Health studies indicate that the banana may be beneficial in the prevention of strokes. The potassium content, combined with its low sodium content, may protect the body against high blood pressure - often referred to as 'The Silent Killer'.
Golden bananas are excellent potassium rich food choices. One medium banana contains about 100 calories.
For a tasty treat low in calories, place one-half a banana, a pinch of ground nutmeg, some ground cinnamon and a cup of skim milk into a blender and whip. Adding ice chips creates a thicker shake.
Although Thanksgiving and Christmas are tough holidays to get through for dieters, Valentine's, Easter, July 4th, anniversaries, birthdays - even the arrival of a new baby can create tricky eating situations for the dieter.
When possible, plan ahead. Example: If Valentine's Day is approaching, cut back a few days in your diet before the big day arrives. Then ENJOY the day. The following day - get right back on track.
A way to add fun into your diet without increasing the fat and calories is to incorporate light products, such as Light Mayo.
Calorie-free is going to be a bit difficult to find in your pantry or fridge, but the following food comes pretty close: 1 plum - about 35 calories.
Great sweet snacks for minimal calories:
Fresh fruit; plums, apricots and strawberries contain less than 50 calories per serving.
Large marshmallow for about 80 calories.
Caramel popcorn cake for about 45 calories.
Sugar Free Jams - For Recipes & Saving Calories - Replace the sugar in your recipes with light jams. The base of most jams consists of fruit. Grapes, peaches, strawberries, plums, apricots, apples, pineapples, cherries - even mint will enhance your recipes and add a unique flavor to your diet.
Sugar free jams will save you even more calories and when added to recipes, the difference between light and regular is generally unnoticed.
Spice Up Your Diet! Decrease sugar content up to 1/3 in your recipes and substitute spices such as cinnamon, cloves & ginger. Spices work well in arousing the taste bud's curiosity so that they concentrate on savoring the flavor rather than meeting the sweetness.
A wedge of lemon, lime or orange in a glass of water makes a refreshing alternative to soda.
Sherbet contains less fat and calories than ice cream. Always check the labels. Some versions of ice cream can contain more calories than Garfield has fleas - and then there's the Fat Factor that only adds to Diet Woes.