Category: health

high fructose corn syrup

All of my research on healthy eating after the revelations from this post has really changed my attitude towards food. It’s also made me a “label reader”. Literally every product I pick up, the first thing I do is read the label. And if there is anything in there that isn’t good for us, it goes right back on the shelf. High Fructose Corn Syrup is one of those things that I am completely eliminating from our diet.

englexas lifestyle blog - V8 Splash

So last week as I was checking all our labels and I came across a juice that I had bought on sale the week prior. It’s V8 Splash, a juice that I’ve seen a lot and I know is popular. When it comes to ingredient lists the first ingredient is the most predominant all the way down to the least predominant ingredient.

So I looked at the ingredients and it is as follows:
Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Juice from Concentrate

Now, I wasn’t shocked to see High Fructose Corn Syrup, after my research on it I have come to expect it on most labels I read. But I was absolutely shocked to see it as the number 2 ingredient in the juice, before even juice was listed! How can this drink even be labeled juice?!

englexas lifestyle blog - High Fructose Corn Syrup in V8 Splash

So what did I do with the sugar-water that I discovered? Poured it down the sink. It did cross my mind to give it to someone else (because I hate to waste money) but I couldn’t bring myself to allow someone else to inadvertently feed their children something that barely resembles fruit. So parents, please be educated about the choices you make for your children. There is a difference between “Juice Beverage” and actual Juice.

Here is some more information on High Fructose Corn Syrup.

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healthy recipe links

you may remember this post about the changes I decided to make for a healthier diet. This past week we started strong and I tried a lot of new recipes that we loved, here are the links to them:

englexas eats recipe blog - healthy granola
this healthy granola recipe is absolutely delicious and makes a whole bunch! I added some dark chocolate chips when the granola was cooling. It makes a great breakfast with milk or yogurt or even a snack for the road.

englexas eats recipe blog - spinach potato frittata
our favorite breakfast recently is spinach and potato frittata it’s a great way to get some healthy spinach into the kids diet. I usually half the recipe for me and the kids.

englexas eats recipe blog - whole grain morning glory muffins
I made a double batch of whole grain morning glory muffins this week so that I could freeze a batch for when the baby gets here. I substituted the sugar with palm sugar to make them a little healthier.

englexas eats recipe blog - massaged kale salad
we tried this massaged kale salad for lunch this week, I added chicken and avocado and it was delicious!

englexas eats recipe blog - healthy homemade hummus
I’ve been enjoying some of the Engine 2 Diet Recipes, especially this oil-free hummus recipe that is also vegan. I used it as a spread in my healthy lunch wrap.

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