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12/1/12 3:39 P

thanx so much. I talked to my great aunt deana. she recommended yukon potatoes because they're lower in sugar than other potatoes

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
12/1/12 12:24 A

Taro is like a potato but it's tuber or root. Very high in fiber. I like to microwave it and add salt and butter. Some peel them, I don't.

Plantains don't get sweet until they turn spotty and start to brown, or are brown. I like plantains better than bananas because they have more flavor. You can do savory or sweet dishes with them, I like sweet personally. Have fun!





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11/30/12 8:53 P

never heard of taro root before. sounds interesting.

i have no idea how to cook plaintains. I have heard of fried bananas before but it just didn't sound tasty to me for some reason lol

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
11/30/12 6:15 P

Taro root is delicious and I sub it for potatoes when I can afford it. It can be found in an Asian Market. Squashes, sweet potatoes, plantains and bananas, buckwheat ? Lots of fruits and veggies help.

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11/30/12 5:46 P

yes, I think that eating a small amount of starch with your meals is okay and balanced. I am just trying to find sources of healthy starch/carbs that work better with my body.

thats all

CALLMECARRIE Posts: 1,598
11/30/12 3:52 P

I was unable to completely stop eating white potatoes. I just love potatoes in all forms. So now if I want a potato, I eat a half or a quarter of a potato. I bake them along side fish or lean chicken with a little seasoning.

You might try quinoa. Very high in protein, but it seems like you're eating a starch.

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11/30/12 3:43 P

can't take beans either

pasta - while nice - is a bit addictive for me and doesn't have a lot of SATIETY for me

CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (78,217)
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11/30/12 3:38 P

How about beans? Beans are starchy. Beans with brown rice are really tasty too.

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11/30/12 2:33 P

Oh, poor pasta! Seriously, barilla plus is awesome. It has a glycemic index of 11. ELEVEN! That is low.
Do you have a gluten issue? Obviously, it is out then. Otherwise, why can't you do pasta?

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11/30/12 2:16 P

pasta is completely out of question

I can do starchy to medium-starchy vegies

I like turnips and beets. I have never tried Jicamas and don't know how to cook them.

as for grains - quinoa and brown rice is it. but on a satiation scale - sweet potatoes and yams are better for me than grains.

oatmeal knocks me out

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
11/30/12 11:39 A

I see you've got lots of ideas for both squash and sweet potatoes.
Great!!

You may also try Jicama, Parsnip, Rutabaga, Turnip and other root veggies.

Hope you find something that works for you.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (7,379)
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11/30/12 9:59 A

I think OP had the right mindset from the beginning; find an *alternative* to starch. Less starch equals more belly-space for nutrient-rich fuels like veggies, protein, fruit, and the healthy fats that come with these groups. Most starches/grains are just rich in carbs and possibly fiber, both of which come with veggies and fruits. Calorie-for-calorie, I haven't found a grain that can compare nutrient value with spinach and other non-starchy veggies and fruits.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 1,905
11/30/12 7:53 A

Even nuts have some starch in them...you just have to eat resistance starch....but not all resistant starches are the same. You want foods that lower the glycemic and insulin impact of foods. Raw nuts and seeds contain resistant starch and so do brown rice, barley, peas, rye bread, pumpernickle bread. Trader Joe's has brown rice and so does Walmart...Hodgson Mills Brand. Black beans, cannellini beans, roasted chickpeas and oatmeal are just a few more. Almond flour which is made up of almonds. Barley and shirataki noodles digest slowly too! Try the barley..Barley helps control blood sugar and may aid in weight loss due to the fiber making you feel fuller. It ias a good source of solubale fiber. Barley can be transformed into a delicious pilaf when baked with beef broth..or try Kashi and Quinoa ads they are also slow digesting

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11/30/12 7:24 A

I love Barilla Plus pasta.
It has a mix of flours, including chick pea.
It has more protein, and fiber than regular pasta.
It leaves me feeling full until my next meal, even just the 2 oz serving size.

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11/30/12 7:19 A

http://www.hungry-girl.com/newsletters/raw
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Butternut squash fries recipe link posted above.

Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 11/30/2012 (09:06)
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11/29/12 11:40 P

okay thanx. never been heavy on cauliflower. Maybe I'll have to try sauteeing some. sounds like it'd be filling after a lil cookin.

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11/29/12 11:36 P

Lots of ways. You can toss in some olive oil and whatever seasoning you like (curry is really good!) and roast it in the oven at like 450 for 25 minutes. You can also sprinkle parm cheese on top towards the end.

You can also make mashed potato alternative with it. Here's instructions on that: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/03/creamy-
cauliflower-puree.html

I've even used it in place of pasta in a "pasta" bake with sausage and red sauce and lots of cheese. Because it's cauliflower it's super low cal, so you can have lots of sausage and cheese.

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11/29/12 11:16 P

how do you guys cook the cauliflower?

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,605)
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11/29/12 11:01 P

Cauliflower.

Also, for sweet potatoes you can pop them in the microwave whole to cook them, and then eat them like a baked potato. I like to add chili powder and brown sugar, or if I'm eating them without the skin, I mince up a chipotle pepper w/ a bit of the adobo sauce and mix in with the potato.

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 11/29/2012 (23:03)
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11/29/12 10:56 P

I'm allergic to carrots. I don't like pumpkin. but i do like crookneck squash

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (7,379)
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11/29/12 10:06 P

I second the sweet potato and butternut squash suggestions. Mashed cauliflower, zucchini, pumpkin, or carrots are also dishes I have worked with.

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11/29/12 9:10 P

thanx. will have to try it. except w/o the mashing and without hte nuts as I'm allergic.

I find that mashed potatoes doesn't fill me up like leaving it in form, slighly crushing with fork and then with butter and salt

STEPHEN_NANNY SparkPoints: (10,496)
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11/29/12 9:01 P

I steam the butternut squash and sweet potato in the steamer...then mash together in a bowl, add almond slivers, a touch of maple syrup, a touch of margarine, and serve.

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11/29/12 8:51 P

how do you use/cook butternut squash? cuz I do like yams/sweet potatoes. just need to work on COMPLETELY using them instead of white/red potatoes

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11/29/12 8:23 P

Sweet potatoes are great, and if you like them you might like butternut squash as well.

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11/29/12 8:15 P

thanx so much Stephan. Especially for not saying spaghetti squash lol. hehe

thanx so much. I am gonna have to try and replace them completely.

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11/29/12 8:11 P

Sweet potatoes! They have more vitamins and nutrients. They taste sweeter. Most of all, they have a lower glycemic index than regular potatoes!! Therefore, the carbs don't assault your system as much, don't spike insulin, and are less likely to cause an energy crash later.

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11/29/12 7:53 P

I am looking for a healthy starch alternative to potatoes.

I have a feeling that they might be making me feel exhausted.

I can NOT eat spaghetti squash. ITS HORRIBLE! any ideas of some awesome alternatives?

thanx.

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