Recipes, Food Tips, Healthy Eating & More

Posted by Debbra Williams, Alumna Mentor @debbraw, Feb 22, 2019

Some of the members of the Gratitude Discussion Group were interested in having a place to share recipes and food ideas. I’m hoping that we can use this thread as a place to have that kind of discussion. I’d love to hear your ideas for quick meals, comfort food, healthy snacks, and more.

Personally, I’ve just been through a bad reaction to one of my medications that left me with a very queasy stomach. I would love to hear ideas – or recipes – that might be used when you need to get something on your stomach, but don’t want to overdo it.

Hopefully, this thread will even be a place where we can share recipes for special treats and yummy rewards. It doesn’t always have to be healthy!

I’d love to hear from members who have been part of other discussions AND from new members who have good ideas, recipes and food tips to share. I’m excited to see who might start us off here with an awesome food suggestion!

Interested in more discussions like this? Go to the Just Want to Talk Support Group.

@merpreb

@JAke- go out and buy prepared meals form your grocery store. You will make yourself sick and wind up in trouble if you don't eat a balanced diet.

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@merpreb @jakedduck1 That can be a great idea as long as you are not sodium restricted. Prepared foods are generally very high in sodium. We went out to eat last night to a restaurant that has nutrition online. Basically, everything had more than 2000 mg of sodium, some dinners as high as 3000 mg. I try to keep my sodium to 1500 mg a day! My only option was a small steak, unseasoned. It was not a restaurant that you would normally get a steak at, it's an Italian restaurant! I would have loved some eggplant parm.
JK

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I agree- I thought of that after I posted. There are vegetarian restaurants or stores around that do not put a lot of sodium in their foods at all. Jake – do you drive? Perhaps you could google a few and see what you find.

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@jakedduck1

@merpreb
Thanks Merry but prepared foods not allowed either. I’d like to go out for a glorious steak dinner with a monster baked potato with globs of butter, sour cream, chives and cheese also some asparagus smothered in cheese sauce and a Dr Pepper. Then stop by the cheesecake kitchen for dessert. It’s been over a year since I’ve gone out for a decent meal. After all it is my birthday. But my doctor would squawk big time. Oh well, the fantasy was nice while it lasted.
Jake

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@jakedduck1 Jake, your dream dinner sounds good to me. Can you have steak? We generally have beef once a week. I rarely eat starches, so baked potatoes are a Godsend to prepare for my husband, either that or a yummy roll.

I hope you have a great birthday, and that you have something to eat that you do enjoy. Does your doctor allow a very occasional splurge, if the splurge is not too bad? A small steak with a plain baked potato doesn't sound too bad to me. Forget the sour cream, the cheesecake, and all though. I can't remember the last time I had cheesecake.
My husband is in incredible health and eats whaever he wants. It's tough preparing dinner for him when I can't eat many of the things that he eats. He is reasonably trim, takes no medications and goes to the gym about 3 days a week. He's 83 so that's pretty darned good. Most people think he's in his late 60s, early 70s. He has great genes. I do not.
JK

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@jakedduck1

@merpreb
I have to force myself but I’ll do it kicking and screaming all the way.
Jake

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Jake- Than just do it. Taking care of yourself is upmost important- you know this! You mention that you can't eat a lot of things because you have a limited diet for health reasons and you doctor will get angry with you. Well I'm going to call him and tell him that you aren't eating well! Now do what it takes to make yourself feel good, get out of the house and look for healthy food. It's out there, and you know it! 🙂

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@contentandwell So true about salt being high in so many things. It is a challenge. @jakedduck1 A salt restricted way of eating is another thing that those nasty people that care about you have taken away. It sucks to be you right now. Please do not cop an attitude and eliminate salt entirely as that can really mess you up. You can do this. I will tolerate you murmuring and complaining as it is your birthday. 🎁

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@jakedduck1

@rosemarya
Oh Rosemary such ugly 4 letter words.
Cook, bake, peel, core, wrap etc.
Usually go out with family and a couple friends or a friend invites me over for dinner before my doctor put a stop to eating out.
My Mom says she gave us whatever too but I have no childhood memories of it.
I love apples, even have an apple tree. East at least 1 a day. Love fruit and Mellons. I prefer now that birthdays come and go unnoticed.
Jake

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@jakedduck1. Hi Jake, I hope you’ve had a good day in spite of everything else! I know what it’s like to go through what you’re going through. It’s terribly hard! And it’s difficult to find things as good as what we grew up with. I hope you can do so. If you ever need someone to commiserate with – I’m here!!…. Karen

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@jakedduck1 Salt can be a killer do as others have said don't eliminate it or overdo it I ,m not sure but 1500 is the max for women I don't know for nen but all your can good have alot of salt usually so opt for Low Sodium can goods or freash veggies and fruit

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@jakedduck1 What is your limit on daily sodium intake? Why is it restricted? You will need to pay attention to portion size for a serving. Please tell me you don’t use an electric can opener too. Read labels carefully. Fresh is typically the best. It is up to you.

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Hi, Everyone I've been trying to find salad dressings that tastes good but lower sodium. I just tried one i found and thought i would share . Its a ranch dressing

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup buttermilk or regular milk
3/4 – 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried chives
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/8 teaspoon finely cracked pepper
freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste approximately 1-3 teaspoons, adjust to taste

I use 2% milk and black pepper my fitness ap says for a 2 tbsp serving is 93 cal, 9 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, sodium 124 mg. Much better than store bought

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@deirdrebrownw – Welcome to Connect! And thanks so much for your great book recommendation. I have not had chemo, but I recently had a bad reaction to meds that cause stomach bleeding and I was severely nauseated. I needed that book then – and I'm going to buy it for future reference. It's good to have that kind of thing on hand when you need it. Now that your treatment is finished, are you able to eat a little more of what you enjoy? I bet that was a difficult transition. Best of luck on your recovery.

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