Archive for the ‘Diet Food’ Category
Monday, October 28th, 2013
When autumn rolls around, Halloween is just around the corner. With this holiday and the season not only comes a wide selection of pumpkin flavored foods and drinks, but there are many other types of treats readily available that are typically unhealthy. Parties may serve cookies or pies, you face a barrage of candy at your local supermarket, and just about every recipe for cute treats tends to appear unhealthy. If you want to get into the spirit of the season and the holiday, but don’t want to ruin your healthy diet in the process, take a peek at our selection of healthy spooky treats below, compiled from a variety of sources all across the Internet.
Fruit can be fun too! If you want to serve up some scarily cute snacks, but you want to stay on
your healthy eating plan for this Halloween, don’t overlook fruit. You can peel an orange and place a small piece of celery in the center to make it look like a pumpkin or you can make a ghost banana with little pieces of chocolate for the eyes and mouth (as shown in picture). For a simple treat that celebrates the holiday, you can cut shapes out of a tomato as you would a Jack-o-lantern, and then place shredded cheese or other fruits inside. For quick and easy healthy Halloween snacks, you can even use a marker to draw the eyes and mouth on the skin of an unpeeled orange or on a container of pre-packaged mandarin oranges.
Protein for Halloween! You may be surprised to find that even kids will enjoy eating their protein if it is presented to them in a fun way. Deviled eggs with olives strategically placed quickly become spiders that are fun (yet healthy) to eat. You can also make mini pizzas with flatbread or low carb biscuit mix, use string cheese to create a mummy look, and then dot eyes with pizza sauce or another condiment.
The ideas are endless! By thinking outside the candy package, you will see that there are many different ways to incorporate healthy foods into Halloween designs so you can create fun and healthy snacks that celebrate the season without ruining your diet! And don’t forget to check out Linda’s Diet Delites, where you will find a variety of mixes and toppings that can be used to help you create your healthy Halloween snacks!
Monday, September 30th, 2013
If you have debated beginning a new healthy lifestyle on many occasions, but for some reason either never began making changes or simply couldn’t stick with your plan, we have some motivations that can help you get started. While you likely already have a goal of wanting to be healthier, thinner, reverse diabetes, live longer, etc., those are all long-term motivators. With a long-term motivator, it can be difficult to maintain focus long enough to achieve your goal of changing your lifestyle for the better. So, here are three short-term motivational reasons to begin your healthy lifestyle:
Looking better – While you will obviously lose any excess weight you may be carrying over the long term of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but you will begin to look better almost immediately. Bad-for-you foods can have a drastic effect on your body in a variety of ways, not just weight. Eating unhealthy foods can leave your skin looking drab, can cause bloating, and much more. Almost as soon as you rid your daily diet of these foods, you will begin to look better in general.
Feeling better – Although you may feel hungry at first, once you get your diet plan figured out perfectly, you will have more energy and sleep better at night, particularly if you include some exercise at least a few days a week into your routine.
Boosting confidence – When you accomplish any goal, it boosts confidence, can put a bounce in your step and a smile on your face. Every day, when you choose to eat healthy instead of opting for those bad-for-you foods, you will get that boost of confidence that can carry you through the next day. When you begin feeling better and looking better, the confidence will increase even more, spurring you to continue your new healthy lifestyle for the long term.
Have you decided to begin your healthy lifestyle? Be sure to visit us at Linda’s Diet Delites, where you will find a wide selection of low carb, gluten free, and other diet foods that can help you stick with your healthy eating plan while still enjoying food!
Friday, August 30th, 2013
Any time you begin a new lifestyle, particularly when it is related to something that is such a big part of your daily life such as food, it is important to be prepared in advance if you hope to achieve success over the long term.
Below are simple tips to help you get started in low carb dieting, so you will be able to stick with your new healthy habits and achieve your healthy goals:
Incorporate a variety of foods – If you stick with just a few foods, you are likely to get bored quickly.
If you are bored with your dietary options, you are less likely to stick with your low carb diet over the long term.
Instead, explore a variety of different types of foods, including recipes as well as low carb breads and other types of foods.
By learning about, trying, and incorporating a wide variety of foods into your low carb diet, you will be less likely to get bored with foods and ultimately stick with your healthy eating plan for much longer.
Think of your healthy diet differently – It is easy to call your new eating habits a “diet,” but this gives an overall negative quality.
Instead, look at your new eating habits as a new experience. An exercise in exerting willpower and testing yourself.
Not only will you ultimately feel better physically, but you will be able to take pride in the accomplishment.
Don’t forget to substitute – It may be easy to cut out the carbs on a daily basis, but what about special events? When you attend a meal and you want to eat a hot dog or a hamburger (with the bread)?
Stocking up on substitutions you love is the only way to combat those occasions in which you simply cannot resist the bread, pasta or other high-carb fave.
There are many different types of substitutions out there, so don’t get discouraged if the first brand/type you try doesn’t appeal to you.
Many different types of low carb, sugar free substitutions taste very similar to the originals.
Are you ready to begin your low carb diet?
Be sure to check out our wide selection of low carb foods at Linda’s Diet Delites! We have breads, mixes, snacks, noodles, and much more to help you stick to your new healthy plan!
Friday, July 26th, 2013
How Happy Foods Work
There are many different types of foods that can help boost your mood. Some of these foods are shown to help fight depression, while others offer a more instantaneous effect of happiness. Omega-3 fatty acids and foods containing them (such as salmon) are thought to offer long-term happiness benefits, but some other foods actually boost the serotonin levels in the brain (that feel-good chemical that comes after exercise – and yes, eating chocolate). These foods are typically ones that contain tryptophan, which the body then converts to serotonin in the brain.
The Effect of Foods on Serotonin Levels
There are many types of foods that are known to increase serotonin levels which results in a quick mood boost, and many of these allow you to stick to your low carb or other diet without interference. Such foods include eggs, cheese, and a variety of other dairy products. Sesame seeds and brown rice are also foods that could be called happy foods, as they create that natural mood boost you are seeking. Flaxseed (you can buy the seeds, products that contain these ingredients such as flax seed crackers, or you can use flax seed oil) is often referred to as the “happy seed” because it contains the omega-3 fatty acids thought to fend off depression, along with the tryptophan that helps raise serotonin levels. Bananas are also thought to boost mood levels along with providing other long-term benefits.
Sticking to Your Diet When Eating Happy Foods
In most cases, foods that boost the mood are also healthy foods and will allow you to stick to your low carb or other healthy diet. In some cases, however, you may end up ingesting just a few more carbs than normal or sacrificing those carbs later in the day to get that natural mood boost when you need it. Since there are many different types of mood-boosting foods, you should be able to incorporate a variety of kinds so you achieve the overall increase in happiness without ruining your diet.
Thanks for reading our article! If you are ready to stock up on great happy foods, visit us at Linda’s Diet Delites!
Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
If you are thinking of beginning a low carb diet, you may feel intimated by the idea of such a big change. In some cases, the complete overhaul of your diet can be so scary that you never begin in the first place. There are a few simple steps you can take before going all-in on a low carb diet that can make the entire process a much smoother transition for you. Read below to learn all about these simple steps:
Eat more veggies. Of course, you don’t want to increase your intake of high-carb vegetables such as potatoes, but there are many different types of vegetables that can be added into your diet to take the place of the foods you will have to remove when you begin your low carb diet. By increasing vegetable intake before beginning your diet, you can begin to explore and find great-tasting options that will make the transition in your diet much easier.
Increase protein intake. Since low carb diets typically include a lot of protein, if you increase your intake of this type of food over time, the decrease of carbohydrates in your diet will be less noticeable when you make the switch. Discovering new types of foods and new ways to make them can help, as you won’t feel as though you are missing out on great foods when you make the switch to a full low carb diet.
Taste-test low carb food options. If you have a high-carb weakness, such as tortillas, breaded foods, or any other type of food, begin exploring low carb options before beginning your diet. There are many different types of low carb products available on the market, but you may not like all of them. If you wait until you begin your low carb diet to buy a food and you hate it, you may be tempted to sway from your new diet plan. By knowing in advance what types of low carb breads, tortillas, etc. you enjoy, however, you can make the transition to a low carb diet without feeling like you are missing out on great foods.
By taking these small steps before beginning your low carb diet, you will be able to make the switch without trepidation or hesitation and ultimately achieve success.
Thanks for reading our blog! Don’t forget to visit our online store at Linda’s Diet Delites to find great low carb food options that can help you make the switch to your new healthier lifestyle!
Thursday, June 6th, 2013
Bread is a big part of our lives. It may not be something that ever really crosses a person’s mind until they begin a low carb diet. Then, suddenly, it becomes very apparent how often bread is included in meals. For some, bread accompanies every large dinner as a side. For others, rolls or biscuits are included. There are sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, and many other meals that feature bread of some sort as a big part of the meal. That’s why, when you first begin low carb dieting, you may really miss it. Read on for a few simple tips that can help you adjust to your new bread-less world.
Substitutions may taste different that traditional bread, but are often better than no bread at all. Any time you make a change in your diet, such as eliminating carbs, there will be some different flavors involved that will take some adjustment. There are a wide variety of low carb breads available on the market, both online and in your local physical grocery store, that can replace traditional bread. While these low carb versions will taste slightly different than your regular bread, there are so many varieties that you are sure to find one you like. Over time, you will adjust to the new flavor. In many cases, after eating low carb bread regularly, if you ever have traditional bread you won’t enjoy it as much as the bread you have become accustomed to.
Compensation for missing bread with other foods is often a great way to keep yourself from craving the bread you are missing from your diet. There are a variety of ways this can be done, but if you compensate for the missing bread with another food, it is important to be sure it is of a low carb variety. There are many recipes available that use a different food item in the place of bread for sandwiches or items that would otherwise use a crust or tortilla. You can also come up with your own ideas and test them out to find a great way to compensate for the missing bread in your low carb diet. This is also true for other versions of bread, such as croutons, in which you can substitute a variety of different types of low carb foods.
Elimination of bread from your entire diet may be extremely difficult at first, but it will get easier over time. For some people this is the best option, as having other low carb versions of bread don’t taste the same to them or are more costly than traditional bread. It can also be a good idea to eliminate bread completely in the beginning, while compensating for the lack of bread with other foods, and later introducing low carb varieties of breads.
If you decide to purchase low carb breads, buns or rolls to keep on hand as a substitution for traditional bread, be sure to visit our store at Linda’s Diet Delites to find great-tasting options!
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
If you are on a low carb or low sugar diet, you have likely already discovered the limitations on flavorings for foods. Typical creams, sauces, and other flavorings can be carb- or sugar-laden, causing you to ruin your diet without even realizing it. Read on for tips to flavor foods with great spices without adding any extra carbohydrates or sugar to your meals:
Skip the prepackaged spices – although you can read the carb or sugar count on the nutrition labels of prepackaged spices, they typically have excess salt or sugar that you likely want to avoid in your diet. Instead, choose your own spices and mix them to your preference.
Keep a resource handy to double-check carb and sugar count of your spices. This particularly comes in handy when you purchase fresh spices that don’t have a nutrition label (some spice containers don’t have this information, either). CalorieKing is a great option. This also comes in handy when making your grocery list or planning meals, as you can check in advance of your purchase to be sure you are purchasing the best low carb and sugar free options for you.
Dried vs. fresh spices – When you opt for dried spices, you usually want to add them while cooking to maximize flavor. For fresh spices, however, the best option is to add them just before your meal is done cooking.
Build confidence over time – When you begin cooking with spices and you have no idea what type of spice should be used with what type of food (is cumin for Italian food? is garlic good to use for Mexican style food?) When you feel clueless on making low carb or low sugar meals by using spices, there are many resources you can turn to. If you have a certain recipe in mind, you can usually find it available on the Internet. If you can’t find what you are looking for, you can look up a similar recipe in a cookbook or online
and use it as a resource. For example, if you want to make a low carb Italian dish, but you aren’t sure what type of spices to use, you can look up a recipe for lasagna or another Italian dish to get ideas.
If you still don’t feel comfortable spicing your foods on your own, or you prefer foods with more moisture, you can opt for low carb versions of sauces and other flavorings instead.
Find great low carb or low sugar flavorings and sauces at Linda’s Diet Delites to make every meal taste great!
Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
Any time you eat a special type of diet, be it low carb, gluten free, or low fat, going out to a restaurant can seem tedious. You may even opt to avoid going out to eat simply because you can’t find something that stays within your dietary limits or you feel uncomfortable special-ordering your foods. Read on for some simple tips that can make going out to eat more enjoyable for those on a specialty diet.
Be careful of basic “healthy” titles – Subway is one great example of a restaurant that is known for its healthy options. However, if you are maintaining a low carb diet, you won’t want to simply choose an item that appears to be healthy. Some 6-inch sub sandwiches contain as many as 40 grams of carbohydrates or more. If a restaurant or a menu item claims to be healthy, check for actual numbers to be knowledgeable about your food.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions – If there is no listed carb count, or you are unsure if something contains gluten or sugar, don’t be afraid to ask a worker at the restaurant. If at a fast food restaurant, you can ask to speak with a manager, and if at a nice restaurant you can begin with your server (they may have even been asked the question before and know the answer immediately). Don’t forget, some restaurant foods contain unexpected ingredients in their own special recipe.
Special orders are common – If you feel uncomfortable ordering your food in a special way so you can adhere to a low carb diet, there is no reason to feel this way. Many people ask for low carb substitutions for their mashed potatoes, or even ask that their food not have the typical breading. If you need to limit dairy in your diet, you can even ask that your chicken breast not be grilled in butter. By asking how things are prepared, you can determ
ine how it would need to be cooked so you can enjoy your night out and still stick to your low carb, gluten free or other diet.
Thanks for reading our blog! Eating out at restaurants doesn’t have to be difficult and neither does eating meals or snacks at home! For great low carb, sugar free, and gluten free food options, visit us online at Linda’s Diet Delites and place your order today!
Friday, April 26th, 2013
For many of us, one of the hardest aspects of the low carb diet is giving up the potato. Sure, you can replace it with great meats and cheese and a variety of vegetables that are safe for a low carb diet. But the potato tastes great cooked so many ways, it can seem virtually impossible to replace it with something equally as tasty. It is possible, however, to learn to love substitutions for the potato and maintain your low carb diet, achieving better health, weight loss, lower blood sugar, and a variety of additional benefits. Read on for some ideas:
Alternative root vegetables – For some, there are root vegetables that can act as a tasty substitute for the potato, while still allowing you to maintain your low carb diet. Turnips, celery root, and rutabaga. Although all of these root vegetables have a longer cook time than the potato, they can be cooked in a variety of ways. You can slice them and fry them, bake them as you would a potato, or bake them as you would scalloped potatoes.
Cauliflower – Cauliflower is one of the go-to replacements for potatoes for many low carb dieters. Although it doesn’t have the same texture, it is easy to mash and can be used as a mashed potato or potato salad replacement. When using them as a low carb mashed potato substitute, add in bacon and cheese to get a great baked potato flavor.
Store-bought replacements – Although many people like root vegetables or cauliflower as a potato substitute, if it just doesn’t seem to satisfy your craving for potatoes, you still have options. There are many store-bought low carb potato item replacements available on the market to choose from. You can find low carb potato chip substitutions and even low carb instant mashed potatoes.
Whatever type of substitution you choose to take the place of potatoes while on your low carb diet, keep in mind that you will likely develop a taste for the food over time. In the beginning, mashed cauliflower may taste nothing like the mashed potatoes you know and love. After weeks or even months of not eating a real potato, however, the substitution will begin to taste much better and offer a great low carb alternative to potatoes.
Thanks for reading our blog! For great low carb potato substitutions and other foods, visit us at Linda’s Diet Delites!
Tuesday, April 16th, 2013
Spring time is upon many of us, and with it comes perfect weather and more outdoor fun. Along with the nice weather and the time spent outdoors, however, barbecues and picnics typically take precedence over indoor meals. Unfortunately, however many of these types of outdoor meals contain massive amounts of carbohydrates, typically in the form of buns and sauces. Read on for some ideas for having your favorite traditional summer/springtime foods without the high carb count.
Elimination of high carb foods – In some situations, it is easiest to simply eliminate certain parts of foods that contain high carb counts. One such food is the bun for hamburgers or hot dogs (two of the most commonly grilled foods). Additionally, you can eliminate sauces containing unnecessarily high carbohydrate counts. Even a simple barbecue sauce often contains close to 20 grams of carbs in a serving (two tablespoons). By eliminating these types of sauces, you can easily stick to your low carb diet plan while still enjoying a day of food in the great outdoors.
Substitution – If you love certain foods at picnics, barbecues, and other spring/summer meals, and don’t want to eliminate them from the meal, but you don’t want the excess carbs either, consider substituting low carb low carb buns, sauces and more that will allow you to eat the foods you love at any gathering without ruining your low carb diet.
versions of the same food items. By experimenting with different brands and types of foods, you are sure to find great-tasting
Altering recipes – Many common recipes available at barbecues contain high carb counts, such as pasta salad and potato salad. Instead of going without these great-tasting barbecue staples, you can use a low carb recipe that will enable you to enjoy the food without anyone ever knowing that it is an altered recipe. Instead of a potato salad, you can mash cauliflower and add cooked bacon along with cheese and onions for a unique salad that is sure to impress. Altering the way meat is cooked can eliminate some unnecessary carbohydrates as well. Instead of slathering meat with a sauce for flavor, opt for fresh lemon or lime juice and spices that will ensure the food tastes great without ruining your low carb diet. You can create your own recipe through experimentation, or search online for low carb recipes to find a wide selection of great options.
Thanks for reading our blog! To stock up on great low carb buns and sauces to be prepared for any picnic or barbecue event, visit our store at Linda’s Diet Delites!