Taste Sensations

I’m always reminding PR people that this ain’t your typical “diabetic Web site”: I don’t post weight-loss tips or recipes.  I’m not looking for the low-carb “magic bullet.”  But OK, there are some food items that are of special interest to PWDs like me.  Here are a few of them that I’ve tried (or especially liked) lately:Ss_carton_1

* The new all-natural sweetener called Sweet Simplicity. The samples the company offered finally arrived, and I must say, it lives up to its name.  What’s particularly nice is the subtlety of the sweetness.  I was surprised at how big the individual packets are.  You know how you can never use an entire packet of Equal or Splenda or SweetNLow because you would absolutely gag at the over-the-top penetrant artificial sweetness of it?  Well, Sweet Simplicity is not like that.  It has a very light sweetness that I can only describe as tasting “natural.”  Thumbs up.

Diet_cranberry * Diet Ocean Spray. Discovered this recently to my delight, as I do miss fruit juice so.  Two flavors: Diet Orange Citrus (8g carbs per 12oz) and Diet Cranberry (3g carbs per 8oz).  Orange Citrus I found too artificially sweet (see above), but they still get an A for effort.  Cranberry, on the other hand, was quite tart.  My kids hated the aftertaste.  I rather liked it, thank goodness.  I’m not sure I could stand another exclusive season of Crystal Light Pink Lemonade.

* FAGE Yogurt, which a reader recommended a while back. I’ve been clearing the shelves at Trader Joe’s ever since.  It has a very plain, “Greek yogurt” taste and can be combined nicely with low-sugar jam for flavor fun.  But even better, FAGEFage_yogurt qualifies in my mind as a Super Food: One 7oz container of the 2% milk fat variety provides just 8g of carbs, but a whopping 17g of protein!  Thumbs Up. (And this is the front-runner for Best Reader Tip of the Year so far).

Flavwatr* Equal Flavor For Water.  Have you seen these yet?  Little packets of powder you dump into your water bottle to add a (no-sugar, no-carb) kick of mandarin orange, lemon lime, or black cherry flavor.  I’m not a lemon-lime fan myself, so I stuck to the other two.  Not bad, really.  They kind of made the water taste like candy, though, so I personally wouldn’t use this stuff for water when I’m working out.  Too fruit-liciously sweet.  But for a treat, say at the movies when everyone else is guzzling sweet drinks and gobbling up theater candy, I’d be right there with my EFFW (Equal Flavor For Water).  Good idea for a little change of beverage scenery, I think.

6 Responses

  1. Scott
    Scott October 5, 2006 at 2:37 pm | | Reply

    Having already discovered (and tried) the Ocean Spray Diet Cranberry beverage, I give it a thumbs up. It tastes as Cranberry juice is supposed to, sweet with a tart kick to it. Their previous effort sold under the name “Ocean Spray Light” cranberry juice wasn’t exactly sugar-free, and tasted like the real thing, which tends to have LOTS of added sugar in it, so this may taste more like genuine cranberry juice than the sickeningly-sweet regular versions do!

  2. Jana
    Jana October 5, 2006 at 3:59 pm | | Reply

    FAGE (pronounced fay-yeh in Greek, btw) is something I discovered a while back too! I only recently discovered the 2% variety. I used to buy the 0%, but then I tried the 2% about a month back, and now I am hooked. The 0% is much sharper, and I always had to add honey or something else sweet, but the 2% is creamier and milder and I eat it for dessert on its own. Too bad TJ’s (at least where I live) doesn’t sell the 2% in the big tubs…

  3. Sarah
    Sarah October 6, 2006 at 7:12 am | | Reply

    Im gonna have to try that yogurt…Im a yogurt sucker. My favorite midnight snack….

  4. AmyT
    AmyT October 6, 2006 at 8:25 am | | Reply

    Actually, I’ve been eating the FAGE for breakfast with a squirt of Carey’s SF syrup and a handful of walnuts or pecans. Yum!

  5. JasonJayhawk
    JasonJayhawk October 6, 2006 at 7:09 pm | | Reply

    I really hate “plugging” products (especially on a blog that isn’t mine), but something I recently experienced that is yummy, adding to the taste of my water, containing no calories, is called Water Sensations. They aren’t very cheap (but less than pop) — you add a flavorful liquid packet (that looks like a little bottle) — flavors come in grape, orange, cherry, and a few others — and have absolutely no carbs, but make water taste even better. They’re gluten free, too. They cost about $3 for a package of 16 of them at Target. Their website (www.watersensations.com) might have more about it and where to get it. Again, I hate “buzzing” something commercial, but I really like the product, and the company (they sent me a sample, and it got me addicted).

  6. AmyT
    AmyT October 8, 2006 at 9:42 am | | Reply

    Thanks, Jason. You know you do not need to apologize for liking a product :)

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