5 Sugar Free Gum (Rain)

August 25, 2010 by  
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5 Sugar Free Gum (Rain)I chew a lot of gum, so I have to buy something long-lasting. I’m currently addicted to Stride, as I can chew the same piece for 45 minutes or longer without feeling like the taste is gone. I can’t just stick to one thing though – I like to try other options to see if there’s something better out there. 5 sugar free gum is advertised as a gum that will “stimulate your senses,” which sounded pretty good to me. With flavors like Cobalt, Flare, and Rain, I was eager to see what the taste was like, so I picked up a pack of 5 (Rain) Sugar Free Gum for $1.69 a pack.

NUTRITION FACTS
Serving Size: 1 piece
Calories: 5
Total Fat: 0%
Saturated Fat: 0%
Sodium: 0%
Carbohydrates: 2 grams
Fiber: 0%
Sugars: 0 grams
Sugar Alcohols: 2 grams
Protein: 0 grams

The “Rain” gum is a spearmint flavor and each package has 15 pieces of gum in it (which is one more than in my packs of Stride). I have to say, this spearmint rendering is quite a bit sweeter than Stride’s. It’s nice, and a good change of pace, but it took a little time for the flavor to grow on me. But alas, the flavor went away after a too short a time (~15-20 minutes) and I was left with gross gum flavor.

Each piece has 5 calories, 2 grams of sugar alcohols, and nothing else.

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Trident Minty Sweet Twist Gum

August 25, 2010 by  
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Trident Minty Sweet Twist GumI’ve been on a big gum-trying kick recently, and Trident has become my go-to brand – I really like Trident Tropical Twist Gum. Last time I popped into a nearby corner store, I spotted Trident Minty Sweet Twist and decided to try it.

NUTRITION FACTS
Serving Size: 1 piece
Calories: 3.5
Total Fat: 0%
Saturated Fat: 0%
Sodium: 0%
Carbohydrates: 1 gram
Fiber: 0%
Sugars: 0 grams
Sugar Alcohols: 1 gram
Protein: 0 grams

This gum is so flavorful, it’s amazing. It reminds me of mint chocolate chip ice cream and it’s just the right combination of sweet and minty. It seems to me that each piece of Trident is smaller than other brands of gum, but for that trade-off there are 18 pieces in a pack. The other downside: this gum doesn’t last nearly as long as Stride.

Xylitol, the sweetener used in this gum, is supposed to help fight cavities. Plus each piece of Trident Minty Sweet Twist Gum provides only 3.5 calories and so sugars. So this is a guilt-free, teeth-cleansing way to get your after-dinner minty fix.

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Summer Fest: A Celebration of Slow-Roasted Tomatoes

August 25, 2010 by  
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Bruschetta with Chevre and Slow Roasted Tomatoes

The Summer Fest theme this week is tomatoes and I can’t think of a better thing to talk about than slow-roasted tomatoes.  I made these for the first time last September and they were absolutely amazing.  Although I made them a few more times throughout the year with grocery store cherry tomatoes, I’ve been waiting for some good summer tomatoes to roast.

Cut Tomatoes with Herbs and Olive Oil

Yesterday I roasted a tray of 20 gorgeous Roma tomatoes that I had picked up at the Saturday Farmer’s Market.  It took all day, but the end result was fantastic.  I can’t believe I’m admitting this, but I ate about 15 of those tomatoes for dinner last night.  I just kept picking them off the tray as they were cooling.  My name is Nicole and I ate 15 Roma tomatoes in one night!  Now you know why you aren’t seeing photos of slow-roasted Roma tomatoes… I ate them before I could photograph them.

Tomatoes after Roasting

But I also roasted a pan of cherry tomatoes since I didn’t have enough Romas to fill two pans.  If you’re going to have the oven on all day anyway, you really should fill all the racks with tomatoes.  I managed to eat at least a handful of the cherry tomatoes, too.  I know what you’re thinking.  But you’ll understand once you make some yourself.  You should do that.

Tomatoes in Jar

How to Make Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

And here are some more links to help you along your tomato-roasting journey.  These bloggers won’t steer you wrong.  You need to do this!

Instructions for Slow-Roasting Tomatoes:

What to do with Slow-Roasted Tomatoes:

Other Summer Fest Attendees Celebrating Tomatoes:

How You Can Join in Summer Fest 2010

Summer Fest 2010 Have a recipe or tip that fits any of our weekly themes? Starting with our posts of Wednesday, July 28, for five Wednesdays, you can contribute in various ways, big or small.

Contribute a whole post, or a comment—whatever you wish. It’s meant to be fun, viral, fluid. No pressure, just delicious. Simply leave your tip or recipe or favorite links in the comments below a Summer Fest post on my blog, and then go visit my collaborators and do the same.

The cross-blog event idea works best when you leave your recipe or favorite links (whether to your own blog or someone else’s) at all the host blogs. Yes, copy and paste them everywhere! That way, they are likely to be seen by the widest audience. Everyone benefits, and some pretty great dialog starts simmering.

Or think bigger: Publish entire posts of your own, if you wish, and grab the juicy Summer Fest 2010 tomato badge (illustrated by Matt of Mattbites.com).

Summer Fest 2010 Posting Schedule

7/28: Cukes and Zukes
8/4: Corn
8/11: Herbs, Greens, and Beans
8/18: Stone Fruit – I missed this one!
8/25: Tomatoes

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Just How Much Water Does the Body Need?

August 23, 2010 by  
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How much liquid should we be consuming in a day?

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Quench Your Thirst the Right Way During the Summer

August 23, 2010 by  
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Lately, it’s been the three H’s here in Baltimore–hazy, hot, and humid.

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Tired of Water? Read This!

August 23, 2010 by  
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The Snack That Burns Belly Fat

August 23, 2010 by  
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#9 Have more sex and be fit

August 2, 2010 by  
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sex

Having passionate sex  will make your organization burn over 150 calories .. Also having sex will make your organization boost its metabolism and also produce a hormon that will lead to the production of lean mussle tissue ..

What are you waiting for ?

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