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.