Review: Twisted Healthy Treats Keto Ice Cream Bars

Low-carb ice cream is hard to come by, and finding one that tastes good and is affordable isn’t an easy feat. I was thrilled to come across Twisted Healthy Treats Lick Keto Bars, which are both low-carb and sugar-free, perfect for me and my blood sugar management.

This Australian company was kind enough to send me their Lick Keto Bars to try out at no cost, so that I could try this low-carb treat (as a person living with type 1 diabetes) and share my experience with our community. I did not receive additional compensation for this review and all opinions are my own.

Who They Are

Twisted Healthy Treats is a company that was started by a mother looking for treats that didn’t come loaded with artificial flavors and sugar. Since her background was in Food Science and Technology, it only made sense that she took her expertise and put it to good use. Today Twisted Healthy Treats is all female-run company, manufacturing in a state of the art facility. All of their products contain:

  • All-natural ingredients
  • No sugar or low-sugar
  • Natural based sweeteners

Products

Here’s what the company is offering today:

  • Twisted low-calorie frozen yogurt in a variety of flavors, including Watermelon & Mango, Chocolate & Coconut, Strawberry & Vanilla Bean, and Chocolate & Vanilla Bean. These products are not recommended for those aiming for keto or perfect blood sugar lines, but they can be a nice treat, with around 20 grams of carbs!
  • Licks Frozen Juice Bars have no sugar added and only contain about 7.5g of carbs. They come in Pink Lemon Twist, Mango Delish Twist, and Berry Buzz, and all are made with 99% real fruit juice.
  • Licks Frozen Ice Cream Bars in Rich Chocolate and Vanilla Latte, which contain only 2 grams of net carbs.

My Review

It has been such a wonderful feeling to know I can open up my freezer and have a quick healthy choice that can satiate my sweet tooth without impacting my blood sugars or my weight loss efforts. The Lick Keto Bars are dense, unlike many other low-carb frozen treats that leave me wanting more. They have a great creamy consistency, and each bite is packed with flavor. Each pack comes with 4 bars, and prices vary according to retailers – at Costco you can buy a large pack of mini-cups for less than $1 per cup. Check their website for locations in both Australia and the United States.

As a person living with type 1 diabetes, I wanted to see how the Keto bars affected my blood sugar. I decided not to take any insulin beforehand and watch what happened. I started the experiment at a blood sugar level of 115 mg/dL and watched carefully to see if there was a spike or even just a slow rise. 2 hours later, my blood sugar was stable and coasting at 102. It really is rare to find something enjoyable that I don’t even have to take insulin for. I am sold! I highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a delicious dessert that is nutritious and blood sugar-friendly!

Have you tried any of these? What are your favorites?

Source: diabetesdaily.com

Review: Real Good Foods Does Low-Carb Right

Low-carb frozen and quick meal options that use quality ingredients that don’t cost an arm and a leg can be hard to come by!

Real Good Foods is one company that has recently launched a variety of new products ranging from microwavable lunches and breakfast sandwiches to even ice cream. They sent me some products to try out at no cost so that I could relay my perspectives on the taste, convenience, and from a diabetes management perspective. I did not receive additional compensation for this review and all opinions are my own.

Read on for my honest review.

Who They Are

Real Good Foods is a company committed to creating “REAL Food You Feel GOOD About Eating.” The family-owned business was founded in 2017 and today delivers a variety of convenience foods that are all:

  • Made with real, nutrient-dense ingredients
  • High in protein
  • Low in carbohydrate
  • Free of added sugar

Products

Currently, the company carries food items in the following categories:

  • Entrees, including enchiladas, as wells as a variety of bowls; Almost all of these items provide at least 15-20 g of protein per serving, and can contain as little as 2 g net carbohydrates (some are higher, but never over 11 g of net carbs). The enchiladas are made with a tortilla that is made from chicken and cheese, while many bowls incorporate cauliflower rice and non-starchy veggies to keep that carb count down.
  • Breakfast sandwiches, which are made with a cauliflower and cheese bun, and boast 18 g of protein and only 4 g net carbohydrate per sandwich.
  • Stuffed chicken and nuggets (mainly filled with cheese and vegetables) that often deliver over 30 g of protein and virtually no carbohydrates
  • Pizza, which is made with several different types of crusts (caveat: the chicken one has a lot fewer carbohydrates than the other varieties!)
  • Ice Cream, which is primarily sweetened with allulose, a newer sugar substitute that is naturally occurring and preferred by many to other alternatives

My Review

I tried out several products, including beef enchiladas, a chicken lasagna bowl, bacons and egg breakfast sandwiches, and finally, an array of ice creams. Overall, I enjoyed everything I tried, and it was very convenient to have a low-carb high-protein meal available when I am pressed for time. For me personally, I feel that the lunches I tried (enchiladas and bowls) were a little on the small side, although it could just be because I often skip breakfast, so tend to be more hungry at lunchtime.

I like to top the bowls and enchiladas alike with some sour cream and/or guacamole as well. I think the flavors were bold and the meals tasted quite good. Importantly, the ingredients were simple and so the meals were easy to bolus for and did not wreak havoc on my blood sugar levels. For instance, the chicken lasagna bowl was essentially just marinara sauce, ricotta filling, chicken, and cheese!

As far as the breakfast sandwiches, I was pleasantly surprised at the taste and texture. To be fair, the cauliflower and cheese “bun” does not taste anything like an English muffin, to me. But, it delivers a nice flavor and texture, and is a great breakfast or snack for me, on-the-go. My husband and daughter also agreed that these were pretty good!

Bacon and cheese breakfast sandwich (4 g net carbohydrates and 18 g of protein).

Finally, the ice creams, which are available in a multitude of flavors, really were a hit with everyone in my family who tried them! They are:

  • Chocolate
  • Tanzanian Vanilla
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
  • Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Salted Caramel
  • Mocha Java Chip
  • Cake Batter

Truly something for everyone, and my four-year-old is especially partial to the chocolate. As I often say, it must be good if it passed the toddler test for what is an acceptable dessert!

The ice cream, of all the products, was probably my favorite as well. Is it particularly nutritious as compared to some of the other foods? Of course not; however, I think everyone needs a little ice cream in their life, and this line really delivered on that. You can’t go wrong with whole and simple ingredients when it comes to ice cream, and since it’s sweetened with allulose and a little bit of stevia, it hardly affects my blood sugar levels, even without any additional insulin.

In addition to enjoying the taste and feeling like these foods made it easier to choose healthier options for me, I was also happy with the price point. While not the cheapest convenience foods, this company strikes a very reasonable balance between quality and price. The entrees are right around $7, give or take; the breakfast sandwiches come in at right over ~$2 per sandwich, while a pint of the ice cream is typically priced at $7.99, on the company website. I also noticed they have some items on sale; for instance, last I checked, there were a few ice cream options that cost between $3.99 and $5.99.

You can purchase directly form the website, or use a mapping tool to find the distributor that is closest to you.

Overall, I was happy with the taste, effects on blood sugar levels, and the convenience of the foods I sampled, and was particularly impressed with the ice cream line. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for quick meals that are nutritious and blood sugar-friendly.

Have you tried any of these? What are your favorites?

Source: diabetesdaily.com

Review: 4AllFamily Insulin Cooler

4AllFamily has invented an impressive cooler with multiple cooling options, perfect for travel in the summer. Whether you are walking around exploring a new city or relaxing beachside on a tropical island, this cooling system is sure to keep all your insulin at the proper temperature. Traveling has become more manageable and less stressful thanks to 4AllFamily’s diabetic travel companion.

Who Are They?

The founders of 4AllFamily were originally inspired by a vacation disaster: a friend with type 1 diabetes lost his entire insulin stash when it was spoiled by hot temperatures. The company, based in Albania, now builds high-capacity coolers designed to withstand extreme summer conditions.

4AllFamily is involved with the diabetes online community and employs people living with diabetes. They seem to have a good practical understanding of the needs of people with diabetes. You can find them on Instagram: @4allfamily_shop.

What Is the 4AllFamily Insulin Cooler and How Does It Work?

This case has two different methods of keeping medicine cool. It’s both a traditional thermos and a miniature refrigerator. These two functions can be used separately or in combination.

The cooler comes with a biogel coldpack that you freeze ahead of time and slip into the canister. As a thermos with a properly chilled biogel pack, it can keep your insulin in the safe range for about two full days in hot weather.

Slip off the traditional cap and add the refrigeration cap to turn the unit into a tiny portable fridge. The refrigeration cap comes with a USB charger; it doesn’t have a battery and needs to be plugged in to work, but it can keep insulin cool indefinitely (although the manufacturer doesn’t recommend running it for more than four days in a row).

 

Insulin cooler

Image credit: 4AllFamily

With a 3.3″ diameter and a volume of 900ML, the cooler has plenty of space: you can usually insert 6-8 vials of insulin or insulin pens, depending on the precise prescriptions you’re carrying. The company also sells vial cases to prevent the glass containers from clanging against each other.

Here are the details on how long the unit can keep insulin at a safe temperature using the various combinations of features:

1. Best method: Combined biogel bottle and cooling cup lid

You get the best performance when combining both functions. Here are the lab-tested results:

At 104°F constant outside temperature: maintains temperature in the range 36-45°F for 50 hours and 36-79°F for 70 hours.

At 95°F constant outside temperature:  maintains temperature in the range 36-46 °F for 52 hours, and 36-79°F for 73 hours.

At 86°F constant outside temperature: maintains temperature in the range 36-45°F for 55 hours  and 36-79°F for more than 4 days.

2. Biogel only

At 104°F constant outside temperature: maintains temperature in the range 36-45°F for 30 and 36-79°F for 46 hours.

At 95°F constant outside temperature:  maintains temperature in the range 36-46°F for 32 hours and 36-79°F for 50 hours.

At 86°F constant outside temperature: maintains temperature in the range 36-45°F for 34 hours and 36-79°F for 52 hours.

3. Cooling lid only

If you have a source of electricity, you can keep insulin cool indefinitely, although it’s not as effective in extreme hot weather as when used in combination with the cooling pack:

At 86°F constant outside temperature: maintains temperature range 36-79°F.

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

You can purchase this cooler along with insulin vial protectors directly from the 4AllFamily website.

As of this writing, the cost is $119.99.

It’s worth noting that this cooler may also be useful for more than just insulin: growth hormones, arthritis medication, and many other medications that may require refrigeration.

My Review

I absolutely love this innovative insulin cooling system. With a few different options for use, this cooler is something that I will be sure to use for a long time to come. Going on vacation can be stressful and the last thing we want to worry about is our medication and insulin. Also, knowing this product is TSA approved can help make travel easier. I can also rest assured that my insulin will remain cool, allowing me to enjoy my time. And hey, this cooler can also keep my cocktail nice and cold while I relax poolside.

Source: diabetesdaily.com

Review: RxSugar’s Zero-Carb Sugar and Syrups

It isn’t easy to find a natural sugar substitute that tastes good, keeps your blood sugars in check and doesn’t upset your stomach. I was pleasantly surprised to find RxSugar tasted great and was kind to both my blood sugars and my digestive system. I received RxSugar products free of charge, and all opinions are my own.

What Is RxSugar?

RxSugar is the first natural plant-based sugar that contains allulose and has been clinically proven to help support weight management and body fat reduction. It has 90% fewer calories than traditional table sugar, contains zero net carbs, and scores a zero on the glycemic index.

How Is RxSugar Different From Other Sugar Substitutes?

RxSugar, per the FDA, does not have to be listed on the Nutrition Facts label as a sugar or added sugar since it is not metabolized by the body like traditional sugar. Therefore, it does not significantly impact blood glucose levels.

Allulose is the only natural crystal alternative sugar that is patented non-GMO Certified and Tested, Keto Approved, FODMAP Friendly, Kosher, and Halal. It’s also naturally Vegan, Gluten-free, Grain-free, Soy-free, and Cholesterol-free.

How Does It Taste?

I was pleasantly surprised by the taste of RxSugar. It is about 70% as sweet as regular sugar, and I didn’t find it overpowering at all.

First, I tried their easy individual stick sugar packs in my coffee and found no weird aftertaste and no effects on my blood sugar or stomach. Next, I tried their sugar, which comes in an easy-to-use 1-pound canister, for some of my low-carb baking. I found it tasted great, with none of the cooling effect that some other sugar substitutes are known to have. And last but certainly not least, the syrups were the best sugar substitute that I have tried to date. For one breakfast, I sneakily replaced my daughter’s regular maple syrup with RxSugar’s pancake syrup, and she had no idea. She even asked for seconds! It is great knowing that my kids, who don’t eat as low-carb as me, can still enjoy their waffles and pancakes without so much added sugar. And for me, I enjoy making my own protein waffles and love that I can use this syrup liberally!

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

RxSugar products are now available nationwide in over 3,000 retailers, including Vitamin Shoppe; you can also order through their website. They offer granulated RxSugar in 1 pound canister or as a 30-pack of individual sticks (coming soon in a variety pack). The business also offers RxSugar in a liquid form, in addition to the pancake syrups, in both maple and chocolate flavors.

All of their products are $12.99, and the website offers free shipping on all orders over $40.

My Review

I thoroughly enjoyed all of the RxSugar products and will definitely be making them a staple in my house. The substitute sugar is great to have on hand for my coffee and baking, allowing me to enjoy delicious sweetness without worrying about my blood sugars. Additionally, the syrup has quickly become a family favorite, and I will be purchasing it for a long time to come. I can give RxSugar products my highest recommendation.

Source: diabetesdaily.com

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!

Source: diabetesdaily.com

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!

Source: diabetesdaily.com

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.

Source: diabetesdaily.com

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

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