Sugar Free Product Spotlight: Pederson’s Bacon

Pederson's Bacon

There are certain things that are dang near impossible to find sugar free.  One of the things I missed most was bacon.  I tore my local supermarkets apart, scouring dozens of packages of bacon looking for a variety that left sugar off the ingredients list but looked in vain.

Finally my search came to an end at my local Whole Foods.  After looking through about 15 different varieties of bacon I finally saw my bacon flavored Holy Grail.  Pederson’s bacon is uncured with no preservatives or sugar. It has no Gluten, no Lactose, and no MSG.  In fact it only has 5 ingredients; pork, water, salt, vinegar and celery powder.

The best part is that it tastes great!  Just like bacon should taste.  It’s a little pricey at $8.99 for a 10oz package, that works out to about $14.24 a pound.  But honestly, it’s worth it.  Now that I’ve got bacon and eggs back in my breakfast rotation, life is sweet even without the sugar.

UPDATE: You can now order a box of 10 from Amazon!

Disclosure: I am not affiliated with Pederson’s Bacon,\ and no one gave me a package to sample..  This is just my honest opinion.

Sugar Free Tomato Soup Recipe

Sugar Free Tomato Soup Recipe

Sugar Free Tomato Soup RecipeI love tomato soup but it was another of those things that was impossible to find in a sugar-free variety so I had to make my own.  It took a couple tries to find the right balance of ingredients but this recipe is very tasty and makes for a delicious lunch.  Yum!


Sugar Free Tomato Soup
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I quick and tasty tomato soup recipe with no sugar added
Ingredients
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 tsp chopped basil (optional)
  • ½ green onion chopped (optional)
  • 2 tbsp Plain Greek Yogurt (Can substitute sour cream)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup milk
Instructions
  1. Cut tomato into 8 wedges, put in bowl with onions and basil.
  2. Microwave for 3 minutes
  3. Place cooked tomatoes and all other ingredients except milk in blender and blend thoroughly
  4. Pour soup and milk in bowl and microwave for an additional minute to heat.

 

 

Monterey Pork Chops Recipe

Sugar Free Monterey Pork Chops with Pepper Gravy Recipe

Monterey Pork Chops RecipeThis is a tasty recipe that uses a pepper gravy to bring out the taste of the Pork Chop.  The gravy is creamy with a bit of heat from the pepper and pair well with a blander side dish like the blended carrots I served mine with.  Saute some onions and Bell Peppers to serve on top of the chop and you’ve got an easy to cook meal.


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A tasty Pork Chop recipe with a spicy peppered gravy.
Ingredients
  • 3-4 Pork Chops
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 2 tbsp All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • 1 tspn Jameson's Beef Soup Base (any sugar free beef bouillon will work)
  • 1 tspn Black Pepper
  • 2 Cups Milk
Instructions
  1. Fry Pork chops in butter, sprinkle Monterey seasoning on both sides
  2. Should take about 6-8 minutes on each side
  3. Put flour, Soup Base, and basil in bowl and mix
  4. Remove pork chops from skillet and return drippings to medium heat. (You should have 2-3 tbsps of liquid in the pan)
  5. Add pepper to liquid and stir for 1 minute
  6. Add flour mix to pan and stir till brown
  7. Add milk and simmer for 5 minutes until thick
  8. Serve gravy over pork chops and enjoy!

 

What is Sugar Free at the Grocery Store: Beans Edition

What is Sugar Free at the Grocery Store: Beans Edition

This is the start of a new feature here at My Sugar Free Journey.  It’s tough to know exactly what to buy at the grocery store so we are starting lists of products that contain no added fructose.  There are a few sugars that are on our “Acceptable Sugars” list and if a product contains one of those sugars, it’s listed in parenthesis.  Most of these products can be found at Walmart (because that’s almost my second home) and if you’d like, you can search for coupons for them here.  If you see a product I missed, let me know and I’ll add it.

Sugar Free Black Beans

  • Bush’s Best Seasoned Recipe Black Beans (Contains Maltodextrin)
  • Bush’s Best Reduced Sodium Black Beans
  • Bush’s Best Black Beans
  • Goya Black Beans
  • Great Value Black Beans
  • Great Value Reduced Sodium Black Beans
  • Ranch Style Black Beans
  • Wild Oats Organic Black Beans

Sugar Free Black Eyed Peas

  • Bush’s Best Black Eyed Peas
  • Bush’s Best Black Eyed Peas with Snaps
  • Bush’s Best Black Eyed Peas with Bacon
  • Great Value Black Eyed Peas

Sugar Free Butter Beans/Lima Beans/Great Northern Beans/Navy Beans

  • Allen’s Lima Beans
  • Bush’s Best Large Butter Beans (Contains Dextrose)
  • Bush’s Best Navy Beans
  • Bush’s Best Great Northern Beans
  • Bush’s best Reduced Sodium Great Northern Beans
  • Del Monte Lima Beans
  • Great Value Great Northern Beans
  • Great Value Navy Beans

Sugar Free Cannellini Beans

  • Bush’s Best Cannellini Beans
  • Goya Cannellini Beans

Sugar Free Chick Peas (Garbanzo Beans)

  • Bush’s Best Garbanzo beans
  • Goya Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans)
  • Great Value Chickpeas
  • Sam’s Choice Organic Chickpeas

Sugar Free Green Beans

  • Allen’s cut Italian Green Beans
  • Del Monte Cut Green beans
  • Del Monte French Style Green Beans
  • Great Value Cut Green Beans
  • Great Value Cut Green Beans No Salt Added
  • Great Value French Style Green Beans
  • Great Value French Style cut Green Beans No Salt Added
  • Green Giant Cut Green Beans
  • Green Giant French Cut Green Beans
  • Libby’s Naturals Cut Green Beans
  • Libby’s Regular Cut Green Beans
  • Libby’s French Cut Green Beans

Sugar Free Kidney Beans

  • Goya Red Kidney Beans
  • Great Value Light Red Kidney Beans
  • Great Value Light Red Kidney Beans No Salt Added
  • Great Value Dark Red Kidney Beans No Salt added
  • S&W Premium Dark Red Kidney Beans
  • Trappey’s Light Red Kidney Beans (Contains Corn Syrup)
  • Sam’s Choice Organic Dark Red Kidney Beans

Sugar Free Pinto Beans

  • Bush’s Pinto Beans
  • Bush’s Best Reduced Sodium Pinto Beans
  • Bush’s Best Pinto Beans with Bacon
  • Goya Pinto Beans
  • Goya Refried Pinto Beans Traditional
  • Goya Mexican Style Pinto Beans
  • Great Value Pinto Beans
  • Great Value Pinto Beans No salt Added
  • Great Value Pinto Beans No Salt Added
  • Sam’s Choice Organic Pinto Beans
  • Wild Oats Organic Pinto Beans

Sugar Free Refried Beans

  • Bush’s Best Refried Beans
  • Bush’s Best Refried Beans Fat Free
  • Bush’s Best Refried Black Beans
  • Goya Refried Beans with Chorizo
  • Goya Refried Beans Rancheros
  • Old El Paso Traditional Refried Beans
  • Rosarita Traditional Refried Beans

Other Sugar Free Beans

  • Bush’s Crowder Peas
  • Bush’s Purple Hull Peas
  • Bush’s Best Cocina Latina Frijoles ala Mexicana
  • Bush’s Best Cocina Latina Pintos ala Diabla
  • Bush’s Best Cocina Latina Frijoles Machacados
  • Bush’s Best Cocina Latina Frijoles Negros Machacados
  • Goya Pigeon Peas
  • Margaret Holmes Red Beans and Rice (Contains Maltodextrin)
  • Wild Oats Organic Chili Beans in Sauce

My Sugar Free Journey: Part Three

My Sugar Free Journey Part Three

So far I’ve shared how I found out I was overweight, and the many false-starts among my dieting journey.  Then, totally by chance, I happened to read an article by Eve Schaub in Yahoo News.  It detailed how she went a Year with No Sugar and what that did for her family.  She had a new book out and it was like 6 bucks on Kindle so I decided to check it out.  Not only was I fascinated by the story of someone who would try to cut sugar out of their life, she also talked about a YouTube video that made an impact on her.  That’s when I discovered Dr Robert Lustig.

Why Cutting Carbs Works

Where Eve Schaub talked about some of the health benefits she was having, (She wasn’t overweight) Dr Lustig hit me where I lived with a frank discussion on why Sugar makes us fat.  I vividly remember the lightbulb moment in the video for me.  Dr Lustig asked the audience what the Atkins diet (low carb) and the Japanese diet (high carb) had in common.  The answer?  They both worked.  As someone who had suffered through a low-carb diet, this blew my mind.  Would it be possible to eat potatoes AND lose weight?

Because Cutting Carbs Means Cutting Sugar

I thought, ”Do you mean to tell me that I could be eating carbs and losing weight?”  That seemed utterly ridiculous but he explained that in cutting out carbs (or what ever the Japanese diet cuts out) you also managed to cut out the real culprit behind weight gain, namely sugar.  Holy moley that was good news but seemed so counter-intuitive.  How many times had I heard that carbs made you fat?  Turns out they were almost right, it was one carbohydrate in particular that was causing all the issues, sugar.

Further Research Was Needed

Now I’m not the kind of person to take one person’s word for anything.  (Not even someone with the incredibly impressive resume Dr Lustig has)  So I headed to the local Half-Price Bookstore and roamed around Amazon to find Michael Gillespie’s Sweet Poison, Dr Robert Lustig’s Fat Chance and Richard Johnson’s Sugar Fix.  Each one of these books added more information and additional pieces to the puzzle until I was convinced.  The science seemed solid but I had to try it for myself.

Next time, I decide to start my sugar free journey