In my short 4-months’ experience in the kitchen, and 2 months since I started this site, I realised that there are 3 main groups of people regarding food (this is a non-exhaustive list so don’t shoot me if you find yourself being in none of these).
Group 1: People who don’t want to put on weight and hence don’t like to eat, nor cook
Group 2: People who believe delicious food has to come with full flavours complete with calories. For this group, low-calories equals non-tasty and non-yummy
Group 3: People who believe it is possible for food to be healthy and yummy at the same time
Now, which group do you fall into? (That is, if you even fall into any one of them.)
The reason why I’m on this sort of quest for “research” on this topic, is because I realised that while cooking is so terribly delightly, therapeutic and addictively relaxing, extensive cooking is also quite calorie-adding, waistline-destroying and quite expensive (I’m assuming you eat a bit of everything you cook. If you give away all the food you cook – as some friends have once wisely suggested – then this shouldn’t bother you.)
Some readers have commented that the recipes featured on this site look really delicious, but they also look like high-calorie, muffin-top-producing recipes ready for a figure and waistline disaster. Oh dear! That’s when I first started thinking that I should try to feature a couple (or even more) recipes which use “light” products, result in low-calorie diet options, or simply make use of ingredients which consist of less fats, carbohydrates, and more fibres and nutrients.
That’s where the problem starts. It’s not so easy to find low-calories recipes that are genuinely low-calories (because even if a small cookie is only 60 calories per cookie, no one only eats ONE cookie. People always eat at least 3 to 4, making that an intake of 180 – 240 calories already). “Light” recipes also don’t always seem as attractive, or delicious. It seems that our minds automatically categorize “low-calorie” and “light” with “awful-tasting” or “yucky”.
However, maybe it could just be a prejudice on my part. In Argentina at least, girls are extremely weight conscious. Many food brands often have a healthier line with the word “Light” explicitly spread across the food packaging – in Argentina at least, this marketing technique seems to work.
I’m going to try to feature some healthier (and also yummy) recipes whenever I do find one that is both pleasing to my mind, eye and waistline. Hang in there! Lower-calories on the way!