Pinterest’s Top 10 Food Trends to Watch in2018

January 2018 is almost half over and I still have a lot of January predictions and review stores to post, so I’ll do my best to get them online this week. Here’s the first, a look at Pinterest’s annual Top 10 Food Trends, as reported in Cooking Light magazine.

Imagine low-sodium soups: I applaud the effort, but taste is lacking, big time.
If you plan to join the souping trend, make your own or check salt content, even on so-called low-salt soups.

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Top 10 Most-Viewed No Salt, No Fat, No Sugar posts for 2017

Continuing our look at the great year we had in 2017  at NoSaltNoFatNoSugar.com (65.965 views from nearly 35,000 visitors), this post looks at the most viewed elements on our site last year. I’ve already written about the Top 10 Most Viewed Recipes.

Trader Joe's organic low-salt marinara sauce was a bit peppery for my taste but will do in a pinch.
Trader Joe’s organic low-salt marinara sauce was a bit peppery for my taste but will do in a pinch.

This goes beyond that to look at the site as a whole, so our Top 10 non-recipe items for 2017 were:

  1. No Salt, No Fat, No Sugar Recipes. Our recipe page is the big winner for the second year in a row. We’ve made it easier to search by type of recipe which I’m sure helped. Interestingly, an often used search term that brings visitors to that page is ‘no salt, no sugar’ recipes. People don;t seem as concerned about far as they used to be.
  2. Salt-free teriyaki sauce — a taste test of three varieties. Visitors are interested in any low-salt sauce or condiment, as you can see as you continue to read this list. Almost any sauce we traditionally use has too much salt in it.
  3. Finding a low-salt salsa — Hola, they are out there. The search for low-salt sauces extends to salsa.
  4. What Can You Eat on a No Salt, No Sugar, No Fat Diet? An early post to this site, I’ve updated this several times to let people know there is hope even without salt, fat and sugar.
  5. Costco Food Court Salads: you can make them healthier. A good post to read how you can strip the garbage off a salad to make it healthy again. I have one of these every Thursday.
  6. Salt free marinades — they do exist, search online. I’ve since found them in local stores too, but it takes some searching.
  7. How to find a low-sodium Thanksgiving turkey. Any self-basting turkey is loaded with unneeded salt. Who needs it!
  8. Low-salt, low sugar barbecue sauce: a great find. Thank you Localfolks.
  9. Trader Joe’s salt-free marinara sauce: worth a try. I usually make my own but this is great in a  pinch too.
  10. Panko breadcrumbs at Costco: a great deal. Unfortunately Costco doesn’t carry these any longer, but always buy panko instead of regular breadcrumbs to cut salt. Check labels though, some ‘flavored’ panko varieties still have tons of salt in them.

A Low-Salt Christmas side dish — Balsamic Onion and Thyme Carrots

Baby carrots are a great side to have around for holiday entertaining. Raw they can be put out as a snack or appetizer. Cooking them opens a world of flavors you can add. This site has lots of baby carrot recipes you can pick through for your Christmas side-dish choices.balsamic carrots and onions

And I just came across a new carrot recipe from Cooking Light magazine, balsamic onion and thyme carrots. The recipe calls for cutting up regular carrots, but I think baby carrots would work great with this one too and be easier to prepare. Monitor the cooking time, they might need a bit longer to be done than carrot slices would. Continue reading “A Low-Salt Christmas side dish — Balsamic Onion and Thyme Carrots”

Consumer Reports takes a great look at healthier eating

Consumer Reports is a magazine I look at whenever making a major purchase such as a car or large appliance. It’s reviews are the bible of product reviews, in my opinion. So I was intrigued to see its November issue carrying a cover story about healthy eating.

What’s in the issue is as good as other work Consumer Reports does. If you cans till find one to buy, buy it and refer to it as you cook or eat out. If you can;t find a physical copy, go to the website, it appears you can read at least some of the stories there without being a member of Consumer Reports. Continue reading “Consumer Reports takes a great look at healthier eating”

No Salt, No Fat, No Sugar Journal has record November, thank you!!!

Traffic to our site reached an all-time monthly high in November, driven by people searching for a salt-free stuffing mix and other salt-free Thanksgiving offerings. Site views for the month reached nearly 7,000, 6,914 to be exact, blowing past our old monthly record of 6012 in January 2015.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! Continue reading “No Salt, No Fat, No Sugar Journal has record November, thank you!!!”

Test your salt IQ

I’m not a big fan of infographics, they usually only scratch the surface on a topic and I always want to know more. But I recently ran across this sodium test after completing a cardio-rehab program at my local hospital (this after a second angioplasty in five years for me this past June) and thought it worth sharing.

Try to math them up without looking at the answers first. I doubt many of you will find all the hidden sodium in some of the food items listed.

Sodium lurks in so many everyday food, like bread, ketchup and any processed meat. Beware of it.

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Water: The Miracle Substance That We Should All Be Drinking More Of!

The most natural substance in the world, water is an incredible thing. Our bodies are made up of around 70% water, which is why we need so much water to survive. The fact is that not only do we need to water to stay hydrated, but we also need to drink plenty of water to ensure that when it comes to our health, we are in tip-top shape.

The issue is today that more and more people are boycotting water and opting to drink other liquids. Yes, fizzy drinks and juices contain water, but these drinks are nowhere near as healthy or beneficial for you as pure water is. It may not taste as nice, but water is the drink that should be your go-to liquid. Continue reading “Water: The Miracle Substance That We Should All Be Drinking More Of!”

Still time to grill? Try these fruits and veggies for something different and fun

Labor Day Weekend is the traditional end for the outdoor grilling season, at least in northern climes such as Chicago where I live. But there will still be days when it’s warm enough to go out and fire up your grill, or grills (I have four!). Here’s a new take on grilling, ever think about fruits and veggies on the grill?

Cooking Light magazine has, apparently, in this piece on 10 fruits and veggies to grill (everything is a list these days, so they had to find 10 I’m sure).

Some of these, like watermelon, onions, eggplant and pineapple, I’ve heard of grilling before, but some, like apples and peaches really surprised me.

I’m guessing the key here is to find items with sugar content the flavor of which will be brought out by grilling.

Take a look, it’s a video, so you have to endure a commercial, but after that it moves fairly quickly.

And keep those grills fired up into fall, I know people who do their Thanksgiving turkeys outdoors in cold climates, that is hardcore grilling.

John

The Dangers Of Changing Your Diet

   Most of us could do with tweaking our diets a little. And, of course, there are always those ‘one-off’ occasions when we enjoy something off-plan. But changing your diet suddenly and drastically can do you more harm than good. There are lots of things to consider before you tackle a very restricted diet. The first is the needs of your body.

Yes, excess sugar, fat, and salt will do you harm in the long term. There is scientific evidence to back that up. Sugar, in particular, can do you quite a lot of harm in the short term too. Diabetes is a huge problem for a lot of people. Managing the condition requires careful monitoring of the amount of sugar you are consuming. As your blood sugar needs to be maintained, cutting out all sugar straight away, could leave you feeling light-headed, dizzy, and nauseous. This is called hypoglycemia and can be dangerous. Continue reading “The Dangers Of Changing Your Diet”

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