Eating smart

One thing that’s really pissing me off when I am on a low-calorie diet is that because I am forced to eat more vegetables without fatty sauces or oils, it takes away a lot of the pleasure of taste. Many diet foods are as tasteless as eating grass. But I think I just solved the problem! Yesterday we went shopping at WholeFoods and there I found these TastyBite packages. I noticed that while their recipes used quite some oil, their calorie count for some of their products was not prohibiting (ranges from 105 to 140 calories per serving). So, I bought 4 of their products to try them (picture below).

Now, instead of doing what it’s suggested in these packages (2 meals per package), you divide their meals by 4. And instead of actually eating these foods stand-alone or as side-dishes, you use them as sauce. For example, by adding 1/4 cup of water, 270 grams or already cooked cauliflower, broccoli & carrots (~100 cals), half of a low-calorie sausage (60 cals) and 1/4 of these TastyBites meals (~55 cals), you create an entree that’s about 400+ grams (enough to fill you up real good — compare that to the 255gr frozen diet foods), it’s really tasty because of the strong sauce used and it’s still very low calorie (200 cals).

This is what I prepared for Sunday lunch, and I can tell you, I could not finish it all, it was that much! This sort of food is good for the South Beach Diet too btw, not just low-calorie/low-fat diets and they usually provide lots of fiber. You can experiment yourself with other vegetables and kinds of meat to accompany these sauces (I am thinking of trying again tonight by adding beans and smoked fat-free pork to the remaining sauce I have refrigerated). I wish that TastyBite would provide some low-fat/calorie options too, but even as it is right now, the solution is acceptable calorie-wise.


memson wrote on April 23rd, 2007 at 2:18 AM PST:

Indian food rocks ;-) Glad to see it’s becoming more well known in the US.

For those of you in the US.. Indian food to the average British individual is a bit like Mexican food to you. We eat a lot of it. I probably have some form of Curry at least about once a week.

The odd thing is, a lot of Americans seem to believe that British food is tasteless, but yet I wonder if they’ve ever had a Chicken Tikka Massala? Or a Balti? Both are dishes invented in this country by British Asians.

“Chicken tikka masala is one of the most popular Indian dishes in the world, though it originates from Britain.”

“Balti is the name for a style of food probably first devised and served in Birmingham, England.”

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Eugenia wrote on April 23rd, 2007 at 5:17 AM PST:

>Most oils are tasteless anyway so there’s no point in flavoring with oil.

Greek salad without olive oil sucks. ;)

>Try to avoid going under 20% of total calories in fat,

The above indian products are pretty fatty.

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Shelley wrote on April 23rd, 2007 at 9:04 AM PST:

Going too low fat is dangerous for dieting or otherwise. Try to avoid going under 20% of total calories in fat, and DO NOT go under 15%. All you’ll end up with is a higher body fat percentage and other health problems.

Use herbs, spices, and lemon juice to add flavor to vegetables. Most oils are tasteless anyway so there’s no point in flavoring with oil.

imran wrote on April 23rd, 2007 at 10:34 AM PST:

Why do you need diets, you are beautiful, unless you want to reduce your weight for health reasons?

Shelley wrote on April 24th, 2007 at 9:35 AM PST:

Indian food is usually heavy on the oils, though it can be made with considerably less then what is written on the recipe.

Salad with some olive oil is OK as long as the total amount of fat comes within your allocation. You can easily eat cooked vegetables without having to add any fat at all.

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