Broccomole
Broccomole and Nachos

110 calories (400 calories with chips)

Broccomole is basically just a lower calorie version of guacamole, made with broccoli instead of avocado. Despite the fact that broccoli and avocados would both put up a good fight in a war of nutritional supremacy, broccoli would win hands down in the “calories per gram” part of the competition with a mere 35 calories per 100 grams against avocados’ 160 calories per 100 grams.

Within about 5 minutes of the above picture being taken, all of that was devoured. So good! (I wish I could take credit for this awesome idea but I found this recipe on domesticfits.com)

1 1/2 cups (100 grams) chopped broccoli (35 calories)
1/2 jalapeño, chopped
1 tbsp green onions, chopped
1 tbsp low fat mayo (40 calories)
1 tbsp light cream cheese (35 calories)
salt
pepper
garlic powder
crushed red pepper

diced tomatoes
45 Tostitos Rounds (290 calories)

Boil broccoli until very tender or cook in microwave covered (add a bit of water) for approximately 5 minutes. Drain. Put broccoli and all other ingredients (except chips and tomatoes)  in food processor and blend until smooth. Stir in diced tomatoes if desired. Serve warm with nachos. Beware, it’s spicy.

Nutritional Tidbit of the Day

There’s nothing inherently evil about carbs, however, those of you who are or have been on a low calorie diet will know that it’s almost always the case that you can have a much larger portion of something low carb than something high carb. Carbohydrates just tend to be more calorie dense and you have to eat more calories to fill yourself up than if you were eating something low carb. So give muffins, cakes, breads (particular dense ones) and sugary things in general a break. There’s a place for carbs, but it needn’t be a very large place.

Closing Thought

There’s also nothing inherently evil about getting some exercise. I have always been notoriously bad at keeping up with a regular exercise routine because I can’t stand running around in circles for no reason and I can’t afford a regular gym membership. However, I love volleyball and I’ve taken up an interest in rock climbing. My advice for those of you who have a hard time motivating yourself to go “exercise,” think of something active you like to do that has some feature that distracts you from the fact that you’re “exercising.” Sports are great for this, but there are many other options. Another great opportunity to warm up those creative juices.

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