Sometimes I read blogs or listen to people talk about dieting and they say things like
"Dinner every night is plain baked chicken breast, steamed veggies and brown rice."
THIS. MAKES. ME. SAD.
This is the type of food that makes people yo-yo. Because eating that crap everyday is BORING.
You do not have to go without flavor to lose fat!
I eat all sorts of crazy things, NORMAL things. I just tweak them to meet my calorie needs and I READ PACKAGES.
Places where reading packages really is important:
Choosing the right items is paramount.
I have discovered that Best brand pita are only 80 calories apiece. They're thin, Lebanese style pita, as opposed to the thick, soggy style. But I like them, and they hold up better to juicier items, despite their thinness. I have a hard time finding them sometimes, but if I can get them, that's what I buy.
Tortillas vary GREATLY in calories. I found an 8 inch burrito sized tortilla by Sahara brand that's 140 calories apiece. Not bad, considering some tortillas can go up to 200 calories apiece. Old El Paso makes 6 inch soft taco size tortillas that are 150 calories for TWO. Not bad.
Yogurt can vary GREATLY by quality and calories. My favorite is Greek yogurt, and of that, I love Fage. It's the highest in protein you can get around here, and it's 100 calories for plain fat free in a 6 oz serving. Not bad!
That covers calories, but what about FLAVOR?
Veggies add tons of flavor! Hot chilies, garlic, onions, etc. Plus spices! I have so many spices at my house you wouldn't believe it. I think I may have a bit of a problem. I even keep exotic spices at home, just in case: curry leaves, two kinds of cardamom, za'atar, powdered sumac, fennel/caraway/sesame seeds, three kinds of Asian chili sauce, my own homemade Portuguese spice mix (by the way if you've never crumbled bay leaves into a meat marinade before, you should, they're not just for soup), powdered ginger. I also keep some fresh aromatics in my freezer, like lemongrass and ginger. I keep liquid seasonings as well: soy sauce, five types of vinegar (rice, champagne, red, white and apple cider), Worcestershire sauce, fish sauce (ok I hardly every use this, I hate it, but I have it anyway), Tabasco and Frank's Red Hot, two types of honey, molasses, etc.
Most of these items, except for the sweeteners, are so low calorie you can use them to your hearts content!
Tonight I'm making bean burritos. I'm using pinto beans I soaked last night and cooked this morning before work. I'm going to cook them into a mash with onions, garlic, some Goya Sazon, oregano and a smidgen of cider vinegar. I'm going to wrap that in a tortilla with a little rice cooked with fresh cilantro, top it with a couple of tablespoons of Herdez green salsa and a sprinkling of 2% cheddar cheese and ENJOY THE CRAP OUT OF IT with some fresh veggies on the side.
Screw plain baked chicken breast, steamed veggies and brown rice! I want to eat THIS:
And YOU CAN TOO!
Great article on spicing your meat and vegetables here:
LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO EAT BLAND FOOD!!!!!