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12 March 2010

yesterday's food. sorry no puns this morning! (cue all of you cheering and hugging)

I have a question about bread. But first, a digression. When I first started weight-loss blogging, Bitch Cakes was one of the first ones I started reading. She’s great, and really inspiring. One of the things she has incorporated into her life is clean/natural eating – as in, no artificial foods/flavorings/chemicals. I had no idea that sucralose was an artificial sweetener before I read her blog. So it’s something I’m aware of much more now, and have stopped consuming a lot of things I used to…but it’s still a work in progress. Like the sugar-free-but-not-sucralose-free jam I had this morning. So:

Arnold’s Thins. You know ‘em. You love ‘em. They have sucralose in them. WHY, AT, WHY?! So I want to see if I can find a new bread for sandwiches. I opened it up to twitter and got some responses (thanks ladies!) and now I'd like to ask you fine people as well.

I’d like it to be relatively low-calorie, but really pack a nutritional punch, taste okay, and be free of as many artificial ingredients as possible. Got any ideas for me?

Also, I know, I didn't post yesterday. I was too tired and chose my bed instead!

But I did eat well. Observe:


Janetha’s Yoats again! Sooo good, kept me full for almost 5 hours!


*1/2 cup cottage cheese


*1/2 cup parmesan couscous with 1 cup broccoli and 3 falafal balls, crumbled


*serving of all-bran garlic & herb crackers and wedge of brie


*frittata! With lump crab, grilled artichoke hearts, onion and chive. It was pretty good if I do say so myself.


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Anonymous said...

Hi Laura! I don't have the actual answer you're looking for but was wondering if you're familiar to the NuVal rating system that gives food a nutritional rating (1 - 100)? The higher the number, the higher the nutritional value. They take into account calories, fat, type of fat, sugars, types of sugars, cholesterol, sodium, calcium, and NUTRIENTS that other systems lack. It's really interesting - here's their site: For some reason they don't have a ton of scores on their site yet but here is a link to some bread scores: Breads and Rolls Lastly, here is a link to a great blogger that uses the system, has access to updated scores, and posts great examples of how she's "traded up" to higher numbered items, including the Arnold WW thins:

~ Hope that helps you some! - Angie

Audrey said...

So I've decided to de-lurk myself...FINALLY! I will come out and admit I totally stalk your blog and its time to introduce myself. So count me in as one of your cheerleaders!


p.s. shameless self pormotion? Sure!

Ashley said...

I don't understand why people think that "natural" food products are necessarily better or what the problem with chemical preservatives and sweeteners is. I mean, if you don't want to consume anything "chemical" or unnatural, you better stop taking all pharmaceutical products immediately. Sucralose (like most food additives and preservatives) is fine. It doesn't give you cancer, it doesn't prevent your body from absorbing other nutrients. It's basically nutritionally benign. If you like the Arnold sandwich thins, go for it. (Full disclosure: I am a chemist and do research in the development of drugs and other chemical products to advance human health. But I work for a university, not a company, so I think I'm fairly objective when I evaluate the safety of food additives. But if you want to say that I'm biased and ignore me, I'm admitting I'm bias.) That said, I like the new Bagel thins way better for my sandwiches.

Rebecca said...

thats my biggest problem right now Laura...

do I sacrifice calories for health?!

I like Ezekial products, 1 slice of bread does have 100 cals but I'm pretty happy with the ingredient list.

my only complaint about the Everything Bagel Thins is that they are not very Everything like. I love me Trader Joe's everything bagels... yummo!

Jenn said...

I'd say Ezekiel bread is probably a safe bet, though I heard its very "hearty", something to get used to.


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