#64 on our “101 Legit Ways to Lose Weight” countdown may surprise you. “Eat for taste” seems to be a diet faux pas. Actually, it is one of the best pieces of advice you’ll ever get. Have you ever noticed that when something doesn’t taste good, you have a tendency to keep eating more and more of it because, after all, it’s nasty so surely the calories don’t count. I do that when I experiment with bizarre recipes. I’ll whip up some concoction that even the dog won’t touch, then eat spoonful by spoonful, in my head negating the calories because they don’t count unless they’re delicious. You’re laughing, because you do it, too!
The best thing you can do for your waistline is learn to cook healthy recipes that just so happen to be tasty. SAVOR every bite, then put your fork down, satisfied and finished. In the case that you’re at the table, and the meal in front of you is less than healthy- or not healthy at all (picture fried food, creamy gravy/sauces, and/or white bread drenched in butter), reduce your serving size from what you would eat if the meal was less caloric, but once again, eat every bite like you are the Queen of Sheeba. Enjoy your food! Just eat sloooooowly and watch your serving size so that you don’t get stabbed with a heaping helping of guilt for dessert!
Here’s a healthy meal I made last night for dinner. Hope you find it as Mmmm Mmmm Good as I did!
CILANTRO & LIME SHRIMP TACOS
2 Corn Tortillas
1 wedge Laughing Cow Lite Cheese
1/2 pound cooked, peeled, devined shrimp
1 can black beans
1 large handful cilantro
Juice from 2 limes
1/4 c. finely chopped white onion
salt & pepper, to taste
1/4 avocado, thinly sliced
1/4 red bell pepper, sliced
Mix beans, cilantro, lime juice, shrimp, salt and pepper together into a mixing bowl. Cover and refrigerate at least 3-hours.
Microwave corn tortillas with sliced Laughing Cow Lite cheese divided between them. Microwave about 20-seconds, or until cheese melts.
Place shrimp mixture on top of each tortilla. Top with avocado and red bell pepper.
Since the shrimp are already cooked when purchased from the store, and the marinade cooks them further, I choose not to cook them stovetop. If the slimy texture bothers you, just cook the shrimp (tail-off) in a skillet with a little little extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper until you have gotten them to desired crispness prior to mixing them with the marinade.