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:
* 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 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, FAGE 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).
* 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.