The processing, packaging, and marketing of sugar and sweetener has surely changed over the years. Gone are the days of our ancestors where their only sweetener choices were honey and dates. Today is, sadly, very different. We now commonly see packaging with “Sugar Free” or “No added Sugar” but for most processed foods on the market, this is nothing more than a creative marketing ploy. Recently I took a trip to the supermarket to gather some numbers as an example of these claims. I found 15 packages with “Sugar Free” or “No added Sugar” blasted on the front of the package. I found that 14 … [Read more...] about Be a Label Detective!
These light and fluffy waffles/pancakes are made with eggs and ricotta cheese. Eggs are an excellent source of protein. Ricotta is a soft cheese, usually made from cow's milk. Like most cheeses, ricotta cheese is also a good source of protein, and this serving size of ricotta provides almost 15 percent of the daily protein required by a 150-lb. woman. Ricotta cheese is also an good source of calcium. Guilt-free Waffles 2 large eggs ¼ c. Ricotta cheese ¼ tsp. cinnamon 1/8 tsp. nutmeg (optional) ½ tsp. baking powder Stevia drops to taste (start with only a few) Preheat waffle iron. … [Read more...] about Healthy Protein Waffles
It’s starting to get hot and we all need to stay hydrated. For a little change up from drinking water, a nice, cold glass of lemonade may hit the spot! In choosing what to drink, we need to stay away from almost all of the products that say, “just add water”. For the most part, they are full of white, processed sugar, artificial colors, and artificial flavors. If you have a favorite sugar-free variety, you need to check the label. If it is sweetened with aspartame or acesulfame-k or “Splenda” or sucralose, you need to sit it back down on the shelf and RUN AWAY! Those artificial sweeteners are … [Read more...] about A Refreshing Lemon-Limeade to Beat the Heat
If you want to be healthy and maintain a healthy weight, you must consider removing all refined and artificial sugars from your diet. But that doesn't mean you have to have an unsweetened diet! Although I use and recommend a wide range of sweeteners (Sweeteners - The Good, Bad & Ugly), today's post is about the benefits to using organic whole cane sugar. The processing of this sweet stuff is the difference maker and I why I use it over your typical white sugar. While refined sugars are stripped of all nutrients naturally found in the sugar cane through processing, organic whole cane … [Read more...] about Organic Whole Cane Sugar Benefits
The market is saturated with sugars, artificial sweeteners and numerous natural sugars. It can leave a person confused and a bit of a challenge to pick the right one for you, your family and your lifestyle. So, how do you chose one that is right for your diet and lifestyle? The most important thing... Avoid ALL artificial sweeteners. Numerous studies show these sweeteners are damaging to our bodies and have shown to cause cancer in rat testing. Even though these warnings are plastered all over medical journals, website and blogs, these harmful sweeteners still saturate the marketplace making … [Read more...] about Sweet Week-Picking a Sweetener
Choose your sweetener wisely! All week I've been talking about sweeteners. I get numerous inquiries asking about different sweeteners and just when I think I've talked about them all, a new one comes on the market. Although I understand some of you can't live without them, I rarely use sweeteners. I don't do a lot of baking anymore, and I love my tea and lemon water unsweetened. However, since I get so many emails asking me what the healthiest sweetener is to use, especially for a cup of coffee, in this post I'm going to share my favorites. Always use ANY sweetener - and I can't stress … [Read more...] about Sweet Week-Our Faves