Sugar-free candy: it’s not worth the pain

Easter, and especially the day after Easter, was always a big candy day for me. I’d be first in line at places like Chicago’s Fannie Mae candy stores, waiting for the after-Easter sale to start.

But since my angioplasty and my new low-fat diet, chocolate, especially my favorite milk chocolate, has been largely forbidden to me. So this post-Easter time I went looking for some low-fat, sugar-free candies instead.

Sugar free twizzlers -- not worth the stomach pain.
Sugar free twizzlers — not worth the stomach pain.

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Salt-free, fat-free potato chips: why not make your own

I’ve written about salt-free potato chips I’ve bought as a substitute for the regular potato chips I once loved. But while they were salt-free, they still are fat laden, so I’ve stayed away from potato chips, by and large.

Recently, however, I found a microwave device that promised me potato chips in the micro in minutes, no oil needed. The idea was too good for me to pass up, so I bought TopChips by Mastrad for $20.95 at a kitchen store.

TopChips make salt-free, fat-free chips to satisfy your potato chip cravings.
TopChips make salt-free, fat-free chips to satisfy your potato chip cravings.

My wife and I recently bought two potatoes to try it out and I’m happy to report the chips turned out well, although it did take some trial and error. Continue reading “Salt-free, fat-free potato chips: why not make your own”

Low-sodium broth: skip it for sodium free

I blogged earlier this week about some low-sodium soups I’ve tried, unsuccessfully taste-wise. But I’ve also been searching for sodium free broth to use in things like turkey when I make a whole one for a special occasion.

Low-sodium broth is relatively easy to find. You have to look harder to find sodium-free broth, but it is out there. But always check the nutrition labels for the real story. You may find some so-called no salt added broth has more sodium than one calling itself low-sodium. That was the case for me with the broths shown below.

Low sodium broths are not created equal, always read the nutrition panels.
Low sodium broths are not created equal, always read the nutrition panels.
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The lesson is always check for yourself, never believe any on-package advertising or hype language.
John

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