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Can I have baking soda?

A small amount of baking soda in a recipe is acceptable. (There is actually a recipe in the Bright Line Eating Cookbook that calls for it.) Generally speaking though, there is usually no need for baking soda because there isn’t …

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Can I have a non-alcoholic NMD (Not My Drink)?

Non-alcoholic NMDs would fall under the category of juice and as such would not usually be included in Bright Line Eating. We might suggest sparkling water dashed over glacier-cold ice in a chilled glass with a twist of lime, lemon, …

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Can I have bean pasta?

There are many varieties of bean and legume pastas available. The following rule of thumb applies: look for the pasta to contain 15 grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber per 6-oz. cooked serving size. As long as your …

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What is the difference between taro, lotus root, and potato?

White potato, taro, and lotus root have similar nutritional profiles. 4 oz. cooked counts as a grain serving for all three foods. Taro root is the most dense nutritionally, while white potato and lotus root are a little less dense. …

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Can we have sushi in Bright Line Eating?

Sushi is a tricky food to have on Bright Line Eating. It’s fine if you make it at home and you know all the ingredients, but most restaurants put sugar in the rice. You can certainly make it yourself using …

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Can we have Quark?

Quark is a product that falls in a gray area and can be tricky to define nutritionally. It can occasionally be used as a 4-oz. protein serving for women and a 6-oz. serving for men. It can also be used …

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What can I use for a thickening agent?

Common thickening agents for soups and stews traditionally have included flour, cornstarch, arrowroot, and xanthum gum. None of these options are 100% Bright Line Eating friendly. You may consider using psyllium husk, chia seeds, or ground flax seeds as thickeners. …

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Why do we count veggie burgers as a protein?

We know that the veggie burgers can fall into a grain grey area, and some veggie burgers are mostly vegetables, so they don’t have high protein content. Since there are so many brands and new ones come out frequently, it’s …

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Can I eat lima beans?

Yes, 6 oz. of lima beans are considered a protein serving.

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Can I eat butter beans?

Yes, 6 oz. of butter beans are considered a protein serving.

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