Tuesday, April 26, 2011
So for the sodium challenge I took sampling of my most commonly used foods in the house. And it wasn't nearly as bad as I expected, shockingly, but it wasn't great either.
Bread (brownberry health nut) = 170mg/slice
frozen veggies = 85mg/ 2/3 cup serving
light mayo = 125mg/tbsp
Not too shabby right? You know this isn't going to end well...
fancy-schmancy cheddar cheese = 390mg/ 1 oz serving. WTF! Cheese? I eat this stuff like it's going out of style, and definitely eat 2 oz in a sitting usually. Note to self, check cheese wrappers from now on.
Easter ham - 18,000,000,000mg/serving. No, really. Okay, so it wasn't that high, but it was 1020mg/ 3 oz serving. And that's just plain ridiculous. I plan on using the leftover ham for some soup this week, and I will definitely be cutting back on the amount I use in the recipe after that eye opener.
I know it's not so much what's in my house though as what's out of it. I do eat out at lunch occasionally, and I also travel a lot for work and don't have a better choice than eating at some chain restaurants. While I have found ways to make my "eating out" meals healthier, I just looked up the sodium content in some of my fav "healthy" standbys and I was floored.
Spicy garlic and lime grilled shrimp at Chili's? 150 cals and only 8 grams of fat. Sodium? 700mg. Seriously? Relatively speaking, it's probably one of the healthiest things on the menu that's not a salad with no dressing or croutons. What an eye opener!