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About Carbohydrates - The Side Dishes

The Gourmet-O-Matic tm promotes carbohydrates as side dishes.

Carbohydrates are the preferred energy source of the body, are usually less expensive than proteins and can, therefore, offer more variety to a meal at a lower cost.

Carbohydrate dishes as entrees also tend to be higher in Calories per real-life serving than protein-based dishes.

Since healthy eating for the overwhelming majority of us is a result of consuming fewer Calories, The Gourmet-O-Matic tm emphasizes carbohydrates as side dishes.

Here is a list of the more common types of side dishes based on vegetables, fruits, legumes and grains that are compatible with The Gourmet-O-Matic tm approach to meals:

vegetables (raw or cooked, with or without sauce or dressing)
legumes (raw or cooked, with or without sauce or dressing)
carbohydrates from grains (e.g., pasta, rice)
baked goods
salads (without or with a dressing)

For those of you less familiar with some of these items, e.g., chutneys and relishes, do not be daunted. They are versatile, quick and easy to make from commonly available ingredients.

The FitnessMed tm Guide To Healthy Eating explains standard serving sizes for side dishes and how to calculate your caloric needs based on your current and desired weight.

The strategies used by The Gourmet-O-Matic tm can be found in Dr. Applebaum's meal strategy guide, The FitnessMed tm Guide To Healthy Eating. That book contains recipes for over 1 trillion (yes, with a "T") meal combinations.

All of Dr. Applebaum's books can be found here.