Corn chowder is an age-old recipe that millions of families have enjoyed. While the traditional recipe isn't the unhealthiest thing around, this recipe puts a healthy spin on it that is perfect for those looking to eat healthier. Let's take a look at this tasty corn chowder recipe.
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons celery, finely diced
2 Tablespoons onion, finely diced
2 Tablespoons green pepper, finely diced
1 package (10 oz) frozen whole kernel corn
1 cup raw potatoes, peeled, diced in 1/2-inch pieces
2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
to taste black pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
2 Tablespoons flour
2 cups lowfat or skim milk
1. Heat oil in medium saucepan. Add celery, onion, and green pepper, and sauté for 2 minutes.
2. Add corn, potatoes, water, salt, pepper, and paprika. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to medium. Cook covered for about 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
3. Place 1/2 cup of milk in jar with tightfitting lid. Add flour and shake vigorously.
4. Gradually add milk-flour mixture to cooked vegetables. Then add remaining milk.
5. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to boil and thickens. Serve garnished with chopped, fresh parsley.
Yield: 4 servings
Serving size: 1 cup
Each serving provides:
Total fat: 5 g
Saturated fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 5 mg
Sodium: 205 mg
Total fiber: 4 g
Protein: 7 g
Carbohydrates: 31 g
Potassium: 455 mg
Tips for Eating Healthy
Eating healthy can feel daunting, especially in a world where it feels like most foods are unhealthy. Whether you're trying to lose weight or you just want to eat better, we've got some advice to help you out. Let's get into it.
Simply increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat daily can help you lead a healthier lifestyle. The majority of Americans don't eat enough vegetables and fruit in a day; you're probably one of them. Eating enough fruits and veggies is critical to staying healthy and to maintaining a balanced diet. Instead of reaching for the chips the next time you want a snack, grab an apple or some carrots instead.
On that note, however, know that you don't have to give up your favorite foods entirely if you want to eat healthier. There are many alternative recipes for popular foods, like this corn chowder recipe, that put a healthy spin on the traditional recipe. By using these recipes instead of the typical ones, you'll be able to eat healthier while still enjoying your favorite foods.
Making what you can at home is also an important step towards living a healthy life. Many foods at the store have artificial preservatives in them; while most of these are safe to eat, some of them can be damaging to your health over the long term. If you can, make food items at home. For example, make your own white bread instead of buying it from the store. It will take more time, but you'll fill your house with delicious smells and you'll avoid all of the preservatives in store bought white bread.
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