Low-Fat Creamy Grits

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Also note: While I am a certified nutrition coach, I am not a medical doctor. Information here is not intended to be a replacement for the advice you should seek from your doctor.

These Grits are far less fat than traditional ones, but still creamy and delicious. 

I would classify this recipe as a “better alternative” rather than a suggestion if you are looking to lose weight.

Grits are a fantastic food. They are inexpensive, quick, and easy to make. They can be a great alternative to mashed potatoes, with more nutrients and fewer calories, or you can serve them as your breakfast carbohydrate.

Corn Grits

Grits are a popular Southern American dish that are made from ground or crushed corn.

They contain antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, and are also rich in iron, several B vitamins, and a small amount of vitamin E.

Here are amounts of the nutrients in one cup (257gr):

  • Calories: 182
  • Protein: 4 grams
  • Fat: 1 gram
  • Carbs: 38 grams
  • Fiber: 2 grams
  • Folate: 25% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI)
  • Thiamine: 18% of the RDI
  • Niacin: 13% of the RDI
  • Riboflavin: 12% of the RDI
  • Iron: 8% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B6: 7% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 5% of the RDI
  • Zinc: 4% of the RDI
  • Phosphorus: 4% of the RDI

Health benefits

  • Corn grits are a medium calorie-dense food and contain very small amounts of protein and fat, which is good to know if you are watching your weight.
  • Cornmeal contains dietary fiber, which is a beneficial carbohydrate. It helps fill your stomach after a meal to keep you feeling full, and it helps in preventing constipation.
  • Two of the antioxidants contained in grits – lutein, and zeaxanthin – helps in protecting against age-related eye diseases.
  • They reduce the risk of Anemia, as they are loaded with iron.

Notes

  • Try to get stone-ground grits, as these are harder for the body to break down, which prevents a blood sugar spike. This makes it a healthier complex carbohydrate.
  • I like to serve this meal with sauteed breakfast sausage, tomato, and spinach. It is a great option for a healthy and rich breakfast on weekends.
  • This is also excellent for shrimp and grits! Shrimp is an excellent protein source to pair this with.
  • Try it with my Magical Mushroom Gravy for dinner!
  • Grits do not contain much protein, so make sure to add some on the side.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/grits#benefits

https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-eating-corn-meal-7537.html

https://www.webmd.com/diet/grits-health-benefits-nutrition-facts-and-how-to-prepare-them#1

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Creamy Grits

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These Grits are far less fat than traditional ones, but are still creamy and delicious. Grits are a fantastic food. They are inexpensive, quick, and easy to make. They can be a great alternative to mashed potatoes, with more nutrients and fewer calories, or you can serve them as a smart carboydrate with breakfast.
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Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 83 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 cup corn grits preferably stone-ground, see notes for instant*
  • 4 cup water
  • 0.5 cup Greek yogurt plain nonfat
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper
  • 2 Bay leaves

Instructions
 

  • Bring water to a boil and then add grits and seasonings. Lower to a simmer and cover.
  • After about 10 minutes stir in butter. Then recover and continue to simmer for another 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Once ready, remove from heat and stir in Greek yogurt. Enjoy!

Notes

* Stone ground vs Instant: stone ground are healthier, but take a little longer to cook. These instructions are for stone ground grits. If the package doesn’t say “stone ground”, they are likely instant. Adjust your times and method according to the package.ย 

Nutrition

Calories: 83kcalCarbohydrates: 10.4gProtein: 4gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1.9gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 194mgPotassium: 89mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 1.2gCalcium: 51mgIron: 1mg
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