Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP has counseled thousands of his patients on healthy, sustainable weight loss. Now he's compiled his best tips and recipes into a six-week plan for you to learn how to eat great food that just happens to be great for you - and if losing weight is your goal, you can do that, too.
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This week we're continuing our series on the best choices to keep on hand to eat well and eat healthy. This week: baking.
For the last several weeks I have been writing about the healthiest choices for you to make at the grocery store. So far I have discussed different ideas for protein like meat, poultry and fish. While these are not strictly items for you to keep in your pantry the columns have focused on those ingredients that are the healthiest for you to buy.
When I started this series I wanted to discuss those items that you might keep in your pantry or fridge that would help you cook healthier because you have the right ingredients on hand. Now that the proteins are out of the way we can get on to that idea.
By focusing on baking items you'll stock your pantry with a lot of the raw ingredients for cooking healthy. Here's a list of items to have on hand. Baking
These recipes can be made with stevia instead of Splenda. Use 12 packets of Truvia brand for each 1/2 cup of Splenda. Z Sweet brand measures like sugar so you will need the same amount of that product as Splenda, which also measures like sugar (1:1).
This is a little more difficult to make than a simple muffin recipe. The extra step of whipping the egg whites until frothy is worth it, though, because it adds a lightness to the bread that it doesn't have otherwise. While the recipe seems to have a lot of ingredients most of them are pretty common pantry items and this is well worth making. Rich, moist, spicy -- the perfect quick bread for breakfast.
Baking requires precision and care should be taken if making substitutions. This is because baking is essentially chemistry. There is more latitude with cooking, but when working with lower calorie recipes, sometimes even subtle changes can ruin a recipe.
This is a great, healthy muffin that's so much better for you than a regular muffin. When I started with Dr. Gourmet I wanted to make food that people found familiar but healthier. This takes that a step further than the previous Blueberry Muffins posted on the website because of the higher fiber content. One taster said that these "are so much better tasting than the original." That's what great food is -- good food that just happens to be better for you.
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