Product review: Sans Sucre sugar-free mousse and brownies

Baking is not usually my thing, I find it a bit too scientific a process as compared to cooking which allows for more freedom to depart from recipes and become artistic. So most of the recipes you’ll find on this blog are for cooking main courses and side dishes rather than desserts.

That said, I love to eat baked goods such as cakes and doughnuts, items I really should try  to avoid on my heart-healthy diet because of sugar and fat they contain.

Sans Sucre Mousse Mix
Sans Sucre Mousse Mix

So when I was approached by a public relations person for a brand called Sans Sucre which makes sugar-free and gluten-free baking mixes, I was intrigued enough by the prospect of guilt-free items that I asked for samples to try to make. (The brand name means without sugar in French, by the way.)

I’ve since tried the sugar-free, low-fat Chocolate Mousse Mix and the sugar-free chocolate fudge brownie mix. Of the two, I enjoyed the mousse more and found it relatively simple to make, even for a baking-challenged cook like me. Continue reading “Product review: Sans Sucre sugar-free mousse and brownies”

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New American Diabetes Association book provides hundreds of meal possibilities

Cookbooks tend to become shelf clutter because most make it difficult to plan a week’s or even a full day’s worth of meals. One of the reasons I like the new American Diabetes Association cookbook, called Complete Month of Meals Collection is because of how it’s put together — recipe cards are held in a spiral binder and stacked for each meal of the day.

So you can flip through breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes and plan your day, or week if you want, making shopping easier and cutting down on food waste in the process.

The recipe cards are easy to understand, clearly listing ingredients on the front side and nutrition info for each dish on the back.

While the recipes are formulated with diabetics in mind, I found they generally did pretty well on holding down salt content too. Continue reading “New American Diabetes Association book provides hundreds of meal possibilities”

Sugar or sleep, which one do you pick most often?

A recent British study seems to confirm something I’ve always known instinctively from my own behavior — people who don’t get enough sleep eat more sugar than those who do.

I know when I was working I regularly would get only 5-6 hours of sleep a night and so eat sugary treats throughout the day to keep going, even though the sugar energy bursts were not all that long-lasting.

Cutting sugar, as found in treats like this, is extremely tough work, confirms a new study.

Now a new study published in  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that people who get at least seven hours sleep a night may be able to eat less sugar than those who get less sleep.

Some participants in the study were counseled on how to get to bed earlier — things like less screen time, not drinking coffee before bed time and establishing a relaxing going-to-bed ritual. Continue reading “Sugar or sleep, which one do you pick most often?”

A year of no salt, no sugar, no fat recipes just for you

We’re getting more than 5,000 views a month this year, on average, and January was an all-time record month for us, so thank you, thank you, thank you. And keep coming back for more, we’ll be searching out and modifying recipes to get out the salt, fat and sugar this year as well, continuing our mission to improve how people eat.

Our no salt, no fat, no sugar recipe page is by far the most popular items on our blog. People who search for no salt, no sugar recipes (fat doesn’t seem as important for many given all the recent debates on good and bad fat), find us as the No. 2 unpaid search result!

One of our many no salt, no sugar recipes. We cut the salt and sugar to a minimum, along with the fat.

So, in the interest of giving everyone more of what they want, we just added a year’s worth of recipes to our no salt, no fat, no sugar recipe page. We’ve also segmented the page so you can zero in our poultry recipes, seafood recipes and vegetarian options.

And then scroll down to our side dishes and special holiday meals. Continue reading “A year of no salt, no sugar, no fat recipes just for you”

Soda tax cuts purchases, health impact harder to discern

Those who blame sugary beverages for America’s obesity problems have often advocated for a tax on such items to cut consumption. Philadelphia enacted such a tax in January and signs are it has definitely cut purchases of sugary soda in the city.

My Super Big Gulp days are over when it comes to diet soda, I given it up for water on the advice of nutritionists...who didn't mention arsenic in water could be a cause of my heart troubles.
Should suhgar-sweetened beverages be taxed?

Indeed, a local Pepsi bottler announced layoffs this week, blaming decreased sales in the 40-50% range on the Philadelphia tax. Some critics say it’s just scare tactics to get the tax rolled back while others tout the amount of money the tax has raised for local schools. Continue reading “Soda tax cuts purchases, health impact harder to discern”

Ready for some 2017 food advice? Here’s what Cooking Light says

If you’re after no salt, no sugar recipes, check my recipe page first, I tried all those and in many cases modified other people’s recipes to take out the salt, fat and sugar. I’ll be adding more recipes there shortly, so check back daily.

My e-mail inbox continues to be flooded with advice on how to eat better in 2017. I’ve written one post about this and here’s another. Cooking Light magazine has an entire guide called “Start Your Year Off Right.”

Ready for healthy eating in 2017? Check my recipe page for no salt, no sugar recipes.
Ready for healthy eating in 2017? Check my recipe page for no salt, no sugar recipes.

Included is a three-day detox regime that I think I would shy away from. Anything that says detox makes assumptions about foods I’m not comfortable making. Continue reading “Ready for some 2017 food advice? Here’s what Cooking Light says”

Think you’re eating healthy? Think again

Read every label and don’t buy foods, whether at a supermarket or restaurant, if you can’t see nutrition information.

When I first met with a nutritionist to discuss health eating after my 2012 angioplasty, I brought along four pages of foods I liked to eat. She told me one by one that they were all unhealthy. Most had too much of one or more of what I call the evil triangle of American food — sugar, salt or fat.

My low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar pantry.
My low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar pantry. Are these healthy? For me, they are. Read every label before buying any food products.

This blog is the result of that meeting and of my attempt to keep eating foods I find tasty while cutting out the evil triangle. But it is extremely tough in a world of so many mixed food messages. That point was brought home to me by a recent piece I read on npr.org headlined 75 Percent of Americans Say They Eat Healthy — Despite Evidence To The Contrary. Continue reading “Think you’re eating healthy? Think again”