Another week goes by and before us are 2 glorious days to relax and do whatever the hell we like! How fabulous! Unfortunately when it comes to our weekend foods this can also mean way too many calories, some of which we may not even be aware of. Here are the most common weekend ‘treats’ that are completely derailing our diets.
1. The good ol’ Eggs Bene
Now don’t get me wrong, I love eggs for breakfast and think they are one of the best choices nutritionally but when we team our eggs with a whole lot of butter things are not so healthy. With more than 1000 calories per serve and a whopping 70g of fat if weight control is your goal, swap the eggs bene for poached or scrambled eggs, some Sourdough and a few vege sides and you will be on the right track.
2. Cakes, muffins and banana bread
You never usually order it, but for some reason treats and cakes go hand in hand with weekend coffee catch ups and trips to the café. A single muffin or serve of banana bread contains at least 300 calories, or the same number of calories as a small meal so you are much better to split these treats or better still order some biscotti or even a macaron to team with your coffee.
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3. The extra side of fries
Whether they come with a burger, schnitzel or fast food meal scoffed late at night, chances are that you do not even like them that much, rather eating them because they are served. Save yourself a whole lot of calories and fat by avoiding the side of fries whenever you are ordering pub or café meals out.
4. The antipasto platter
This is the one that resonates with me most – that delicious platter of meats, cheeses, dips, crackers and other delicious snacks that we tuck into with a drink at social events and before dinner often when entertaining. The issue of course is that most of the items on the platter are high in fat and calories and we have no idea how much we are really eating. In fact I would say that most of the time we eat so much via this snacking style plate that we actually do not need to at the dinner! So if you love nothing more than some savoury snacks before meals on weekends. add vegetables, olives and thinner crackers to your platter and keep in mind you probably don’t need dinner as well if you have indulged.
5. Sunday night fried food
It may be pizza or a pub feed or your local Thai takeaway but indulging in a fatty, salty meal on a Sunday night will only leave you feeling bloated and heavy come Monday morning. Simply adopting a mantra of ‘go light on Sunday night’ will help you to overcome the extras of the weekend and start each Monday on the right track when it comes to building a strong dietary platform.
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