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Saturday, June 06, 2015

So her formal title is "behavioral nutritionist" but she's a licensed dietician at the local hospital who I've been seeing regularly since November. She's been turning me on to low calorie foods with high nutrition content that I would never have thought to try on my own.

The first thing was protein powder - she wanted me to have protein for breakfast and now I usually have a low cal, low carb, purified by ion chromatography (because I am a nerd so I find that kind of cool), protein powder most mornings.

Then she got me hooked on Fiber One original bran cereal, which looks like pet food and which I call human food pellets. Low calorie and ridiculously high in fiber, and the hub and I love it and eat it nearly every day.

The latest thing is almond milk. After she recommended it on Monday, as a low cal food source for calcium, I hunted it down. So I've been mixing this low cal unsweetened coconut flavored almond milk with my protein powder for breakfast, and that simple drink provides nearly half the calcium recommended for my perimenopausal self. Apparently getting my calcium from food rather than pills is a good thing, and this drink is kind of an awesome way to help that happen.

I'm also using the almond milk in my low cal high fiber bran muffin recipe. I have a different recipe which uses Fiber One cereal as the bran source. Now I'm wondering about combining the recipes and adding the protein powder to create an awesome low cal high fiber high calcium high protein whole wheat bran flax seed almond coconut muffin. Time to experiment in the morning!

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    I love almond milk, currently using the almond/coconut blend. I don't buy regular milk any more, use this is my coffee, or in mashed potatoes for the family, etc. Also, it keeps for a really long time, compared to regular fresh milk. It's half the calories of fat free milk (the one I buy) and has all that calcium. Win/win. --Pam
    2145 days ago
    Wow, Bemused, you are into nutrition. And that's a good thing! It sounds as if the nutritionist has trained you very well to like things at which most members of the general population might turn up their noses. I have never had almond milk before, but if it tastes anything like almond extract, I would love to try it.

    As I write this at midnight here in Japan, you will have already made and eaten your muffins. I look forward to hearing a report! Hope they were a great Saturday morning breakfast!
    2145 days ago
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