However, what I don't agree with is her promoting a diabetes drug. Americans need to improve their eating habits, not take more drugs. Do I think Paula Deen should update her show and cook healthier foods? Maybe. Like I said above, people can eat unhealthy foods once in a while. Most people are smart enough (at least I hope they are) to know that you can't eat typical Paula recipes all the time. But it would be nice if she could give some of her recipes healthy makeovers and set a good example for people. She has a great opportunity here to show people that healthy food can be delicious too.
While pondering Paula's delima last week, I came to realize that I've had the same package of butter in the fridge since before the new year. I've only used 2 Tbsp. of butter in the past few weeks. Go me! Since the new year I have made a great effort to cook even healthier. I have a weakness for baking, and most baking involves butter. However, most of the baking I've been doing lately has required oil. Either olive oil or canola oil. Both of these oils are a whole lot better for you than butter. In fact, these oils are beneficial to your health, containing omega-3's. I feel so virtuous that I haven't had much butter the past few weeks. We'll see how long that lasts! I'll just bask in my virtuousness for the time being.....
There is a lot of debate out there whether canola oil is good for you or not. In fact, there has been a lot of badmouthing about it. I had a customer come into the store and tell me all of these horrible things about canola oil. So I did some research, being the skeptic that I am, and found out that it was either false or widely exagerated. The myths of canola oil have almost become urban legend. Here is an article on Snopes that explains these false claims. The part highlighed in blue is the false and exagerated claims, the truth can be found below. The Mayo Clinic also supports eating canola oil. I do highly recommend using organic canola oil because it is non-GMO.
Lemon Blueberry Bread. I had to give it a healthy makeover though. I replaced the butter with canola oil and reduced the sugar and salt. It came out just as moist and delicious and I doubt that my hubby's coworkers (who got to eat the majority of the bread) could tell the difference. You could also replace half the flour with whole wheat flour to made this loaf even healthier.
Healthier Lemon Blueberry Bread
(This is not a low-FODMAP recipe)
adapted from allrecipes.com
1/3 cup canola oil
2/3 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8x4 inch loaf pan.
- In a mixing bowl, beat together canola oil, sugar, lemon juice and eggs. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; stir into egg mixture alternately with milk. Fold in lemon zest and blueberries. Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 70 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool bread in pan for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, combine 1 Tbsp. lemon juice and 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar in a small bowl. Remove bread from pan and drizzle with glaze. Cool on a wire rack.