Sugar Free Sunday and Maggi
Welcome to one of the sweetest weekly virtual potluck get-together ever! Yes indeed — it is Sugar Free Sunday! We host it every Sunday to exchange incredible sugar free recipes. Inspiration to start the week right? You bet!
Three days to go! We’re giving away a Sur La Table Vintage Apron which is so darn cute and with two little pockets it is perfect in the kitchen! You can read all about it here.
A few days back, I found myself craving junk for lunch and reached out for a packet of Maggi. Now Maggi is India’s equivalent to Kraft’s Mac & Cheese (Yes I know I was being unhealthy!). It is a household name in India and a very popular snack. It is noodles spiced up with a special mix. I usually add some peas to the noodles so that I have *some* kind of veggies with it. As I was opening the pack and getting ready to cook the noodles I saw something interesting on the packaging, now keep in mind I don’t agree with every bit of this pyramid but it is actually a fantastic start from having nothing health related to a freaking food chart! Basics such as exercise and drinking plenty of water are part of the food pyramid on the packaging!
Now “Eat Less” had sugar, salt, oil and donuts (I have no clue what donuts are doing on Indian food? :)). India is a land where people eat sugar at every meal, literally, so as a brand telling them “hey, you need to cut down on your sugar” is actually a pretty big step.
After seeing this, I wanted to go see what Kraft’s Mac and Cheese had on their packaging. Apologies for the poor quality of pictures, I took them with my iPhone.
The only thing, remotely health related on their packaging, was making the mac and cheese with less cheese for fewer calories. As far as I know, there is no law requiring Nestle (Maggi’s parents company) to print this chart on their food. Maggi can be classified as a relatively unhealthy, rather empty calorie, food, and this brand is printing a food chart! Harvard’s food chart has the food and exercise, but no water on there! It is so heart warming when you see a company do something good, without being arm-twisted into doing it. Firstly I believe in moderation and an occasional splurge of Maggi (for me that is actually once or twice a month) as apposed to complete denial, is okay! Add to it when I see a company telling me to eat healthy I find myself choosing them instead of another junk food. So in fact, the subset of people that would’ve just stuck it out by ignoring a brand completely, would actually think about eating some. Smart I say… Have you found junk foods telling you to eat healthy? Do share!
How do you participate in the virtual potluck?
- Link your recipe post (NOT your homepage) if it does not use refined sugar. Your blog does not have to be entirely sugar free, just the dish you’re sharing!
- Please link back to this get-together somewhere in your post’s text. It’s a great way to invite your readers to the fun!
- Want to make something sweet without using refined sugar? Just check out all the ways to satisfy your sweet tooth without refined sugar here.
- Your link doesn’t have to be to a sweet dish! We love to see your sugar free appetizers, entrees, soups, snacks — well — you get the idea!
- Please don’t link to carnivals or giveaways. This is a party; bring a dish to share!
- In the ‘Name’ field, please enter who you are and what you’re linking. For example Sonia would put: Bean Kale Pasta Soup [Sonia @ Flip Cookbook]
- It’s not a party if no one chats! Please join the conversation by leaving a message in the comments section below. Also make sure you have the ‘Notify Me’ checkbox selected so that you can listen as well!
- Sign up for free to our new venture Velvet Aroma. It’s a visual way to read the blogs you love and really bring their recipes into your kitchen.
We’re so excited to see what you’re cooking….. Sugar Free!
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