Rowdy Bar: The First Prebiotic Energy Bar

Rowdy Bars are a deliciously healthy option for ultrarunners, kid athletes, busy moms, and everything in between. This tasty energy bar promotes good gut health while providing your body with essential protein and prebiotic fibers.

I received samples from Rowdy Bar at no charge. I was not additionally compensated for this review and all opinions are my own.

What Are Rowdy Bars?

Rowdy Bars were created to help promote a healthy gut and a positive outlook on life. The bars are loaded with fiber, protein, and healthy fats and will not spike blood sugar. The secret ingredient is yacon root, which is a root vegetable, that is made of mostly insoluble fibers. These are sugars that the body does not digest, which gives this vegetable its health benefits. Yacon has anti-hyperglycemic effects which means that the body will not absorb it, therefore not spoking our blood glucose levels, which is very helpful for those of us living with diabetes. It also helps prevent the build-up of bad cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, and boosts liver health, along with other health benefits.

All of the bars are non-GMO and gluten-free. They are also dairy-free and soy-free. Each bar is under 200 calories, and range in carbs from 15-23 grams, but you must take into account the fiber, which will make the net carbs much less. There is minimal fat and each one packs 8-14 grams of protein, depending on the flavor bar you choose.

Who Are They?

Kellie, as an ultrarunner and outdoor enthusiast, was always mindful of what she ate. In 2013 she started a clean eating journey, but at the same time started experiencing bad stomach pain, which led to gallstones. After getting her gallbladder removed and being diagnosed with hypothyroidism, she believes the root of these issues began with her digestive health. She continued on her clean eating journey, educated herself further and Rowdy Bar came to life.

How Do They Taste?

I was pleasantly surprised by the taste of all of the Rowdy Bars I received. This bar is more of a chewy consistency but also packs in some crunch. My favorite was the Chocolaty Cookie Dough. It had chunks of rich chocolate in each bite. It did not taste like a low-sugar substitute, it tasted rich and delicious. I also loved the Peanutty Dark Chocolate where the peanut butter tasted like the real thing. The Blueberry Almond Tart is a delicious choice in the morning to pair with a cup of coffee on the go. The Sunflower Butter and Berries is another one I love to start my day with, this flavor is a great combination! While I am not a fan of coconut, the Chocolate Coconut Cashew was well-liked by a friend at the gym and gave her the energy she needed to push through our workout.

Where Can I Purchase Rowdy Bars and What Do They Cost?

You can buy Rowdy Bars directly from their website or you can use their store locator to find a retail store by you. Prices start at $23.99 for a box of 12 and if you subscribe you can benefit from discounted prices. Also, be sure to check their social media as they do offer sales and promotions.

Conclusion

Rowdy Prebiotic Bars are a great choice if you are mindful of a healthy gut and a healthy lifestyle. These bars are loaded with fiber, protein and healthy fats and are low on the glycemic index thanks to their special ingredient, yacon root, so these bars will not spike your blood sugar. You can enjoy a healthy snack without the worry, I highly recommend it!

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Review: Wellue 02Ring-Ring Oxygen Meter

It’s the year 2020 and unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are rethinking how to monitor and manage both their family’s and their own health. With so many doctors moving to telehealth, many are purchasing important health products so they can better assess and monitor their health conditions from their own homes.

The COVID-19 virus is leaving many patients with dangerously low levels of oxygen even when they are feeling well. An oximeter was one of the most coveted devices that people were searching for when COVID-19 began per many healthcare workers’ suggestion.  The Wellue O2Ring is a ring oxygen meter that tracks you and your loved one’s oxygen levels so that you can pick up this warning sign and get medical attention before the patient’s condition worsens.

Who Are They?

Wellue is a brand belonging to Viatom Technology that creates medical and wellness products that are consumer-friendly and help people to better detect and manage their health conditions. Wellue has many other medical devices available with medical-grade accuracy.

What Is It?

Wellue O2Ring is a patented smart device that allows the patient to monitor their oxygen levels and heart rate for long periods of time and is designed to be comfortably worn overnight. The many features allow the patient to be notified of low oxygen and heart rate levels, collect data and send reports to their healthcare team. It also comes with a companion app that shows both data analysis and trends allowing the patient to feel empowered with information about their health.

Photo credit: Wellue

Some of the key features of the O2Ring are:

  • Overnight tracking: The device continuously tracks your oxygen level and heart rate.
  • Adjustable vibration and intensity alarm alerting you of low oxygen or abnormal heart rate.
  • Free PC software and Mac app which allows you to print and share all data with your healthcare provider.
  • The O2Ring is rechargeable and lasts 12-16 hours with stand-alone memory, meaning a smartphone is not even needed.

Where Can I Purchase and How Much Does It Cost?

Wellue sells its products on its website and it is also available at Walmart and Amazon. I found the lowest price to be on their website which was $170. Wellue is currently offering Diabetes Daily readers a 10% discount. You can purchase on their site using this discount code: BLDIABETES10.

Photo credit: Wellue

My Review

At a time where many are neglecting routine visits, settling for virtual care, and wondering what the future of healthcare looks like, this is the perfect time to invest in your health. Having medical products at home can help you stay ahead of your health conditions. Wellue also makes many other medical devices such as pediatric oxygen masks, blood pressure monitors with oximeters, forehead and ear infrared thermometers, and Babytone Fetal Heart Monitors, to name a few. All these products can help give you peace of mind about you and your family’s health.

Whether you struggle with chronic obstructed pulmonary disease (COPD), sleep apnea, asthma, pneumonia, or any other health conditions affecting your oxygen levels and heart rate, I highly recommend the O2Ring oxygen meter. It is comfortable to wear and it alerts the patient without disrupting their partner’s sleep, lessening the burden on our loved ones, which many of us stress over.

Being proactive with my health makes me feel empowered to manage my type 1 diabetes and my overall wellbeing to the best of my ability. Having technology like this at your fingertips (in this case, literally) can make taking care of your health a lot easier and add years on to your life. Wellue uses the same type of technology that hospitals do, which makes me feel extra confident that their products are of the utmost quality and accuracy. In summary, I highly recommend their products.

Source: diabetesdaily.com

Mammoth Creameries: The Keto Ice Cream That Tastes Like the Real Deal

If you eat low-carb, you probably know that there is no shortage of alternative products when it comes to our favorite treats, like ice cream. However, far from all are able to deliver a wholesome list of ingredients in a product that is blood sugar-friendly and tastes great!

I received samples of several flavors of ice cream from Mammoth Creameries at no charge. I was not additionally compensated for this review and all opinions are my own.

Who They Are

Mammoth Creameries is a family-owned, low-carb, low-sugar ice cream business based in Austin, TX. It was founded by Tim Krauss and his wife, Sue, shortly after Tim’s diagnosis with type 1 diabetes. Tim explains how the diagnosis changed the course of his and his family’s life, and how the ice cream company was born:

“I committed myself to living a more health-conscious life centered around exercise and eating well, adhering to the paleo diet before making the shift to a low-sugar, low-carb, and high-fat ketogenic diet. Sue, in her typical fashion, went above and beyond in helping guide me through this difficult life transition before eventually going ketogenic herself. She quickly became our household’s go-to keto chef, exploring recipes and dishes of all kinds. However, there was one thing she couldn’t find for our new lifestyle: ice cream.

Born in our kitchen and warmly welcomed by our innovative city, the positive reception and growth we’ve seen since starting this company has reinforced our belief that Mammoth Creameries is the gateway to a dietary independence that diabetic and ketogenic individuals are hard-pressed to find in today’s world. Together, we’re creating dessert that works for your body, not against it!”

The company is committed to using well-sourced, high-quality, real ingredients, including butter from grass-fed cows and egg yolks from cage-free chickens. All products don’t have any added sugar and are sweetened instead with xylitol, a sugar alcohol that does not impact blood glucose levels (Note: Xylitol is very toxic to dogs, so do take extra care if you have a pet!).

The Products

Currently, four flavors of the ice cream are available: Vanilla Bean, Chocolate, Lemon Buttercream, and Chocolate Peanut Butter. A 4-pack of one flavor (pint-size) or a combination 4-pack can be purchased on the company website for $55.00.

Although the ingredients list for each flavor varies slightly, the main ones for each are: cream, butter, sweetener, and egg yolks. They are all very low in carbohydrate (~1 g net per serving), and high in fat (~26 g per serving).

My Review

I have previously tried many low-carb ice creams from different companies and have often made my own, using simple ingredients, like cream, almond milk, sweetener, and vanilla extract. I have to say that out of all the commercially-available products I’ve tried, this one tasted the most like my home-made ice cream!

All the flavors tasted very rich and creamy. Not surprising, as this company uses real cream and butter, delivering a full-fat and satisfying product. The texture perfectly resembled ice cream and wasn’t crumbly, like some other ones I have tried. Caveat: let this product sit out of the freezer for about five minutes to get the perfect ice cream consistency!

Most importantly, the impact on my blood sugar (BG) levels was almost negligible, without even taking any insulin! This is truly a “keto-friendly” and “BG-friendly” ice cream that delivers on its promises and tastes like real ice cream.

As far as the flavors, I enjoyed all of them. My favorites were the classic Vanilla Bean and the subtly citrusy Lemon Buttercream. Meanwhile, my 3-year-old thoroughly enjoyed both of the chocolate flavors! That is perhaps the true test: is it kid-friendly? The answer this time is a resounding “yes!” (which is often not the case for many other low-carb products that I have put to the “toddler test”)!

Also, a little goes a long way! I don’t think I would be tempted to eat a whole pint—due to the caloric load, a ½ cup serving size really does leave you feeling satisfied.

Summary

Overall, Mammoth Creameries delivers a high-quality, blood sugar-friendly line of products that are made with simple and real ingredients. While the price point is on the higher side, if you consider that you can actually eat just one serving and feel satisfied, along with being able to eat delicious ice cream that has no impact on your blood sugar without making it yourself, it is well worth the investment!

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What’s your favorite low-carb ice cream? Have you tried this product? Please comment below – we love hearing from our readers!

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Review: Splenda Diabetes Care Shakes

Splenda brand has launched Splenda Diabetes Care Shakes, the first-ever no added sugar shake specifically made to help manage blood sugar and support the needs of people living with diabetes. These shakes are a delicious option for people looking for a healthy snack and/or meal replacement that is good for both their body and blood sugar.

I noticed the launch announced on Instagram and knew I had to give these shakes a try. While it says “diabetes care,” these shakes are suitable for anyone looking for a nutritious snack or meal replacement. I received Splenda Diabetes Care Shakes at no charge and all opinions are my own.

Who Are They?

Based outside of Indianapolis, Indiana, Heartland Food Products Group, owner of Splenda, produces low-calorie sweetener products, creamers, beverage concentrates, coffee and nutritional drinks that are all healthy without sacrificing flavor. Most known for their yellow packet low-calorie sweetener, Splenda has sold 100 million packets since they started out in 1992.

What Is It Made Out of?

Splenda Diabetes Care Shakes come in 3 flavors–milk chocolate, French vanilla and strawberry banana. They each contain 16 grams of high-quality, slow-digesting protein and healthy fats, helping to keep your blood sugar in range. The net carbohydrate content is 9 grams per serving. They are sweetened with allulose and sucralose, which are both also low-calorie. They are high in fiber, which will help keep you fuller longer. The shakes are also soy-free and gluten-free and suitable for those who are lactose intolerant.

How Do They Taste?

I wasn’t sure what to expect since I am not usually a fan of packaged shakes. I expected them to be thick and chalky but it was quite the opposite and actually very creamy. Each shake had a perfect consistency with just the right amount of sweetness. They didn’t taste artificial at all and had no aftertaste. I was pleasantly surprised and found the shakes to be the perfect size for a quick snack or breakfast on the go.

Where Can I Purchase It and How Much Does It Cost?

Splenda Diabetes Care shakes are 8-fluid ounce shakes that are available in both a 6-pack or-24 pack and retail around $9.99. Currently, you can purchase the shakes in Walmart, Amazon and on their website. You can also check here to see if any other grocery stores sell by you.

Conclusion

I highly recommend Splenda Diabetes Care shakes if you are looking for a nutritious snack and/or meal replacement. We are all so busy; it is nice to be able to grab this shake on the go and know it is a healthy choice and won’t spike my blood sugars. Oftentimes I find myself grabbing something out of convenience but it snowballs into hours of trying to get my blood sugars back in range. These shakes also boast plenty of vitamins and minerals that I otherwise wouldn’t get. I will definitely be getting these shakes again and highly recommend them.

Source: diabetesdaily.com

Review: Re:Think Ice Cream For a Healthy Lifestyle

If you are rethinking your food choices in order to better your overall health and well-being, then Re:THINK Ice Cream should be at the top of your list. Healthful, yet delicious, this ice cream will allow you to enjoy without adding extra calories, sweeteners and too many carbs. Re:THINK boasts that their ice cream is THE ice cream for healthy living, and it is an indulgence with benefits. Read more to find out why.

Who They Are

Re:THINK was created by George Haymaker III after going through a difficult time in his life. He wanted to make positive changes and started to think of ways he could improve his health. He wanted to create a delicious ice cream that was healthy without lacking on flavor. His mission was to create an ice cream with added benefits that supports people’s healthy lifestyles. With the help of a food scientist, this journey ultimately led to the creation of Re:THINK Ice Cream. The company also makes sure to give back and partner with numerous schools and charities.

What Is It Made of and What Are the Added Benefits?

Re:THINK ice cream’s new recipe is made with lactose-free A2/A2 Dairy which means it does not contain the A1 protein that is often known to cause digestive problems. Re:THINK is also the first ice cream company to contain collagen. Collagen has many health benefits such as improving skin elasticity, strengthening nails and hair, boosts metabolism and provides structure to bones, tendons and cartilage, just to name a few. Each of the twelve, very thoughtful and innovative flavors, contains around 150 calories and around 10 grams of fat plus 7 grams of protein. Each of the flavors has less than 10 g net carbs making this a keto-friendly treat.

Chocolate Majesty. Photo credit: Re:THINK Ice Cream

How Does It Taste?

I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor and texture of the flavors I tried. If you told me this was a low-carb ice-cream I wouldn’t have believed you since it is so rich-tasting and creamy. The Chocolate Majesty was my favorite with a dark rich crunch of chocolate in every bite. I also enjoyed the plain vanilla and plan to use it for some of my other low-carb ice cream desserts. I cannot wait to try the Mint with Chocolate Flakes and Strawberry with Chia Seed. There are so many different flavors, you can be sure to find one that you’ll like!

Where Can I Purchase?

Currently, you can purchase Re:THINK directly off their website or you can use their store locator to find a location by you.

How Was It on My Blood Sugars?

The first time I tried the Chocolate Majesty, I took minimal insulin and spiked. After a little trial and error, I figured out the right amount of insulin and it is no longer an issue. With most of these flavors netting out under 10 g of carbs, I look forward to experimenting some more!

I highly recommend trying Re:THINK ice cream. Unlike many other competitors, Re:Think managed to create a creamy, rich and delicious ice cream with even more health benefits than ever before. With healthier ingredients like protein and antioxidants, this is the perfect ice cream for anyone already living, or striving to live a healthy, active lifestyle.

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Review: The Impossible Burger – Good for People and the Planet

The folks at Impossible Burger, along with their dedicated team of scientists, farmers and chefs have spent years trying to figure out how to deliver the goodness of a burger without the killing of animals. By creating this meatless burger, Impossible Burger uses a fraction of the Earth’s resources. Impossible Burger uses 95% less land, 74% less water, and creates 87% less greenhouse gas emissions. Hearing these statistics made me really want to try it, and start exploring alternate types of burgers.

What Is It Made of?

Impossible Burger is made from proteins, flavors, fats, and binders just like any other burger except the ingredients come from plants. The “magic ingredient” that makes these burgers seem like the real deal is called heme. Heme is a basic building block of life on Earth, including plants, but it’s uniquely abundant in meat. This is what makes the burger smell, cook, bleed, and taste like a hearty burger. The Impossible Burger 2.0 replaced the wheat protein with soy protein, which not only added flavor but some dietary fiber as well.

One thing I loved to see is that Impossible Burger delivers the same amount of protein, 19 grams per serving, and iron as a beef burger — but its protein comes entirely from plants, it contains no hormones or antibiotics, does not create a reservoir for dangerous pathogens, and contains no cholesterol or slaughterhouse contaminants. The bioavailable protein, iron, and fat content are comparable to conventional 80/20 ground beef. Launched in 2019,  the new Impossible Burger contains 30% less sodium and 40% less saturated fat than their original recipe. Here are the ingredients and nutrition facts for their current recipe.

From Impossible Foods website

How Does It Taste?

I prepared the burger on a bun, smothered in cheese and pickles and it looked exactly like a beef burger. The smell also matched what I would expect from a burger joint. When I bit into it, I thoroughly enjoyed the flavor and found it to be quite juicy. It had a texture and taste that rivals meat and didn’t seem like the other veggie/plant-based burgers I have tried.

When I tried the original burger a few years back, I had to take into account that it contained wheat when figuring out my insulin dose. This time I took a very modest amount and it didn’t spike my blood sugars at all. The replacement of soy protein was a great improvement with the 2.0 but make sure to look out for a delayed protein spike about an hour or so post-meal.

 Impossible Burger

Photo credit: Impossible Foods

Where Can I Get Impossible Burger?

Since my last review, the Impossible Food brand has grown quite a bit. They are now available in restaurants and groceries worldwide, including Starbucks! Check here for locations near you.

What’s Next for Impossible Burger?

The team at Impossible Burger is working to transform the global food system by inventing better ways to enjoy the food we love, without sacrificing flavor. The Impossible Burger is their very first product, and they have since added Impossible plant-based pork and sausage to their list and I am anxiously awaiting their next new product. Enjoying food that is good for your body and your planet is a win-win!

Source: diabetesdaily.com

Review: Enlightened Low-Carb, High-Protein, Guiltless Ice Cream

If you are looking for a guilt-free substitution for your favorite ice cream, Enlightened is the brand for you. While some of its competitors’ products lack flavor and the creaminess that I know ice cream to be, Enlightened delivers amazing taste and rich, creamy consistency that will make you think you are eating the real thing. And with it being low-carb and high-protein, you can indulge without worrying about a blood sugar rollercoaster ride.

Who Are They

When Michael Shoretz’s father was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, Michael became very educated on the topic of nutrition and went on to study health policy and become a certified personal trainer.

He noticed many of his clients would confess to eating ice cream which would only sabotage their efforts and they were desperately seeking a better alternative. Michael noticed that with all the products offered, you would have to sacrifice one thing for another. For example, if the ice cream was low-sugar, it was often filled with artificial ingredients. Michael sought out to create a product that was low-calorie, low-sugar, and high in protein, all without sacrificing taste. And in 2012, the first Enlightened ice cream bars hit the stores and the brand has grown quite a bit since.

What Is It Made Of and How Does It Taste?

All of the Enlightened products, both bars and pints, are sweetened with monk fruit and erythritol, which are all-natural, zero-carb sweeteners. I find these both to be gentler on my stomach than some of their competitors.

The keto collection is made with real cream and zero-carb sweeteners. They come out to 1 g net carb once you factor in their high fiber content. They all were rich and creamy and the bits of flavor were plentiful and always a delicious surprise inside each bite. My favorites were the Peanut Butter Fudge, Mint Chocolate Chunk and P.B. Cookie Dough. I was able to enjoy this dessert before bed and not have an overnight rollercoaster ride with my blood sugars.

Photo credit: Enlightened

I was sent their keto variety pack which consisted of:

  1. P.B. Cookie & Brownie Dough (NEW!)
  2. Caramel Chocolate Double Dough (NEW!)
  3. Red Velvet
  4. Chocolate Glazed Donut
  5. Peanut Butter Fudge
  6. Mint Chocolate Chunk
  7. Butter Pecan
  8. Coffee & Cream
  9. Chocolate Peanut Butter

The dairy-free line is perfect for anyone with stomach issues or who prefers to eat vegan. Many people with celiac also prefer this line as many of the flavors are gluten-free. Check out each flavor from all the lines as many of their products are gluten-free. I received the Monkey Business and Chocolate PB, both of which were delicious and I would have never known they didn’t contain any dairy.

Also, be sure to check out their low-calorie line for those of you who are counting your calories. Each serving from this collection ranges from only 70-100 calories!

How Much Does It Cost and Where Can I Purchase?

Enlighted has thankfully gone more mainstream and is now offered in many grocery and specialty stores around the country. Make sure to enter your zip code to find the closest location to you.

The prices range depending on product type and product line but they offer many different options and offer incentives, including free shipping, if you are unable to find your favorites in your local store.

Conclusion

I have tried many different low-carb ice creams and Enlightened continues to hold the number one spot for me. I always look forward to this guiltless pleasure and enjoy knowing that my blood sugars won’t get out of whack.  With a great variety of product lines and flavors, there is something for everyone. I highly recommend giving Enlightened products a try.

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Review: Smirk Keto Shake Drink

I am always looking for a low-calorie and low-carb shake that I can enjoy without the blood sugar spikes. I also look for other nutritional benefits in my shake and find many are lacking. If you are looking for a shake you can enjoy that will fit your keto requirements, Smirk is the drink for you.

What Is It and What Is It Made From?

Smirk Keto Shake comes in a delicious chocolate brownie flavor. It is made with whey protein and boasts zero sugar. It is made with no fillers, contains nothing artificial and is also grain-free.

It is made with MCT oil which is proven to have many health benefits and is easier to digest. It also contains hydrolyzed collagen which helps promote healthy nail, hair and skin which I so desperately could use.

Where Can I Purchase It?

You can purchase Smirk Keto Shake on this website and you have the option for a one time purchase or to become a subscriber so you can take advantage of the savings. A container is $54.99 for a one time purchase but if you think of all the pricey meals you grab on the go, you can certainly justify this healthy alternative.

My Review

With under 200 calories, 10 grams of protein and 4 g net carbs per scoop, this is a great pre or post-workout shake option. I find the taste to be delicious and not chalky like many other shakes. It is sweet without being overbearing and doesn’t taste artificial at all. While I find the protein is a little low, I am happy to be getting the additional benefits from the MCT oil and hydrolyzed collagen.

Smirk can make for a delicious breakfast or meal replacement on the go. While many just enjoy the drink with water or milk, you can get creative and add your favorite fruits or vegetables to create your own custom Smirk Keto shake.

If you enjoy health-conscious shakes that will also keep your blood sugars in check, I highly recommend you give Smirk Keto Shake a try. They also offer a 90-day money-back guarantee because that’s how much they stand by their product. Give it a try and let us know!

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Legendary Low-Carb Toaster Pastry

It is often very hard to find healthy food that also meets my expectations taste-wise. Many of the products offered boast great flavor but wind up falling short. Add in finding foods that don’t mess with your blood sugars and it isn’t an easy feat! Thankfully, Legendary Foods has some fantastic-tasting options that appeal to all ages!

Their latest Low-Carb Toaster Pastry does not disappoint! Not only is it a great snack for busy adults on the go, but it is also a healthy option for growing children as well.

About

At Legendary Foods, they believe nutritious foods are important but they also believe great taste matters, too. Co-founders Mike and Ron noticed that it was a challenge to find healthy food that also satisfied their taste buds.  They started Legendary Foods to create good-tasting food that could also help to keep people on track with their nutritional and health goals.

What are Low-Carb Toaster Pastries and What are They Made Out Of?

Legendary successfully attempted to recreate a very well-loved snack that is typically full of sugar by using almond flour and erythritol as its two main ingredients. With only 3 g net carbs and 170 calories, compared to a regular toaster pastry at 35 g net carbs and 210 calories, this is a great breakfast or snack option for someone who is health-conscious and who wants to avoid blood sugar spikes. It also is packed with 9 grams of protein, which you can’t get from any other kind of morning pastry!

How Do They Taste?

I wasn’t sure what to expect since this is a type of food that would normally taste very sweet. It was the perfect mix of sweet and the flavorful filling (cinnamon/strawberry) and was perfectly moist with just the right amount of bite to it. The cinnamon filling was better than I expected and tasted very rich and not artificial at all. I am less of a strawberry fan, in general, but found this one to be very tasty and it was popular amongst my friends. The icing on top could have been the sugar-laden kind, I would not have noticed the difference — that is how natural it tasted!

Where Can You Purchase?

Legendary Foods can be purchased on their website. They also offer much more than their latest toaster pastries. You can find an assortment of low-carb, keto-friendly nut butter and nut snacks as well and Diabetes Daily has reviewed these products in the past. If you are interested in checking out the reviews before purchasing, you will see the large amount of reviews each product has, which I think is a testament to this great company and their delicious products!

Conclusion

I am a big fan of Legendary Foods because they offer low-carb options that also taste great. It is very hard to find a low-carb breakfast option, which for me is extra important since I am extremely insulin resistant in the mornings and my blood sugar goes up before I even eat or drink anything. The toaster pastries come individually packed and make for a very easy and healthy meal on the go!

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Review: Smart Baking Company’s Latest Products

I am always looking for low-carb options that will be good for my blood sugar and my weight management. It is hard to find products that are affordable, taste good, and are low in carbohydrates and offer other health benefits. I often hear of Smart Baking Company products among the diabetes online community, so I decided to reach out and give them a try. I received their products free of charge, and all opinions are my own.

Who Are They?

Creating smarter and healthier products is Smart Baking Company’s mission statement. From their bakery in Florida, the Smart Baking team believes that food can be affordable, nutrient-dense, and tasty. They continue to make new products and they are very well-received by the diabetes community and many low-carb enthusiasts around the world.

What Products Do They Make and What Are They Made of?

Smart Baking Company makes smart cakes, muffins, and buns. All products are non-GMO, gluten, starch, and sugar-free. Their products have zero digestible carbs, which is great for weight control. They also contain vitamins B1, 6, 12, C+E, and are loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids.

How Does It Taste?

Smart Cakes is a great portion-controlled snack that comes in a box of 4, with each package containing two cakes. They come in chocolate, cinnamon, lemon, vanilla latte, and raspberry cream. I particularly liked the chocolate and cinnamon just due to my taste, but all of them had a great flavor with zero aftertaste from the sweetener. They were all soft and chewy and stayed fresh. I did choose to freeze the rest and will take out one at a time, so I avoid overeating. With under 80 calories, 5 grams of fat, and zero net carbs, this is a great treat when you need something sweet.

Smart Buns are a great option to accompany your protein of choice. And doesn’t every burger deserve a bun? With Smart Buns, you no longer have to worry about blood sugar spikes that you may find from restaurant or store-bought buns. With only 63 calories and packed with 10 grams of protein, they are weight-friendly as well. Smart buns come in packs of six and come in plain and sesame.

Photo credit: Smart Baking

Smartmuf’n is Smart Baking Company’s newest product and my favorite! This generously sized muffin is the perfect low-carb breakfast that will keep your blood sugars steady and start your day off right. They have delicious flavors–chocolate chip, banana nut, and pumpkin spice. The muffins have the perfect texture and are perfectly moist. The top has a nice sugar coating, that may be a little sweet for some. These Smartmuf’n’s paired with a cup of coffee has been my morning and/or dessert guiltless pleasure!

Where Can I Purchase Smart Baking Company’s Products?

You can buy Smart Baking Products directly on their website. They have a variety of options, ranging from $8.95 to $29.99, and also offer a monthly subscription program. I was pleasantly surprised to use their store locator and find several stores that carry their products right by me. They seem to be sold anywhere from nutrition stores to fish markets!

Conclusion

If you are looking for low-carb products that are low in calories and high in protein and fiber, this is a product to try. After hearing rave reviews about it from the diabetes online community, I decided to give it a try, and I’m glad I did. I now have another tasty option that can be for both a meal or a snack, so I am glad to add it to my repertoire!

Source: diabetesdaily.com

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