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Ragu Light No Sugar Added Tomato & Basil Sauce

Monday, April 27th, 2009
Low Carb Foods

Ragu Light No Sugar Added Tomato & Basil SauceYou say tomato, we say tomato. For obvious reasons, we don’t normally spend a great deal of time in the Italian food section of the grocery store. Pasta is not altogether diabetes-friendly. We’ve seen all the low carb pasta ads, and have plans to review some of them; but on average we stick with “better safe than sorry.” As a result, we really haven’t looked at any low carb sauces for some time. We were pleased to find Ragu Light No Sugar Added Tomato & Basil Sauce. We were looking for a quick and dirty tomato sauce for a chili recipe, and this sauce worked just fine.

The flavor is somewhat less sweet than your average tomato sauce, but that is to be expected from a sauce that is this low in carbohydrates and fat. The taste is mellow, and the basil is not overdone like it is in some tomato sauces. We added a pinch of oregano to our chili recipe and it seemed to be a great compliment to this sauce. If you have picky eaters who don’t like vegetables in their sauce you might want to steer clear, as this sauce is pretty chunky. We didn’t notice the vegetables, and they did not take away from the tomato flavor in any way. We’ve made our own sauce from paste for this recipe before, and we definitely prefer the flavor of Ragu Light No Sugar Added Tomato & Basil Sauce.

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Mrs. Dash Lemon Herb Peppercorn Marinade

Monday, April 20th, 2009
Low Carb Foods

Mrs. Dash Lemon Herb Peppercorn MarinadeWe’ve been so busy with all the sugar free snacks and sugar free drinks coming onto the market that some of you have been asking if we’ve abandoned sugar free and low carb foods. We’re here to say “no way”, and to bring you Mrs. Dash Lemon Herb Peppercorn Marinade. This is a great little product. One of the things the bottle describes is a ten minute preparation process, and truthfully we were a little skeptical. We used half a bottle of Mrs. Dash on four boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a marinating bag for ten minutes. We put them in the oven at 350°F, and an hour later the kitchen smelled wonderful and we had four beautiful chicken breasts.

Now if you don’t like lemon, you should stop reading now. The lemon flavor injected into this chicken was impressive. The herbs and peppercorn were not overpowering, and were a very nice complement to the lemon flavor. We’ve had marinated chicken in restaurants that did not have this much flavor. We recommend this over boring old plain chicken breasts any day.

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Fruit2O Natural Grape

Monday, April 13th, 2009
Low Carb Drinks, Sugar Free Drinks

Fruit2O Natural GrapeTen years ago, would you have believed that their would be so many flavored waters on the market today? It seems like every time we say “we’re through with the flavored waters for a while” we find another one just begging to be reviewed. This time we’re talking about Fruit2O Natural Grape. First of all, we love the name. You have to try a product with a name this good. We’re really glad we did. This is a tasty little beverage. The flavor is bold, but not overbearing. There is adequate sweetness, and the grape flavor does seem authentic. This is a real advantage over some of the other grape flavored waters that taste like they are from powdered mix that didn’t get shaken enough.

Fruit2O Natural Grape contains no calories, no fat, and no carbohydrates. Each eight ounce serving only contains 35mg of sodium. This water is sweetened with sucralose, which is always a good decision. Though we can’t rate it quite as high as SoBe Lifewater Black and Blue Berry, we can give Fruit2O Natural Grape a very high rating. It’s one of the best sugar free drinks we’ve sampled, and we can’t wait to try the other flavors!

Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 12th, 2009
Site News

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Easter, and is managing to avoid at least most of the sugary treats from those Easter baskets!

Sweet Leaf Tea Diet Sweet Tea

Monday, April 6th, 2009
Low Carb Drinks, Sugar Free Drinks

Sweet Leaf Tea Diet Sweet TeaGiven these tough economic times, The Glucoholic could not afford to go to SXSW this year to check out the latest and greatest in nerddom and music. Like so many others, we here at were forced to follow the event via the intarwebs. While perusing various sites we came across several mentions of Sweet Leaf Tea, an Austin company, providing refreshments. The word “sweet” always gets our attention, so we went looking for a sugar free drink offering from Sweet Leaf Tea. Their entertaining and informative website not only told us where we could find it locally, but might be the only Flash-based drink site on the planet with music turned OFF by default. We were very happy to see that our local retailer did carry Sweet Leaf Tea, and had the diet variety as well!

This tea was very enjoyable. It’s simple and sweet, and has a very refreshing aftertaste. The ingredients list only contains carbon-filtered water, organic black tea, citric acid, and sucralose. The citric acid probably provides that tiny hint of lemon, and it’s obvious that Sweet Leaf has caught on to the fact that sucralose can actually be used to sweeten beverages enough to be indistinguishable from sugar-sweetened competitors. Bravo! We highly recommend this drink. The nutrition label informs us that there is zero of everything you don’t want. What the label does not tell you is that there is one hundred percent of what you do want in a sugar free drink in Sweet Leaf Tea Diet Sweet Tea – great taste.