Saturday Swapit #48

I am not, nor do I claim to be, a professional dietician, nutritionist or diet programme consultant.
I rejoined SW in May 2019, achieved my target in August that year and had managed to stay within my target parameters for over three years.
Saturday Swapit is not intended as a diet programme, and anyone who wants or needs to lose serious weight should consult a medical professional or their GP.
I started this series to give encouragement and support to those having the diet doldrums. I hope some readers have taken heart throughout 2022 and maybe picked up a few tips here and there. Diet is a four letter word, but then so is food.

IMO, more should be taught about nutrition in schools, and how to make a meal from the basic of ingredients.
Hands up those who love mashed potatoes.
At school, it was never the same as Mum used to make, but then they didn’t add butter or milk. In adult life, we can have mash, but those of us counting calories/syns/points omit the butter.
How about cake?
I cut down the fat and sugar in my cakes some years ago and it doesn’t detract from the taste. If using dried fruit, even less sugar may be necessary as the fruit provides the sweetness.
When making a fresh fruit crumble, some sugar may be needed to reduce acidity, but my topping of a 50/50 mix of porridge oats and granola requires no fat, flour or sugar so again calories etc are reduced.
Do you make your own sauces?
The beauty of that if you do is that you know exactly what goes into it so again you can cut down on the bad stuff.

I am not a fan of artificial sweeteners as those I tried left a residue in the mouth which spoilt the flavour of the dish.

There are alternatives to frying, and I cook my chicken breasts or sausages in water rather than fat, or of course you can grill of bake them in the oven.

What I am trying to say is there is no reason why we can’t have the foods we enjoy if we can adapt the way we cook them. Sometimes, they actually taste better as you get the flavour of the food, not the ingredient it’s cooked in.

Swings and roundabouts.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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7 Responses to Saturday Swapit #48

  1. murisopsis says:

    At Thanksgiving I made an Apple Cranberry pie – completely forgot the sugar! And it tasted better!!

  2. Nope, Not Pam says:

    Sometimes you just have to eat to enjoy and not worry about the consequences

  3. glyn40wilton says:

    “For mash get Smash!” I hated that stuff. I still have cake but mainly just on a Sunday as a treat (‘cakey tea’). It’s a tradition in the family.

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