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Posts Tagged ‘transfat’

What Are You Eating?

Posted by terrepruitt on January 4, 2014

For many food might not be something you want to talk about right now.  I know many of us might have had many large and delicious meals over the Holidays.  I know many that are thinking of cutting back on their food intake since they might have had more over the Holidays than they normally would have had.  Well, no matter what your present relationship is with food, I am confident that you will be eating.  So what is it you are eating?  I am looking to get some ideas here.  I am not asking for any particular TYPE of recipe, as in, I don’t need it to be gluten free, dairy free, meat free, or fat free.  I am just wondering what you are eating.  Not everyone that reads this blog is looking for any of that so ANY recipe you want to share would be welcome.  What can happen is that people can make adjustments as necessary.  Just give us your ideas and/or recipes as to what to eat!

It can be breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even a snack recipe.  I am often looking for dinner recipes.  You know my normal fare; roasted veggie, ground turkey, something in a tortilla (although I have been avoiding the flours ones because of the transfat/partially hydrogenated oils).  My friend just pointed me to a Martha Stewart recipe that I am sure you will be hearing about soon.  I am kind of interested in Polenta.  What about you?  Do you have any Polenta recipes?  I have been making a lot of Sausage, Beans, and Rice.  It is so flavorful and so easy, when I don’t have time to think of something else, I make that.

I am still enjoying my organic box of produce.  I love when we get fennel.  I love that Fennel Turkey Recipe I came up with.  I just made it the other day.  We haven’t really gotten anything new in the box lately, except cranberries and I have not idea what to do with them same as last year when I receive them.  What do you do with fresh cranberries?  My sister in-law put some in the stuffing over Christmas.  What about you?

Maybe you had a yummy dish over the Holidays you want to share.  That would be great too!  Just tell me what you are making and eating.  Give me some ideas.  You know most of mine ideas.  You know I have a stove, an oven, and a crock pot.  I am not versed in how to use the grill, but I might venture out to do so, if I can get at it before my hubby gets home.  He claims that as his — well, it is.

Ok so this is a call out for ideas and recipes.  Any and all is fine, I reserve the right to pick and choose because somethings I don’t eat, but you can still post the recipe because there are other who eat things I don’t eat.

C’mon, help me out.  What have you got?

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Horseradish – the Condiment

Posted by terrepruitt on January 13, 2011

Prime Rib.  That is what I think of when I think of horseradish.  When I think of Prime Rib I think first of my hubby because he loves the stuff then I think of horseradish because that is what he eats with it.  He likes it really strong.   He doesn’t care for the kind that taste more like sour cream (or whatever is used).  Well, we are attending a pot luck type of Prime Rib dinner and no one mentioned having horseradish so I asked.  I should know better, right?  I was assigned to bring horseradish.  I wanted to go to a specialty store and see if I could find some fancy kind.  But that just didn’t fit in with the present situation.  So I just went to the grocery store to buy . . . ?  What?  I didn’t even know how it is packaged.  All this time I am thinking of “prepared horseradish”.  Anyway, I ended up with three choices of horseradish. One regular, I guess, and two different brands of extra hot.

So I decided to see what is in these bottles of prepared horseradish.  What do you think I found?  Why was I surprised?  Well, I was surprised because it was the two bottles of extra hot that contained High Fructose Corn Syrup.  Yeah, HFCS — what they are now changing the name of – Corn Sugar.  (Eyes rolling.)  I know that my hubby likes extra spicy and I know that he would be really disappointed if we didn’t have horseradish for prime rib, so I actually bought one of the bottles that had HFCS in it.  I bought the one that looked less fancy, but the HFCS was much lower on the list of ingredients.  And if what they say is true — the ingredients are listed in the order of amount in the product — then the one I bought has less than the other one.  But still, yes, I am hanging my head in shame.  Especially since, now that I have had some time to think about it, I could have just bought the root, right?

Our hostess said something about mixing it with something, but I was thinking that is not what you need to do because it is already mixed, but she was probably thinking I would just buy the root?

Well, you know what this means don’t you?  It means that even though I don’t eat horseradish I am feeling the need for educating myself on it.  So . . . .there will be another post about horseradish the root.

Also it means if you are really interested in removing or cutting down on certain ingredients then you need to remember to read the labels.  I look at everything now.  Even products that I have been buying for years, because some of these ingredients haven’t been around as long as I have been buying the products.  The ingredients I am trying to avoid (HFCS, Canola Oil, transfat/partially hydrogenated oil) might have been “snuck” in on me.  So . . . check your labels.  Why hot prepared horseradish requires HFCS, I don’t know.

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Canola Oil

Posted by terrepruitt on December 21, 2010

I am not a fan of Canola Oil. I try to avoid this oil. There is so much conflicting information out there . . . .just like with so many things that I have decided that this is one of those things that I am going to try to avoid. If you look at ingredients it is not easy to avoid canola oil. Plus I bet your favorite restaurant cooks with it. It kind of strikes me as funny that it seems to be as prevalent as High Fructose Corn Syrup and partially hydrogenated oils. Hmmm.

There is information out there that seems to emphasize that the seed used for canola oil was “naturally” bred from the rapeseed. The rapeseed produced oil that was too high in erucic acid, which is associated with Keshan’s disease, a condition which is characterized by fibrous lesions of the heart. So they bred a different seed that has less of this erucic acid . . . not none, just less. But like most things we eat it was genetically modified in the 1990’s. Eighty percent of the crops are genetically altered crops. The questions that arise for me is if it is in so many foods how can we be sure we are not consuming toxic amounts of this ericic acid? We are told that HFCS in moderation is ok, but it is in so many foods one just has to avoid those foods altogether to be able to achieve moderation. Then there is the 0 trans fat per serving allowed verbiage which doesn’t really mean NO trans fat it just means that there is less than 1 gram per serving. So if you eat two servings then you could possibly be getting a gram. Again partially hydrogenated oil is in so many prepared foods you might be getting more than a moderate amount.

Canola Oil is in many, many, many things. It is a genetically modified food. The claim is that it is low in saturated fat and contains a high amount of Omega 3. But how much erucic acid are we consuming since canola oil is in so many things? Also, I am seeing information that states the way the plant is processed into oil it burns off some of the good Omega 3 oil and replaces with . . . are you sitting down? Can you guess what? I bet you can . . . . trans fat. Yeah, there is information that states the process in which canola oil goes through to become palatable produces trans fat.

Some are comparing canola oil to margarine. Remember that people? Margarine was the health alternative to butter. Um, yeah. So like many things the information produced by the people who want us to eat the food say it is ok. The information produced by some health experts say it is not ok. So, just like with everything, you need to decide for yourself. That is all that we can do. All we can do is look at all the information that is out there and decide what works best for us—as individuals. For me, avoiding canola oil — as difficult as that is — is what I am going to try to do.

How about you? Are you a canola oil fan? If so, why? If not, why? If not, what oil do you use?

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Stuffed – State Of The Turkey

Posted by terrepruitt on November 23, 2010

For many of us, Thanksgiving is almost here, at least in the United States.  For many, Thanksgiving is about food.  Turkey dinner.  I am not saying that giving thanks is not done, I am just saying that sometimes dinner is a very high priority.  With the holidays is seems as if there people give themselves permission to over eat.  Sometimes it is not even conscious.  Eating is such a social thing sometimes we could be doing it and not even really be aware.  So in order to help ensure that it is really only the turkey that is stuffed this season remember all of the party eating ideas that you have heard.

Drink a lot of water.
This will help keep you full and hydrated.  Plus if you always have a full glass people will not ask you if you want a cocktail which typically is a high calorie drink.

–Position yourself away from the appetizers. 
This can minimize the talking, grazing, listening, grazing, laughing situation that sometimes results in standing right next to a table full of finger foods.

–If you are hungry BEFORE the event, eat.
Eat something really filling and healthy.  The idea is that you will be full when you get to your destination and be less likely to graze at the appetizer table or fill up on unhealthy choices.

–Give yourself extra incentive to stay away from the holiday cocktails, by being the designated driver.
Then you can easily say, “No, thanks, I’m driving.”  And not have to fight off that well-meaning bartender that loves to make certain everyone is having a great time (with a drink)!

–Fill your plate with salad and greens.
Then barely use the salad dressing.  This will help keep you plate too full for a lot of the higher calorie items and help keep you full.

–Don’t fill you plate with vegetables that are in a casserole, cream, or covered in sauce.
The other ingredients in the casserole, the cream, and/or the sauce will make that veggie more calories.

–Take a bit of everything you want from the beginning. 

Don’t fall into the “oh my plate is too full, I’ll go back for it”.  Just take enough of everything to allow you a taste without planning on going back.  Often times we are full but since we said we were going to go back and get something because we didn’t try everything, we do.  We go back for that one thing and often times end up getting additional things because they were good.  So we end up with even MORE than we had planned.

–Scope out the food before you start filling your plate.
You know what I am talking about.  You’ve done it, you’ve heard other people say it, “Oh, I wouldn’t have gotten so much of the xxx, if I’d had known there was yyyy.”  So if you have a buffet style meal, walk the line.  See what there is make a plan.  If it is a sit down where things are passed, you can still see what is being served before you take a huge helping of one thing.

–Be mindful. 
Be aware of what you are eating AND drinking.  If you really want that pie a la mode, then maybe a small spoonful of mashed potatoes will do ya, instead of the heaping spoonful.  Also, being mindful has to do with your individual health goals.

Maybe you aren’t a calorie counter, but you do work to avoid the Transfat . . . so that means you might opt for the ice cream or plain pie instead of the low-calorie non-dairy whipped topping.  Just because it is the holidays and we are celebrating doesn’t mean we have to throw away our good eating habits.  Enjoy, but do it consciously.  Don’t end up stuffed like the turkey.

FYI:  I will be having my regularly scheduled Nia classes.  Wednesday at 9:30 am in Willow Glen (day before Thanksgiving) and Friday at 9:30 am in Los Gatos (day after Thanksgiving).  —Thanksgiving 2010

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White Powder Free

Posted by terrepruitt on October 26, 2010

On the way home from teaching a Nia class a week or so ago, I went shopping and I remembered — finally — to take a picture of the non-dairy powdered creamer.  Since I never got back to putting the picture in my original post about my powdered creamer I decided to add the picture here to a new post giving you an update.  Its been about a month and a half and I am still NOT using that white powder.  Seriously, that is what it is.  It is not food.  Just because the ingredients have been deemed edible by the FDA, does NOT mean it is FOOD.  It is DEFINITELY NOT NUTRIENTS.

I think I need to have this label adhered to my arm as a reminder.

Corn syrup solids . . . . doesn’t even sound good.  While the label might tout 0 grams of trans fat (I don’t know if the label does say that because I didn’t look) it has partially hydrogenated soybean oil in it . . . . so it has trans fat.  Then it has sodium casinate . . . something they know no one will know what that is so they kindly describe it for us as a “milk derivative”. . . . then more “stuff”.  Yeah, I really needed to be drinking that EVERYDAY!

Again  . . . . . I am not a perfect eater.  I wish I was, but I am trying to eat healthier than this stuff.

As I said in my other post . . . this (the first picture) was my powder of choice . . . the store brand, whichever store I was at.  I preferred that over the “national” brand, but I took a picture of that too.

White powder free 2.5 months and counting.  🙂

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Paying More For Less

Posted by terrepruitt on April 10, 2010

After dropping a friend off at the San Jose Airport, I went to the store that was on the way home to get some vegetables. Not my “usual” store. I decided to get some pasta to have with the chicken and salad I was planning on serving. I like to have the Buitoni Pasta that is stored in the refrigerated section. We have that every once in a while. I walked up to the case and I saw a couple of choices that I would normally choose. $4.59. And then I saw another brand, Monterey Gourmet Foods, and I thought, “Oh, I think I had that before and I liked it.” So I looked for something that sounded familiar and I didn’t see it but I saw the price $5.79 and I thought, “Over a $1 more, well that’s a no-brainer.” But then the brain, the one I have in my head, said, “Hey why don’t you look for HFCS in the Buitoni. It’s in everything else.” Well, it didn’t have HFCS, but it has corn syrup solids and partially hydrogenated soybean oil. So I looked at the one that was a $1.20 more, neither corn syrup solids nor partially hydrogenated soybean oil.

I stood there for a minute and thought not to get either, but then I thought, “Well, I want to try this Whole Wheat Spinach and Cheese Tortelloni.” I’ve had the whole wheat before and I thought it was to thick. But I don’t remember which brand, but I didn’t care for it.

Well, I liked this. It was light. The pasta didn’t seem thick. I was glad my decision to avoid the corn syrup solids and partially hydrogenated soybean oil and spend the extra $1.20 worked out good.

Now what that means is I will have this type of pasta even less often than I did before, because now it costs more.  Yeah, I know $1.20 isn’t that much, but . . . . it IS more.  Oh well.

I FEEL better about not eating the corn syrup solids and partially hydrogenated oil in my pasta.  Transfat is in a lot of other foods, so I try to avoid it when I can.

I am going to point out that the tortelloni I had didn’t have corn syrup solids and partially hydrogenated soybean oil in it whereas the toretellini from Buitoni did, but . . . the website shows that the tortelloni does not. The store I was at did not have Buitoni tortelloni, nor Monterey Gourmet Foods tortellini–not even sure if they make tortellini. So . . . . if you are so are interested in seeing what is in the food, read ingredients. Often times different companies will make a similar product without certain ingredients you might be trying to avoid.

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