Monday, May 18, 2015

Best Grain-Free Sources of Vitamin B for a Low-Carb Diet

A Low-Carb Diet is Rich in Vitamin B Grain-Free Sources
A Low-Carb Diet is Rich in Vitamin B Complex Sources

Vitamin B is actually a group of different water-soluble vitamins that must be eaten daily since the body cannot store them. These vitamins are necessary to turn food into energy, create red blood cells, keep the nervous system and brain functioning normally, and even regulate appetite. Processing foods that contain natural B vitamins will destroy some of those nutrients, so grains and cereals are often enriched in order to replace the nutrients lost during processing.

When nutritionists claim that we should eat plenty of grains to be healthy, it is this artificial form of vitamins and minerals that manufacturers add to their stripped bread and over cooked products that they are suggesting we eat. In order to verify or destroy that claim, I recently did a little research on grains and grain-free sources of Vitamin B. Here is what I found out . . .

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Cinco de Mayo: 12 Super-Tasty Cal-Mex Dishes

Fresh Salsa: tomato, onion, jalapeno, garlic
Cal-Mex Cuisine Uses Lots of Fresh Vegetables, Herbs, and Whole Foods
(Photo Credit: Armando Maynez, flickr.com, license CC BY 2.0)

Mexican food is very popular in the southwestern portion of the United States as well as other areas that have a large Mexican population. For us, Cinco de Mayo was a big deal. Mexican restaurants existed in every major city in Southern California, and they offered a large variety of Cal-Mex and Tex-Mex cuisine. Mexican traditions like flavorful tacos, spicy enchiladas, and wet burritos were found on the menu of even budget-minded folks like us every single week.

It's culture there. It's how I grew up.

In fact, when I was still married to my ex and funds were short, we simply got through the rough spots by eating tacos or enchiladas every single night. Mexican food was cheap, filling, and tasty. It worked much better when raising my sons than Kraft mac-and-cheese or Top Ramen soup. Although, we did eat those things too.

Even when the current hubby and I first moved to Utah and we were struggling to survive financially, that's how we ate. Enchiladas, Spanish rice, and refried beans were a staple. Tacos with various fillings showed up on the plate twice a week. It was a given.

But what do you do when you're on a low-carb diet?

What do you do when traditional forms of tacos, burritos and enchiladas no longer work? How do you satisfy that craving for Mexican cuisine or enjoy a nice Cinco de Mayo celebration once restricting carbohydrates has become a lifestyle?

The answer to that depends on what you want to accomplish, but we can also take a few pointers from what's called Cal-Mex instead of Tex-Mex cuisine.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Missing Diet Soda? PepsiCo Has Your Back!

Glass of Diet Pepsi and Green Beans with Mushrooms
Diet Pepsi is Switching from Aspartame to Sucralose
(Photo credit: Ben Mason, flickr.com, license CC BY 2.0)

The Atkins Diet doesn't allow diet soda with aspartame. Dr. Atkins took it off the acceptable beverage list many years ago after doing personal research into aspartame's potential health dangers. At that time, he recommended sucralose sweetened beverages and products instead, but sucralose sweetened products are difficult to find.

There are a few Erythritol and acesulfame potassium (ace-K) sweetened beverages available in limited areas of the U.S. or online, but a 6-pack is really expensive compared to aspartame-sweetened options. The one time I tried it (back before I started reacting to sugar substitutes) it didn't taste very good, so I never bought it again. For that reason, many low-carb dieters have simply opted to ignore Dr. Atkins advice and have reached for the Diet Pepsi or Diet Coke instead.

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