What three things do all of these common and hyper palatable/tasty foods have in common?
> Baked potato
> Slices of white bread/toast
> Mini pasta pile
> Little rice mountain
Point 1 - They are all high in carbohydrates.
Point 2 - People (me included) consume them in too high quantities during times of perceived need (like comfort eating).
Point 3 - People (me included) cover them with extra fat/carbs/calories to make them even more enjoyable (often without thinking about it, because that’s what you’ve always done, right?).
None of these foods in their original cooked state are particularly 'bad' or high in calories on their own. But once you start adding butter, cheese, jam, peanut butter, creamy sauces, more cheese (I like cheese)…..they become completely different beasts. And one that many of us can't control!!
TODAY’S TIP - If you're on the go, you don't have anything nutritious to snack on but you still want to avoid excess calories, go for a carb OR fat source, AVOID BOTH IN LARGE QUANTITIES TOGETHER.
So take that baked potato or slice of bread and only put a thin layer of butter on it. Or how about just a light sprinkling of cheese on your pasta. Or try a tomato based sauce with your rice.
With an average of 4 calories per gramme of carbs and 9 calories per gramme of fat, you can hopefully see that pilling up both of these on your plate is an easy way to consume too much for your goals.
Stay mindful of what you’re eating,