Black Strap Molasses—The Why?!

Since I started this journey toward creating a healthier lifestyle for my family, I have begun actually looking at nutrition labels before chunking anything and everything into my grocery cart, especially processed foods. My goal has been to create a Master Grocery List based on what I have learned as I go along. Just likeContinue reading “Black Strap Molasses—The Why?!”

Blackstrap Molasses—The What?!

Blackstrap molasses is another available sweetener substitute that I have been told might be good for diabetics. Blackstrap molasses is about two-thirds as sweet as refined sugar and has the consistency of a thick syrup. Blackstrap molasses was a very common sweetener in the Americas before the 20th century. In fact, blackstrap molasses was muchContinue reading “Blackstrap Molasses—The What?!”

Barley Malt Syrup

Barley Malt Syrup—The What?! Barley malt syrup is an all-natural dark brown, thick and sticky liquid sweetening product that is only half as sweet as sugar and with its own strong distinctive flavor. The consistency of barley malt syrup is similar to molasses and golden syrup. Barley malt syrup is made by drying and then cooking sproutedContinue reading “Barley Malt Syrup”

Agave Nectar

Once I learned that my husband had been diagnosed as having type 2 diabetes, my first thought…well, not my first…but anyway…I immediately felt like adding agave nectar to my instacart order from Sprouts… But what I’ve been reading lately has made me wonder about adding this agave nectar to my Muffins and Magnolias Master GroceryContinue reading “Agave Nectar”

How to Find a Healthy Sugar Substitute

  One of the best places to start swapping refined foods for more natural products is by swapping out refined sugars—such as white and brown sugars—and cutting back our sugar consumption to the ten  percent of our daily calories as suggested by the FDA’s daily recommended values. Refined sugars can affect out health in manyContinue reading “How to Find a Healthy Sugar Substitute”

Sugar Ain’t So Sweet After All

Another problem with processed foods in that the main ingredient in most of this processed food is a whole lot of sugar. The typical American today consumes seven tablespoons of sugar a day in processed foods, more than half as much as thirty years ago. Grocery store shelves are crammed with all sorts of foods that containContinue reading “Sugar Ain’t So Sweet After All”

Fiber–The How-Nots

So now that we have looked at exactly what fiber is, why we need it, and some of the best sources for getting the fiber that we all need, let’s finish this series of posts by looking at a few ways NOT to try to get the fiber that you need.   Taking a fiber supplementContinue reading “Fiber–The How-Nots”

Fiber—The How Else?!

Okay, now we know specifically which fruits and vegetables can help us reach our DV of fiber, but what else can help us reach this daily goal, or the goal of getting seven to ten grams of fiber at each meal. Let’s take a look… Legumes Black Beans…Black beans are a nutrient-dense legume that contain fifteen gramsContinue reading “Fiber—The How Else?!”

Fiber—The How?!

In order to get the fiber that each of us needs, it is important to eat a well-balanced diet that includes delicious whole foods that are naturally rich in fiber—such as fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains and nuts.   But before we take a look at what foods provide you with the most fiber, here are two important thingsContinue reading “Fiber—The How?!”

Fiber—The Why?!

Okay, now that we know what fiber is, why do we need fiber in the first place?   Fiber, especially soluble fiber, is important for many reasons, including…   1. Acne…Fiber—especially psyllium husk, a type of plant seed, can flush toxins out of your body, improving the health and appearance of your skin.   2.  Diabetes. A dietContinue reading “Fiber—The Why?!”