Monthly Archives: September 2011

The 4 Best and 3 Worst Sweeteners to Have in Your Kitchen

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Interesting article about sugar and sweeteners. Still have some questions about a few of their assessments (sugar alcohols???), but it’s definitely worth the read for those of us seeking a healthful alternative to refined sugar.

The 4 Best and 3 Worst Sweeteners to Have in Your Kitchen.

~Rene’

Sugar Alert: Wendy’s Chili

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How many times have I driven through Wendy’s and ordered a small chili for a buck and felt like I was making a healthy choice?  Too many to count.  In fact, I did this today.

Since I didn’t have time to eat my healthy Wendy’s chili right then, I dashed out the door and came back later.  As I walked by the chili, still in the kitchen, I opened it, grabbed a spoon and took a quick bite.  And the very first sensation I got was:  sweetness. 

Don’t take it from me, just look on the Wendy’s website.  In the nutrition facts for a small chili, sugar or corn syrup is listed no less than five times.

Sometimes it pays to have a sweetness radar.  I expect to find plenty of sugar in a Frosty, but not in their marketed-as-healthy chili.

Will I still grab a Wendy’s chili now and then?  Maybe (in a pinch) or maybe not, in the interest of the principle of the thing.  But I will definitely still pass the word about hidden sugar, and possibly contact Wendy’s and ask them to clean up this act just a bit.

~Stephanie

Move over chips, bring on the Fruit Crisps….

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I am a snacker!  So, in my efforts to live Sugar Free Naturally, I am always on the lookout for snack ideas that offer taste, crunch, and a touch of sweetness.  It’s actually turned into a fun little challenge for me!  If you’d like some guilt-free snacking as well, here’s one of my latest pleasures:  Brothers-ALL-Natural Fruit Crisps!  (And, no, I haven’t sworn off chips, but this little bag of goodness offers an alternative to both chips and candy.  Mmmmm….. )

100% Fruit and nothing else in Brothers-All-Natural Fruit Crisps - Freeze Dried Fruit - Healthy Snacks

*Image via company website.

Right now they are even offering free shipping on all orders. Can’t beat that!

~Rene’

For Help with the Soda Cravings?

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For those who crave a soda now and then, I found this product this week at my local health food store and was intrigued:

Strawberry Serenity

Image via Synergy’s website.

The ingredients listed are:  95% G.T’s organic raw kombucha, organic strawberry puree (and 100% pure love).  The label also lists additional nutrients (a variety of B vitamins), probiotics, antioxidants and organic acids, whatever those are.

One serving (2 per 16 ounce bottle) contains 4 grams of sugars (probably naturally occurring), and 35 calories.

Don’t know much about kombucha tea, but I hope to learn more.  This drink tasted really good to me today.  Mmmmm.

~Stephanie

Strawberry Feta “Salsa”

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The title of this post (and the original recipe) calls this dish salsa but here in Texas, it’s not salsa without a few jalapenos and a handful of cilantro.   In spite of that, it’s been one of my favorites this summer.

1 pint strawberries, chopped

1 avocado, cut into chunks-not mashed

1/4 cup finely chopped purple onion

juice of one lime

1/4 to 1/2 cup of crumbled feta (depending on your personal taste-I always go for more)

2 tsp. olive oil (optional)

pepper, to taste (optional)

Gently stir all ingredients together.  Serve with pretzel rounds, crackers, or if you are like me- grab a spoon and eat it straight from the bowl.

~Rebecca