Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: July 6, 2009

Dr. Tim Says....

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.[This is another in our series on the How and Why of Eating Healthy.]

The best research that we have says that you can lose weight by eating a low carbohydrate diet. Such diets may be slightly more effective than a Mediterranean style diet as far as weight loss is concerned. There is some difference between the two diets as far as the effect they have on blood sugar and cholesterol, but all in all eating fewer calories has been shown to help you lose weight no matter how you do it.

If you are like me, you don't particularly want to spend your time severely restricting any particular food (especially carbs). I'm sorry, but give up pasta? Never! Carbohydrates

Featured Recipe

Chilled Pea Soup with Herbs | Low Sodium Version

PeasThis is the perfect summer soup. It's really easy to make and served with toasted or grilled bread and some soft cheese makes a lovely warm weather meal. This is great garnished with Candied Pumpkin Seeds.

The key to this soup is to cook the peas just long enough to be soft, but not so long that they begin to turn from being a bright green. The same holds true for the spinach. Cooking more than about 2 minutes and it will begin to lose its color. This is the reason for adding the ice and putting the soup into an ice bath as soon as possible. Cooling the veggies quickly will set the bright green color.

This recipe is gluten-free and safe for those with GERD / Acid Reflux. Those who are taking Coumadin (warfarin) should avoid it. It contains cheese, so those who are lactose intolerant but can tolerate cheese may enjoy it.


Kashi has a really good track record with us here at Dr. Gourmet, so I'm always on the lookout for new varieties from their frozen food line. As I say often, "At Dr. Gourmet, we're all about the food." The good food, that is. Despite what it may seem sometimes, I don't enjoy beating up on the frozen food companies. I'd much rather tell you about foods, frozen or otherwise, that taste great and are great for you.

So when I spotted two meals from Kashi that we hadn't tried before, I was pretty pleased. The first one we tried was their Lemongrass Coconut Chicken. This one is sliced chicken with broccoli, carrots and snap peas over their seven grain pilaf. Lemongrass Coconut Chicken and Garden Vegetable Pasta

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