Lite and Healthy Eats!

Hosted by Leah Stacey
Group active since Sat, Jan 08, 2011

We could all eat a little bit better these days so I wanted to start a group that shares lite and healthy recipes. I would love to have only healthy recipes posted so we don't have to search through the whole recipe club to find them. So if you got some healthy, great tasting eats then post away! Also feel free to share any tips you have on making meals healthier and exercising!

Sherry Blizzard
Aug 8, 2015

Get in your veggies!

Freeze your leftover juice in ice cube trays, pop out the frozen cubes into a ziplock baggie and you will have veggie juice all winter. Mean Green Morning Juice

Kim Biegacki
Jun 17, 2015

I created a delicious & healthy soup the other day called Tuscan Tortellini Soup...

It was very earthy, savory & delicious along with be as healthy as I could make it. My husband loved it too. Tuscan Tortellini Soup

Sherry Blizzard
Jun 11, 2015

Wheat Free?

I love bread, I love pizza, pasta and almost anything that contains wheat. However, there a good number of people I work with who have gone gluten free and tell me how much better they feel. They have been wheat free for a year, several years and more. I am reading the book Wheat Belly by William Davis, MD and a lot of what he has to say makes perfectly good sense. I know this would require a huge mindshift on myself and family. Is anyone out there gluten or wheat free? How has it impacted your life? How do you deal with curve balls like potlucks and family dinners? My life has always revolved around cooking. How hard has it been to maintain this lifestyle? What recommendations would you make other than, "Get rid of everything that contains wheat in your house...i.e. all pastas, all bread, crackers, tortillas, even some salad dressings, cake mixes, croutons, bread crumbs and I can't even begin to name more.

I did this crazy thing 15 years ago and decided the way to go was Fat Free. Of course I followed the teachings of Susan Powder (remember the weird exercise guru with the blond flat top haircut that wrote that funny book dissing her ex)? I went through every shelf and cupboard in my house and disposed of everything that contained fat of any kind. I lived for a few years without fat and substituted fats with apple sauce, butter buds, olive oil was ok to keep and etc. I maintained a healthy weight, exercised regularly and then Atkins and South Beach came along and I allowed fat to come back into my diet.

Sorry for the long rant here....the point is, I a driven by fads. I know it! I want to hop on the newest bus and take it for a ride and when something else grabs my fancy, I abandon the bus and hop on the newer and, what I think to be improved bus.

With that said, I do have immediate family members who are critical diabetics. I see them grab for the snickers bar or the orange juice when their blood sugar soars through the roof. Yet I also know that the ADA recommends a diet high in Whole Grains and that Whole Grains are the WORST thing to put in your body to increase blood sugar levels. My family members truly believe that it is ok to have bread and butter with dinner, two slices of toast for breakfast or a sandwich made of two slices of bread. Heck, my mom even will eat cake or some other flour based yummy and willingly take an extra shot of insulin to adjust her blood sugar....blaming the problem on the sugar and not the wheat.

Weigh in your thoughts....all, both good and bad are welcome. The book say's that to be wheat free you must divorce yourself completely from any and all wheat and that you must replace that wheat with fresh fruits and vegetables such as kale, spinach, swiss chard, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, sweet potatoes and etc. they leave off potatoes and say to limit oats. They also say to read the labels and do not ingest anything to do with high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweetners. The book says to stay away from snacky things like corn chips and etc....No DUH!!!

Earlier this week I RE-WATCHED the film, "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" and had committed myself to going on a 30 day fruit and veggie juice fast to de-tox my body. Then, while reading the book, it became fairly clear to me that ingesting more micronutrients like Kale, Spinach, Apples and etc...and less macronutrients like bread, pasta, meat and etc...went hand in hand and made sense. I can't and won't every entirely give up my meat and cheese. The book doesn't advise that either. What it does say is that wheat is evil in every form.

What do you think?

Sherry Blizzard
Jun 6, 2015

Heaven forbid! Need help with that four-letter word: KRAB

Yes, I know....I live in Alaska where we have the world's best Alaskan King Crab and I did buy some yesterday to make that Peppy Pimento Grilled Cheese a member posted. BUT....I also like the imitation Krab. It's low in fat, high in protein and low in calories. Here's the problem: I've got a LOT to use up.

Please post your favorite recipes that I can freeze. I am already going to make a quiche but need other ideas. I pinched Stuffed and Grilled Jalapenos and a Krab Alfredo.

Thanks for your help everyone!

Family Favorites
Feb 14, 2015

Glad I found this group!

Because I love to cook, it seems I'm always battling my weight. I lost 30 lbs. four years ago and have kept it all off, even over the holidays, by just using moderation. I don't really omit anything from my diet. I just stick to normal portions... and then walk away!

Wanted to share a recipe that I'm really excited about. 90 calorie brownies (not black bean) that are more cake-like and completely delicious and pretty much fat free. Bag them individually for bag lunches or portion control and you're all set! Hope you like them! Peg

The Very Best Healthy Brownies You Will Ever Taste

kathy ryder
Jan 6, 2015

good eats

Im starting my guy back on a more healthy way of eating, He has diabetes and is doing well with his counts and all but I do all the cooking and im finding it a struggle to get healthy meals because of his dislikes to some foods, like any peppers no green ones at all I can get away with cooking with some if diced real fine, Also no spicey hot Chili s or even black pepper but I do use it some, So can someone help me with some dinner meals (other than wraps) or some alternatives then tuna, chicken, He loves shrimp and I prepare that alot, Any help is rewarded, thanks