Specials for the week of February 19, 2018

      • Soup of the Week

        Beef Bone Broth

        Beef Bone Broth, scallion – Cup: $3.50 Bowl: $4.95

      • Breakfast

        Cauliflower Crust Breakfast Pizza
        Cauliflower Pizza Crust, roasted tomatoes, chicken sausage, scrambled eggs, low-fat shredded mozzarella cheese & scallions – $9.95
      • Turkey Sausage Breakfast Sandwich
        House-made Turkey Sausage, Egg, Provolone Cheese, Arugula on a House-made English Muffin. Served with Romesco Sauce  – $6.95
      • Salad

        Blackberry & Butternut Squash Harvest Salad
        Field Greens, Baby Kale, Roasted Butternut Squash, Blackberries, Candied Pecans, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Carrot Spirals, Baby Sweet Peppers, Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, Feta Cheese, Sunflower Sprouts with a Maple Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette – $12.95
      • Protein Shake

        Raspberry Frost
        Almond Milk, Raspberries, Strawberries, Banana, Mint Leaves, Vanilla Protein Powder – $8.50
      • Sandwich Special

        Granny Smith Turkey Wrap

        Oven Roasted Turkey, Field Greens, Swiss Cheese, Cranberry Walnut Relish, Sliced Granny Smith Apples in a Sundried Tomato Wrap served with pickle cup and Chips – $9.95

      • Grass Fed Burger Bowl

        Grass Fed Burger, Brown Rice, Black Beans, Romaine Lettuce, Avocado, Poblano Peppers, Pico De Gallo & Sunflower Sprouts – $9.95

      • Paleo Entree Specials

        Chicken Zoodle Pho

        Chicken, Zucchini Noodles, Kale, Bok Choy, Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, Spiral Carrot, Paleo Vietnamese Pho Broth – $13.95

Are All Sugar Substitutes the Same?

The client asks, “I’m trying to cut down on sugar. Which artificial sweeteners do you recommend?” My reply, “None. I don’t recommend any artificial sweeteners, but I do recommend stevia as an all-natural sugar substitute.”

Unlike artificial sweeteners, stevia extract is derived from a plant.  I prefer using the liquid extract when adding it to foods or beverages, since that’s the least processed form of stevia (other than whole leaf).

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labels artificial sweeteners such as saccharin, aspartame, sucralose (Splenda), among others as “Generally Recognized as Safe” (GRAS).  Additionally, hundreds of research studies have found no conclusive dangers with using artificial sweeteners. Speculation and further research continues for its association with weight gain in children and possible carcinogenic (cancer-causing) effects.

With even the slightest risks present, I veer on the side of caution and choose to recommend natural sweeteners in small amounts. Honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, coconut nectar, and many other natural sweeteners still contain sugar; therefore stevia is one of the best sugar alternatives when avoiding sugar altogether.

Stevia is newer to the market than many commonly used artificial sweeteners and consequently less research is available to determine any long-term negative effects. Several studies have shown beneficial effects, however, such as improved blood pressure in hypertensive patients and improved glucose tolerance in hyperglycemic patients.

Protein powders, protein bars, and many other “diet” foods and beverages are often littered with artificial sweeteners, so it is important to check those sources when you’re trying to minimize exposure. Fresh Nation goes above and beyond to ensure its food and beverage options are all-natural – primarily sweetening with stevia.

Schedule a complimentary 15-minute nutrition consultation to discuss your health goals, and how I can help you reach them.

Stephanie Brust, MS, RDN, LD/N

Stephanie@goFreshNation.com

 

References:

Brown, R. J., De Banate, M. A., & Rother, K. I. (2010). Artificial Sweeteners: A Systematic review of metabolic effects in youth. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity , 5 (4), 305-312.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2015, 05 26). Additional Information about High Intensity Sweeteners Permitted for use in Food in the United States. Retrieved 06 15, 2015, from U.S. Food and Drug Administration: www.fda.gov/food/ingredientspackaginglabeling/foodadditivesingredients/ucm397725.ht

Ulbright C, e. a. (2010). An evidence-based systematic review of stevia by the Natural Standard Research Collaboration. Cardiovascular Hemotology Agents Medicinal Chemistry , 8 (2), 113-127.

Specials for the week of February 12, 2018

      • Soup of the Week

        Beef Bone Broth

        Beef Bone Broth, scallion – Cup: $3.50 Bowl: $4.95

      • Breakfast

        Cauliflower Crust Breakfast Pizza
        Cauliflower Pizza Crust, roasted tomatoes, chicken sausage, scrambled eggs, low-fat shredded mozzarella cheese & scallions – $9.95
      • Turkey Sausage Breakfast Sandwich
        House-made Turkey Sausage, Egg, Provolone Cheese, Arugula on a House-made English Muffin. Served with Romesco Sauce  – $6.95
      • Salad

        Polynesian Power Salad
        Baby Kale, Field Greens, Savoy Spiral Carrots, Grilled Pineapple, Radish, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Toasted Almonds, Toasted Coconut, Sunflower Sprouts & Toasted Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette & Red Cabbage – $12.95
      • Protein Shake

        Banana Bread
        Almond Milk, Vanilla Protein Powder, Butternut Squash, Banana, Almond Butter, Walnuts – $8.25
      • Sandwich Special

        Boston Bibb Falafel Wrap

        Falafels, Field Greens, Cauliflower Tabbouleh, Hummus, Tzatziki Sauce, Radish, Kalamata Olive & Heirloom Tomato in a Sundried Tomato Wrap with a side of F.N. Super Slaw – $9.95

      • Grass Fed Burger Bowl

        Grass Fed Burger, Brown Rice, Black Beans, Romaine Lettuce, Avocado, Poblano Peppers, Pico De Gallo & Sunflower Sprouts – $9.95

      • Paleo Entree Specials

        Sweet Potato Crusted Salmon

        Sweet Potato, Salmon Fillet, Kale, Grilled Pineapple, Red & Green Grapes, Roasted Red Peppers, Green Beans, & Roasted Butternut Squash topped with Sweet Honey Mustard and Coconut Glaze – $15.95