How many calories are in this?
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Yesterday, I made Jill Nussinow's Spicy West African Sweet Potato Tomato and Groundnut Stew from her book, The New Fast Food. I omitted the oil and added carrot and celery. The dish had: onion, carrot, celery, sweet potato, cabbage, tomato, spinach and kale, and peanut butter. Awesome! It was so good. Leftovers taste great also.
Today, hubby asked how many calories were in it. Turns out there are about 170 calories per serving. I find it odd that whenever I make a dish that has veggies and starch in it, he is all of sudden concerned about how many calories are in the dish. But he thinks nothing of the calories when eating sausage, bacon, eggs, burgers and french fries.
He thinks carbohydrates make him gain weight. I am trying to convince him that it is not the carbs in whole foods, but rather the simple carbs in the overly processed foods he eats, such as: cookies, cake with frosting, candy, bread. No, he is convinced that whole grains and starchy vegetables are the cause of his weight gain.
I follow some groups that focus on whole food plant based diet and they often say that if you are eating whole foods that calorie counting is not necessary. I am not sure I agree with that because the calorie density of some foods can cause one to gain weight. For instance, one can eat a lot of nuts and seeds and gain weight even if the overly processed foods are eliminated.
These groups do not list the nutrition information for their recipes because they say that if you focus on eating whole foods you don't need to count calories; just eat until you are almost full. And what world do they live in? Oh, how I want that to be my reality.