Cracked Candy Review!

Cracked Candy Review!

Cracked Candy sent me a few varieties of their candy to review and I loved them!  They are sweetened with Xylitol which has been my favorite sugar substitute since I discovered it a few years ago.  They have a nice mildly sweet flavor and the candy has a unique texture that is somewhat similar to sugar crystal candy.   All 4 flavors are wonderful but I preferred the Orange and Lemon flavors to the Cinnamon and Peppermint but that is obviously subjective.

If you would like to pick up a box for yourself, you can find them at Whole Foods or order them directly from the Cracked Candy Website.

Please watch my video review for more details.

 

3/2 Weightloss Wednesday: 18 Lbs Down!

3/2 Weightloss Wednesday: 18 Lbs Down!

It’s time for another Weightloss Wednesday check-in!  After spending several days sitting with a family member in the hospital, I was surprised to see that I had gained about 5 pounds eating hospital food and it has taken me all week just re-lose those 5 lbs.  That was a bit disheartening but it reminded me why it is so important to prepare my own food and portion it out like I want because I apparently can’t trust anyone else’s food.

Also, in order to keep challenging myself and get as healthy as I can, I have decided to do 2 things in the month of March that I think will move me closer to my goals.  First, I’ve decided to try to get 5 miles a day in on my bike for 5 days a week.  I’ve done this for the last 2 days and it has become very clear that I’m going to have to invest in a more comfortable bike seat if I’m going to do this.  Secondly, I’m going to cut out my beloved Coke Zero.  I’ve tried to do this a few times over the course of my sugar free journey but it always ends with me obsessively craving it and finally giving in.  Hopefully, this is the time I can pull it off.

All in all, I’m at 282 lbs and feeling good but anxious to see 270-something on the scale.

 

What’s Sugar Free at the Grocery Store: Coffee Creamer Edition!

What's Sugar Free at the Grocery Store: Coffee Creamer Edition!

Welcome to another installment of What’s Sugar Free at The Grocery Store!  This week we are looking at the shelf-stable coffee creamers, so these are the mostly powdered varieties that are usually next to the coffee in the store, not the ones that need to be refrigerated.  You can see the full list in out series here and remember to subscribe to our daily email so you never miss a post!

Sugar Free Coffee Mate Creamer

Sugar Free Coffee Mate Creamer – Contains Corn Syrup Solids, Sucralose (Varieties include French Vanilla, Chocolate, Vanilla Caramel, Hazelnut & Unflavored)

Community Coffee Creamer

Community Coffee – Contains Corn Syrup Solids

Great Value Creamer

Walmart Brand (Great Value) Creamer (Not the Extra Rich Variety)

Anthem Creamer

Anthem Creamer – Corn Syrup Solids

International Delight Minicups

International Delight Flavored Mini-Cups (Available Variety: French Vanilla)

Sugar Free Butternut Squash Recipe!

Sugar Free Butternut Squash Recipe!

Butternut Squash was something that was never really on the menu growing up and because of that, it was never on the menu for my family once I was in charge of the cooking.  In fact it was a bit intimidating at the grocery store because it looked like something a bit exotic and difficult to cook.  That all changed a few years ago when I decided to pick one up and just see what I could do with it.  It took a few tries to find something I could do with it that my kids would like but eventually we settled on a cinnamon-nutmeg mixture that was easy to make and tasted wonderful.  I hope you like it as well!

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Sugar Free Butternut Squash
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Recipe type: Side Dish
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Serves: 6-8 Servings
 
My quick and delicious Butternut Squash recipe with no added sugar
Ingredients
  • 1 Butternut Squash
  • ½ Stick Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • ¾ Tbsp Nutmeg
  • 1 Tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Peel Butternut Squash and cut into 1" Squares
  2. Place squares in pan, add butter in 1 Tsp pieces
  3. Sprinkle Spices over top of squash
  4. Bake in preheated oven on 375° for 30 minutes until fork slides through squash

 

That Sugar Film Review

That Sugar Film Review

I finally took the time to sit down and watch That Sugar Film this week and I thought you might like to hear my thoughts on it.  I really liked most of it but had a few issues with a few bits and pieces.  You can watch my full review below and I’ll type up the highlights if you’d prefer to read them.

 

That Sugar Film is the story of documentarian Damon Gameau’s decision to eat 40 tsp of sugar a day, the sugar consumption of the average Australian.  If you’ve seen Super Size Me, you are already familiar with the layout of the film because it’s very close to the same pattern except with sugar as the villain instead of McDonalds.

The Good

It’s Entertaining – The one thing that is immediately clear as you watch this film is that great effort has gone in to making this film as entertaining as possible from start to finish.  There are musical numbers, sketches, short but compelling stories and a throughline of the effect of sugar on Gameau’s body and life.

It’s Visual – Rarely do we get any kind of fact or statistic given to us that it doesn’t also have some kind of visual aid to help us grasp what is going on.  When we are told Australians eat 40 tsp of sugar a day, we get 40 tsp of sugar stacked on a table.  At one point, instead of eating the food with the sugar included, he eats food without sugar and spoons on an equivalent amount of sugar and eats it like that.  For instance, instead of eating a granola bar, he eats the same amount of sugar in a granola bar sandwiched between 2 watercress crackers in a sugar sandwich.  It’s actually a little stomach-turning to watch.

We See the Stories of Several Different People Groups – From Aboriginal tribes on the Outback to Kentucky teens in the Appalachian Mountains, we see how sugar effects people across the globe.

The Bad

Do People Really Eat 40 Tsp of Sugar a Day? – When I saw that pile of sugar that Australians supposedly eat per day, my jaw dropped.  That was a HUGE amount of sugar!  But when I decided to do some research after the film, I couldn’t find anything to substantiate that claim. What I read put it at about 19 tsp a day, or less than half of what Gameau claimed.  That’s still a lot of sugar but let’s get our facts straight.

Can Mountain Dew Cause That Much Damage by 18? – There was a Kentucky teenager in the film who drank Mountain Dew his entire life and had the most awful looking mouth I have ever seen in my life.  The teeth he still had were rotten and black but mostly it was just a mouth full of bloody gums.  I’ve known people that have consumed soft drinks for twice as long as this kid and they don’t have teeth anywhere near like this.  But you know who does have teeth like that?  Meth users.  You know where you can find all the meth you want for dirt cheap? Kentucky.  I don’t know anything about this kid and I might be totally wrong, but that sure looked a lot more like meth-mouth than Mountain Dew-mouth.

Experts? – There were interviews from credentialed and respected nutritionists, dietitians, and food and health reporters that had very good things to say.  There were also interviews from people that really had no business in any kind of serious documentary.  I go into detail in the video above but the documentary did a terrible job of letting you know which people in the interviews you should listen to and respect their opinion and who have not done any research whatsoever and are generally considered crackpots by the larger scientific community.  It was so bad that I really had to question a lot of other information in the documentary because he did such a bad job of bringing reputable experts in to give their insights.

The Verdict

Bottom line, I liked this film.  It’s fast paced, has great information, and is easy to watch and digest.  While it covers a lot of the same ground as other anti-sugar documentaries, Gameau has his own spin on it and adds his personal spin on it.  I would definitely check it out, especially if you have Amazon Prime because it’s totally free.

What did you think?  Let me know in the comments.