DIY Microwave Popcorn

Popcorn is a great snack that takes little time to prepare. Microwaving popcorn is the easiest and quickest way to enjoy a great snack that is low in fat and sodium and provides 3 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per ounce (that’s almost 4 cups popped).   I am surprised at how many people think popcorn is an unhealthy snack. I suppose it got that reputation from all the butter that movie theaters add to it. Commercial microwave popcorn can contain undesirable chemicals that quite frankly, I do not want in my bag. So to remedy that and bring back popcorn as a wholesome snack, let’s make our own with a plain brown paper bag and a piece of tape. Within 2-3 minutes (depending on your microwave), you will have an easy (and cheap) snack that most everyone will enjoy. There are so many different popcorn seasonings on the market now that you can change flavors based on your mood. Just check the ingredients first. And even adding a little oil or butter to the bag does not necessarily make this snack off limits. Check out the video below and give it a try.

Tip: Be sure to secure the bag in order to hold in the steam. You may need to experiment with your microwave and adjust the time as needed. I used a non-GMO white popcorn from my local general store. Cost = $4.00/2.23 lbs

Nutrition Info: (4 cups)   122 calories,  1.3 gram fat, 1 milligram sodium, 96 milligrams potassium, 25 grams carbohydrate, 4.8 grams fiber, 3.8 grams protein

Nutrient information based on USDA Nutrient Database at https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb

Allergen Info:  Corn


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All-Natural Gelatin Dessert

Need an easy dessert but short on time? How about a homemade gelatin dessert with no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners? Make your own at home with two ingredients: fruit juice and unflavored gelatin. That’s it! All of the carbohydrates come from natural sugar from the fruit juice.

I don’t usually think of brand name gelatin sold in a box as being a “health” food because of all the junk ingredients it includes. But making your own at home can provide nutritional benefits without the junk. I wish we could have made it this way at the hospital. Gelatin is one of the few foods offered on a liquid diet that actually provides some protein. So if you are looking to lose some weight or watching your carbohydrates, give gelatin another chance. Get creative. Gelatin can make a beautiful dessert or snack. Check out the video below to see how easy it is to make.

Nutrition Info: (per 1/2 cup serving)
60 calories, 0 grams fat, 2.75 grams protein and 13 grams carbohydrate.
Note: 2 Tbsp of whipped topping contains only 20 calories.
Allergen Info: None


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Homemade Wheat Bread

20160409_132536Does anything smell as good as homemade yeast bread right out of the oven? I say “not much”.

If you love bread but dread the thought of consuming extra ingredients found in store bought bread, then you will love this recipe. With only 7 ingredients and some time, you can make great tasting bread for you and your family. Try making your own bread and you may never go back to buying bread again. You can make extra and freeze for later by wrapping in wax paper and placing in a freezer bag. Be sure to write the date on it and consume within 3 months. Enjoy!

Nutrition Info: (Per slice) 207 calories, 2.5 grams total fat, 1.4 grams saturated fat, 243 mg sodium, 79 mg potassium, 39 grams total carbohydrates, 1.4 grams fiber, 3.2 grams sugar, 6 grams protein.

Allergen Info: Contains wheat and milk

Tips:

Try using 1 tsp instead of 1 1/2 tsp of salt to reduce sodium by 80 mg.

Substitute olive oil for butter to cut saturated fat in half (although your total fat and calories will remain about the same).

To save calories, slice bread into 1/2 inch slices instead of 1 inch. 🙂

Easy No-Bake Cheesecake

20170106_181813-01If you had to choose your favorite dessert, what would it be? Mine would probably be cheesecake. There are many versions of this all-time favorite but this recipe from Knox Gelatine® (found on the back of the box) has topped my list. I actually used a different gelatin but either work just as well. It can be made in just a few minutes and mixes easily in a blender to a creamy mixture. The hard part is waiting 4 hours for it to set. Use different toppings, garnishes or even crusts and the possibilities are endless. You can also make this with no crust.  I like to top it with fresh berries or a fruit glaze. Caramel or chocolate syrup also look pretty.  It can be poured into a pie plate for the classic cheesecake look or in a pan and cut into squares. It is high in saturated fat so I recommend using smaller portions. For this, the squares work nicely and you can get 16 small squares from an 8 or 9 inch square pan. The nutrition information is based on 1/8 of a pie so use half of the amounts listed if you are doing squares instead (assuming you only eat one square). 🙂

Nutrition Info:  283 calories, 18.7 grams total fat, 11.3 grams saturated fat, 323 mg sodium, 82 mg potassium, 22.4 grams total carbohydrates, 17.7 grams sugar, 7.2 grams protein.

Allergen Info: Milk product


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Fluffy Southern Biscuits

20170106_112520Okay, I will admit I love a good hot biscuit. What southerner doesn’t? Most people would not consider this health food so I call it soul food. When I eat a hot biscuit fresh from the oven, it does my soul good. There is nothing wrong with enjoying a comfort food once in a while. My mom made biscuits from scratch almost every morning when I was growing up. My dad and I would argue about when to take them out of the oven. I preferred them light brown and on the doughy side. My dad preferred a darker brown with a harder outer crust. Either way, we all enjoyed a fresh hot biscuit. Since those days, I have looked for different was to make biscuits healthier but still delicious. My mom used Crisco brand shortening but I prefer to avoid man-made fats like margarine and shortening. The key components for a good biscuit includes fat (to give it a flaky inside and signature outer crust) along with some flour and liquid. I use some freshly ground whole wheat flour but too much whole wheat flour causes the biscuits to become too dense. Although I probably wouldn’t recommend eating these every day, they do make a great addition to a special breakfast. You can reduce the fat by using half-and-half instead of whipping cream. Buttermilk also works well but it does change the taste and texture if it is fat-free. Enjoy the video below and see if it makes your mouth water. I think biscuits are best hot from the oven topped with homemade jam or jelly. But you decide.

Nutrition Info: (Per biscuit)  114 calories, 4.1 grams total fat, 2.4 grams saturated fat, 200 mg sodium, 161 mg potassium, 16.9 grams total carbohydrates, 0.6 grams fiber, 2.4 grams protein.

Allergen Info: Wheat, milk product