When I set out to make my own granola cereal I wanted something I could really feel good about eating and would help me keep my weight down. I only use a tablespoon of peanut butter as a fat instead of oil. Lots of cinnamon and just a touch of agave and brown sugar to sweeten it all.
Besides being lower in sugar and higher in fiber than store bought granola cereal, it’s more fun to make your own. GO TO RECIPE >
These low fat, sweet cornmeal cakes are a great companion to vegetable soup or a crock pot of beans. GO TO RECIPE >
I have always just bought rice or soy milk and never really gave it much thought. Soy milk I use in smoothies and rice I like in cereal. I used soy when I wanted a thick and creamy milk and rice when I want something more watery. I accidentally picked up a carton of almond milk a few weeks ago at the grocery store and instantly flipped it over to the back to read the label out of curiosity . I assumed that I would read it had a lot of fat per cup. After all almonds have a lot of fat. I was shocked to read that it only had 2.5 grams of fat, almost half as much as soy milk. And then reading further I see it has more than half the calories of soy. I was sold!
If you’ve never tried unsweetened almond milk, it has the same creamy consistency of soy. Unsweetened soy has 80 calories, while almond has only 35. That may not seem like a big difference but calories can quickly add up. For example, I drink 2 cups of chocolate milk and 1/2 a cup in my oatmeal everyday. And an additional 2 cups a week goes into my occasional smoothies. So simply switching to almond milk has given me a calorie deficit of around 3,800 calories a month. 3,500 calories equals 1 pound a month of weight loss. A simple, effortless act like switching from soy to almond milk can help me trim off 12 to 13 pounds in 1 year, which is incredible.
And if that isn’t enough to convince you to switch, most people find it taste better than soy, especially when comparing unsweetened varieties. So if you drink a lot of soy milk everyday, make a simple change to almond milk in 2012 and by the end of the year you might see your waistline change.
A delicious and quick low-fat vegan corn chowder. GO TO RECIPE >