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Posts from the ‘Food For Thought.’ Category

FBB Thought Of The Day.

As I continue to post on FBB, I want to remind my readers what FBB is all about. I don’t believe in dieting or restricting yourself from certain foods, I believe in tasting and enjoying food, but always in moderation. No food needs to be off limits if you have a small portion or taste, or if you find a way to make it yourself with healthier ingredients. If you ignore your cravings it will end up doing more harm than good, I have learned that first hand! I love to try new foods and restaurants, especially when traveling, so those are the meals where portion control really comes into play. If I have a hard time controlling portion size for an extra yummy or special meal, then I hit the gym! You can’t beat yourself up for being human. You’ve got to enjoy life and not restrict yourself from things you enjoy—that is what FBB is all about!

This was a meal that I had at Sofra in London. (www.sofra.co.uk/) This was a “Chef’s Sampling” which was a small bite of many different foods, including hummus, falafel, tabbouleh and spinach and feta pastry. This was a great way to try and taste a lot of different menu items without overeating- a very FBB way to enjoy a nice meal out!

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My Favorite Ingredients.

Hot Sauce: If you don’t like spicy foods, then this is not for you. I have a true love for hot sauce and use it every day. I use hot sauce in everything from eggs, meat, vegetables, potatoes, sauces, pasta, sandwiches and more. I have many different types of hot sauce, each one has a distinctly different heat. It’s such an easy way to add a burst of flavor!

Reduced-Fat Sour Cream: I love using reduced fat sour cream because it makes me feel like I’m eating something creamy and sinful, when in fact, 2 tbsp only have 40 calories and 3 g of fat. Using this in moderation and adding it to various recipes can help add a new taste and texture. Try mixing it with potatoes, tomato sauce or steamed vegetables.

Garlic: Who doesn’t like garlic? Garlic can be used with literally everything. I keep a jar of crushed garlic in my refridgerator so I can quickly grab a tsp when needed and not have to deal with chopping a clove of garlic. Easy and simple!

Garlic Salt: I like salt, that is easy to see. Instead of using regular salt in and on foods, I like use garlic salt to add a bit of seasoning along with it.

Dry Ranch Mix: Ranch dressing is notoriously bad for you, but dry ranch mix has all the flavor without the fat and calories- there are only 5 calories in a whole pack! Keep in mind there is a lot of salt, so use in moderation. You can also make a great ranch dip by adding dry ranch mix to reduced fat sour cream or Greek non-fat yogurt. You could also sprinkle it on grilled chicken for extra seasoning or mix into your favorite potato recipe to add some punch.

Fresh Herbs: Fresh herbs are great to have around. It adds bursts of fresh flavor in any food you cook. Right now I’m really into the flavor of fresh dill, as you’ll see in upcoming recipes. Fresh basil is always an amazing flavor to spice up a simple pasta dish or vegetable.

Canned Tomatoes: It’s great to keep a can of crushed or diced tomatoes in the cupboard for cooking. Sometimes I’ll steam vegetables and then add in some tomatoes for a bit more substance. You can also use with chicken, eggs or brown rice.

Happy Halloween!

Candy Corn Overdose.

Halloween is quickly approaching, and that means one thing: candy corn season is upon us!  People generally feel one of two ways about candy corn; they either love it or hate it. In my case, I happen to love, love, love it. It’s not so much the flavor I love, as it doesn’t really have one other than sugar, but it’s more about the chewy texture. When I start eating them I cannot stop (especially with the candy corn pumpkins.) This mass consumption of candy corn leads to what I call a “candy corn overdose”. This is when you eat too much candy corn too quickly and soon enough the sugary goodness takes over you body and gives you an horrible, incapacitating stomach ache.

It’s no surprise that candy corn isn’t exactly good for you in any way, shape or form. If you happen to have good self control, you may be able to enjoy candy corn in moderation. Unfortunately, I lack control when it comes to this particular candy, which is why this year I am choosing to bypass my usual overdose and instead focus on finding other things that can give me a sweet, satisfying flavor without the stomach ache.

Sweet Ideas:

  • Chocolate & Bananas: Cut up a banana and put it into a sugar-free or 100-calorie pack of chocolate pudding. To add a nice crunch, you can add a small handful of Special-K cereal.
  • Fruit & Whipped Cream: Heat up no-sugar-added frozen fruit (berries, peaches, cherries, etc) on the stove or in the microwave and then add 1 tbsp of cool whip lite on top. For me, this mimics the taste of a fresh fruit pie.
  • Fruit & Yogurt: Using that same frozen fruit, you can either thaw or heat the fruit and add it to a low-calorie or no-sugar-added yogurt. This gives the yogurt a bit more substance and texture. If you want to get fancy, you can top it off with a dollop of cool whip lite.
  • Strawberries & Chocolate: Chop up fresh strawberries and sprinkle in 1 tbsp of dark-chocolate chocolate chips. You can always change it up by adding a small handful of Special-K cereal for some crunch, some cool whip lite to add some creaminess or sugar-free chocolate pudding to add more chocolate taste.

My Love Affair With Pickles.

**To be clear- dill pickles, not sweet pickles**

I’ve loved pickles since I was a small child. Early home-videos show me eating pickles and salami as an after school snack (great combo by the way)

I often order a side of pickles when I go out to eat, if it’s the type of establishment that would support that. When I go out to eat with my Dad, he orders a side of pickles for me without me even asking.

I got a jar of pickles from my Secret Santa at work last year.

I could eat an entire jar of pickles in the span of an hour, maybe less.

Pickles are the only thing I’ve ever been addicted to.

I have a pickle Christmas ornament that my Mom gave to me. It’s beautiful.

Favorite restaurant pickle: Tommy’s, Cleveland, OH

Favorite fast-food pickle: Jimmy John’s

Favorite store bought pickle: Bubbie’s

Least favorite pickle: Vlasic (but I would still eat then if it was that or nothing)

 

What is FBB?

FBB is a blog where I’ll post recipes, photos, ideas and commentary revolving around yummy food with a lower-calorie, lower-fat twist.

There are 4 main categories on FBB:

  • Food: Recipes
  • Food For Thought: Comments and discussions on food topics
  • Photo Cravings: Photos of delicious food
  • Food Journeys: Restaurant and dining experiences

I will provide my own personal photos to accompany posts in each category!

Keep in mind, these are not no-carb, zero calorie, zero fat meals. FBB is about making food that will help satisfy your cravings and fill you up without the guilt. FBB is about taking an indulgence and making it healthier. FBB is about moderation, flavors and healthy ingredients.

Bon appétit!

xx Betsy