulfame potassium. Kudos to Hansen’s for getting the mix just right. If you are a diet root beer fan, we highly recommend giving this drink a chance. We’re very glad we did.