Archive for July, 2009
Monday, July 27th, 2009
We’re taking a break from the reviews to celebrate our two year anniversary! What we’re really celebrating is the opportunity we’ve had to make so many new friends; and to share with and be encouraged by all of our readers. We’re so fortunate to be able to provide a little knowledge and humor to diabetics, friends and families of diabetics, low carb lifestylers, and fitness enthusiasts every week. It’s your readership and encouragement that makes this thing worth doing. We thank you all.
We’re also looking forward to many more reviews, and to many new friendships, in the coming years. We look forward to your comments, emails, and tweets. We love the encouragement, and love even more the suggestions for making our site even more useful for you. So keep them coming. Thank you all!
Monday, July 20th, 2009
Low Carb Drinks, Sugar Free Drinks
The good folks at Sunny Delight were nice enough to send over all six flavors of their new Fruit2O Essentials line for us to review. Essentials flavored waters are fortified with vitamins and minerals. Competition has really heated up in the fortified water market, and we think that Fruit2O has a very good offering. The flavors are interesting and we enjoyed each of them.
The kiwi strawberry flavor was our favorite. Of the berry flavors we thought it had the best taste in terms of both quality of flavor mix and strength of flavor. It reminded us a little of the same flavor in the Propel line of flavored waters. We would recommend starting with this flavor.
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Monday, July 13th, 2009
Low Carb Snacks
The hot weather has us back on our frozen treat kick. Our latest test subject is Eskimo Pie No Sugar Added Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Bars. These low carb snacks provide an interesting contrast to the recently reviewed Blue Bunny Sweet Freedom Krunch Lites Ice Cream Bars. Both bars taste great. The Eskimo Pie bars’ ice cream is slightly less flavorful, but its thick chocolate shell is the clear winner of the two. We wish we had weighed the bars so that we could compare mass, because the Eskimo Pie bars seem much heftier than most of the low carb competition. You can’t go wrong with either one, but if you’re looking for a frozen low carb treat with a cool stick-to-your-ribs feeling, we encourage you to give Eskimo Pie No Sugar Added Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Bars a try.
Serving size is one frozen treat. Each bar contains 150 calories and 10 grams of fat. You’ll also get 5mg of cholesterol and 45mg of sodium. Each bar provides about 8 grams of digestible carbohydrate, including 2 grams of fiber. A serving also provides 2 grams of protein. Eskimo Pie No Sugar Added Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Bars are sweetened with sucralose and acesulfame potassium.
Monday, July 6th, 2009
Low Carb Drinks, Sugar Free Drinks
The Glucoholic hates being negative. Our faithful readers know that we really try to review high quality products on a regular basis. But, there comes a time when we feel like it is necessary to assign a very low rating to a product to save our readers the time and money they might spend on a poor quality product. This is one of those times. La Croix Cran-Raspberry Flavored Water is awful. Please do not purchase it. The Glucoholic never contemplated what carbonated glass cleaner might taste like, but now he does not have to. We even tried adding Splenda to see if some added sweetness might mask some of the horrible taste, but it just seemed to make it worse.
We’re not going to provide the nutrition information for this product for fear that you might be tempted to try it despite our desperate warnings. There is the possibility that there is some comedic value to be had in trying this product, or better yet, getting your friends to try this product. We do not recommend this and deny any responsibility for what might happen as a result of a cruel joke like this. Here’s hoping for a better review later this week!
Friday, July 3rd, 2009
Low Carb Snacks, Sugar Free Snacks
Today we’re celebrating for two reasons. First, Independence day is upon us in the U.S.; and second, we found Atkins Endulge Peanut Butter Cups! These great little sugar free snacks come in packs of two. They are poured into a tray that makes getting the cups out whole, and without damage, a breeze. And what magnificent cups they are. The first bite leaves you with two words on the tip of your tongue – rich and creamy. These cups are not quite as sweet as some of their competitors, but we think the blend of dark chocolate and peanut butter is fantastic. The taste most reminds you of chocolate candies made from scratch. We’re happy to endorse these wonderful snacks.
The serving size is two cups. Two cups will get you 160 calories and 13 grams of fat, which includes zero trans fat. You’ll also get 5mg of cholesterol and 55mg of sodium. Two pieces also contain about 8 grams of digestible carbohydrate. As is true with many of the low carb diet products, this product has quite a bit of sugar alcohol, so consume wisely. You’ll also get 4 grams of fiber, 60mg of potassium, and 3 grams of protein! Those with food allergies should check the packaging carefully, as this product will impact most of them.