Summertime Cooking, The Healthy Way with Elaine Magee, RD
Enjoy the joys of summer -- and stay healthy too!
Cobbling Up a Lighter Cobbler
Member question: In the summer I love to make fresh fruit cobblers.
How can I lighten up cobbler? I am already adding flax seed to the topping!
Magee: I actually have a to-die-for recipe for any fruit crisp in my
flax seed cookbook, which is called The Flax Cookbook. It's page 172 of
the cookbook. Let me just read off the topping ingredients, because that's
basically where you're making the changes.
For the crisp topping I use:
- 1/3 cups walnuts
- 2/3 cup flour
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed, and if you don't want to use flax seed just
increase the flour.
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of salt, if using unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted. You can use a no trans margarine in place of
the butter, if you want.
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup or light pancake syrup
That's it! Basically what we've done is decrease the brown sugar a little,
cut the butter in half, and used maple syrup in place of half the butter. So
the calories have gone down and the fat grams have gone down.
Moderator: I have made your Any Fruit Crisp -- it is fantastic! You
also have fruit smoothies in there that make terrific cool summertime
Magee: My favorite is probably strawberry banana-fana smoothie. It
- One cup apple juice
- Two cups frozen or fresh strawberries
- Two small bananas or one large banana sliced
- Two cups vanilla non-fat frozen yogurt or light ice cream
- 3 tablespoons ground flax seed
This makes three smoothies. Each smoothie has almost 7 grams of fiber, too.
They're delicious. I don't even like bananas, but I like that smoothie. I can
tell you my children's favorite is peanut butter cup smoothie. And there are
lots of other choices, like the Maui mango smoothie.
Moderator: We've been talking about summertime foods for most people.
But now let's take a look at those with special needs.
Member question: I am hypoglycemic and I also have difficulties with
irritable bowel syndrome. My husband does not have any problems now but
diabetes runs in his family. We are on a budget; what foods are best for us?
Also, I've heard different things about low carbs versus no carbs versus low
fat versus high fat, and no meat versus lots of meat. What is best?
Magee: First of all, I can understand special needs; I have irritable
bowel myself and my dad has had diabetes most of his adult life. Generally,
what I'm talking about would work for people with diabetes. For example, people
with diabetes are helped by keeping track of carbs, fat, and fiber. That way
they discover what combination works best for them and their blood sugars. So
you could enjoy pasta salad and barbecued chicken, for example, you would
hopefully be keeping track of the amount of certain foods that work for