Shari Duncan

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Fresh Start Solutions: A Healthy New You for the New Year
Shari

by on Dec.26, 2011, under General HEALTH, General Nutrition, Motivation, Weight Loss

Quick fixes don’t exist for long-term health. Slow and steady wins this race.

We are creatures of habit. To make health-conscious changes, the changes have to fit in with our habits.

Have you ever changed, or tried to change, the way you eat? While you may want to change your diet, it can feel too hard and time-consuming. And when you are busy with work, family…life, there is just no time for added complication, right?  But, it’s the New Year and you are making a promise to start (and stay) on a strict diet to lose weight, but are you just setting yourself up for more frustration and failure…again?

Shifting to healthier eating habits can seem complex.   Nutritionists tell you, “Eat more vegetables; reduce your saturated fat; watch the sugar; buy organic; avoid trans fats; get enough calcium; eat low carb; high protein…”   On and on it goes.

Little wonder most people put off changing their diet…or opt for trendy rapid weight loss plans.

You already know that commitment is crucial for success; so you consider one of the popular commercial diet programs that promise quick and easy results. This craving for instant gratification is why people gravitate to fad diets. Unfortunately, (and statistically); these plans don’t let you MAINTAIN weight loss.  Once you “go off” the diet, and return to old ways, the bad habits return along with weight gain and associated health issues.

But no need to feel discouraged.  Small, incremental changes are the key to success. Health altering changes simply involve re-education to meal options that promote consistency while keeping your body filled with nutrition.    It is more a mind-shift and a behavior change, not a diet.  Learn to change the behavior you are used to and focus on building habits of living that improve your life.

Shift your attitude to viewing food as a fuel to sustain life and not something that controls your quality of life. We all have different body compositions, likes and dislikes, and finding success in making healthy lifestyle changes is a process that will take a little time and experimentation. Start with small steps and before you know it, the small changes add up to become part of a healthy new lifestyle.  For example, when you wake up tomorrow instead of skipping breakfast, eat a small meal consisting of healthy carbs, protein and a little fat. Do this for a week. Once this works for you with little effort, it will be time to make another small change.

Eat Real Food (and less of it)

No matter what diet you follow, make sure most of it comes from food without bar codes. Whole foods, with minimal processing and preservatives are best. Concentrate most of your shopping time around the perimeter of your grocery store.  Chances are the fresh produce, whole grain breads, meat and seafood departments, and dairy cases are around the perimeter of the store. Then dip into the isles for staples, like oatmeal and olive oil.  And you don’t need nearly as many calories as you think you do. Most women will lose weight (or maintain it) on 1,250-1,600 calories and most men between 1,500-2,000. Cutting calories by about one-third is also one of the best strategies for living longer.

Suggestions for the New Year / and a Healthier New You:

  • eat more fruit and vegetables
  • have a better awareness of your eating patterns and how to make your diet work for you
  • try some different foods and increase the variety in your diet
  • be on the way to controlling hunger and the portions you eat
  • work out some strategies for eating well when you’re busy

Follow these eight rules of eating, and you’ll more easily manage your weight and improve your nutrition From YOU: The Owners Manual by RealAge experts Micael F. Roizen, MD and Mehmet C. Oz, MD.

http://www.realage.com/food/8-ways-to-improve-nutrition

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Marinated Curry-Dijon Chicken
Shari

by on Dec.11, 2011, under Egg and Main Course Ideas, High Protein dishes, Recipes

Spicy and Flavorful…  AND it Smells amazing as it bakes.

It doesn’t get much simpler than this one. But don’t let the simplicity of this recipe fool you…This chicken is moist and full of  flavor.  Boneless chicken breasts are baked with a delicious mixture of honey, Dijon mustard, and curry powder, for a super-easy everyday meal.  The curry adds dimension to boring everyday baked chicken.  Prep time is under 15 minutes.  Then bake and  enjoy with any side vegetable for a high protein, low fat, low carbohydrate supper.

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3-4 boneless chicken breasts, split into cutlets.  (About 2-2 1/2 lbs. )

Simple Marinade... makes for a flavorful twist on everyday baked chicken

In a small bowl mix together the following:

  • Equal parts (about 1/3 cup) Dijon Mustard and honey,
  • ~1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1-2 Tbsp Curry Powder (more if you like it spicy)
  • Garlic Powder, Black Pepper (or garlic pepper)
  • Dash Cayenne Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Spray a large baking pan with non-stick Olive Oil spray.  Place chicken pieces in single layer in pan. Brush liberally with herb marinade on both sides.  If you have time, let the chicken marinate for an hour or more before baking.
Place in 375 degree oven for 40-50 minutes, turning the chicken  and basting again halfway through.  Actual cooking time will depend on the thickness of your cutlets.
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For variety, grill cutlets instead of bake
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If you are not on a carbohydrate restricted meal plan, this pairs well with basmati or jasmine rice.
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Wake up and…. EAT!
Shari

by on Sep.18, 2011, under General Nutrition, Weight Loss

You’ve heard it since you were a kid:  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  And if shedding excess weight (and keeping it off) is among your health goals, a healthy breakfast holds one key to success.

You may think that skipping breakfast is an easy way to cut calories when trying to lose weight. A growing body of research, however, indicates that eating breakfast is a successful strategy for lasting weight loss. Data collected by the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR) showed that over 90% of successful dieters usually eat breakfast. These are people who have lost a significant amount of weight and kept it off for a long period of time.

    Reduced hunger.

  • Eating breakfast can reduce hunger later in the day, which makes it easier to avoid overeating. . Some studies have found that those who skip breakfast end up eating more calories through the course of the day compared to those who don’t – and weight gain is the result.1This may be due to increased feelings of hunger which can lead to overeating, particularly higher-fat foods later in the day. Furthermore, people who eat breakfast regularly have better vitamin and mineral status and eat fewer calories from fat.   In addition, the prolonged fasting that occurs when you skip breakfast can increase your body’s insulin response, which in turn increases fat storage and weight gain. In fact, skipping breakfast actually increases your risk of obesity.

    Healthy choices.

  • Eating breakfast may get you on track to make healthy choices all day. When you eat breakfast, you tend to eat a healthier overall diet, one that is more nutritious and lower in fat. When you skip breakfast, you’re more likely to skip fruits and vegetables the rest of the day, too.  Choose foods that you enjoy and that fit your

    What's for Breakfast? You need to eat to lose.

    dietary weight loss goals. Whole grains, fruits, low fat dairy (yogurt) and lean protein, such as eggs.  Proteins provide a feeling of satiety which means you will feel full longer while actually eating less.  High-fiber complex carbohydrates like whole-grain breads and cereals (like oatmeal) will keep you satisfied. Fiber also increases that sensation of fullness.  Look for breakfast cereals that provide at least 6 grams of fiber per serving, suggests Harvard Men’s Health Watch, but make sure your choice is low in sugar (less than 10 grams per serving). If you are not keen on eggs or cereal, try a high protein smoothie, made with fruit, low fat milk and protein powder, spread some almond or peanut butter on whole grain toast, or melt some low fat cheese on a whole grain english muffin.

    More energy.

  • Eating breakfast gives you energy, increasing your physical activity, which boosts your metabolism and may in turn actually assist in burning more calories.  Consider this: If you don’t eat  in the morning, you are literally forcing yourself into running on empty. If the last time you ate was 8 p.m. last night and you don’t eat lunch until noon today, that’s sixteen hours of no refueling!  Your body is screaming out for fuel so it stands to reason that skipping breakfast is associated with decreased physical activity.  A healthy breakfast refuels your body and replenishes the glycogen stores that supply your muscles with immediate energy.   Increased energy levels will allow you to be more active during the day and give you more chances to burn calories. In turn, you are more likely to go for a run or hit the gym if you don’t feel exhausted all day.

Bottom Line:

Breakfast as part of a daily routine is a key strategy to use as part of a lifestyle management approach for long-term, sustainable weight loss. So, if you’re trying to control your weight and you frequently skip breakfast… you may wish to reconsider.

http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/fitness/weight-loss/whats-for-breakfast-10-morning-meal-ideas-that-can-help-you-lose-weight.html

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Make a Healthier Pasta. Fresh and Natural makes a Difference.
Shari

by on Apr.03, 2011, under Egg and Main Course Ideas, High Protein dishes, Recipes

A Healthy and tasty twist on an Italian classic:  Whole Wheat Pasta with Chicken Sausage. Dinner is Served in under 30.

Watching calories and trying to eat healthier?  Think certain foods like raviolis and sausage  are on the “NOT” list?  If you shop smart, and pay attention to food labels you can enjoy almost any favorite recipe.  Here’s a  ultra quick recipe for ravioli with sweet Italian sausage that uses all natural whole wheat pasta and skinless chicken sausage.  No preservatives or artificial ingredients. It is high in protein and lower in fat and “delicioso!”

  • 1 12 oz package Sweet Italian chicken sausage (Al Fresco) – cut in bite size pieces.

    Whole wheat pasta & chicken Sausage, All Natural, No preservatives

  • 1 8 oz (2 serving) package fresh whole wheat pasta (Monterey)
  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Fresh garlic, minced, (basil, oregano, optional)
  • ½ jar of prepared marinara or pasta sauce.
  • Fresh grated Romano cheese (for topping)

**You may also add sautéed peppers or spinach to this dish, if desired.

Prepare pasta according to package directions.  Meanwhile in a large skillet, heat olive oil.  Add garlic, sauté and sausage and cook over med-high heat, stirring often until sausage is nicely browned and cooked through. Reduce heat, add pasta sauce and additional Italian seasonings, if using.  Stir to blend, cover and simmer.  Drain cooked ravioli and gently toss with sausage mixture.

4 servings.

*Note: The nutrition label for 8 oz package of pasta is for 2 servings. By combining with chicken sausage, you increase the protein AND reduce the amount of carbohydrates per serving.

(as prepared: Approx 20grams/per serving)

http://www.alfrescoallnatural.com/FlavorDetails.aspx?ID=9781&nav=mp0

http://www.montereygourmetfoods.com/index.cfm/mpc_products_wheat.htm

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See Less, Eat Less. Portion Distortion
Shari

by on Mar.27, 2011, under General HEALTH, General Nutrition, Motivation, Weight Loss

One of the most important pieces of information in a nutrition label is the serving size.

There is a difference between “a portion” and “a serving”. A serving is a standard or measure on how much food to eat and has been chosen by the manufacturer to describe the nutritional value of that food. For example 1 cup of milk, or a half a cup of oats. A portion is the amount of food someone CHOOSES to put on their plate and eat. Be mindful of portion sizes, for example 1 cup of oatmeal is actually considered 2 servings.

Buyers beware! Packaging can be misleading.  Many foods that come as a single portion actually contain  multiple servings. The Nutrition fact label on packaged foods—on the backs of cans, sides of boxes, etc. — also informs you of the number of servings in the container.  We may look at the calories but don’t notice the stated serving size. This means we may be consuming more calories, fat, sugar, sodium, etc.

For example, look at the label of a 20-ounce soda (typically consumed as one portion), and you’ll see that it has 2.5 servings in it.  So if you choose to drink the whole bottle of Pepsi, you are consuming 250 calories and a whopping 69 grams of sugar!  A 3-ounce bag of chips—which some would consider a single portion—is actually 3 servings.

Buyer Beware: This is 2 1/2 servings & contains 69gms of sugar!

Another example of portion distortion is the bagel.   A typical bagel used to be 2 to 3 ounces, or about 200 calories. Today one bagel is 5 to 6 ounces, which can be well over 400 calories, depending on the type. (This is without any “schmear” on top!)   That same 5- ounce bagel that you might enjoy for breakfast is the equivalent of 5 pieces of bread and comprises the five servings of breads/grains that someone should eat for the entire day.

We live in a world of all you can eat buffets and “supersized” convenience foods. And when food is put in front of us, we will eat.  Restaurant portions tend to be two times or more than is recommended at one sitting, which leads to way too many calories. We can retrain ourselves to eat more slowly and stop eating when we are satisfied…not full. Also, it is healthier to eat several smaller meals, rather than a few large meals a day. This is because it keeps your body in the digesting-food mode, which means it keeps your metabolism up.

One of the easiest ways to cut back on calories and lose weight is by monitoring portion sizes.

A couple of “visual” tips to help with portion control and avoid consuming too many extra calories: In general terms, one hand, cupped = 1/2cup, two hands, cupped = 1 cup. An open palm, or the size of a deck of cards = 3-4 oz, the

Portion Distortion

standard serving size for a piece of chicken or fish,  and a serving of potatoes about the size of a computer mouse, for example.  Get to know the recommended portion sizes for your favorite foods and strive to stick to that as closely as

you can.   Another way to prevent over indulgence is to serve meals on smaller side plates, instead of dinner plates.  Think of meat and pasta as the side dishes and vegetables as the main course.  Fill half your plate with veggies, one quarter with lean protein (meat) and on quarter with starch/carbs (pasta, rice, potato).  Once you get into the habit of monitoring portions, it will become second nature and easier to monitor.

A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women who shrank their portions by 25% slashed 250 calories a day—enough to help them lose a half-pound a week—and still felt full.

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Southwest Beef & Black Bean Burger; A Happy Compromise
Shari

by on Feb.21, 2011, under Egg and Main Course Ideas, High Protein dishes, Recipes

The “not quite” veggie burger that cooks up big, fat and flavorful.

Mixing in a can of black beans to traditional hamburgers will help to cut fat and increase fiber.  AND… Not only are you making a very hearty AND heart-healthier burger… but the addition of beans helps your beef dollars go farther.                   (1 lb of ground beef or turkey yields 6 burgers!)

The beans make these burgers a little more delicate than a conventional burger, so be sure to handle with care.  Placing the patties in the freezer for 10-15 minutes before cooking will help them to hold their shape.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lbs lean ground beef (or ground turkey)
  • 1 can black beans, drained, rinsed and mashed

    Make a better burger by adding beans!

  • ~1/3 c oats
  • 2-3 TBSP chopped onion
  • 2TBSP Salsa
  • 2-3 TBSP Chopped green chilies (or 1TBSP Jalapenos)
  • 1 TPBS Cumin
  • 2 TBSP Cilantro
  • Garlic Powder, Black Pepper, and Season Salt, to taste.
  • – – – – – – –
  • Sliced Avocado, tomato slices, additional salsa (for topping)

Combine black beans, onion, spices and oats in a large bowl until well mixed and black beans are mashed.  Mix in ground beef (turkey), salsa, and chilies.

Shape into 6 patties.  Burgers can be grilled, broiled, or pan-fried.

Serve on whole wheat sandwich thins (if not on carb restricted diet) and top with sliced avocado and tomato, and salsa.

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Want Peak Performance? Detox your Body, Naturally.
Shari

by on Feb.13, 2011, under General HEALTH, General Nutrition, Weight Loss

You’ve decided to “clean up” your diet by eliminating fast foods, red meats, pork, junk foods, sugary drinks –  But don’t worry; there’s plenty of good stuff left to eat.

… once you get the junk out of your system and start eating right, chances are you probably will not want to go back to you old habits.

“We are what we eat” is amazingly accurate. Unnatural foods are harmful and tend to accumulate instead of being flushed.  Chances are if you are feeling tired, stressed, are bloated, frequently achy, or have low energy, your diet can be to blame. Ignoring these signs will not make your situation better.  It may be time to detox your body.  Eating natural foods, provided by nature, is the best way to cleanse and revitalize the body and stay healthy. Food is the fuel you feed the body to enable it to achieve peak performance. The cleaner and purer the fuel, the better and smoother the engine’s performance. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

Why Detoxify?

Detoxification is one of the basic functions of the human body.  One of the body’s functions is to constantly detox on its own. During this process, the body eliminates toxins through the kidneys, colon, liver, lungs, lymph and skin.  Problem is that our lives are full o stress, pollution, chemicals and many other harmful substances and it is difficult for the human body to cleanse itself the way it was designed to do by nature.

When toxins are unable to be flushed out, they are set aside and surrounded by fat to protect the body from their harmful properties. However, this system of defense can cause even more health problems. Detoxification can also revitalize and eliminate bacteria and viruses.

It is important to keep well hydrated by drinking lots of water and herbal or green tea.   Aim to drink at

least 8-10 glasses of water every day. Packed full of antioxidants, green tea not only washes toxins out of the system through its liquid content, but also contains a special type of antioxidant called catechins, known to increase liver function.  Stay clear of sugary sodas and caffeinated beverages as much as possible.

What we consume every day is an extremely important aspect of detoxification.  Choosing and eating the right things could make the difference between overloading our bodies with toxins or keeping it clean and working properly. There is a wide range of foods to select from that can be incorporated into your diet to help you revitalize and detoxify.  So what foods are best to eat to remove toxins and get rid of that “sluggishness” feeling?

Basically, your diet should consist of foods that can be found in an organic form when possible or

Green tea, fresh fruit, nuts make the perfect "detox" snack

found in nature without preservatives or processing.  After all, it was all those processed foods with all the additives, dyes, added sugars, salt and extra fat that got your body into the state it’s in now.

Here are just a few suggestions that should be incorporated in your diet regularly to help heal your body naturally.

  1. Garlic, Ginger, Cilantro – Potent spices known to boost metabolism and rid free radicals
  2. Green Leafy Veggies- gives digestive tract a chlorophyll boost ridding the body from harmful environmental toxins. (including cabbage)
  3. Citrus (Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit) and other fruits (high in water content and vitamin C. Also fruits provide natural sweetness to help fight off sweet craving while trying to avoid processed sugars
  4. Broccoli Sprouts -stimulate the detoxification enzymes in the digestive tract. High in antioxidants.
  5. Seeds and Nuts
  6. Beans and grains (gluten free) like rice, quinoa
  7. Omega 3 Oils – Avocado, Flax Seed, Olive Oils, helps lubricate the intestinal walls, allowing the toxins to be absorbed by the oil, and eliminated by the body
  8. Asparagus: They are diuretic and prevent water retention. Weight loss while eating asparagus is due to the loss of water and not fat.

Dairy and wheat products are not the best choices while trying to detox.  Substitute instead when possible gluten free grains and almond or soy milk. Avoid fried foods during this period as well. Instead of using butter, chose a healthier canola based or olive oil product. Avoid processed cakes and cookies and other such flour-based products as well.  An area that is tough for most people is snack foods. Instead of snacking on chips, candy and cookies, snack on nuts and seeds as a healthier source, or of course fresh fruits or veggies. Virtually all fruits and vegetables are great foods but those full of color such as dark leafy spinach or bright red tomatoes are optimal.
The bottom line, when it comes to appropriate body detox foods, consider that if a food product is made in a factory and processed in some way (besides simple flash freezing or canning), then it is not the best thing for your detoxifying diet.

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Eat Well, Live Well… Natural Beef
Shari

by on Feb.02, 2011, under Egg and Main Course Ideas, General HEALTH, General Nutrition, High Protein dishes, Recipes

Real Cows eat Grass, Not Grain.

There was a time when all beef was grass fed and “natural”.  Natural for fresh meat products, as defined by the USDA, refers to “minimally processed and containing no artificial ingredients.”   Today, most all commercially available beef are fed enormous quantities of corn, protein supplements, antibiotics and other drugs, including growth hormones so that they can be  made as fat as possible and brought to slaughter (and market) as fast as possible.  All this to make up for what they are missing from the diet that was intended for them.

Why grass fed beef is healthier for you.

Grassfed meat, is lower both in overall fat and in artery-clogging saturated fat. Because grass is cattle’s natural, preferred food source, they are able to process their food better.  And because their bodies aren’t pumped full of hormones to make them grow faster, they have more time to mature.  All those nutrients end up in the meat and result in a healthier and more delicious product.

The fat content of beef is the primary reason it has lost ground as a respectable entrée on America’s dinner table. Not only do most beef cuts have a high fat content, ranging from 35-75%, but the majority of it is saturated. The overall total fat content of a pasture raised cattle is about 25% lower than that of your typical corn fed cattle… Look at packaging and you will notice it is labeled lean by the USDA.

Grass-fed beef is naturally lower in calories too. A 6-ounce steak from a grass-fed steer can have 100 fewer calories than the same steak from a grain-fed steer.  Pasture raised beef also has the added advantage of providing more omega-3 fats. These crucial healthy fats are most plentiful in flaxseeds and fish, and are also found in walnuts, soybeans and in meat from animals that have grazed on omega-3 rich grass. When cattle are taken off grass and shipped to a feedlot to be fattened on grain, they immediately begin losing the omega-3s they have stored in their tissues.

In addition to being higher in healthy omega-3s, meat from pastured cattle is also up to four times higher in vitamin E than meat from feedlot cattle and much higher in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a nutrient associated with lower cancer risk. Grass-fed beef is also higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium and potassium as well as the B-vitamins, thiamine and riboflavin.

Pasture raised beef tastes different from grain fed beef.

This is the way beef is supposed to taste! The difference is that you taste “clean” meat, free from antibiotics and hormones.  Additionally, grass fed beef is safer for the environment, more humane to the cattle and overall a safer meat. And the reason is simple.  They are eating a diet appropriate for their bodies.

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20 Minute Meal:  Natural Beef Fajitas

  • 1 lb Natural Beef steak (Boneless Chuck or Round)-  cut across grain in 1 inch (finger length) strips
  • 1 small onion, sliced

    "stir fry" with fresh Veggies and spices for a quick, healthy meal.

  • ½ red, ½ green bell pepper, sliced
  • Minced garlic (to taste)
  • Fajita seasonings
  • Fresh lime juice
  • 1 TBSP Olive oil
  • Whole wheat, High Fiber or low carbTortilla Wraps
  • Salsa or Pico de gallo

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:  Fresh Tomato, Avocado Slices, Black Beans, Low Fat Shredded cheese.

  • Coat bottom of large skillet with olive oil.  When pan is hot, quickly stir fry seasoned vegetables (garlic, onion and peppers) until lightly browned – just limp.  Do not overcook. (2-3 minutes).  Remove from Pan.
  • If needed add more olive oil to pan.  Add beef strips, fajita seasonings to taste, and lime juice and stir fry quickly  (1-2 minutes) over medium-high heat until beef is slightly pink in center.
  • Return vegetables to pan. Mix well and continue to cook meat until desired wellness.  Remove from heat promptly.
  • Fill warm tortillas with beef and vegetable mixture.  Top with ~2 tablespoons salsa (per wrap) and desired toppings.
  • Roll tortilla… and Enjoy!

Serve with side of black beans and/or whole grain rice.

  • Substitute, fish, shrimp or chicken for beef.
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Turn an Ordinary, Innocent Potato into an Extraordinary Healthy Meal.
Shari

by on Jan.22, 2011, under Egg and Main Course Ideas, Fruits and Veggies, General Nutrition, Recipes

Eat the skin…. And choose your toppings wisely.

Potatoes sometimes get a bad rap because they are high in starchy carbohydrates and low in protein. But this doesn’t mean they are bad for you. It is how they are prepared that matters…and what you top them with.  Boiled and baked potatoes are healthy; French fries and potato chips….not so much.  Potatoes served with high-calorie and high-fat toppings like butter, sour cream or gravy are the culprits that pack on the calories and unhealthy fats.

Start with a small to medium size potato – no larger than the size of your fist, or a tennis ball. (Red or gold potato is preferable to white). Potatoes “of color” provide carotenoids (and some also provide flavonoids) that white potatoes do not. Carotenoids and flavonoids are pigments, and according to nutritional research, they provide us with many health benefits, including cancer protection. Technically, you’ll get more fiber and minerals per bite from smaller potatoes of any kind, since they have more surface area (skin) per amount of starchy inside (total volume). The three to seven grams of fiber contained in a medium-sized potato are mostly in the skin…so enjoy the skin along with the insides! (be certain to scrub them thoroughly before baking).

choose potatoes "of color" for added nutrients

Here are some simple suggestions that transform an ordinary potato into an easy, satisfying AND nutritious meal.

Most of these ideas incorporate some form of protein to keep the meal balanced. You will notice I suggest Greek yogurt as a topping. Greek yogurt is an excellent replacement for sour cream. It mimics the flavor and richness while adding a significant source of protein and without adding the saturated fat of sour cream. Guilt free AND super healthy… give it a try!

  1. Potato with steamed broccoli and low-fat cheddar cheese.  (or broccoli with greek yogurt)
  2. Potato topped with salsa, black beans, and avocado. (or Salsa and greek yogurt)
  3. Potato topped with left over chili or stewed beef.
  4. Potato with shredded roasted chicken and “spiked” yogurt.  (Try garlic salt/powder, paprika, chili powder) and top with parsley.
  5. Scrambled egg whites and turkey or Canadian bacon. (think of your potato as your hash browns)
  6. Potato with a good mix of peppers, onions, mushrooms, squash, zucchini, or root vegetables would be great. Top it with some yogurt mixed with cumin or curry or some fat free Italian dressing.
  7. Potato with cottage cheese. Cottage cheese works well on top of the potato because it adds not only the creamy, cheesy flavor and is a great source of protein that is low in fat and added carbohydrates.

NUTRITION DATA:   one medium potato, (2 ¼ – 3 1/4” dia.)  Baked, flesh & skin contains:

approximately 161 calories; 4.3 grams of protein, 37 carbohydrate grams, (~4 grams of dietary fiber) and nearly no fat.

Potatoes also contain no cholesterol, are very low in sodium and rich in potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin C.

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Tracy’s Incredible Veggie Crust-less Quiche
Shari

by on Jan.12, 2011, under Egg and Main Course Ideas, Fruits and Veggies, High Protein dishes, Recipes, Weight Loss

Simple, versatile and ohh soo good for you….

This is the time of year when people have maxed out on candy, sugar and rich holiday foods and the body screams out: “Feed Me Something Healthy!” Fortunately, Eggs, cottage cheese, spinach all top the “super foods” list!

This protein packed and low carbohydrate, low fat quiche is incredibly healthy and very easy to throw together. It makes for a great tasting party appetizer*, brunch or  meatless supper. Experiment with just about any base you want for this dish. You can use practically any vegetables that are in season or whatever is on hand in your refrigerator which means  a lot of variety with just this one basic recipe.

The base is practically carbohydrate free and very low fat and packs an impressive 25 grams of lean quality protein per serving!  That makes this pie a good meal choice for even the strictest dieters or during contest prep. You can choose to mix in some  low fat cheeses for added flavor.. but this does add to the total calories/fat per serving so be sure to add this in if you are counting your fat grams.

Eggs, Egg Whites and Low Fat Cottage Cheese.. the Protein base for a very healthy meal.

This is how I “tossed” mine together… in less than 15 minutes of prep time:

  • 6 whole eggs plus
    8 egg whites (I used 1 cup of egg beater egg whites)
  • 10 oz  low fat/fat free cottage cheese
  • Herbs – I chose McCormick Mediterranean blend (Oregano, red pepper, Rosemary, Thyme and Paprika)
  • Sea Salt-pepper
  • Vegetable(s) and/or lean meat (s) of choice

Optional:  ¼-1/3 cup fresh shredded cheese – (I used Asiago, Romano, and Parmesan blend) but you can use low fat swiss, chedder, jack, or Feta

  1. Blend eggs, egg whites and cottage cheese, (shredded cheese, if using) with wire whisk until well combined. Add salt, pepper and other spices.
  2. Fill bottom of 9” pie pan with vegetables of your choice.  I used fresh baby spinach, sliced mushrooms,  2 green onions, and 1 diced tomato.

    Use ANY fresh veggies and herbs and bake! EASY !

  3. Pour egg mixture over vegetables.  Bake 30-40 minutes at 400 degrees until center is set and outside edge is golden brown. . Let cool.
  4. Slice “pie” into 4-5 servings:

Can be stored 4-5 days in the refrigerator.

Approximate Per portion. (Without added cheeses): Calories 183, 25 g of protein, 7g fat, and 4g of carbs

*Use muffin tins in place of pie pan if preparing as a party appetizers.

For Meat Eaters… try it with diced Canadian or turkey bacon, ham or diced chicken.

This was my first attempt at making a quiche and I cannot believe how simple and how GOOD this was.  This will definitely become a new staple in my kitchen.  Cannot wait to try it with zucchini!   THANKS TRACY!

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