Archive for September, 2009
Monday, September 28th, 2009
Low Carb Snacks, Sugar Free Snacks
Most people love the smell of vanilla. It’s the most popular aroma in the world. We really love vanilla, and we were so glad that Hunt’s Sugar Free Vanilla Pudding caught our eye recently. It is a wonderful sugar free snack. These pudding packs are packed with sweet, rich, creamy sugar free pudding that is quite filling. Each bite starts off mellow, then peaks with a sensation that you are eating vanilla cake icing. The pudding also does not have to be refrigerated, which is great for those that want to keep some at their desk or that do not have refrigerators at work. We’re really happy to recommend these snacks.
Unfortunately, you might have a little difficulty finding them. We looked everywhere on the Hunt’s Snack Pack website and could not find them. We’ve purchased them twice recently at local grocery stores, so we’re a little confused as to why they are not available on the website. We’ll try to contact ConAgra Foods and see if they have an explanation. If you’ve tried these products, and especially if you’ve found them recently, leave a comment and let us know. It would be a shame if these snacks disappeared!
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Monday, September 21st, 2009
Low Carb Snacks
Let’s say you’ve found a great low carb cake recipe. You really want to try it, but who wants plain cake? You think to yourself “there’s no way I can even think about frosting this cake or I’ll turn a great low carb snack into a sugar-laden, diet-busting disaster!” Worry no more. Pillsbury’s here with a great reduced sugar cream cheese frosting. Don’t get us wrong, you won’t be able to eat a dozen cupcakes slathered with this stuff. You will, however, be able to enjoy a sensible piece of that new cake with a touch of delightful frosting. This frosting tastes very similar to most cream cheese frostings we’ve had before. The texture might be slightly more creamy than your average cake frosting, but this does not detract from the taste at all. We also tried it as a thin coating on some low carb shortbread cookies and it was delightful. Go ahead. Treat yourself – you deserve it! We can’t wait to try the other flavors.
Pillsbury Reduced Sugar Cream Cheese Cake Frosting has 120 calories per two tablespoon serving. There’s 7 grams of fat and 70mg of sodium per serving. This frosting contain no cholesterol and only 2 grams of saturated fat. Total digestible carbohydrates come to about 15 grams. Pillsbury wisely used Splenda to help sweeten this delicious frosting, along with 5 grams of sugar alcohol. This frosting contains soybeans.
Monday, September 14th, 2009
Sugar Free Snacks
We’ve really enjoyed some of the sugar free snacks from Russell Stover. We’ve been looking for the Sugar Free Chocolate Covered Peanuts in stores for some time, but were never able to find them. Ordering them online always seems like such a gamble when chocolate is involved, so we were really glad to find them recently at a local grocery. We were really impressed with the quality of these snacks. Not surprisingly, the chocolate shell is a dark chocolate instead of a sweeter chocolate. This is fine, and the sweetness provided by the sugar alcohol and Splenda on board is adequate. Peanuts are such a commodity it seems silly to say this, but the peanuts seem to be high quality as well. For lack of a better way to explain how, it’s almost as if they are softer than some peanuts you find in chocolate covered peanuts. We highly recommend this product.
We usually get a lot of complaints about reviewing products with a lot of sugar alcohol. We would probably be more reluctant to give good reviews to products with lots of sugar alcohol if we had experienced any real problems while doing the reviews. It seems far more likely that the majority of people are simply not paying attention to serving size and are consuming way too much. We never consume more than the recommended serving size and it’s smooth sailing. As an aside, keeping consumption down does not seem to impact blood glucose negatively either.
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Monday, September 7th, 2009
Low Carb Drinks, Sugar Free Drinks
Happy Labor Day to all of our U.S. readers! Welcome to another great product review to everyone out there. This week we’re testing EAS Advantedge Chocolate Fudge Shakes. We’re happy to say that these shakes taste fine and are easily competitive with competing products from Atkins and Slim-Fast. They are so similar that it would be hard to pick a winner out of the three. The chocolate flavor is good and the shake seems to be a little less chalky than some of the other brands’ shakes. We’re happy to recommend them, especially if you can find them at a good price.
Nutritionally, the EAS Advantedge Chocolate Fudge Shakes are very competitive with other brands. Each 11 ounce shake contains only 110 calories, 3 grams of fat, 20mg of cholesterol, 280mg of sodium, and 2 grams of digestible carbohydrate. You’ll also get 540mg of potassium and 17 grams of protein in every shake. You’ll get twenty percent or more of twenty different vitamins and minerals in each shake as well. These shakes are sweetened with sucralose and acesulfame potassium, and contain milk and soy.