Here's an example of how to maximize taste, enhance nutrition, and double your bang for the restaurant buck all while simultaneously minimizing your calories:
|This is my take-home portion of arroz con pollo from the excellent local Peruvian restaurant called Chuyos, which I blogged about previously. |
It's excellent, but it contains white rice, which has a sky-high glycemic index, and heavy cream sauce from the potato side dish. Even though this is "home-made" rather than fast food, its caloric density is very high...
|Chopped cauliflower and broccoli. It's past the season when I can grow my own, so I use an organic brand available at HEB. I keep it chopped in the fridge for easy meal incorporation. |
Bush 41 was legendary for not liking the stuff, but good cruciferous vegetables should not have a strong or bitter taste - they shouldn't taste like much of anything, really. They should instead be mild enough so that they primarily pick up the taste of the other food components and spices that they are cooked with. If that doesn't happen for you, try another source, maybe organic.
|Steamed for a few minutes.|
|Dump the heated rice / heavy cream sauce left-overs on top of it.|
|That's not 146 calories per serving - that's 146 calories per medium-sized head. Of which a small fraction was incorporated into this dish shown above. |
Screengrabbed from Google.
Which brings me 'round to both broccoli and broadcasting...
|"You don't crave broccoli, and our generation has grown up craving a Big Mac" says one of the panicked interviewees on the fantastic HBO documentary The Weight of the Nation.|
But here's the take-away on that sentiment: I do crave broccoli, because I conditioned myself to crave it, just like some other folks conditioned themselves to crave Big Macs. If someone put a Big Mac in front of me, not only would I not crave it, I would react with a negative intensity that would put Bush 41 to shame.
The human conditioning process is indiscriminate. There's no law that says conditioning only works with unhealthy habits. Healthy habits can also be conditioned.
Going with the flow means eating ten bags of potato chips in a single week. My teen is very slim, but cultural creep and going with the flow would make short work of her present healthy condition if left unchecked. Part of her refresher training is to watch The Weight of the Nation, all six hours of it. It's an eye-opening documentary and I can pretty much guarantee that, even if you are well-versed on matters of nutrition, you would learn new stuff by watching it (I sure did). Here's the trailer below and the link to the films. Happy conditionin'.