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  • Always looking for new, delicious low carb ways to sneak in more veggies? Me, too. That’s why I’m eager to share this Huff Post article by Kate Bratskeir, its recipes and my comments with you.

    In order to put an end to our country’s obesity epidemic, we must redefine “Healthy Eating.” If something has too high of a glycemic index, it’s not “healthy” for a low carb lifestyle . . . just sayin’. Even if it’s veg.

    Everyone who knows me knows that I’m a notorious low carb devotee. Given my weight loss results, how could I not be. Of course I do “slip” now and then, but I owe my 150-pound weight loss to cutting white starch and sugar carbs from my diet – combined with daily cardio. I’m in my 10th year of maintenance – ‘nough said. Plus, people always ask me what I eat to lose and maintain my weight loss . . . so here goes:

    Click on the link to read the short article with accompanying recipes, my comments on each one are listed below, and then decide for yourself which ones you’d like to add to your low carb recipe repertoire.

    Bear in mind: You wear what you eat. If you’re over weight, and struggle with one diet after the next, you’re eating too many white starch and sugar carbs. And not doing enough daily cardio.

    If you keep your daily carb count to 35 gr., you’ll lose weight. Stray too far over that line and you won’t. Toss all carb caution to the wind – and you’ll keep wearing what you eat . . . Just sayin’ . . .

    1. Spinach And Ricotta Zucchini Ravioli: Superb idea and the picture looks divine! (You’re going to need a spiral veggie slicer for some of these recipes. A friend recommends the Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer: http://www.amazon.com/Paderno-World-Cuisine-A4982799-Tri-Blade/dp/B0007Y9WHQ
    1. Broccoli Cheddar Rice Casserole: Lose the rice. It’s way too high glycemic – has too many carbs. Ask yourself: do I like rice enough to keep wearing it?
    2. Roasted Rosemary Brussels Sprouts With Caramelized Blueberries: I’d eat this awesome dish in a NY nano-second. And what a terrific way to get your family to eat Brussels Sprouts!
    3. Baked Zucchini Pasta With Pancetta, Olives And Broccoli: “Zucchini Pasta” – who knew?! Brilliant! Wish I’d thought of it! Remember that spiral slicer?
    4. Cauliflower-Feta Meatballs With Spicy Moroccan Tomato Zucchini Noodles: Awesome! Zucchini “Noodles!”
    5. Shaved Asparagus Salad: Looks tempting and “healthy,” too, with all those greens, but the carrots, brown rice and honey tangerines knock this gorgeous dish out of the ballpark carbohydrate-wise. I’d take a pass no matter how “healthy” it looks.
    6. Cauliflower Pizza Crust: Cauli Crust? Who knew! I’m so there on this one.
    7. Cauliflower Crust Grilled Cheese: This is the one that sucked me in. I LOVE grilled cheese sandwiches and don’t eat them anymore because of the bread. With this recipe, now I can, and you can, too. Guilt-free!
    8. Roasted Red Pepper Butternut Squash Noodles With Chicken: I’m with the creator of this recipe on this one. I could eat red bell peppers in any way, shape or form, so I’d give this one a try but the carbs in the squash have me a bit concerned.
    9. Avocado And Egg Spaghetti Squash Boats: I’m not keen on wiggly eggs staring me in the face. I eat mine so well done they’re like hockey pucks. Trust me. But nevertheless, this recipe looks very, very tempting.
    10. Sweet Potato Noodle Shrimp Puttanesca: Sorry, Shirley. Sweet potatoes are too glycemic. Eat at your own risk.
    11. Marinated Artichoke And Cauliflower “Cous Cous” Salad: Get out the food processor for this one unless you have scads of time on your hands and love to chop, slice and dice.
    12. Chimichurri Cauliflower Steak: Ditch the sweet potato fries. I’m sure by now you can sub something low carb.
    13. Eggplant And Asparagus Stacks: What’s not to like about this one?
    14. Green Mexican Cauliflower Rice: Yummy and beyond easy. I could even do it! And I’m no Martha.
    15. Crispy Italian Cauliflower Poppers: I’d go easy on the panko breading. It ain’t the deep frying as much as it’s the carbs that’ll kill ya. Eat at your own risk. I’d double up on the Parm and sadly ditch the panko altogether. I hate wearing the stuff.
    16. Goat Cheese, Caramelized Onion And Roasted Pepper Muffins: Absolutely NO muffins of any sort! Whole grain or not. If you’re carb sensitive, you’ll be wearing this one in a day or two. Who needs it, really.
    17. Zucchini Pizza Bites: Pizza freak that I am, I have to try these – but I fear I’d eat the entire batch in one sitting.
    18. Barbecued Eggplant With Tahini Dressing And Pomegranates: Easy on the tahini dressing, skip the poms.
    19. Cauliflower Fritters: Who doesn’t like fritters?!
    20. Green Pizza With Broccoli, Pesto, Chicken And Sour Cream: Find a no flour pizza dough. Flour’s a no-no.
    21. Broccoli Avocado Egg Toast: I’d have to cremate these eggs before I could even think about eating them. I don’t like my eggs sliming around. Think hockey pucks.
    22. Stovetop Broccoli Mac And Cheese: NO MAC whatsoever! Are you crazy! Picture this one on your thighs and see how you like it.
    23. Mini Crustless Kale And Broccoli Quiches: The creation cook is right on this one: Quiche is amazing.
    24. Broccoli Hamburger: Eat the burger, NOT the bun!
    25. Asparagus And Egg Tart With Goat Cheese: Just a Taste of a Tart? Ditch the tart. No flour – of any kind.
    26. Roasted Asparagus And Goat Cheese Frittata: I’ll bet your Nonna used to make these, too. Bon Appetite!
    27. Banana Berry Kale Smoothie: Bananas are too high on the glycemic index. It ain’t “healthy” if you’re carb sensitive. Ditch the ‘nanner – or wear it. Remember, we’re redefining “healthy eating,” here.
    28. Sweet Potatoes With Ricotta And Kale: A big, fat NO. Sweet potatoes help to overproduce insulin. Insulin’s the FAT hormone . . . read my book, Commit To Get Fit to find out more. No, no, no sweet potatoes.
    29. Savory Veggie Waffles: Take a pass on this one unless you can sub the whole-wheat flour for something far less glycemic – way less carbs. Waffles, sweet potatoes, rice and the like no longer hold any allure for me cos I understand what they did to me to keep me fat all those years – all in the name of “eating low-fat healthy.” Wasn’t for me and probably not for you if you struggle with your weight . . .
    30. Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms: Now you’re talkin’. I have a vegetarian friend who would be so all over these. Wait till you scroll down to the Stilton-Stuffed Portobellos with Balsamic Caramelized Scallions! OMG.
    31. Shaved Carrot Salad With Pistachio And Pomegranate Vinaigrette: Pretty dish, but sorry, I don’t do carrots. Too glycemic. Eat it and wear it? Or eat something else on this list that’s not as “carby.” The choice is yours.
    32. Bacon Zucchini Carrot Fritters: Ditch the carrot and double up on the zucch’s and onions. Then I’m there.
    33. Carrot Cake Smoothie: Carrot? Banana? You have to ask . . .?
    34. Butternut Squash Protein Pizza: Looks yummy-licious, but I’d check the carbs in the P28 Flatbread. Their website says low carb, but nowhere did I see an actual carb count, nor fiber, either. Check it out first: https://www.p28foods.com/baked-goods/p28-high-protein-flat-bread
    35. Grilled Corn-Stuffed Zucchini Boats: Back in my fat days before my weight loss, I loved nothing more than a few wonderful ears of sweet corn to make my summer. That was then. This is now. If I have a few bites of sweet corn once a year, I’m good. Those ears no longer mean anything to me cos I know what they do to me. That said, sub the corn with some nice, grilled eggplant and since this recipe is vegan – sub anything you like to make this recipe low carb and your own – if you don’t do the vegan thing.
    36. Purple Cabbage And Shaved Asparagus Slaw With Cumin-Sesame Dressing: This one’s not only gorgeous to look at, it’s good for you, too. Double up!
    37. Shaved Brussels Sprouts With Pecorino And Walnuts: Hate Brussels sprouts? I did, too, till I tried a similar recipe and now I’m hooked. These are not your Mamma’s boiled Brussles sprouts of your youth. Try ‘em halved, brushed with Balsamic and light olive oil and grilled for an even better treat. Umm-umm good!
    38. Beets And Brussels Sprouts Wrapped In Fresh Turnip Greens: This one’s got it all. Check the carbs if you’re being uber-strict in the beginning phase of your low carb lifestyle diet. Just in case . . .
    39. Sticky Miso Grilled Veggie Skewers: Lose the cooked grains – yes, even red quinoa. I don’t know about you, but no matter how complex the carb, my pancreas cannot distinguish and still overproduces insulin. Grains do not mean that much to me anymore to wear them. They aren’t “eating healthy” for me.
    40. Sweet Potato Bun Sliders With Portobello, Red Peppers And Pesto: How ‘bout we sub grilled eggplant for the sweet potato “bun” on these sliders? Trust me, your scale will thank you for it in a few days . . .


    The link:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/17/vegetable-recipes-eat-your-veggies_n_5493299.html by Kate Bratskeir


    Laura Dion-Jones laura@commit-fit.com, 312-933-7325   www.commit-fit.com