Well, at least that’s what the magazine cover said! This whole big bowl of yummy looking soup for 102 calories.
How can they measure that so precisely? What happens if you use a slightly larger mushroom or a few more shreds of carrot? and if you add these wee little bits, do the extra calories have any real meaning?
Geez. Sounds like I’m going into a ‘deep meaning of life’ discussion here. But I’m not, really.
However, the ‘102 calories’ line DOES bring up the essential point that we need to be able to measure our portions accurately. We need to know what’s going into our food.
Do a few extra veggies actually make a difference? Well, no. But another couple of tablespoons of cheese, or dressing, or oil, well, that’s a different matter.
And following recipes – a small onion makes some sense, as we all have an idea of how big that is. But our ideas are not identical. Putting things in terms of cups and tablespoons – actual measures – is more accurate, and gives us a better count.
That translates into better control.
I promise to stop chuckling at recipe counts that are so exact. But I also promise to keep a closer eye on what goes into a recipe. Extra veggies are fine, but as much as I love it, maybe those few extra bits of cheese aren’t such a good idea.
I promise to look more closely. Honest!