More low-salt, low-fat Thanksgiving side dishes

Turkey day is almost here and lots of you already have come to our site searching for low-salt turkeys and low-salt stuffing recipes. We also have recipes for low-salt side dishes, but went looking for more and found some that sound tasty in a big Thanksgiving roundup done by Bon Appetit magazine.

Roasted carrots with red onions, fennel and mint is the first. I’m not usually a giant mint fan, but here I might make an exception…or I might just leave out the mint along with leaving out the added salt recommended here to make this a low-salt recipe.

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 pounds small carrots (about 2 bunches), peeled, cut into 3-inch pieces
2 large red onions, each cut through root end into 8 wedges
1 fennel bulb, cut into ½-inch wedges
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper  [leave out the salt]
2 tablespoons raw sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon coriander seeds, coarsely chopped
½ teaspoon Aleppo pepper or a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon Hungarian hot paprika
2 tablespoons Sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons torn mint leaves

I normally link to the original page but some readers have complained about that, so here’s the instructions as well: Continue reading “More low-salt, low-fat Thanksgiving side dishes”

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Test your salt IQ

I’m not a big fan of infographics, they usually only scratch the surface on a topic and I always want to know more. But I recently ran across this sodium test after completing a cardio-rehab program at my local hospital (this after a second angioplasty in five years for me this past June) and thought it worth sharing.

Try to math them up without looking at the answers first. I doubt many of you will find all the hidden sodium in some of the food items listed.

Sodium lurks in so many everyday food, like bread, ketchup and any processed meat. Beware of it.

EPSON MFP image

Know what a paillard is? Me neither, but this one sounds tasty

It sounds incredibly simple and quick, plus now you have a new word for your cooking vocabulary.

Chicken has become my go-to meat choice now that I’ve had two stents put in during the past five years. And I’m constantly searching for more ways to cook it, as you can see on my recipe page. I recently saw this recipe for chicken paillard and I thought, what is a paillard and is it tasty?

Bon Appetit magazine seems to think it is, and for the record, a paillard is simply a piece of meat pounded flat, usually between two pieces of wax paper. Continue reading “Know what a paillard is? Me neither, but this one sounds tasty”

No Salt, No Fat, No Sugar? No Problem!

It seems that everything we put in our mouths these days is full of salt, fat, and sugar. If you are trying to cut down on the Big Three, this isn’t very helpful for your diet. In fact, it’s a killer because SFS (salt, fat, sugar) are the main ingredients which are unhealthy in large quantities. Of course, the key is to lower the amount of each you eat on a daily basis, yet it is easier to say than do. With salt, fat, and sugar everywhere you turn, it can seem almost impossible. Luckily, it’s a realistic possibility with the following tips.

Step One: Lowering Fat

Too much fat is without a doubt the biggest enemy, so let’s tackle this one first. The odds are you like to fry food because it is a quick and easy way to prepare a meal. Did you know the following facts about frying meat and vegetables?:

–    Fried food has twice as many calories as proteins or carbs

–    Eating fried food four times a week increases the risk of obesity

–    Frying oil takes away the healthy nutrients and turns them into harmful fats Continue reading “No Salt, No Fat, No Sugar? No Problem!”

Salmon so simple anyone can make it

Some people shy away from cooking fish at home because they think it too complicated. But eating fish at restaurants often means getting more salt and fat added than you want or need. So check my recipe page for a variety of fish recipes I think you can handle. Or start with this simple yet tasty way to make salmon at home.

My lemon salmon. I used leek instead of scallions and it came great. I loved the garlic flavor.
My lemon salmon..

Salmon is a great fatty fish, with what’s being called good fat these days, so enjoy it in place of steak or other meats you once ate but are giving up now because of “bad” fat concerns. Continue reading “Salmon so simple anyone can make it”

The Dangers Of Changing Your Diet

   Most of us could do with tweaking our diets a little. And, of course, there are always those ‘one-off’ occasions when we enjoy something off-plan. But changing your diet suddenly and drastically can do you more harm than good. There are lots of things to consider before you tackle a very restricted diet. The first is the needs of your body.

Yes, excess sugar, fat, and salt will do you harm in the long term. There is scientific evidence to back that up. Sugar, in particular, can do you quite a lot of harm in the short term too. Diabetes is a huge problem for a lot of people. Managing the condition requires careful monitoring of the amount of sugar you are consuming. As your blood sugar needs to be maintained, cutting out all sugar straight away, could leave you feeling light-headed, dizzy, and nauseous. This is called hypoglycemia and can be dangerous. Continue reading “The Dangers Of Changing Your Diet”

More advice on what’s healthiest to order at McDonald’s

Salads were on the list, but one tip I didn’t know about was asking for the Southwest salad, my usual, without the cilantro-lime glaze can cut the sugar in it substantially.

McDonald’s is everywhere across the United States, so chance are you’ll find yourself in one for a meal from time to time even if you’re on a low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar diet. I actually go to a local McDonald’s once a week, getting a salad and bringing my own oil and vinegar packets so I don’t use the high-salt Paul Newman dressings.

A McDonald's breakfast platter my mother once loved.
A McDonald’s breakfast platter my mother once loved.It didn’t make the healthy breakfast list on MyFitnessPal.com

And I’ve written before about what nutritionists recommend there. So I was interested to see a story from Myfitnesspal.com headlined What’s the Healthiest Thing to Eat at McDonald’s? Continue reading “More advice on what’s healthiest to order at McDonald’s”