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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Low-Carb, Low-Fat Chanukah, Can it be done?

Last year my kids were so excited that I had started losing weight that they made me special low-fat, low-carb vegetable latkes (pancakes.)

Instead of high glycemic potatoes, they grated carrots, squash and other low carbohydrate vegetables, and to cut down on the fat, they fried them on a tefon pan.  If they had an oven, they would have baked them.

It's already the second night of Chanukah and never too late to find alternatives to the traditionally fattening recipes.

An alternative to sufganiyot would be a better, healthier dessert, like fruit.  It's better to eat more than your usual fruit than start gorging, binging on jelly doughnuts and other fried batter treats.  The worst thing is to try to suppress your cravings while others are eating sweet, delicious, forbidden foods.

Honestly, I've reached the point when I'm happier, really, sincerely happier eating bananas, pomegranates, oranges, kiwis etc than the cake others are eating.


Anonymous said...

I've always thought that carrots have one of the highest glycemic index possible. Maybe I was wrong???


Batya said...

I've checked with various low-carb lists and with friends who are diabetic. Most permit carrots. It could be that the roughage counteracts the glycemic factor. I find carrots to be very effective in curbing my appetite, more than any other vegetable.