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Gourmet DIY Dieting 101 – Class 2 of 5

23 Nov

Gourmet DIY Dieting 101 – Class 2 of 5

How is “DIET Intelligent YOU” doing today? Are you ready for your second class in this short study on dieting?  I sure hope so!

Let’s learn more about Calories & Carbs in Proteins, Fat & Alcohol

 Here’s your open book test question for today:

True or false: You get more calories from foods high in carbohydrates than those made up mostly of protein or fat.

False. Fat has more calories than either carbohydrates or protein.

Let’s make this simple: a ruler measures length and calories measure units of energy.

While educating you, or reminding you, about the basics of dieting I will also be laying out the groundwork to present several products that we have found to be remarkable.  DH and I love them.  We have lost a lot of weight with the help of the products we will be sharing with you and how we use them in all sorts of recipes. Calories are a curse!  Tasting is the first thing Grandma Eve learned about that got her thrown out of house and home…

We plan on teaching you a better way to eat those calories.. and you can, you must, cheat… and hopefully no one loses their place of residence. LOL

Most foods and drinks (except water) contain calories. Just as logs of firewood are used increase the heat to cook food at a campfire, the number of calories in food and drinks are an example of the energy units they contain to help make the body run properly.

Calories (or, more technically: kilocalories) are used in your body to fuel physical activity (moving, breathing, heart pumping, digesting food, etc.) and keep your bodily processes running smoothly. Your heart, brain, lungs, muscles, and all your vital organs need these energy units to function (vitamins and minerals also play a big part in all of your body’s metabolic functions).

Calories only come from carbohydrates, protein, fats, and alcohol. You do not need alcohol, and very little fat. Carbohydrates make us feel full and we crave the sweet or salty flavors.

One gram of carbohydrate equals 4 calories, just the same as a gram of protein. A gram of fat, meanwhile, equals 9 calories, and the same amount of alcohol equals 7 calories. So, gram for gram, fat has twice as many calories as carbohydrates or protein. We will print it out here so you can see it:

1 gram of fat has 9 calories.  

1 gram of alcohol has 7 calories.  

1 gram of carbohydrate or protein has 4 calories.

So… If you were to restrict the amount of fat and carbs and eliminated alcohol, you could drastically reduce your intake of calories and thus… lose pounds and lose inches!

Obviously we will not be presenting you with wine laced dishes or ones dripping in oils, fats or lard!

However today we will be introducing two new online venders that we lean heavily on in creating our recipes.

The first vender is found at http://www.lorannoils.com.

 As she says at her site: “A Little Goes a Long Way with LorAnn’s Super Strength Flavors!  Our super-strength flavors, also known as candy oils or candy flavors, are 3 to 4 times stronger than grocery store extracts. When substituting our flavors for extracts, use 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon for 1 teaspoon of extract.   1 dram =  1 teaspoon (approx.)  For applications where just a hint of flavor is needed, we suggest adding flavor by the drop until desired intensity is achieved.

LorAnn flavors are certified Kosher by Star-K except for Canadian Maple and Horchata.   Their super-strength flavors are concentrated and therefore very potent.

 The main reasons (besides the highly concentrated product) for recommending LorAnn’s Super-Strength Flavors:

 · Gluten Free

· Sugar Free (except Canadian Maple)

· Contain no Vegetable Oils  

The recipe today uses brandy extract. People use this to give the flavor of brandy without the alcohol.   Though brandy extracts are made with alcohol, such a small amount is needed in any recipe that the end product is virtually non-alcoholic.  

Why we recommend that you substitute flavorings for real alcohol: brandy (1 tablespoon brandy extract = 5 tablespoons brandy) OR vanilla extract OR rum extract.  This can avoid those calories and allow for all the flavor!  

The next vender is found at miraclenoodle.com

Here is a smidgen of what they have to say about their noodles on their site:

  • Made of naturally water-soluble fiber with no fat, no sugar, and no starch.
  • Contains zero net carbohydrates and zero calories, no gluten -made of a healthy natural fiber called Glucomannan.
  • Wheat free & gluten-free and kosher.
  • Easily absorbs the flavors of any soup, dish, or sauce.
  • Are instant and come in different styles
  • Have shown beneficial effects backed by medical studies for Type II Diabetes, Constipation, Obesity, and Cholesterol!

The great Dr. Carlos Levy of Broward Health Weston, has done the tests and trials and recommends them to all of his patients. With all the advantages offered by these two venders is it any doubt about why we use them in our ‘diet’ and now recommend them to you. 

Before we get to today’s recipe here again is your open book test question for today:

True or false: You get more calories from foods high in carbohydrates than those made up mostly of protein or fat.

False. Fat has more calories than either carbohydrates or protein. (I bet you got that one right!)

Now with the help of Walden Farms, Miracle Noodle, and LorAnn you are about to enjoy the best, most nutritious, delicious, no fat, no carbs, no gluten, steak dinner you have had in months…  and under 80 calories per serving and there are 4 servings.

American Steaklette Diane over Mini Pearls

 We we so excited to get this review from Jan: ‘Steaklette Diane is a super variation of the classic entrée often served in some of the finest restaurants — but our taste buds are soooo blessed that Granny saw no reason we couldn’t make Steaklette Diane in our very own kitchens in under 10 minutes and under 400 calories. It comes together so quickly that you can prepare it any night of the week, and shock your dinner partner.  They will think you slaved in the kitchen and that you took culinary classes.  Thanks Granny!!!’

2 pkg Mini Pearls from Miracle Noodles in lue of rice

2 cans of any brand of Beef Chunk Stew

1 T lemon zest

1 t cilantro, parsley or dried green tea leaves

1 T Dijon mustard

1 T Walden Farms Hickory Smoked BBQ Sauce

1 dram LorAnn’s brandy flavoring

1 T Herbs de Province

 

1.          Warm the serving plates in the microwave while you open the cans of beef stew and completely rinse them in a colander under hot running water. 

2.          In a non-stick sprayed frying pan, over low medium heat, lightly brown the beef steaklettes and veggies for about 3 minutes.

3.          While waiting the 3 minutes, cut open the Miracle Noodle Mini Pearls and rinse them in a colander under hot water, pour onto a paper towel, pat dry and pour onto the middle of your warmed serving plates.

4.          Move the beef steaklettes and veggies from the pan onto the bed of Miracle Noodle Mini Pearls, cover serving plates to keep them warm, and ½  cup water to the drippings and return pan to the fire.

5.          Into a cup mix 1/4th of the tea or parsley or cilantro, the lemon and mustard,  Walden Farms Hickory Smoked BBQ sauce and add to the drippings from the pan. (still over low heat).

6.          Stir and cook for only 1 minute.

7.          Remove from heat.

8.          Add LorAnn’s  brandy flavoring to the mixture and pour immediately over the steaks.

9.          Garnish the steaks by sprinkling them with a pinch of green tea, parsley or cilantro.

I can hardly wait to serve this to our friends when the come to dinner!

Happy eating!  Now you will know why we needed the help of Walden Farms, Miracle Noodle, and LorAnn  to make this amazing dish that is not only filling but is the best, most nutritious, delicious, no fat, no carbs, no gluten, steak dinner you will ever have that is under  80 calories per serving and there are 4 servings.

Remember to tell the folks at Miracle Noodle, Walden Farmsand LorAnn’s that you heard about them from us…

Class dismissed ‘till later

ttfn

Granny

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Posted by on November 23, 2011 in DIY Dieting 101, Entrees

 

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One response to “Gourmet DIY Dieting 101 – Class 2 of 5

  1. Tom the Weight Control Recipes Man

    December 8, 2011 at 7:14 am

    There are many weight control recipes that not only help you lose weight but also taste great too. The trick to eating healthy is to eat smaller portions and use less fat when cooking.

    Controlling your weight through food is not hard but it does take some practice and getting used to.

     

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