63 Calories of Salty, Sweet, Sour, Spicy and Veggie Goodness for a Dime

June 14, 2010   12 Comments

After writing about Parmesan Corn Recipe, I felt bad about adulterating corn into a high calorie food. Parmesan Corn Recipe is a GREAT snack, but not the best choice for us who are watching our weight.

Chile Lime Corn

So, I was talking to Ron, my carpenter, and he shared that he has lost 20 pounds in the last year! How did he do it? He cut back on the beer (also a problem of mine) and joined a gym.

The guy also eats healthy food. He gave me his favorite fresh corn recipe. And, he promised that I would NEVER put butter on my corn again. Is that possible?

So, he takes chile powder, salt, and a lime and makes this fabulous tasting concoction. The sweetness of the corn and the combined flavors of lime, salt, and chile make for an explosion of flavors - and only 63 calories!

Right now in my supermarket, fresh corn is arriving and they are 10 ears for one dollar! Isn't that crazy? Think of all the people you could feed for that amount. This would make a great inexpensive and elegant party snack.

I have a frugal friend who will purchase a case of fresh corn, shuck them, and slice off all of the kernels into freezer bags. She has a big freezer in her basement and she will have fresh corn for months!

Don't forget that corn is a good source of many nutrients including thiamin (vitamin B1), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), folate, dietary fiber, vitamin C, phosphorus and manganese.

Go waste a $1.50 on 10 ears of corn and a lime - and get cooking!

Chile Lime Corn Recipe

(serves 4)
4 ears corn
1 lime
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chile powder

Put a large pot of water on to boil. Shuck corn. When water is boiling add corn and cook for 4 minutes. Remove and place on plate Slice lime into 4 quarters and mix salt and chile powder in a small bowl. Dip lime into chile-salt mixture. Squeeze lime onto cooked corn and enjoy!

63 calories, 0.9 g fat, 13.9 g carbohydrates, 2.4 g protein, 2.0 g fiber, 592mg sodium, 2 Points+

How do you serve your ear of corn?

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What a great recipe, can't wait to try it out!

Its great that corn has nutrients & such, that you stated, but I'd like sources for that information.

You can call a potato a vegetable also, but its still a starch/grain & so is corn & it should be treated as such.

Corn cannot be counted as eating your vegetables.…

Vegetables that are low in carbohydrates and starches include asparagus, green beans, yellow and wax beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage,cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, leafy greens like spinach and lettuce, sweet peppers, onions, mushrooms, radishes, and tomatoes.

I am definitely going to try this!

Last time I checked, corn is a vegetable. Yes, it's a starchy vegetable, but one all the same. Some people are just too concerned with carbohydrates!

Candice, did you even check the sources I sited. They're not the only sources.

Corn is NOT a vegetable. Corn IS a GRAIN! That's just FYI for anyone who cares about facts.

I've eaten this before, its not new to me. I live in Southern CA near Mexico, so chili, salt & lime on fruit or vegetables AND even corn are common, & not new to me.

I really enjoy "Snack Girl", & I'm happy that she shares all this great information. But I am a stickler for accuracy.

Whether corn is a veggie or a grain, it's still a nutritious food, and this recipe sounds divine (I'm trying not to salivate all over my keyboard)

Kris and Candice,

You know, I hadn't really thought about it when I wrote this post. Corn is defined as a grain, BUT, Sweet Corn, is what I am writing about and it is prepared as a vegetable (still not a vegetable - but defined as one for our purposes). See here:

Wheat and Maize are grasses that we use as grains. Corn is a grain - but unlike wheat - we have this great "variety" of corn that we eat like a vegetable - sweet corn.

I hope this clarifies the post and I will try to be more accurate when I talk about corn in the future. Lisa

Yes, corn is NOT a veggie!! in our home we were raised as thinking it was a grain but then again, I was also taught that a tomato was a fruit so hey, some people just think HEALTHY is anything from the Earth!! We didn't eat much corn but being from Cali we ate it with chili as well! I had actually forgotten about eating it that way until now!! I don't think my kids have ever had corn!!! They will have this recipe this weekend as I grill some turkey burgers and grilled fruit (nectarines and peaches) and veggies!!! I'm so excited!!! Thx for the post :-) made me feel like a kid again!! Lol

Tomatoes ARE botanically FRUIT! And eating a grain such as corn "like" you would eat a vegetable is fine.

Just don't skip eating 3 servings of vegetables in a day, 'cause you ate corn. It doesn't count.

And yes, this is a delicious, nutritious snack!

Don't fool yourselves when it comes to nutrition, and SNACK ON SNACKERS!

Keep up the great effort snack girl.

I love this blog!

Fantastic, Snack Girl!

I love the wikipedia article!

Candice, YES some of us are concerned with Carbohydrates, because we are DIABETIC! Think before you expel words.

Thanks for sharing, Snack Girl. Always enjoy your blog.

A bit late, but better than never lol. Dear Kris...tomato is a fruit (except for international tariffs), as are the peppers, and beans...and the cucumbers. Mushrooms aren't even in on the map as a vegetable and nobody but you thinks they are (see fungus). And lastly, corn is also a fruit. So, being a 'stickler for accuracy' the first thing you should do is fact check yourself.

Does it really matter? Fruit,grain or vegetables they are all good for us and should be eaten in moderation according to the one who created them all. (Genesis 1:29-31)(Luke 21:34)

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