Friday, June 06, 2008

That's all 300 calories will get me?!?

A friend directed me to this site and, well, I'm not sure if I find it enlightening or depressing. Unfortunately, it seems to be a combination of the two.

Anyway, the author of this entry decided to calculate the weight of various foods and beverages adding up to 300 calories and then photograph it for the visual impact: 300 calories, for example, will get you about two pounds of watermelon but only two ounces of milk chocolate. In some of the pictures, 300 calories looks surprisingly generous, like the heaping pile of cooked spaghetti and the deep bowl brimming with chocolate corn cereal. Others, however, made me a bit blue, such as the wee portion of almonds. The gouda cheese image particularly bummed me out - because as I mentioned in my last entry, I love me some cheese. And I've been known to eat that 300-calorie amount on a single, solitary cracker. Okay, okay...I exaggerate. But you get the idea! Thanks to today's super-sized meals and steadily growing plates, I think many of us have lost sight of what a portion should really look like. I read once that many restaurants will quadruple portion sizes, just so consumers feel they're getting their money's worth. And we wonder why there is an obesity epidemic in this country??
At least I can squeeze three glasses of red wine out of 300 calories. Sigh.

I assume it goes without saying that you have to pay attention to more than just a meal's calorie count? Don't forget to check out fat grams and carbs and dietary fiber, for example. But obviously, the less calories you consume, the less weight you'll carry.

To wrap up the week, and this particular entry, I'm attaching a few recipes hovering around the 300-calorie mark that I found on Later skaters!

Thai Grilled Chicken with Chile Dipping Sauce

Dulce de Leche Sandwich Cookies

Homemade Risotto Topped with Caramelized Apricots

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