Monday, February 04, 2013
Either he should never be let out alone or the food industry is conspiring against me.
Yesterday we enjoyed a very diverse set of activities ranging from the classical music of our local symphony to watching the Super Bowl and Beyonce along with the majority of Americans. Between the 2 events as we drove home, DH wanted to pick up some cheese and crackers for snacks during the game. We already have a large supply of wine.
I had figured the snacks into my tracker, even overestimating the amount I would eat. I also planned dinners of Healthy Choice steamers to create a calorie & fat deficit. DH likes several of the varieties especially when there is no time to cook anything else anyway.
Since I wanted to get a few more miles in, we decided that DH would shop and I would walk home.
I was surprised to get home first because a drive home after grabbing cheese & crackers shouldn’t take as long as walking in the cold. As DH carried in multiple bags of groceries, the reason was clear. There were SALES. My freezer is now full of frozen pizza and Hungry Man dinners. It seems to me that the most calorie, fat and salt laden and most processed food is always on “special” and so heavily advertised that you can’t miss it.
In the cold light of morning here are the facts.
Hungry Man (16 oz): 770 calories, 33g fat (11g sat) 85mg cholesterol, 1270 sodium, 97 carbs, 76 sugar, 21 protein
Healthy Choice (10.8 oz): 300 calories, 3g fat (1g sat) 30mg cholesterol, 500 sodium, 53 carbs, 12 sugar, 15 protein.
OK, maybe he wanted MORE food, and forgot about the snacks that were on the horizon.
Even if he ate TWO steamers, getting 35% more FOOD, that would still be:
22% fewer calories
82% less fat
30 % less cholesterol
22% less sodium
32% less sugar
While getting an increase of 43% more protein and 9% more carbs.
Yes, he saved money, but considering his age and test numbers, I don’t think this was a good bargain. This morning I plan to discuss it with him.
I’ve learned to cope with “Little Debbie” but you should never send a Hungry Man out to shop alone.