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No salt, no sugar, no fat diet. That’s what the first nutritionist I saw after my 2012 angioplasty told me to follow, or as low of each of those as possible, 1,500 mgs of sodium a day, 40 grams of fat, 10 of saturated, and 40 grams of sugar.
Once the shrimp is cooked, you simply build your salad with the other ingredients. It’s simple and tasty as well, the lemon is always a welcome flavor touch. Enjoy!
Fennel is one of my favorite snacks and side dishes and it’s working its way into mainstream cooking more and more these days. It’s like a lot of Italian dishes from my youth that once were ethnic-only foods and now are being more widely recognized (can you say lentil soup or squid, two other similar examples).
I also wish the survey had asked about salt, over consumption of which impacts people’s heart health but which so often is ignored in discussions of healthy eating.
Americans are consuming fewer calories, finally, according to widespread media coverage of recent government statistics. But there’s still too much salt, fat and sugar in most people’s diets, in my opinion after looking at the statistics involved.
“Calories consumed by the typical American adult, which reached an alarming peak in 2003 having risen inexorably since the late 1970s, are undergoing their first sustained decline since the US government started monitoring them more than 40 years ago,” notes the Daily Mail, a British publication that provides an interesting overseas view of America’s bad eating habits.
I enjoyed the purple potato chips but will be returning to my russets next time around the chip carousel.
Potato chips are difficult to squeeze into a low-fat, low-salt diet, but I found a way to make my own with no salt and no fat thanks to a handy microwave device, Top Chips chip maker, that I bought last year. I’ve come to make them as a special treat from time to time, usually making one large russet potato into chips.
I recently ran across purple potatoes at our local farmers’ market and wondered what those would taste like turned into chips. I was a little surprised to learn the inside of the potatoes was not actually purple. A few purple flecks were noticeable but other than that they looked like regular potatoes. so these must have been a hybrid of some sort since information I’ve found about true purple potatoes shows them with a purple color inside. Continue reading “Purple potato chips — make them fat-free, salt-free”
I used three egg whites and some tomatoes I had handy along with some onions I sliced up.
Egg-white omelettes have become a go-to dish for me to get for lunch or breakfast when eating out with family or friends in places with few low-salt, low-fat alternatives. Add some veggies and hold the cheese and you can get a low-salt, low-fat meal.
Egg-white omelettes also can be a quick meal at home with very little fuss. All you need is a frying pan and any veggie odds and ends you have in your refrigerator. I recently made one by first separating the whites from whole eggs instead of going with pre-bought egg whites in a carton. Egg prices have been up because of recent bird flu outbreaks, so shop around. Or wait a while until the supply picks up again.
Tomato sauce, called gravy in my Italian-American family, is something I simply do not want to live without. I now make it with only the lowest salt-content tomatoes available and have even found low-salt tomato paste. Cooking it, or rather simmering it down to its rich, luscious thickness, is an all-day process, which means when I make it I make a lot and freeze it for future use.
But I recently saw a quick version fo tomato sauce on Recipe Rehab and decided to give it a try. I couldn’t get the recipe used on the show because it’s from the shows first season and those recipe aren’t on its website. But I found several variations of the same recipe for using cherry tomatoes and roasting them in an oven to start the process.