Happy Herbivore Blog

July 7, 2012

This Week's Q&A (Talking Pasta & Recipe Calorie Counts)

You've got questions and we've got answers! Q: On a whole foods life style, it doesn't seem as though many people eat pasta or bread. Is there a particular reason for this? Is this the type of eating your recipes call for (whole foods)? A: I do use pasta and bread in some recipes, in my cookbooks and in the meal plans but strongly suggest using either whole wheat, gluten-free or brown rice options since white pasta and white flour are not healthy. A whole foods diet focuses on whole, unprocessed foods and even whole-wheat breads and pasta are to some extent processed, so they are not as great as brown rice, oatmeal and other grains that are still whole, but my belief is they are fine as part of the accent to a diet, but should not be the bulk of the diet -- the bulk of the diet should be whole, unprocessed foods like grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables. Q: I had to return my book to the library before getting to make the recipe on page 166 "Enchilada Casserole" which called for the "Enchilada Sauce" on page 260 and the "Queso Sauce" on page 263. Would you please send those receipes to me? A: Unfortunately I can't email recipes since they are copyrighted to my publisher. Can you recheck the book out? Alternatively, it's only $4.99 in ebook format, and with Amazon's free software you don't even need a kindle -- you can read it on your computer, in your web browser, on your ipad or phone. Q: Hi, I have a comment about your nutritional information listed for many of your recipes, especially muffins.. after calculating nutrition facts for the recipes.. I came up with a higher calorie count than was listed on the website as well as The Happy Herbivore book. Some examples would be the apple crisp muffins- I calculated 145 calories per muffin and the maple muffins had a much higher calculation than the 102 cal that are listed.. it was about 133. Its pretty simple math and i dont think its fair that you are misleading people. A: I use caloriecount.com and an analysis tool I paid for to calculate; with the cookbooks, we also randomly do "quality control" by picking recipes at random, and running them through a third site (self or livestrong) to make sure they are the same or within a few calories of each other. Unless we use the same program and input them exact same brands, there will be some discrepancy since each brand has slightly different nutrition values and most calculators use different brands or their "Generic" value, which varies from program to program. Even doing something like 1 apple with 1/4 tsp cinnamon comes up with different values in each calculator, for example. Please note that we also do not count optional ingredients (which would likely explain the difference in the muffins) This is the best we can do - we can't guarantee 100% accuracy and for those needing to be very strict about their calories, they should input everything in their calculator, with their specific brands Q: Do you get a flu shot? I believe that there is egg or chicken in them? A:I do not get flu shots, but I do think you're right that they contain animal products.
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