Improving our health is something I hear a lot about these days. It’s everywhere from news outlets to social media. I have found a few new products to help us all a little bit in that department.
I think I live in the best of both worlds where sweetening food and drink is concerned. I was born in the North, just about as far as you can get without leaving the Lower 48, Montana. I have also lived in Florida. Now I live in Kentucky. So, I love my iced tea both ways, sweetened and unsweetened. Lemon is optional, too, though I prefer it when available. Along with everyone else, I jumped on the artificial sweetener bandwagon to avoid using too much sugar. But these days, all I hear about in terms of sweetening food and drink is how bad artificial sweetener is for the human body. So, to that end, I am excited about a natural sweetener that’s better than both of those options.
Rigoni di Asiago® Dolcedì low glycemic sweetener from apples is an all natural sweetener that is not only better than regular sugar and artificial sweeteners, it is good for those concerned with blood sugar levels in their body. For years, during my health checkups, medical professionals have been telling me that my blood sugar is on the high side, though not high enough to induce Type-2 Diabetes. I know I need to do something to address the issue, but I do love my sweet tea…oh, the struggle!
I have used this sweetener in iced tea and hot tea and as a garnish to buttered biscuits so far. I really like the taste, as it adds the sweetness that I love, but is healthier for my body. My newest struggle is decreasing the amount of Diet Coke I drink. On average, I was drinking about 2/3 of a 2-liter bottle almost daily. My goal is not to eradicate Diet Coke entirely, because I know that denying myself 100% is a sure path to failure. But, I do want to drastically reduce the amount I drink. So far, I have gone the last 72 hours and consumed only one 20-oz. bottle of Diet Coke, replacing the remaining amount I used to drink with ice water (mainly) and occasionally iced tea (sweetened with the Dolcedì sweetener, of course). So far, so good. I don’t feel deprived.
The Dolcedì low glycemic sweetener is all natural and plant-based, vegan, star-kosher certified, USDA Organic and also NON-GMO Verified. Next, I’m planning to try it when I make homemade brownies in place of the sugar the recipe calls for. Thankfully, my whole family likes brownies so they don’t usually last long enough for me to eat too many and I’m interested to see how this liquid sweetener works in place of the sugar.
Rigoni di Asiago® also offers a delightful selection of fruit spreads, hazelnut spreads and honey. See the link at the end of the article to check out their website. To search for a retailer that carries their products near you check out their Store Locator.
San Francisco Salt Co.® offers a fantastic array of salt-based products for use in healthcare as well as food prep.
I love to cook! I do use salt sparingly when I cook though I prefer to try to minimize its use because salt is added to foods during manufacturing enough as it is. Also, my husband salts a lot of things I serve him anyway, while I prefer to pepper my dishes for flavor.
I tried San Francisco Salt Co.®’s Sherpa Pink® Himalayan Salt when making my famous homemade dinner rolls for Easter dinner at my mother-in-law’s recently. I replaced the small amount of salt called for in the recipe for the dough and also dusted a small amount over the finished rolls on top of the melted butter I brushed on top. They were a big hit, as usual, and no one noticed the change in the salt.
The finished product, all up close and personal-like… 🙂
Mmm, I’m getting hungry just looking at this pic. See those pink granules of the San Francisco Salt Co.®’s Sherpa Pink® Himalayan Salt there on top of the rolls? You can see them pretty well in the lower right hand corner of the pic.
San Francisco Salt Co.®’s Cherry Smoked Sea Salt has a very tantalizing deep smokey scent and look at that beautiful color! I used this product sprinkled on top of some salmon that I baked last week. Not only did it taste great, but it made for a really nice visual presentation, as well. It was one of those nights when I wanted a nice freshly made meal for my family but was short on time due to my daughter’s orthodontist appointment and both of my younger children having after-school band practices for upcoming KMEA Band Assessments. Thankfully, my husband had to work a little later than usual that evening, giving me more time to prepare dinner. (NOTE: There’s nothing worse than a hangry husband who regularly skips lunch, am I right?) Unfortunately, I forgot to snap a pic, which is sad because the salmon really did turn out beautifully.
There you have a few food options for substituting healthier salts and sweeteners. Let’s switch gears here for a bit. Ingesting salt from food is only one way to get healthy salt to work wonders for your body. Epsom bath salts are also good for you. I already knew that they were great for adding to your bath to relax sore, achy muscles. But, I did not know that they could help you get magnesium, an important mineral, as well. Health experts, from the articles I have read online, say that most Americans do not get near enough magnesium in their regular diets and it’s important for good health. Eating more green, leafy vegetables and taking a supplement are great ways to up your intake. But now you can get it even while you relax and do nothing while soaking in a nice, relaxing warm bath with San Francisco Salt Co.®’s EPSOAK® Epsom Salts.
I thought it would be a great way to put these cute little measuring spoons that my daughter and I found in a store somewhere (and just couldn’t resist purchasing) to use. Should’ve read the directions first, LOL, because it called for adding something like 1/2 cup to my bath. No matter, I just up-ended the bag and eye-balled it when pouring under the running water. I was already in the bathtub, so I was not about to get out and throw on a robe to go downstairs to get a measuring cup. I’ll find some really cute, small decorative bowl or something to use for it later.
My husband has really been loving this because he loves to come home and take a hot bath after work to soothe his tired, sore muscles.
I will admit, I haven’t done much research on epsom salts so I’m not sure if they all contain magnesium. But, I will be more vigilant about looking for that in the future because as I was reading up on magnesium deficiency as part of my research for this article, I realized that many of the symptoms associated with it are things I have noticed in myself in recent years — things like increased fatigue, eye twitches, and migraine headaches to name a few. Type II diabetes is also related to low magnesium levels. Fascinating! Check out this article I found online for more information about magnesium, including more symptoms of low magnesium levels and the array of medical conditions associated with it. Take note, people, magnesium deficiency isn’t something that shows up in the regular blood tests your doctor performs at your annual checkup, so the next time you go you may ask them to take extra steps to check it for you. It is also great for cleansing pores and detoxifying the skin.
If nothing else, this gives me the perfect excuse (and motivation) to take more baths — more time to read! I love that. 🙂
Which of these products do you think you’d like to try?
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