Two similar seeming products can be vastly different in calories

November 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Nutrition Tips

Ever wonder why you can hold up two of the same products made by different brands and one seems to have a whole lot less calories than the other (think lasagna)?

There’s a little trick I use to keep the calories low in mixed dishes like lasagna, Sloppy Joes, tacos, chili, spaghetti sauce (or other meat sauce):  “Bulk” up the meat part of the dish with as many vegetables as you can handle!

Think of it this way, if you normally use 2lbs of ground meat in your lasagna recipe in order to make enough sauce for the whole dish, you are essentially doubling the calories you’ll get out of every serving.  Instead, why not use one pound of lean ground meat (ground chicken breast has ½ the calories as extra lean ground beef), PLUS chopped peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, onion or any other vegetable you think might taste good.  I use this concept when making taco’s, chili, stroganoff and many other dishes.  In fact, this little trick works so well I’ve managed to conjure up a lasagna recipe that only has 350 calories per serving…and we’re talking ‘man’ sized servings ;) …check out our recipe section for details!

 

So go ahead, get chopping and do something good for your health…and your waist line!