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What is Sugar Free at the Grocery Store: Condiments Edition

What is Sugar Free at the Grocery Store: Condiments Edition

Condiments can be tricky to shop for on a sugar free diet.  I kind of expected to have a hard time with ketchup but I was really surprised to find out that most mayonnaise had sugar also.  So to help those of you trying to avoid sugar like me, I have made a little trip to my local Walmart and looked at all the condiments with no added sugar and organized them below.  I have included pictures so you can see what they look like and links in case you want to order something.

You can find the small but growing list of What’s Sugar Free at the Grocery Store here.  Please feel free to share this so more people can see it.

Mustards

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All Yellow Mustards

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Zatarain’s Creole Mustard

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French’s Deli Mustard Horseradish

Ketchup

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Heinz Reduced Sugar Ketchup (Contains Sucralose)

Mayonnaise

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Duke’s Real Mayonnaise

Hot Sauce

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Louisiana’s Pure Crystal Hot Sauce

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Great Value Louisiana Hot Sauce

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Louisiana Hot Sauce

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Frank’s Red Hot Wing Sauce

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Frank’s Red Hot Sauce

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Tabasco Sauce

BBQ Sauce

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G. Hughes Smokehouse BBQ Sauce – All Varieties

Other Condiments

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Kitchen Bouquet Browning Seasoning Sauce

 

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Nando’s Peri Peri Sauce

 

 

 

 

Tea Brined Chicken Recipe!

Tea Brined Chicken Recipe

Tea Brined Chicken has become one of my favorite ways to cook chicken.  It’s easy to prepare, very inexpensive and easily the juiciest chicken I have ever cooked.  I hope your family gets as much enjoyment out of it as my family has!


Tea Brined Chicken
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 12 Pieces of Chicken
 
An juicy chicken recipe that is inexpensive and easy to prepare. Is also gluten, dairy and sugar free.
Ingredients
  • 12 Chicken Legs
  • 2 Large Family-Sized Tea Bags
  • ½ cup Salt
Instructions
  1. Fill a small sauce pan with water and place the tea bags and salt in the water.
  2. Bring the water to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 3-5 minutes uncovered.
  3. Remove and discard tea bags and pour tea mixture over chicken, completely submerging chicken. Add water to cover chicken if needed
  4. Let sit and marinate for at least 4 hours but preferably overnight
  5. Pour out and discard liquid and place chicken in a pan
  6. Cook on 400 degrees for about 35 minutes.
  7. Use a meat thermometer and stop cooking at an internal temperature of 185 degrees

19 Things That Should Be in Your Kitchen When You Go Sugar Free!

19 Things That Should Be in Your Kitchen When You Go Sugar Free!

If there is one thing I’ve learned since removing the sugar from my diet, it’s that eating sugar free is a lot easier when you have a few things on hand to fill the void left by all the sugars and grains leaving the pantry.  Here is a list of the things I’ve found that are absolutely invaluable to me and why.

Coconut or Almond Flour – Since cutting out sugar, I’ve learned how important it is to throw grains out with it so I always try to keep a few gluten-free flours around in case I need them.  These are especially handy when I’m making gravies.

Almond Meal – Almond Meal is coarser and tastes nuttier than the flour.  I like to use it as a breading when I make Chicken Fried Steak or my beloved oven fried zucchini sticks.

Head of Lettuce – Sometimes you just want a sandwich or a wrap.  Having a head of lettuce means I can take the leaves off and wrap any meats and cheeses up in it like I would with a tortilla and make a wrap.

Almonds – I like crunchy salty snacks so keeping almonds or mixed nuts is a must

Carrots – Same as above.  When I’m craving a snack, I want something that crunches.

Xylitol – This has become my go-to sweetener, so much so that I subscribe to it on Amazon so it just shows up at my doorstep every once in a while.  My wife uses it in her morning coffee and I like to make the occasional dessert with it.

Zucchini – Zucchini is such a versatile veggie that I always like to keep it around.  I put it in my veggiti and turn it into noodles for a faux-pasta or cut into wedges and oven fry them for my zucchini sticks.

White Pasta Sauce –  Typically any white pasta sauce won’t have any added sugar (as opposed to red, which virtually always has it) so I like to keep a few jars around to pour over the zucchini noodles or chicken breasts.

Low Sodium Bacon – I don’t care anything about the low sodium but if you don’t season your bacon with as much salt, you don’t have to balance it out with a little sugar so Low Sodium Bacon typically doesn’t have any added sugar.  (You might try Pederson’s bacon also if you are concerned about sugar AND Nitrates)

Cheese – Can’t say enough about cheese.  It’s a staple of most breakfasts and lunches and occasionally dinner as well.  I like any cheddar and a full fat Mozzerella when I can find it.  I also keep Parmesan and Feta round for different recipes.

Adams Natural Peanut Butter – Just because a peanut butter says “Natural”, doesn’t mean it’s sugar free. (I’m looking at you Skippy!)  Adams is just ground up peanuts in a jar.  Just be sure to stir to get the oil back down into the peanut butter or those last few spoonfuls are ging to be a bit dry.

Olive Oil – A must have for cooking or dressing salads.

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar – Good for salads and adding an acid to different recipes.

Spices – My spice rack has probably quadrupled in size since starting this diet.  I get a little of everything and try it all.  One of my favorites has become Tajin, a Chile Lime Salt that goes well with grilled vegetables.

Pace Picante Sauce – It’s almost impossible to find a sugar free ketchup so I’ve switched over to picante sauce on everything I used to put ketchup on.  My favorite variety is Pace Thick & Chunky Medium.

Tabasco sauce – I little dash really kicks up the flavor of most dishes, especially my morning eggs.

Butter – Stay away from Margarine, get the good stuff your Grandma used to serve you.

Coconut Oil – My go-to oil for deep or pan frying anything

Mustard – It’s one of the few condiments that is naturally sugar free.

So what do you think?  Is there something you can’t live without that I missed?  Let me know in the comments!

My Sugar Free Meal Plan for Dec 31st – Jan 6th!

My Sugar Free Meal Plan for Dec 31st - Jan 6th!
One of the things I find most helpful when I want to be sure I cut sugar and carbs out of my diet is to think through what I am going to cook for my family for the week.  This way I can be sure that I have everything I need for every meal and I can check the local ads and make sure I get any available deals so I can save money as well.  (On my other blog, I make Ad Match lists so people can see what’s on sale and save money by ad matching at Walmart.  You are more than welcome to use these lists for yourself.)

The big things I’m going to be stocking up on this week are the Red Gold tomatoes available at Albertson’s for $.39 a can,  the Classico pasta sauce available at Kroger for $.99 a jar, (2 Things: Only the white sauces are sugar free, avoid the reds and be sure to use the $1.50/4 printable coupon and $.50/1 Ibotta rebate if you do this deal) and the cans of Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light tuna at Safeway for $.69 each.  We don’t usually eat any seafood for dinner but I always keep a few cans of tuna around for quick lunches.

Also, not all the dishes below have links to recipes because they are recipes we’ve made and I just haven’t had the opportunity to put them up on the blog yet.  As soon as I get them typed up, I’ll link back to them here.  In the mean time I’ve linked to the closest thing I can find just so you have a recipe to go on.  The Tea Brined Chicken on Friday is my specialty though and I’ll have it up next week.  And apparently the internet doesn’t have my cocoa chile pork rub for the oven roasted pork chops so I’ll have that up as quickly as I can also

Thursday the 31st

Stuffed Bell Peppers & Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Friday the 1st (Happy New Year!)

Tea Brined Chicken w/ Black Eyed Peas & Cucumber Salad

Saturday the 2nd

Dinner at Mom’s  (I don’t have to cook!)

Sunday the 3rd

Grilled Steak and leftover veggies

Monday the 4th

Chili

Tuesday the 5th

Parmesan Crusted Chicken Strips w/ Steamed carrots and broccoli

Wednesday the 6th

Oven Roasted Pork Chops w/ Oven Roasted Cabbage

My Sugar Free Meal Plan for Dec 31st - Jan 6th!

12/30 Weightloss Wednesday: Beginning Again

12/30 Weightloss Wednesday: Beginning Again

We are back and beginning again!  I bit off more than I could chew when I launched this site last year and had to choose between this blog and the one that actually made a little money but I think I’m at the point where I can give this blog the time and attention it needs and deserves.  I also haven’t been near as faithful to my diet as I should have been last year and especially the last few months.  (The Holidays are tough!)  But I am determined to lose this extra weight and get my health back.

Anyway, please enjoy this video and I look forward to providing great content moving forward!