Monday, February 20, 2017

Negative Calorie Foods

You might have heard about Negative Calorie Foods.  These are foods that require more energy to burn them, than they provide, resulting in negative calories. Consuming Negative calorie foods will burn more calories in chewing and digestion process as compared to the calories they provide for the body. Eating these foods will create a calorie-deficit in the body, ultimately helps in weight loss. This theory is called the negative calorie effect.

It's easy to get tired of the same old snack food, so be sure to switch things up.  Try: Apple slices (plain or with almond butter), a handful of crunchy green beans, radishes (raw or roasted), slice of watermelon, an orange, a fruit and veggie smoothie, celery (plain or with almond butter), a small salad, a small fruit salad, cucumber slices, etc.
Negative Calorie Herbs/Spices
  • Anise
  • Cayenne
  • Chili peppers
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Coriander/Cilantro
  • Cumin
  • Dill
  • Fennel seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Garden cress
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Parsley
  • Mustard seeds
  • Watercress
I have a fantastic chip-replacement recipe for you.  I haven't made them in a while, so I don't have my own photo to show you.  I did swipe one from the internet to show you.

Zucchini Chips
1-4 Zucchini, depending on amount you want
Sea Salt, or other spices/herbs you prefer

1. You can use an oven or a dehydrator.  If you use an oven, preheat to 225F.  For a dehydrator, you will set it to 135F.
2. Slice your zucchini VERY thin.  A mandolin slicer is recommended.  Take your time.
3. Put them into a plastic bag with whatever you want for seasoning like sea salt (for plain) or something more flavorful like chili powder or salt/pepper, etc.  Shake it up to coat the zucchini.
4. Lay out the zucchini rounds on a dehydrator tray or on parchement paper on an oven sheet.
5. For oven time, bake for 1 hour, flip the chips over and bake for another 20 minutes or until crispy.  For the dehydrator, I've seen times range from 6 hours to 12 hours.  I tend to check on my dehydrator while it's dehydrating food.  I think it also depends on the thickness of the slices - thin slices are faster.

I think dehydrators are great.  It does take a while for them to do their job, but you can make your own jerky, dehydrate fruits and veggies, make fruit roll ups, etc.  I highly recommend dehydrating watermelon.  It is very addictive.  Search pinterest for more ideas.

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