The holidays are quickly approaching and for many that it is a difficult time of year to achieve and maintain weight loss goals. SOLA is here to offer some quick tips and suggestions to help make achieving goals a little earlier.
Don’t try to overhaul your whole meal or skip favorites. Oftentimes deprival like this can actually set us back further on our goals. Consider making simple low-carb swaps to make your favorites better options. Do you love the sweet Hawaiian rolls that typically accompany holiday dinners, consider replacing those with SOLA Low-Carb Sweet and Buttery Dinner Rolls. Obsessed with traditional Thanksgiving stuffing. We recommend giving our Low-Carb Sausage and Herb Stuffing recipe a try. It swaps out traditional bread for SOLA Low-Carb bread slices.
Even when you are making simple low-carb swaps, the best way to ensure you end up with a guilt-free meal is in moderation. Portion control will help you say in line with your goals while maybe being able to enjoy something a little more indulgent than a normal day.
Don’t Be hard on Yourself
We all know it can oftentimes be frustrating or discouraging when you get off track, but don’t be hard on yourself if you eat a little more than you expected to. Following low-carb or keto-friendly diets can be challenging during the holiday season when routines are broken and tempting foods are everywhere you turn. Don’t be hard on yourself. Enjoy your meals, and then set new goals and get right back on track.
SOLA was first introduced into grocery stores in February 2018 with one goal in mind: provide healthy low-carb, low-glycemic alternatives to the carb-filled shelves. We first ventured into sweetener as our Chef Ryan had created SOLA a zero carb, a zero-calorie sweetener which worked well for those in a diabetic, low-glycemic, and low-carb lifestyle. After some tinkering around, we came out with 5 additional products: bread, granola, yogurt, ice cream, and nut bars.
We were proud to be one of the few options available at a grocery store whose whole concept revolved around chef-quality low-carb products that taste just like your favorite. After a while, our community continued to grow and with it, additional communities became part of our own such as the keto community.
Therefore, one of our most asked questions tends to be: is SOLA keto-friendly? Let’s break it down, shall we?
Sola Sweet… but how?
The main four sweeteners in our bread and granola are a mixture of erythritol and allulose rounding it out with dashes of monk fruit and stevia leaf. We use this mixture to give the same taste and texture as sugar without being annoyingly sweet or leaving an aftertaste. We’re foodies at heart and wanted to make sure we were giving enjoyable replacements without any of the funky aftertaste or texture. With allulose, we are able to maintain the perfect nutty and balanced sweetness to our granola, while making sure our bread properly rises with the erythritol sweetener.
Allulose and Erythritol
You’re probably wondering where these two sweeteners originate from. Erythritol, a low-carb and low-glycemic sweetener, is a sugar alcohol that occurs naturally in some fruits, vegetables, and fermented foods. Erythritol stimulates the sweet taste receptors on your tongue, similar to sugar, but without the calories or carbs. Allulose is a low-calorie sweetener with the same sweet taste and texture as table sugar. Allulose is often referred to as a “rare sugar” due to its discovery in small quantities in nature. It can be found in certain fruits including jackfruit, figs, and raisins. It’s absorbed by the body but not metabolized so it is nearly calorie-free
On Allulose, the FDA’s new rules for labeling means excluding it from the total and added sugars but including it for total calories and on the ingredient statement. This means subtracting it from total carbs to calculate net carbs.
We also use less than 2% of the following ingredients: stevia, monk fruit. These two sweeteners are also low glycemic and low carb.
SOLA Bread & Granola
Our SOLA products are primarily made up of erythritol and/or allulose which after thorough research we have conclusive evidence that our SOLA products cause minimal glycemic response and suppress levels of insulin in the blood.
Both Erythritol and Allulose are sugar-free, and low on the glycemic load. Because of the zero glycemic spikes, we believe it should be subtracted from the total carbohydrates when calculating net carbohydrates.
As of June 17, 2019, , SOLA has announced the removal of maltitol from our ingredient list. In July, all of our bread was maltitol-free and in February 2020 Sola granola transitioned into a maltitol free formula. As we continue to grow we want to thank our community for bringing their concerns to our attention about this ingredient. While we do conduct studies to make sure we are not spiking anyone’s blood sugar, we understand our community’s stance on this particular ingredient. Thank you for your support!
Show Me the Math
Of course. We have our net carb calculations clearly visible on all our packaging because we want you to know what you’re putting in your body.
Our calculation for all SOLA bread and granola:
Total carbohydrates – fiber – allulose – sugar alcohols (when present) = Net Carbs
The total sugar alcohols, erythritol, can be subtracted from the total carbohydrate count and allulose (included in the total carbohydrate count due to the FDA 2018 ruling) can also be deducted since it minimally affects blood sugar.
Keto Friendly… But as Always Moderation is Key.
While we wouldn’t suggest eating a whole box of nut bars, or a pint of ice cream in one sitting in general. You can rest assured that in moderation (just like everything in life) our products work perfectly with your keto meal plan.
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