Ah, the lengths I will go through to keep my low carb folks informed, huh?
First thing though, before any sampling commenced, I asked about whether or not the carb counts were lab tested, since let’s face it: we low carbers have been burned before with “low carb products” that aren’t. I was happy to hear the carb counts are lab verified, along with assurances that doing low carb right is a priority for the company. That always makes me happy to hear. So far so good, but what about the products themselves?
Well, I had plenty to test. I asked for some gluten-free options in the mix, since I normally avoid gluten. But my family was kind enough to finish off the stuff that falls outside my personal dietary guidelines. They are oh-so-helpful that way. (Click on an image for a closer look at our haul.)
Overall, everything tasted good. A little heads up if you choose Paleo/Gluten-Free: the bread and bagels really need to be toasted. Gluten is a binder and without it, the breads fall apart very easily. Toasting helps it hold together. You’d need to put it in a toaster oven or on a cookie sheet in the oven. I wouldn’t even try a normal toaster, as it just wasn’t sturdy enough.
The Paleo/GF muffins coconut and cinnamon muffins did hold together fine, and were pretty tasty, especially after a few seconds in the microwave. The sweetness was subtle on the muffins, so if you want it sweeter, you may want to add a little sweetener to some butter and melt it right into some warmed muffins.
Mmmmmm. Warmed muffins…
Oops! Getting sidetracked.
The Paleo bread did not have a strong flavor alone, so you will want to team it up with your favorite toppings. The thick, bready cinnamon pretzel was good–I’d suggest toasting that, too, and adding a smear of cream cheese. The sourdough bread was a solid bread replacement with a nice texture that should hold up to sandwiches without issue.
Matter of fact, nothing tasted bad to us, but we decided the standout was the “Everything Bagels.” We couldn’t tell the difference between these and carb-laden bagels, high praise for a low carb bread-alike.
Because they were our favorite, the Great Low Carb bread company offered to send five lucky winners a package of the “Everything Bagels” to try. Yay! In case you don’t win one of the packages (or just want something else), you can order online from the company directly or on Amazon. Update: I’m hearing from my folks many order from Netrition as well.
Please do remember, while I liked the products, the type and amount of specialty products folks can manage without compromising their progress varies between individuals. As always, monitor your own progress when trying new products and see how they work out for you.
Have you tried these? How did you like them?