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Old April 27 2013, 03:27 AM   #107
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Re: Shopping for healthier food. Need Help.

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Yeah there is nothing hard about the oats,they will be mushy and soft. We're just saying leave out all that sugar! If you let people add sugar to taste it be far less than in that recipe. The pumpkin is sweet in itself.
Exactly! The idea behind the recipe is great, pumpkin would definitely be a nutritious and tasty way to bulk up some oats, but it just needs modification. When you buy your pumpkin puree make sure it's pure pumpkin puree with nothing added. Pumpkin is sweet all on it's own, and doesn't need the added sugar or corn syrup that some prepackaged pumpkin pie fillings use. As teacake said, you can then let everyone add sugar (or brown sugar, because it's delicious) to taste. Hell, I have a major sweet tooth and the amount of sweetener that recipe called for blows my mind (especially considering it suggested a sugar substitute, which tend to be much sweeter than sugar).

It may take you a little while to learn, but there are usually easy, healthy ways to do just about anything, and when you eat healthy 90% of the time, it makes that slice of cheesecake at Christmas, or that weekend chocolate bar indulgence, or whatever occasional treat you fancy all the sweeter!

If you like, check the veggie thread for my vegetarian chili. That's a super healthy dish that is cost effective and very easy to make in bulk to feed a family. It's also very well cooked, to make chewing easy on your old folks. You might want to make it less spicy than I wrote it, though!
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teacake wrote: View Post
Yeah there is nothing hard about the oats,they will be mushy and soft. We're just saying leave out all that sugar! If you let people add sugar to taste it be far less than in that recipe. The pumpkin is sweet in itself.
Exactly. And even without the pumpkin, people would add less sugar, honey, maple syrup than that recipe calls for.

I've found that with both sugar & salt, when you have fresh food with flavor, people voluntarily use less.
Definitely. Sugar and salt should enhance a flavor, not be the primary flavor in and of themselves.
Right thank you. I am mostly talking about the raw fruits though when it comes to softness. I love oatmeal and can cook it soft and I love adding real apples to it - mixed with cinnamon. But not everyone can eat that in my family. I like the pumpkin oatmeal because its high in Vitamin A something important to have in my case, I don't want my vision to get worse and its soft. Plus my folks love pumpkin pie so I can trick them into eating something healthy.
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