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Panera Bread Power Breakfast Egg Bowl With Steak

Friday, January 18th, 2013
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! 

KFC Grilled Double Down

Saturday, May 15th, 2010
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.

Maple Grove Farms Vermont Sugar Free Syrup

Monday, February 15th, 2010
Low Carb Foods, Sugar Free Foods

Sugar Free Foods - Maple Grove Farms Vermont Sugar Free SyrupOur regular readers are probably beginning to notice that The Glucoholic has a serious addiction to Cracker Barrel. It started some time ago when Cracker Barrel introduced their low carb menu options. It doesn’t hurt that those menu items taste great. Add to that a country store that periodically carries interesting sugar free products, and you’ve got what we like to call a no-brainer spot to grab some grub and look for some low carb goodies.

We recently had the opportunity to sample Maple Grove Farms Vermont Sugar Free Syrup from Cracker Barrel. We found this syrup to have exceptional maple flavor. Some syrups, especially the low carb variety, are lacking in the flavor department. It’s fine to make sure that the sweetness is adequate, but no good breakfast syrup is lacking when it comes to maple flavor. This syrup is light and crisp and gives you the feeling that you woke up to breakfast on a New England farm. If you like breakfast food as much as we do, we encourage you to head to your nearest Cracker Barrel and pick up a bottle.

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Jif Natural Creamy Peanut Butter

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009
Low Carb Foods

Low Carb Foods - Jif Natural Creamy Peanut ButterJust in time for those low carb Christmas buckeyes, we were fortunate enough to find Jif Natural Creamy Peanut Butter. Now don’t worry, we’re not turning this into a “natural products” review site. The truth is, if we hadn’t gotten into the habit of checking labels on all new products we see, we would have passed on this one under the assumption that this peanut butter was full of carbs. Natural or not, this peanut butter is low in carbs and is absolutely delicious. It is very creamy and sweet. Whatever magic mixture of peanuts, oils, fats, salt, and sugar was concocted to make this peanut butter taste so great is the work of geniuses.

Seriously, if it weren’t for the lack of massive amounts of Omega fatty acids, this peanut butter would have taken over first place for our favorite peanut butter from Smart Balance. We also noticed that the packaging mentioned that there was no need to stir this peanut butter. On the nutrition label there is a statement about natural oil separation, which seems to be a contradiction. Most natural peanut butters we have tried really needed to be stirred quite often. We’ve been sampling this peanut butter for the better part of a week and have not been tempted to stir it in the least. This peanut butter will make you happy.

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Trader Joe’s Valencia Peanut Butter With Roasted Flaxseeds

Monday, June 29th, 2009
Low Carb Foods

Trader Joe’s Valencia Peanut Butter With Roasted FlaxseedsWe really wanted to like Trader Joe’s Valencia Peanut Butter With Roasted Flaxseeds. Unfortunately, this review was a lesson in not always getting what you want. We wanted to like this peanut butter because it’s a low carb food with lots of Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Unfortunately its taste got in the way. We were willing to overlook the remaining oil after minutes of intense stirring. We were willing to overlook having to store this peanut butter in the refrigerator. We just couldn’t get over the taste. Bitter, oily, and grainy is the best way to describe it. The roasted flaxseeds would probably have tasted better raw. Unfortunately, we can’t really recommend this peanut butter. For our money, we’ve not seen anything that can beat Smart Balance Omega Peanut Butter.

That’s a shame too, as each 32 gram serving is really nutrient filled. With each serving you would get 200 calories, 16 grams of fat, no cholesterol, and 55mg of sodium. You would also get a low 2 grams of digestible carbohydrate, including 3 grams of fiber, and 9 grams of protein.