Need an easy, healthy appetizer to make for a special occasion? Try these mini quiche using premade pastry shells. The fat content of this hors d’oeuvres is reduced compared to its traditional counterpart by using egg whites, fat-free evaporated milk, and reduced-fat feta cheese. To help you find the ingredients that fit best with your nutritional and health needs, use your “Shop to Lose“, “Eat This?”, and “Eat What?” apps for the iPhone. Click here for the recipe.
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Traditionally prepared and cooked pancakes can mean consuming a lot of extra calories from fat and carbs. But, there are a few tricks that can make this comfort food healthier. To cut down on the fat, try oven-baking the pancakes. You can reduce the sugar content by lightly dusting the cooked pancakes with powdered sugar, rather than dousing them with maple syrup. The fiber content can be increased by using pancake mix made of whole-grain flour. And, use your “Eat What?” app for the iPhone to find a pancake mix that fits into your diet plan.
The “Eat What?” app provides you with a list of recommended products in the food category that you are interested. A great feature of this app is that it allows you to modify the search criteria for the saturated fat, sugar, carbohydrate, and fiber content of the product (e.g., choose from “no saturated fat,” “low saturated fat,” “reduced saturated fat,” or “ignore” categories). By modifying my search, I reduced the number of options from which I had to choose and increased my chances of getting the right product for me.
I chose an oatmeal pancake mix to make oven-baked oatmeal-blueberry pancakes for my family. Here is what I did to make them. First, I preheated the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, I sprayed a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray and set it aside. Next, I followed the pancake package directions for the number of pancakes I wanted to make (14-18 pancakes). I added 1 tsp of baking powder to the batter and combined it. Then, I folded in fresh blueberries (about 1/4 cup per 1 cup of dry mix). Using 1/4 cup of batter per pancake, I poured the mixture onto the baking sheet – separating pancakes by about 3 inches.** Then, I baked them for approximately 8 minutes. The pancakes will resemble large cookies when done.
**Note, my family likes pancakes from thick batter which holds its form on a cold baking sheet. If you like thin batter, preheat the baking sheet prior to pouring the mixture onto it to prevent it from spreading out too much prior to cooking.
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Last month, PICKKA launched a cool new app for the iPhone – “Eat What?“. This nifty app provides you with a list of recommended products to buy at the grocery store and/or suggestions of menu items from a restaurant based on your dietary objectives (e.g., management of diabetes, prediabetes, weight, cholesterol, and high blood pressure, and/or adhering to healthy eating). Eat What? is simple to use.
First, select your health objectives.
Second, specify whether you want to search restaurant menu items or products from the grocery store. Then, type the name of the restaurant, product brand, or food category for which you would like recommendations.
Third, review the list of recommendations. Nutritional information is provided as well as consumer ratings of taste to help you narrow your choice.
“Eat What?” eliminates the guess work out of deciding what to eat so you can spend more time enjoying your food and less time analyzing it. For an easy way to stay on track, download the “Eat What?” app for your iPhone.