Like many of you, I’m making the same resolution about healthy eating. For the last few months, I’ve strayed. Now it’s time to start making good choices. Sometimes, food decadence aside, it’s about the little things that can make a big impact.
Take one of our last unhealthy meals, buffalo wings. I decided to make them at home instead of going out. Good choice number one. More likely than not, the wings would be deep fried. I opted for baked wings instead.
Next, I made some modifications in the recipe. I did not bread the chicken wings nor coat them in flour. Good choice number two. The calories saved may be small, but over time, they add up.
Buffalo wings have so much going against them–deep fried, breading, and then there are the dipping sauces. Rather than opting for the full-fat, full-calorie versions, we looked at the labels and chose lighter versions. Good choice number three. You have to be careful though. Sugar often replaces the fat.
So, I baked the naked wings at 450 degrees for 45 minutes. I turned the wings three times, pouring off any accumulated fat. Good choice number four. You don’t have to let food cook in fat. Spray oils prevent sticking with a fraction of the calories.
Then, it came time to make the sauce. Okay, I’ll admit that I didn’t make the wisest of choices here. I missed two parts hot sauce with one part melted butter. I did cut the amount of butter though, so maybe it’s partial credit.
When it came time to eat, I portioned out the dipping sauces. It’s important to note and visualize just what a serving is. In the back of my mind, I remembered the calorie count so I could engage in conscious eating. I also served up more than the usual serving of celery.
So, there you have it, little choices that can make your eating healthier. It doesn’t have to take a lot of effort. Practice conscious eating, and you can travel a little farther on that road to wellness.