Saturday, August 17, 2013
I love this time of the year when the garden is producing all kinds of fresh vegetables. Our silver queen corn is an especially wonderful treat. However, with added butter and salt the calories start to mount up. It doesn't help one bit to join our Mexican friends by eating it slathered with mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese. So what can one do? Most spark people (on the nutrition tracker) seem to feel that an average size serving of corn on the cob has 80 calories but with butter that total can move up to 130 or even 150. This almost doubles the calories. If a person goes for two servings (and who can eat just one ear freshly picked from the garden?) the multiplication starts making corn on the cob a potential diet wrecker. So I thought how can I enjoy the bounty of our garden without losing ground on my weight - thankfully there's a lot of corn out there that needs to be eaten :) Well, I've been intrigued with the Spark People idea of eating food naked (i.e. without all the calorie loaded condiments). So as an experiment I decided to try our garden fresh corn just the way God made it (except boiled). It was really good. It was interesting to be able to taste all the flavor of the natural corn rather than have those flavors overpowered by the butter. I eat two ears typically, 160 calories, along with the rest of the meal. It works for me. I like it and I like the idea of enjoying this treat without all the extra fat and calories. So anyway, since when does corn have to be buttered?