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100 – 150 Calorie Snacks

Who doesn’t like to snack?  In fact, snacking is good for you.  If you want to lose weight, you should eat five or six small meals or snacks per day. Your body burns calories by digesting food, so if you’re feeding yourself at regular intervals throughout the day you’re burning more calories.

 

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Flax Seed Egg Replacer

 

Flax Seed Egg Replacer
Did you know that flax seed can be used as an egg replacement in baking? Well, it can and below is the method.
Serves: equivalent of 1 egg
Ingredients
  • 3 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon golden flax meal
Instructions
  1. Grind the golden flax seeds into a meal in a blender or spice grinder. You may want to grind a larger amount and store it for future use. Like flax oil, flax seeds are extremely perishable so if you grind a larger amount for later use, store it in an airtight container in the freezer for up to one year. 1 cup of golden flax seeds equals about 1 ⅓ cup of flax meal.
  2. Add the water to a small bowl or cup. Add the flax meal and mix together with a whisk or fork. Let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes so it develops a gelatinous texture similar to a raw egg. Warm water will speed up this gelling process and make it happen about twice as fast.
  3. This method won’t work when a smooth, creamy texture or a uniform light color is desired; the flax seed particles will make soft ingredients such as frostings and sauces grainy and light colored cakes will have golden flecks
Notes
For comparison purposes below is the nutritional info for 1 egg:

Calories - 63
Total fat - 4.4g
Sat fat - 1.4g
Sodium - 62mg
Cholesterol - 164mg
Carbohydrates - 0.3g
Protein - 5.5g
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 35 Fat: 2.5g Saturated fat: 0g Trans fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 1.5g Sugar: 0g Sodium: 1mg Fiber: 1.0g Protein: 1.5g Cholesterol: 0mg

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Water Kefir

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Water kefir (pronounced ke-feer) is a probiotic drink made from water kefir grains.  I have started drinking this instead of sodas or commercially flavored water.

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Benefits of soaking and sprouting

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Soaking and sprounting nuts, seeds and grains begins the germination process in the dormant nut or seed, making it easier to digest and converting the carbohydrates to protein.

 

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