Archive for 2007

NSA Strawberry Margarita Popsicles — Or Just Margaritas!

16 ounce bag of no sugar added frozen strawberries (NOT the kind packed in syrup)

1 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (NOT Rose’s Lime Juice or another brand with added sugar)

2 cups of water

1 cup of Splenda

Blend all ingredients together in a blender.  Add to popsicle molds and freeze.  This recipe made enough for me to make a batch of popsicles plus leftover to make some G.I. friendly strawberry margaritas for myself and hubby with the addition of some tequila.  Or you could substitute some of the water for tequila and make the whole batch G.I. friendly frozen straberry margaritas

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Borderline Cheating Potatos

Many books about the G.I. diet list red potatos as OK.  They break down more slowly than regular potatos.  Rick Gallup lists red potatoes (new potatos) as a yellow-light food, but only if they have been boiled.  The book doesn’t explain why but I’m guessing it’s because they release so much of their starches in the water that way?

I decided to ignore the boiled part, but pay attention to the “yes you can have a certain kind of potato”, at least for Mother’s Day.  I haven’t had a potato of any sort in a couple of months.

These came from the farmers market, were quartered, tossed with a little olive oil, freshly ground pepper, sea salt, and fresh rosemary (also from the farmer’s market).

I roasted them at 350 for a very long time.  And they were eaten up in a very short time by my husband and kids who have also, by reason of being stuck with me, not had a potato in a couple of months.

ETA: Mendosa’s website states that “the reason that new potatoes have a lower GI is probably because most of the amylopectin is less branched—it is more like amylose at this immature stage. “  I betcha there are plenty of people out there smarter than me that understood that sentance!

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When Organic Is Worth It: Pesticide Levels

The latest issue of Family Fun magazine recently printed a list from the not-for-profit Environmental Working Group ranking pesticide levels from highest to lowest (the entire list is available at www.foodnews.org).  They list the following as the best items to buy organic, and which conventially grown are fine to buy as is:

Best To Buy Organic: peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pears, imported grabes, spinach, lettuce, potatos

Conventionally Grown Is Fine: onions, avocados, frozen sweet corn, pineapples, mangoes, asparagus, frozen sweet peas, kiwi fruit, bananas, cabbage, broccoli, papayas

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Easy Grilled Summer Squash

I bought these at the farmer’s market on Saturday and they were DELICIOUS!

Slice the squash in half lenghtwise, Brush both sides with olive oil then salt and pepper them.  Lay them on the grill for about 5 minutes each side.

Remove from the grill and cut them into smaller pieces before seving.  You can add herbs, cheese, or anything else you like at this point or just eat them as is!

For more information about different types of summer squash, nutritional information and the like click here!

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Sunday Linky Goodness

Sweet Berry Farm — A Hill Country you-pick place (Lexington and Marble Falls).

The secret to bad tasting diet sodas found!

The scoop on grains from the Whole Foods website.

A whole wheat pie crust recipe from Sweet Sassafras.

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Thinking Globally, Eating Locally

The whole, very general so don’t shoot me, idea of the glycemic index diet is that food’s that are less processed take longer to process in your body as sugar.  For example, in breads whole grain is better than whole wheat is better than bleached flour.

Fruits and veggies  have alot of natural sugars but most have a low to moderate G.I. (with the exception of melons which are red-zone G.I.) because they are unprocessed.

This time of year is the best time for fresh produce…and even better fresh local produce.

Find your own local farmer’s market y’all.

Barbara Kingsolver wrote a few years ago that if everyone would just spend 20.00 a month on locally produced foods it would change the world.  It isn’t hard to do in the summertime…give it a shot!

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Summertime Cold Treats

The prepurchased treats I’m most diggin’ on right now are the Dryer’s no sugar added popsicles. They have several flavors and taste just like the original…and also only 40 calories a pop! (Get it? I said POP!)

I also finally found an NSA ice cream I like….Blue Bunny Double Strawberry.  The natural sweetness of the strawberries cuts the whang of the artificial sweetner.  It’s REALLY good!

I also made my own breakfast popsicles today!  When my daughter was little, I used to blend vanilla yogurt and orange juice to make orange dreamsicles that she could eat for breakfast.  She adored them, especially during her teething years in the summer.  I made a delicious G.I. friendly version of them that are also delicious:

G.I. Dreamsicles

1 cup of Diet V8 Splash, flavor of your choice (I used tropical fruit)

1 cup fat-free lite (lower sugar) vanilla yogurt.

Add both to a bowl and blend with a whisk.  This will make enough to fill a standard 4-pack homemade popsicle maker and will make a yummy, cold green light breakfast or treat!

 Here is a popsicle recipe that I found on Cooks.com and adapted to sugar-free, they were a big hit!

TRADITIONAL POPSICLES

1 (3 oz.) pkg. Sugar-Free Jello, any flavor
1 pkg. NSA Kool-Aid, any flavor
1/2 to 1 c. sugar substitute (such as Splenda)
2 c. hot water
2 c. cold water

Dissolve the dry ingredients in the hot water, stir until disolved then mix in the cold water. Pour into popsicle molds. Freeze. Eat.  Yum.

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