Monday, October 7, 2013

Canned Soup......It's mmm mmm gross.

I was a big fan of canned soup.  I kept it stocked in the pantry, but one day I started making my own soups and stocks.  The difference in the taste and the price was so well worth never buying canned soup again.  I started reading the ingredients on the label and notice the large amount of salt in that little can.  I do not add salt to my soups, well sometimes a pinch.  I do mean a pinch.  I'm not a fan of salt.  Here is some information on canned soups.

As is also the case with canned veggies, you are entering a sodium minefield. Half a cup of Campbell's® Chicken Noodle Soup has about 37% of the recommended daily allowance, and who eats half a cup? I would still be hungry after the whole can.  I would be really thirsty afterwards.

Read that label carefully.  They hide chemicals in that can.  Most companies make low-sodium versions, if you must.  It's still best to make your own soups.  You can have complete control of what is in it.  It taste so much better.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Hot Yogurt...........................

It sounds so good for you to eat for a daily snack, but let's really look at it. Fat aside, there's the calcium and protein you find in all milk products, along with probiotics, which make it easier to digest for those with lactose issues. The only problem is that straight yogurt can be pretty bitter, so manufacturers load the stuff with sugar and masquerade those carbs as fruit in an effort to make the whole thing more palatable. Have a look at most flavored yogurt and you'll find the second ingredient to be sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. One container of Yoplait® Original Strawberry has 170 calories, with 5 grams of protein and 33 grams of carbohydrates, 27 of which are sugar. Oddly enough, these are the exact same nutrition facts for Yoplait's other, less healthy-sounding flavors, including Key Lime Pie and White Chocolate Raspberry.  
The solution is to buy plain yogurt and flavor it for yourself. You would be amazed at how far a handful of raspberries or a tablespoon of honey will go to cut the bitter taste.