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Diet Skinny Shake Recipe
Pina Colada

Article by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Also Included in this Diet Article: Tips for dieters featuring canned vegetables.

Grab your coconut bra and bongo drums because you'll be beating a happy tune after one sip of our diet-wise Pina Colada Shake. Yes, dieting can be fun after all!

Pina Colada, a Diet Shake Recipe

Serves 3 for about 150 calories each

2 cups of ice cold skim milk
cup of light, reduced calorie condensed milk

2 Tablespoons of shredded coconut

1 small can of crushed unsweetened pineapple
- do not drain
1/4 cup of crushed ice

So easy - just blend or whisk all of the above recipe ingredients until they are foamy and light. You'll want to serve this skinny shake as quickly as possible - while it is still nice and cold.

Weight Loss Tips, Low Calorie Tips and a Guide for Purchasing Canned Vegetables

Let's take a moment to get in touch with our taste buds. Imagine the flavor of fresh green beans that have been boiled and seasoned with a strip of bacon, salt, pepper and reduced fat margarine. Pretty flavorful, aren't they?

Now let's imagine the flavor of frozen green beans using the same seasonings and cooking method. Also pretty flavorful.

Finally, let's imagine the flavor of canned green beans. Most canned versions have a very unique and identifiable flavor as they are cooked under pressure amid the canning process - just as the home gardener and cook might do to their crop of green beans via their trusty pressure cooker.

You may prefer the flavor of canned foods over fresh or frozen. It's all about our personal taste buds coming into play. But whether we prefer fresh over canned - the canned versions of healthy food choices can certainly come to the rescue when needed in a recipe when we don't have their fresher-peer on hand.

Recently, I was preparing a pot of chicken soup and too late I realized that I didn't have any fresh carrots on hand. Drained canned carrots came to the rescue. They were softer than I would have liked and had a mushy texture - and of course that 'canned flavor' but they were able to rescue my recipe.

Along this line, some foods 'can better' than others. Some of the ones that hold up well to the canning process and that taste close to their fresh peers include: beets, apples, peaches, pears, grapefruit, apricots, beans, black-eyed peas, lentils, chickpeas, corn, gravy, tuna, salmon and hominy.

Foods that don't hold up well to the canning process or that end-up with a slightly 'off' or 'funky' flavor include: spinach, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, English peas, mushrooms, asparagus and artichokes.

When possible, fresh is always best when it comes to getting the most nutritional values out of foods - but yet, when in a pinch, it's difficult to beat canned vegetables.

They also have a long shelf-life but be sure to check those cans on a regular basis.

If you don't conduct a routine inspection of the foods stored in your pantry, freezer and refrigerator for freshness and expiration of dates, then be certain to check the product's package before using. If it's out of date - it's not worth risking your health by eating the product.

Recipe Suggestions for Canned Vegetables

Here are some savvy suggestions for canned vegetables for use in your kitchen while dieting. Although not all foods can as well as others, the flavors can be masked to a degree in some recipes to enhance both the dish and bring out the better tones of the canned food.

- Add English peas to casseroles and soups, but use to a minimal degree and always fully drain the peas before using.

- Add canned beans to chili. Add refried beans to Mexican recipes such as tostadas.

- Use canned drained squash to create delicious casseroles.

- The flavor of canned sweet potatoes can be enhanced by draining the liquid. From there you can dust with ground cinnamon and even add a bit of sweetness to enhance flavor.

- Canned sliced potatoes taste pretty good when they are fully drained and cooked on the stove top using minimal extra virgin olive oil, a bit of salt and a heavy dose of cracked pepper. Serve with catsup.

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