Cooking healthy

lynnsocko
Hosted by Lynn Socko
Group active since Wed, Jan 26, 2011

It's always been a struggle for me to to find a balance between healthy cooking/eating and those hard to resist meals that are not so good for you. I LOVE flavor. I wanted to be part of a group that could identify with these struggles, could offer support to each other, and could share healthy, tasty recipes & ideas.



 

Whole Flaxseeds VS Flaxseed Meal or Pre-ground Flaxseed Powder – For Your Info

Cmom02
By Sharon Colyer - Dec 6, 2014

I am so glad I came across this! I didn't previously know this, and I am glad I read this article.

Whole Flaxseeds VS Flaxseed Meal or Pre-ground Flaxseed Powder

This is one of the most frequently asked questions that we get: "Why buy whole flaxseeds instead of flaxseed powder or meal?"

"Flaxseed meal" refers to the by-product of the oil pressing process. During this industrial process, the oil is pressed out of the seed and sold as flaxseed oil. The remaining pulp, dietary fiber, and protein is sold as "flaxseed meal". Unfortunately, what most consumers don't understand is that much of the heart healthy properties of flaxseed, such as the omega-3 fatty acids, have been extracted into the oil.

Consumers also don't realize that many of these companies that sell flaxseed meal or oil perform this process in an industrial setting.

Immediately after flaxseed has been processed or pressed the interior of the seed is exposed to air and the process of oxidation begins. Oxidation quickly destroys the medically beneficial compounds such as omega-3 fatty acid that are found in flax seeds.

As is so often the case, mother nature knows best and the heart healthy benefits of "whole flaxseed" that are ground just prior to use is significantly more beneficial than trying to recombine the parts of flaxseed meal and flaxseed oil processed in a warehouse. Research has shown that important medical properities are found in all parts of the flaxseed and the entire seed will provide the maximum benefit.

Our (Great Plains Flax) whole flaxseeds are 100% natural, gluten-free and straight from the farm with no secondary processing performed on them. They grown right here in the USA and are also some of the highest purity available to the public.

When comparing products always be sure to read the product label carefully to determine how natural the product is and whether any post-processing has been done to the seeds.

Tips postings?

Cookymom
By Maria Espravnik - Mar 22, 2014

Is it ok if I share healthy eating cooking tips here. Some will includelike charts and snags for sites

Need recipes with low potassium

craftybear
By craftybear watson - Dec 27, 2013

Hi Everyone,

I just joined the group today and still looking around your cool site.

My husband is a double transplant (new kidney and pancreas transplant 9/18/1990. He had his 6 month check up the first of December and said his potassium level is high, so for now no potatoes, no tomato products, no bananas and no orange juice.

I have been surfing online for some low potassium recipes with the nutrition count. Also I added an app to my cell phone named "Fat Secret" free app to put on cell phone and you can enter foods to find out nutrition and click on view full to get more nutrition values. You can also log in your food per meal to obtain the calories and nutrition count.


New Year's and blackeyed peas

lynnsocko
By Lynn Socko - Dec 27, 2013

Does your family have a "eat your blackeyed peas on New Year's Day" tradition? Do you have to fight to get some of your family to eat them? When we were kids they didn't bother me, but my brother hated them, and my mom would make him eat one spoonful.....covered in ketchup!! Guess whatever works. Well this is my grownup version of "disguising the blackeyed peas", and my son LOVES this dish, we all do. I created it in the summer time, but it's just as refreshing in the winter. If you can't find fresh corn, leave it off, it's still delicious. Summer inspired Four Bean Salad

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Sausage journey

lynnsocko
By Lynn Socko - Dec 27, 2013

My newest journey after the 1st is going to be making sausage links. I already make a breakfast sausage (patty). My initial goal was to make one with reduced sodium, however I found I did have to add some salt. I love all sausage but ALL sausage is so high in sodium, and most in fat as well. For the bkf sausage I used lean pork and added olive oil to give it that fat it needed. Now to make links. My first attempt will be to make some chicken sausage. I have two idea's I'm gonna start with, and I'm so excited. So as this journey progresses I'll let ya'll know how it turns out and will try to get the nutritional facts to go with each one.