Stop the added calorie madness

By: Tree Ryde, Jul 20, 2011
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condiment calories

All those condiments and toppings can really add up to alot more than you think.

We are in a society of consumption.  We buy things simply because they are available, not because we need them.  Even when we are in the grocery store we grab things mindlessly.  Then they end up in our cupboards and fridges waiting to be used. Sometimes we use them up without thinking of the calories.  Or they often just get thrown out, either way, it is a waste of time and money.

Here is something to think about on your next grocery trip. When shopping in the condiments isle here are the dos and don’ts.

When you think about summer you think about BBQ’s; hamburgers, hotdogs and friendly salads.  Consider this the next time you pile all the condiments in your cart.

Ingredients

Calories

  Fat     (g)

Protein (g)

Sodium (mg)

Carbs (g)

Fibre (g)

BBQ Hamburger

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hamburger

140

5.4

21.6

N/A

N/A

N/A

Hamburger Bun

130

1.9

4.1

206

21

2.1

Mayo 1tblspoon

90

10

0.1

70

N/A

N/A

Ketchup

20

N/A

N/A

140

5

N/A

Mustard

6

N/A

0.2

56

0.4

0.2

Cheese 1 slice

114

9.4

7.1

176.1

0.4

N/A

Onions 1tbl chopped

3.8

N/A

0.1

N/A

0.9

0.2

Tomato 1 slice

4.2

0.1

0.2

1.8

0.9

0.2

Total

508

26.8

33.4

649.9

28.6

2.7

Total daily intake Recommended

1900

65

50

2100

300

25

Total without the add on's

288

14.9

29.3

373.9

7.6

0.6

             

If you are watching you waste line it is best to lose the bun, you just saved 130 calories at least, and you can add a carb as a side dish.  Stick with just mustard, less sugar and less fat. If you don’t like mustard, hot sauce is a good alternative, the heat boost’s up your metabolism as well. Use low fat cheese. Your guests will never notice, and you can be more giving with the tomato and onion.  You just brought your 508 calorie burger down to 288 calories.

Now for the salad.....

We always start with the lettuce of course, but again once we add the cheese, nuts, croutons and dressing. It’s just as bad as the burger, if not worse.

Ingredients

Calories

  Fat     (g)

Protein (g)

Sodium (mg)

Carbs (g)

Fibre (g)

Summer Salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lettuce 2 hand full’s

12

N/A

N/A

N/A

2

2

Carrots 1 med. Chopped

3.3

N/A

0.1

8

0.8

0.2

Cucumber 1/2 cup chopped

6.8

1

0.4

1

1.4

0.4

Cheese 1/4 cup

99

8

5.3

419

1.5

N/A

Onion 2tbl chopped

7.6

N/A

0.2

N/A

1.8

0.4

Pumpkin seeds 1/4 cup

71.4

3.1

3

2.9

8.6

4.2

Sunflower seeds1/4 cup

186

13.9

6.2

1

7.7

3.6

Walnuts 1/4cup chopped

200

20

4.6

0.6

4.1

2

Peacans1/4 cup halved

200

20

3

N/A

4

3

Croutons 16 multigrain

70

3

N/A

120

8

N/A

Dressing Heavy 2 tbl

120

12

N/A

287.1

1.3

N/A

Dressing Light

60

2

N/A

144

4

N/A

 

         

 

Total with dressing

1026.1

83

19.8

982.6

27.2

15.8

Total daily intake recommended

1900

65

50

2100

300

25

Total without the add on's

321

17.1

6

693.9

10.1

7.2

You should only be adding one type of nut or seed, not 4. The calories can add up very quickly as you can see. Also, it’s about grabbing the right nut for the salad; you want it high in protein and fibre with low fat.  Pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are a great example of this. If you like you can add the ever so controversial hemp seeds.  They are a great source of protein and fibre without the hard crunch, especially good if you’re not a nut lover. Feta or goat cheese is a great add on, for any salad. Just by picking the right nut, cheese and dressing you can save yourself over 500 calories.

So the next time you’re doing your groceries and grab something at impulse ask yourself are these the extra calories I want to put in my or my family’s bodies? Because that is what it all comes down to, everything you put in your cart is going into you and your family’s bodies.

Stop the madness and take responsibility, stay healthy!!!

After 12 years of being in the rat race of the fashion industry Tree Ryde was looking for something to calm her mind body and soul and she found it in yoga finishing her 200H at Kula Yoga in 2007. She was addicted and wanted to deepen her practice of meditation and study the sub-conscious mind. She became a hypnotist in 2014 and works part time at the Burlington Hypnosis centre. Helping clients with anything from weight loss, quit smoking to nail biting. Tree also loves exercise and cook whenever she can, and is always coming across new recipes that are both delicious and nutritious