Mustard ideas for low-carb meals

Filed under: Low-carb Recipes — Tags: — @ March 17, 2004

New Jersey’s Star-Ledger has 10 great tips on using mustard to give your low-carb meals some added flavor. The newspaper offers ideas on how to use the condiment in recipes for fish, salad dressing, eggs, sandwiches (low-carb bread, of course), steak, and more.

Our favorite:

bq. Shrimp: Mix honey-Dijon mustard with lemon juice in a saucepan, stir in oil and add jumbo shrimp. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and top with parsley.

Burpee sees high demand for low-carb veggies

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Burpee announced record requests from home gardeners looking to plant low-carb veggies.

bq. In response, Burpee has put together a list of vegetables high and low in carbohydrates for home gardeners who want to curb their carb intake this 2004 growing season.

Here’s are a few items from the list for top low-carb veggies:

* Lettuce (1cup/1gr)
* Cucumber (1/2 cup/1g)
* Radish (1 cup/4 g)
* Mushrooms (1 cup/4g)
* Leeks (1/2 cup/4g)

You can view the complete list (for both high and low) here.

CEOs try the low-carb lifestyle

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According to the quarterly TEC Confidence Index

St. Patrick’s Day low-carb recipes

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cheesetart.jpgIn celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, we offer up recipes that are both low in carbs and high in flavor:

* Irish Pub Salad
Cashel, an Irish blue cheese, adds a creamy texture and sweet, slightly tangy flavor to this classic main-course salad. If you have trouble finding Cashel, you can substitute a mild blue cheese, Roquefort or Irish cheddar.
(7 grams)

* Dubliner Cheese Tart
Similar to a quiche, this traditional Irish tart can be enjoyed as a main course with a salad or cut into 12 slices and served as a satisfying side dish.
(2.5 grams)

* Irish Coffee
This low carb St. Patrick

Unilever Bestfoods expands Carb Option line

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Unilever Bestfoods announced that it will expand its popular Carb Options line with 14 new items. You’ll recognize many popular “name brands” in Unilever’s new line. Here are some of the highlights:

* Ketchup from Hellman’s
* Green Tea from Lipton
* Hearty Italian-Style Sauce with Sausage from Ragu
* Instant Noodle Soup from Lipton
* Chunky Peanut Spread from Skippy

Unilever Bestfoods is the first major food maker to offer low-carb versions of major products. Look for other companies to do the same in the coming months.

Anheuser-Busch strikes back against low-carb diets

Filed under: In The News — Tags: — @ March 16, 2004

beer.jpgAnheuser-Busch is launching a pre-emptive strike against the very low-carb diets that made its Michelob Ultra brand so successful, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The brewer is hoping to get dieters to return to the alcohol aisle by running TV ads that make it clear that all light beers are, in fact, low in carbs. In addition, shareholders, wholesalers and retailers will be receiving brochures that dispel what Anheuser-Busch says are common errors about beer in diet books such as “The South Beach Diet” and “Suzanne Sommers’ Fast and Easy.”

bq. “It’s time to clear the air,” said Bob Lachky, vice president, brand management. For consumers who are on the fence, “beer, in particular Bud Light, needs to be considered part of a low-carb lifestyle.”

First week down, how are we doing?

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As of today, CarbWire has been around for a week. For our readers that haven’t quite grabbed onto what our angle is, we’re a diet agnostic review of everything low-carb. What does that mean? We don’t favor one diet over another (we just report the news). As long as you’re losing weight, that’s what matters. Here’s a quick look at some of the great news from the past week:

* Krispy Kreme’s new low-carb douhnuts
* McDonalds’ new low-carb menu items
* Hardee’s introduces Low Carb Breakfast Bowl
* Arby’s Low Carbys

Our question to you is, how are we doing? What do you want to see more of? Anything you’d rather not see? Thoughts should be sent to We’re really excited about the future, and look forward to hearing from you.

Krispy Kreme low-carb doughnut ‘by end of the year’

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Krispy Kreme spokeswoman Angela Brown has revealed to CarbWire that consumers should be able to purchase its new low-sugar/low-carb doughnut by the end of 2004.

bq. “Our low-sugar option is in the early stages of development,” the Brown told CarbWire. “Research and development is actually an ongoing process for us and we have looked at a low-sugar option many times before. That having been said, we have a quality and taste standard that we have to meet and that our customers expect. And we believe that technology has advanced enough that we may be able to create a product that we are proud of. We hope to have something in the market by the end of the year.”

Help’s on the way for traveling dieters

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USA Today has an excellent roundup of great places to dine for low-carb dieters on the road:

bq. Airlines like Northwest, America West and United’s Ted have either been selling or giving away low-carb candy. United also sells low-carb salads through a deal with the Au Bon Pain bakery chain.

Wyndham will introduce several low-carb entrees to all 100 hotels by April 30 in restaurants and room service.

Sofitel launches a low-carb menu next month at its 10 U.S. hotels. Included: a low-carb chocolate banana brownie with strawberry yogurt pudding.

The penne pasta made with low-carb soy noodles is outselling the higher-carb four-cheese tortellini at the trendy Mosaic Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., says executive chef Rich Wood.

T.G.I. Friday’s, the casual dining restaurant, says sales of the nine Atkins-approved entrees are higher at its 21 airport restaurants than the rest of the chain.

Northwest eliminates the high-carb pasta entree choice in international business class on June 1. To reduce carbs, it’s slicing the bread thinner.

Hyatt to offer low-carb menu

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We must have missed the memo, but it’s the day for hotels to go low-carb. Earlier today, Sheraton announced it would offer low-carb items, and just a few hours later Hyatt is promising the same thing.

bq. Debuting at Hyatt restaurants, room service and banquet menus this week, Hyatt’s low-carb alternative defines palate-pleasing perfection while maintaining a net carbohydrate total of less than 20 grams for each dish.

Here are a few of the new items:

* Bacon wrapped turkey medallions
* Spicy Asian chicken salad
* Hot smoked salmon quesadilla

Blue Bunny annoucnces Carb Freedom Yogurt

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Blue Bunny has announced a low-carb version of its popular yogurt. Carb Freedom Yogurt comes in four flavors–Strawberry, Raspberry, Peach and Vanilla Creme–and has only 5 net carbs. You can purchase Carb Freedom Yogurt at your local Blue Bunny reseller.

Sheraton Hotels to launch low-carb fare

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Sheraton Hotels announced that starting next month, 200 of its hotels will have low-carb restaurant menus, room service offerings, cocktails, club lounge service and to-go snacks. An expansion to take the program overseas will begin later this year.

Here are some of the included items (most have under 5 net carbs):

* Portobello Chicken Burger
* Seared Norwegian Salmon
* Mediterranean Garlic Chicken
* Low-carb beer

There is also a special banquet menu so you can offer low-carb items at parties, weddings and the like.

Diets all the rage since at least 1087

Filed under: In The News — Tags: — @ March 15, 2004

The Los Angeles Times has put together a great timeline of notable diets throughout history. It begins with an alcohol diet in 1087 by William the Conqueror and ends in 2003 with the oh-so-popular South Beach Diet.

Low carbs meet high seas

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In conjunction with Carnival Cruise Lines, Carb Counter Cruises on Monday announced that it has developed a carb-friendly cruise that combines “fantastic dining with activities, exercise, expert speakers, culinary classes, peer support and much more

Bloomberg, Atkins widow meet after ‘fat’ remark

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New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has met with the widow of Robert Atkins, the diet guru he recently described as fat.

bq. City officials said last week they didn’t know whether Bloomberg apologized to Veronica Atkins at the Monday meeting but said the two discussed a possible gift to the city from the Robert T. Atkins Foundation to study obesity among city schoolchildren. In January, Bloomberg was recorded during a conversation in which he said Robert Atkins was “fat.” Atkins died in April 2003 after falling on a sidewalk and hitting his head. After Bloomberg’s remarks, Veronica Atkins demanded an apology. The mayor did not apologize publicly.

Hardee’s introduces Low Carb Breakfast Bowl

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hardeesbreakfastbowl.jpgFollowing the success of Hardee’s Low Carb Thickburger, the fast food restaurant has announced the Low Carb Breakfast Bowl. The new menu item, from bottom to top, includes two folded eggs, a sausage patty, a slice of Swiss cheese, and a “Loaded Omelet” made with sausage, crumbled bacon, diced ham, and cheddar cheese. The product is topped with more crumbled bacon and shredded cheddar cheese

Carl’s Jr. announces low-carb breakfast bowl

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Carls Jr Breakfast BowlCarl’s Jr., an early adopter to low-carb fast food fare, has announced the immediate g of a low-carb breakfast bowl. Hardees today launched a similar item. The two chains share common ownership.

bq. The new menu item, from bottom to top, includes two scrambled eggs, a sausage patty, a slice of Swiss cheese, and a “Loaded Omelet” made with sausage, crumbled bacon, diced ham, and cheddar cheese. The product is topped with more crumbled bacon and shredded cheddar cheese — all packaged conveniently in a 20-oz plastic bowl.

Carl’s Jr.’s low-carb burgers now account for 1/3 of all burgers the chain sells. The new breakfast bowl includes 5 grams of carbs.

Arby’s Low Carbys

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arbysmitt.jpgArby’s has quietly rolled out its new Low Carbys menu. The new “sandwiches” are wrapped in green leaf lettuce instead of being on bread or a bun. It’s not quite clear if the new menu is available in all areas of the U.S. Below is the official net carb count for each product as provided to CarbWire by Arby’s.

bq. Low Carbys Menu
Regular Roast Beef – 1g
Giant Roast Beef – 1g
Big Montana – 1g
Beef n’ Cheddar – 1g
Super Roast Beef – 2g
French Dip n’ Swiss – 1g
Chicken Breast Fillet – 15g
Chicken Bacon n’ Swiss – 16g
Market Fresh Ham & Swiss – 5g
Market Fresh Roast Turkey & Swiss – 4g
Market Fresh Roast Beef & Swiss – 3g
Market Fresh Roast Turkey Ranch & Bacon – 5g
Market Fresh Ultimate BLT – 6g

A call to put kids on Atkins

Filed under: Health — Tags: — @ March 14, 2004

The BBC is running a piece about the effect of the Atkins diet on children. Professor Julian Peto, of the Institute of Cancer Research, is in favor of putting overweight kids on the Atkins diet. The UK is experiencing a rapidly increasing rate of child obesity, which makes the debate even more interesting.

bq. In 1998, 9% of two to four-year-olds were considered obese – almost double the figure in 1989.

Last week we linked to a WebMD article that said low-carb diets are dangerous for kids. More research needs to be done.

FDA recommends food label changes

Filed under: In The News — @ March 12, 2004

The FDA has recommended that food makers create easier to understand labels for their products. While it is mandated that a standard label must appear, there is not regulation over what is a “serving”.

Often times a product that is normally consumed in one serving (chips, soda) is listed as 2 servings. Therefore, nutritional values must be doubled.

The FDA is also urging all restaurants to list calories on their menus.


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