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Saving Dinner
by Leanne Ely, Certified Nutrition Counselor

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In a world where the list is king, doesn't it make sense to know what not to eat in addition to what you should eat?

That's how I look at it and you know how much I love me a good list!

The foods you should try to avoid are deserving of their own list too, dontcha think? But I've done one better on this particular list. While I've named the culprit in disturbing your peace (health and weight), I've also named the hero in restoring your well-being (begin applause now).

Let's get right to business then and get rolling with this list. If you stick with me, you'll know how to dodge these negative nutritional bullets and make better choices at the grocery store and when dining out.

Culprit #1: Deep-Fried Anything
Sorry, but if you frequently order deep fried, make deep fried or even use the words deep fried, you might as well look for a cardiologist at the same time. Deep frying is positively the worst possible choice for having anything prepared. And don't let the words, "lightly fried" fool you either, as in tempura! It's all wickedness!

Hero #1: Sauteed for Flavor
This cooking technique uses minimal oil (preferably olive oil) and gives your food the flavor and complexity you're looking for. I sauté my green beans after steaming them in olive oil (not virgin, that's too fine an oil for heat), a lot of fresh garlic, a little sea salt and a liberal grinding of fresh pepper. Unbelievable taste with very little fat and no bad fat, either.

Culprit #2: White Bread
Thud. Did you hear that? That's the sound of white bread landing in your gullet. It's squishy, gooey and gluey and it's adhering to the sides of your intestines, do you feel it? Blech. Considering the negative nutrition associated with denatured flour, why would anyone make that choice in this enlightened century? Lose the white bread already!

Hero #2: Sprouted Wheat Bread
Okay, check this out. When you sprout grain, then make it into bread, not only is a lot easier on your digestion, it's packed full of nutrients traditional bread doesn't have! Consider this nugget: your body looks at sprouted grain as veggies, not starch! That's good news if your thighs sprout inches just by eating a sandwich with two pieces ...    Continue

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