Sometimes we have the best intentions at heart when we eat. We make ourselves a great meal from scratch, with a good helping of vegetables, a portion of protein and a small helping of good carbs. But then we go on and add condiments to our meals to enhance the flavour. Now there is nothing wrong with that – afterall we want to enjoy our food. But what if we are laying on the condiments without a seconds thought of what is actually in it? Well it’s time to wise up and take a look at what’s in that dollop of ketchup or mayonnaise. It really can mae a difference to your waistline. So with a little know how, you can still enjoy your food without piling on the fat and calories.
Ah the food that boasts tomatoes. On the face of it it doesn’t sound bad at all – I mean it only has 15 calories. But most people don’t just stop at a serving. In fact in a single serving, the average person will consume 80 calories of the red stuff. It is full of sugar. You’re better off sticking to one tablespoon or better still go for salsa instead. It has less sugar and a lot more protein and fibre.
Even though barbecue season may be well and truly over, it doesn’t mean we abandon it for the rest of the year. A popular with ribs, it was carbs equivalent to that of an apple which is far more filling. If you are using it on ribs, opt for honey instead. Although this sweet stuff has carbs in it too, it does not have the same amount of sodium.
A favourite condiment for most when it comes to burgers and chips. Ten grams of fat is what you’re getting in one tablespoon of mayonnaise. And if you were being honest, would you say you’re probably eating more than that on your cheeseburger? Leave it on the table and grab the mustard instead or mix the two to keep yourself from adding too much fat to your meal. Be careful to stick to the usual teaspoon or so serving of mustard. Though its calorie count is very low, mustard is high in water-retaining sodium.
No tortillas or nachos are hardly compete without sour cream for most. The average tablespoon has 3 grams of fat and if you are to own up, you’re having way more than that. Go for avocado instead which although has about the same amount of fat, has more fiber and keeps you feeling fuller for longer.
No one says you should be dodging these condiments all the time, but it’s good to wise up on what they contain so you can keep in control of both your portion sizes and your waistline! Happy eating. 🙂