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Using Long-term Storage Beans Instead of Oil and Butter

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You can’t bake without 0il and butter – right? Most cookie and cake recipes require some oil or butter and while that’s okay, the fact is that oil and butter, when used in excess, can be a cause of high cholesterol and can add more calories to your diet as well.

What can be substituted for oil and butter that does not have the same high cholesterol – high calorie effect? You can use pureed bananas, pumpkins or applesauce in your baked goods but they do impart their own unique flavors. What low calorie food could you use that won’t change the flavor of your favorite chocolate cake recipe? Well, I’m here to tell you about how the long-term food storage beans in your pantry can be a wonderful substitute for oil and butter. If you think this is unbelievable, you will just have to try it out for yourself. Now, you can definitely find a use for that huge bag of beans that you have recently gotten.

Here are some useful tips for oil and butter substitution:

1.     Substitute oil for bean puree on a 1:1 ratio. Bean puree is simply beans that have been put in the blender and pureed.

2.     Substitute drained cooked beans for butter.

3.     Use a 1:1 ratio when employing beans as substitute for oil and butter.

4.     Use the beans exactly how oil and butter are supposed to be used in your recipe.

While using beans as an oil and butter substitute may seem a bit far-fetched to you, I guarantee that it really works. Go ahead and try it, and you will definitely be amazed at the difference, or rather, the lack of difference. If you want to also check out other ways where you can use other food storage items, then you can click this link: twitter – daily bread food storage.


UnDiet Note: the tips in this article are geared towards baking rather than grilling or sauteing. We’ve tried this method with great success in chocolate chip cookies and brownies :)

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7 Things You Should Know Before Going on a Low Calorie Diet

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The food we eat everyday contains a certain amount of calories. These calories give our body the energy needed to do our everyday activities. If we take fewer calories then our body will tend to use up the stored fats to meet the energy requirements. The basic concept of a low calorie diet is to reduce the amount of calories taken in order to burn the fats. This is the reason why most people who want to lose weight go on a low calorie diet hoping to achieve fast weight loss.

Right before you go into a low calorie diet, it is highly advised that you should consult a physician in order to determine whether your body is suitable for a low calorie diet regimen. This type of diet is mainly for people who are overweight or obese with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of more than 30. This is not recommended for children and pregnant women because it could reduce their weight drastically and can lead to constipation, diarrhea and dizziness. If your weight loss is not carefully monitored, it could lead to liver problems.

Here are some tips with regards to low calorie diet in order for you to have an effective weight loss:

a. Before you go on a low calorie diet try to enhance your knowledge on the amount of calorie that different food and food products contain.

b. Have a journal and take note of the amount of calories you are taking each day. This will help you evaluate your progress from time to time.

c. Read the food labels and the nutritional facts on every food product you buy

d. Have a list of foods that have low calories and select among this list the foods that you love to eat. It is advisable that you should include grains, fruits and vegetables on your diet regimen.

e. Even though it is very tempting, don’t ever go for a very low calorie diet. It is advised not to go below a 1500 calorie diet. Don’t starve yourself!

f. Don’t avoid carbohydrates. Your body needs carbohydrates because it is rich in fibers that will help your digestion as you go on with your diet regimen and at the same time it helps in preventing digestive problems.

g. Undergoing a low calorie diet doesn’t mean that you can’t eat the food you like. The key here is taking them in moderation.

By following the tips above, your will be able to have an effective weight loss with the help of a low calorie diet. If ever some problems may arise, consult your physician right away.

Low Calorie Recipes For You To Try

Brie Spread

16 one tablespoon servings – 67 calories per serving

1 cup of Brie cheese

1 container of Laughing Cow Cheese Light, 8 wedges, any flavor

Gently microwave ingredients just until soft. Use a fork or whip to blend together. Spread on:

  • tomato slices
  • whole grain crackers
  • celery sticks

Asparagus Pasta Salad

1 serving – 55 calories

2 spears asparagus

1/4 cup tomatoes, chopped

1 package Shirataki noodles

Break off and discard woody ends of asparagus. Slice asparagus into 1/4″thick rounds. Season with sea salt and black pepper and saute in a little olive oil over medium high heat until al dente. Add tomatoes and a pinch of seal salt and a dash of black pepper. Continue saueting until the tomatoes release their juices. While sauce is cooking prepare the pasta according to package directions.  When sauce is finished add pasta and toss until well combined. Serve immediately.

 

 

Cheeseburger Casserole

8  servings – 128 calories per serving

This is a makeover of the old classic “Cheeseburger Pie”. In this version ground turkey replaces the ground beef and we’re 86ing the crust altogether. Trust me, you won’t miss it.

1lb extra lean ground turkey

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 cup nonfat cottage cheese

1 egg

3/4 cup shredded lowfat Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350
Brown turkey, onion & garlic in a large pan over medium high heat until turkey is browned. Stir Worcestershire sauce into turkey mixture. 

Pour turkey mixture into a lightly oiled pie plate.

In a medium bowl, mix cottage cheese with egg.  Pour cottage cheese mixture over turkey. Top with cheddar cheese. Place tomato slices on top and bake for 30-40 minutes until casserole is hot and bubbling.