Sunday, May 31, 2009

Calcium

I think I will take that one glass of milk instead of the 8 cups of cooked Spinach!


Source here

Fiber, Fiber, Fiber!

I ran across this article today and thought it was totally blog worthy. They list the Top 20 Fiber Foods and then a Fiber Content Table follows. Check it out, it is very interesting.

Top 20 Fiber Foods


1. Dried Beans, Peas, and other Legumes (baked beans, kidney beans, split peas, dried limas, garbanzos, pinto beans, and black beans)
2.Bran Cereals
Topping this list are Bran Buds and All-Bran, but 100% Bran, Raisin Bran, Most and Craklin' Bran are also excellent sources.
3. Fresh or frozen Lima Beans
4. Fresh or frozen Green Peas
5. Dried fruit, topped by Figs, Apricots and Dates
6. Raspberries, Blackberries, and Strawberries
7. Sweet Corn, cob or kernels
8. Whole-Wheat and other whole- grail cereal products.Rye, oats, buckwheat and stone-ground cornmeal are all high in fiber. Bread, Pasta, pizzas, pancakes and muffins made with whole-grain flours.
9. Broccoli
10. Baked Potato with skin (The skin when crisp is the past part for fiber.) Mashed and boiled potatoes are good, but not french fries, which contain a high percentage of fat.
11. Green snap beans, pole beans, and broad beans (Italian beans)
12. Plums, Pears, and Apples
13. Raisins and Prunes. Not as high on the list as other dried fruits but very valuable.
14. Greens- Spinach, Beet Greens, Kale, Collard, Swiss Chard and Turnip Greens
15. Nuts- Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Peanuts, and Walnuts ( Don't go nuts! They have a high fat content)
16. Cherries
17. Bananas
18. Carrots
19. Coconuts- Don't go Coco-Nuts either, They have a high fat content as well.
20. Brussels Sprouts

Recipes

Breakfast:
South Beach Diet Bars
Banquet Brown N' Serve Sausage Links
Mini Frittatas
Pop Up Pancakes
Strawberry Freezer Jam
Spinach-Bacon Quiche
Scrambled Eggs with Refried Beans
Zucchini Fritters
Cottage Cheese Pudding
Mushroom Sausage Quiche

Spinach and Mozzarella Scramble

Lunch:
Fast Food 300 cal Options
Crab Spread
Garden Turkey Wraps
Tuna Melt
Tuna Recipes
Chicken Salad
Egg Salad for One
Meatball Subs
Prosciutto-Muenster Quesadilla
Poppy Seed Chicken Salad
Chicken Salad Taco


Dinner:
Taco Salad
Mediterranean Seafood Skillet
Chicken-Spinach Frittata
Black Bean Burgers
Salsa Chicken
Mini Hamburgers
Cranberry Apple Chicken
Beefy Tomatoes
Black Bean Soup
BBQ Pork Tenderloin
Zucchini Meat Loaf
Zucchini Pizza Boats
Chicken Parmesan with Zucchini
Baked Fish
Chicken Alfredo
Chicken Stuffed with Ham and Cheese
Chicken Pot Pie
Italian Vegetable Soup
Mexican Stuffed Peppers
White Chicken Chili
Chili Relleno Pie
Cilantro Lime Fish
Tuna Loaf
Chicken Fried Rice
Cucumber and Avocado Soup
Curried Tuna Salad
BBQ Chicken
Tortilla Soup
Crockpot Chicken
Oven Fried Chicken
Baked Bean Casserole
Crockpot Pork Chops
Crockpot Fajitas
Taco Soup
Broiled Eggplant Parmesan
Baked Bean Casserole

Sides:
Strawberry-Spinach Salad
Southwestern Bean Salad
Zucchini Fries
Tomato and Corn Saute
Sweet Potato Fries
Pesto Vegetables
Grill Asparagus
Zucchini Tomato Salad
Tomato Gratin
Creamy Vegetables
Cheesy Cauliflower
Black Beans with Salsa
Zucchini and Tomatoes
Baked Onion Rings
Garlic White Beans
Garlic Green Beans

Snacks:

Pesto Veggie Dip
Bandster Cheesecake
A Simple Hummus
Easy Guacamole
Pinto Bean Dip
Pico de Gallo
Cheese Ball
Low Calorie Ranch Dressing

Desserts:
Nectarine Fruit Salad
Orange Dreamsicle Delight
Cheesecake

Drinks:Hot Chocolate


Taco Salad

Taco Salad
Meat:
1lb Lean Ground Beef, or Turkey
1 Taco Seasoning Pack
1 Can Black Beans
1/2 Can Corn
1/2 cup Chopped Onions
1/2 cup Chopped Mixed Peppers (Red, Yellow, Green)

Brown meat and drain. Add seasoning pack with 1/2 cup of water. Add other ingredients and simmer.

Top with anything and everything you like, Salsa, Fat-Free Cheese, Fat-Free Sour Cream, Tomatoes, etc. Serve with Salad.

For the Non-Bandsters in your family, this is great as taco meat, on nachos or tostadas, even as a topping for a Mexican Style Pizza.

Yields: 6-8 Bandster Style Portions

Strawberry-Spinach Salad

















Salad:
12 oz Fresh Spinach
2 cups Sliced Strawberries
2 Tbsp. Toasted Sesame Seeds (optional)

Dressing:
1/4 cup Safflower Oil
2 Tbsp. Salad Vinegar
2 Tbsp. Sugar
2 Tbsp. Minced Green Onion
1 tsp. salt
Dash of Pepper
Dash of Tabasco


Mix dressing together in a jar. Shake well and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. Clean spinach thoroughly. Combine salad ingredients with dressing and toss.

This salad is a perfect addition to anything grilled. It's great to take to BBQ's!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Welcome

Welcome, Welcome! My name is Megan and I have a gastric band. Throughout my journey being banded, I started to notice something was missing. I had great support from friends and family, but I didn't have many resources when it came to food and cooking. I am a mother of two young girls and a wife of an awesome guy who is banded as well. I am not the greatest cook, but I am starting to really enjoy it. I have a hard time finding band-friendly recipes. I would dig through countless forums, cooking sites and books for recipes. But, I never found what I was quite looking for. I wanted recipes by bandsters. I want to know what everyone else is eating and the products they love. So, welcome to Band Friendly Recipes, a collection of recipes by Bandsters for Bandsters.

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