When it comes to eating healthy, some ingredients can surprise you. Although they may be marketed as a healthy choice, when you examine the nutrition fact label, you’d end up surprised. That’s why one nutrition guru Paula Norris is bent on expelling myths around healthy eating. Just because you hear how “great for your health” some fad food is, you need to beware.
Sometimes those companies and industries just found a way to position their product or ingredient to make it sound more enticing. In reality, the ingredient could be loaded with calories or fat.
In a recent viral post, Norris shared side-by-side photos of two salads. While they look exactly the same, there is a huge difference – a 460-calorie difference to be exact.
The reason for the difference is that one of the halloumi salads was loaded with dressing. The other was light on the dressing and shaved off hundreds of calories. She wrote:
“Unfortunately calorie-heavy dressings, too much grain and not enough veg can result in a ‘salad’ with calories closer to that of a risotto.”
She warns anyone fighting to lose weight or eat better that healthy things you’re adding to your salad or meals might actually be “sneaky” things that load your dish up with calories.
The difference in the halloumi salads was simple. The one with fewer calories had less Pearl Barley and chicken and replaced it with more vegetables.
She wrote, “The salad on the left has one cup of cooked pearl barley, 70 grams of halloumi, 1/3 zucchini, two florets of broccoli, 1/4 of a capsicum, 50 grams of eggplant, three cherry tomatoes, 200 grams of poached chicken, 1/2 cup of herbs and a dressing of two teaspoons of extra Virgin olive oil and two teaspoons of balsamic vinegar.”
She also shared a red-meat salad with avocado. The one on the left has 365 more calories. It looks like by cutting back on the high-calorie items on the plate. You can save your stomach from doing extra work.
Increase the number of vegetables in your dishes and decrease the amounts of grains, starches, and meats. You’ll be able to enjoy more food and put fewer calories into your system.
With all the hard work you already do for your health, it can be disheartening to find out your meals are sabotaging you. Hopefully, Norris’s posts can help you think about how you craft your meals.
Here are some other examples of dishes that look the same, but have vastly different calorie counts:
Norris wrote that she doesn’t show these pictures to encourage people to count their calories. Instead, she wants to spread awareness around how a few small changes can turn your foods into power-packed meals loaded with good nutrition.
“These posts are NOT to encourage calorie counting but are to demonstrate the impact that ingredient manipulation can have on the overall calories in a meal,” Paula concluded.
Now that’s eating right. I’m going to start doing this tonight.
Did you know that small changes like this could make a big difference in the number of calories you consume? What do you think about her “spot the difference” food photos?