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Conserving Calories

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

I made a Tequila Berry salad for our TOPS installation of officers meeting and pot luck dinner tonight. It has lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, green onions, and bacon. The dressing was made with mayo, parmesan cheese, and sugar.

I'm always looking for ways to give recipes a makeover and lighten them up so I made it with light mayo and lean turkey bacon. I used the recipe calculator to figure the difference between the regular and light versions of the recipe, 205 vs 121 per serving respectively. What a difference a couple of small changes can make.

People tend to have preconceived notions about how something will taste if they know it is light, reduced fat, or lower calorie, like it's not going to taste good or something. I think it has a lot to do with our attitude toward food. We need to be open to trying new things. I heard a lot of comments from people who liked it. I didn't tell anyone that I made it with light mayo and lean turkey bacon until after dinner. They were rather surprised and impressed when they learned that it was a lighter version. I won't be able to get away with that trick again. Next time they will be suspicious.
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    Your salad sounds so good and good for you making it with lite ingredients
    I like to try new things and hate when it is drowned in mayo
    Have been making good progress toward my goal
    We have a baseball game going now and so far am on winning team the losing team have to treat the winners to a homemade luncheon and know that it will not be low calorie
    We had a cake for installation and the lady who made it said it was 450 calories per serving thank heavens it was weigh in day so had a week to lose it. It was very tasty and nice to treat ourselves once in awhile
    One day at a time
    2134 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    You should make a light version of whatever you want after all TOPS is suppose to be a weigh watching program---even more reason to keep it light right at the top of the group, as they should be setting a good example for the rest of the group. I try lightened versions of food to and generally keep that part to myself.
    2146 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/4/2012 6:10:36 PM
    I so agree with you! When I told my hubby I was serving "White Chili", and asked him if he liked it, his response was "it's ok". The next time I made it I told him it was "Southwestern Chicken Soup" and he thought it was great!!! So sometimes if we "healthify" a recipe, it might help to give it a different name so people aren't expecting it to taste a certain way.
    2146 days ago
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