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Old 05-04-2009, 04:16 AM   #1
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Default Rookie mistake: always read the packaging!

While browsing the supermarket on Friday (payday) I came across crispy seaweed. Nice, I thought, I've never tried that. So I bought a pack. I thought it would have a fresh and salty taste to use as a topping on a meal. I did not even bother to look at the nutrition data, seaweed's a vegetable, how could that hurt?

So I made my big chicken stir-fry last night and decided to add the seaweed. It said just to bake it for 2 minutes in the oven, so I did. Actually, it probably had 3, and it was a bit too crispy.

The first alarm bells went off as I took it out of the oven: there was a huge amount of oil in the dish. Hm. I thought.

I chucked it on top of the stirfry and, while it had an interesting texture, I cannot say it tasted of anything at all. Probably because I'd overdone it. As I ate, I looked it up online and discovered I really had got 200 calories worth of fried grass on my plate. 200!!!!!

It was stirred into the food by then, so I ate it, I had plenty of calories left, if I hadn't had, I would have binned the meal. As it was I binned the remainder of the packet. And I didn't eat the giant fruit salad dessert I'd planned, because there weren't enough calories left in the day.

Moral: don't assume! If it's a new to you food, CHECK THE LABEL!

ps, just ate the fruit salad for breakfast.
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Old 05-04-2009, 05:51 AM   #2
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Lesson learned...eh? I've been there one too many times myself. Well I'm so glad I read this..now I know I will never purchase any seaweed from my grocery store.
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Oh that's a real bummer...but like Delphi said, lesson learned. Thanks for teaching us a valuable one. I am just starting to really read labels, although most of it is Greek to me. Still not sure how much of ANYTHING is a good amount. And at the end of the day how much of each nutrient I should have had. This whole new way of life for me is daunting as I find there is SO MUCH information to learn. If anyone has any suggestions on making it easier for me, I would GREATLY appreciate it!!!
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oh yes, definitley lesson learned!

Jacque - if you use an online programme like sparkpeople.com, it tells you how much of each you should be having. It is really easy to be accountable with it.
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If you do remember to check the label, don't forget to double-check the serving size. I've been burned a few times that way too!
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@ yoyoma ~ Me too! My problem is I'm in such a hurry at times that I simply "misread" the labels and have consumed half my daily calories in one sitting. Now I take the time to actually READ the labels, as opposed to simply glancing at them.
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Seaweed is great for you, but not sure if it is good when it is fried...eeks. Was it a brand? Fried in oil?

I usually get the nori sheets and use them as wraps. 1 sheet is like 13 calories or something. I do the untoasted, raw/dried. You can also just get seaweed and that is like 5 or 8 calories, per like 2 tablespoons, something like that.
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Wow! Talk about ruining a great food. I've also learned to watch the labels because of the portion size. Just because something looks like one portion doesn't mean that it is.
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I guess it was pre-fried in oil but I didn't pick that up. I thought it was just shredded seaweed that I could drop into half a tsp oil or even dry fry.

I'll try the nori sheets next!
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I guess it was pre-fried in oil but I didn't pick that up. I thought it was just shredded seaweed that I could drop into half a tsp oil or even dry fry.

I'll try the nori sheets next!
Ew...yeah.

Nori sheets are really dry and very thin. You can get seaweed that isn't in a sheet though. That might work better for your stir fry needs.

Health food store should have some or be able to order some for you if you can't find any.
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oh yes, definitley lesson learned!

Jacque - if you use an online programme like sparkpeople.com, it tells you how much of each you should be having. It is really easy to be accountable with it.
  • Thanks...I will check it out


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Wow! Talk about ruining a great food. I've also learned to watch the labels because of the portion size. Just because something looks like one portion doesn't mean that it is.
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I guess it was pre-fried in oil but I didn't pick that up. I thought it was just shredded seaweed that I could drop into half a tsp oil or even dry fry.

I'll try the nori sheets next!
  • I have never tried this. Where do you find it? I always think of the stuff that gets around my legs when I am in the ocean...it freaks me out
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