Monday, January 11, 2010
Pink Yogurt with Grain-Free Granola
One of my goals for healthy eating in 2010 is to eliminate gluten from my diet. I don't think grains do my body good, and there are delicious alternatives for baking without grains that I'm learning about, such as almond meal and coconut flour. I also am aiming for a lower carbohydrate intake, which for me means less then 100 grams carbs a day. On top of this I only want to feed myself real food of course! No bars impersonating actual food, thank you very much!
So how about some nutritious yogurt, fresh or frozen blackberries and my favorite gluten-free, grain-free granola? I eat this breakfast many mornings and find it very satisfying, not to mention pretty in all its pinkness! The nutritional content of 6oz of Cultural Revolution unsweetened yogurt, 1/2 cup Lydia's Grain-Free Berry Cereal, and 1/4 cup frozen blackberries totals 24 grams carbs and about 400 calories.
For many folks on a more typical American diet, a "healthy" breakfast might be Kashi GOLEAN crunch with 1 cup of skim milk (by-the-by, as my mom would say, did you know the more skimmed your milk is the more sugar is it in, per cup?). This meal has 49 grams of carbs and 281 calories (personally I would still feel hungry having only eaten this for breakfast). Sounds like it's meant to be good for you and help you maintain a healthy weight, right?
If you read up on the effects of carbohydrate intake and weight gain you might come to the conclusion, as I have for myself, that a major part of the reason folks in Western countries are struggling with obesity, diabetes, and heart disease at such alarmingly high rates, is due to our very high refined carbohydrate consumption (think chips, crackers, muffins, white pizza, white bread, etc). If you are thinking there might be something to this crazy idea that the Food Pyramid's guide for Americans is not working out so well for us (um, up to 11 servings of grains per day? That could equal an entire loaf of bread, which at 24 grams per slice would be 251 grams of carbs from this alone!) following is some recommended reading for you (and if you think this carb stuff is coo-koo, still feel free to try my breakfast idea; it's fast and filling and did I mention, pink, yet food-coloring free!).
Dr. Eades's blog: low-carb lifestyle advocate and author of numerous books on low-carb dieting.
Dr. Harris's blog is one of my favorites. He is a practicing radiologist and writes about nutrition and low-carb eating from an anthropological perspective.
Mark's Daily Apple: here is an introduction to "Primal", low-carb nutrition for better health and weight-loss, eat the way your body evolved to eat.
Good Calories, Bad Calories by science writer Gary Taubes. This book is a wealth of information that is provocative and a challenge to read but well worth the effort.