The Crunch and Oral Fixation Satisfaction of Tortilla Chips
I admit it, I love the crunch when eating certain foods, and although I love my veggies, the crunch from a piece of celery sometimes just doesn’t get it. Yes, sometimes, I will cut up several pieces of celery and have them with my favorite salsa, but I bet, like you, it is hard to resist going to a Mexican restaurant and resisting the bowl of warm chips and salsa that they put on the table. That is the best part of the meal! Although I personally rarely step foot in a restaurant anymore due to both my calorie and checkbook budgets, those chips are quite satisfying to me, a wonderful temptation. A basket of pre-meal chips can easily run you 750 calories and that doesn’t include the Queso. There is nothing like a tortilla chip!
Solution to Over-Eating Tortilla Chips
I found a way to get satisfy my tortilla crunch fixation without breaking my calorie budget, it’s both easy and cheap. Go to the store and buy a package of tortillas. Take one tortilla, and cut it up in wedges like a pizza and put it in the toaster oven for a few minutes. I use tortilla wraps bought from Costco, which are whole wheat based with flax meal added. These are oblong and one large wrap is 100 calories. Bring the tortilla wedges from one tortilla to the table, and be sure to stop there! Be sure to go slow and savor each chip.
Benefits of Making Your Own Chips
If you fix your tortilla chips this way, then they are baked and not fried, saving on trans-fats and lots of extra calories. Another benefit is portion control! Eat one tortilla and you can stop. Who can stop with an open bag of chips or a basket of chips on the table? I know I can’t! You can also experiment on how to dress them up while being able to control the tastes and potential of added calories.
Ways You Can Dress Up Your Chips
- Toast them plain, eat with salsa or your favorite low-cal dip
- Toast them with Pam, then sprinkle a tad of Parmesan Cheese
- Toast a white tortilla, spray with Pam, then sprinkle with a little cinnamon and sweetener
- Toast and then drizzle with Agave Nectar or Honey
- Toast then spread a thin layer of your favorite low sugar jam/jelly
- Toast them with a Pam and add your favorite herbs/spices.
Even if you dress them up with a little Parmesan, Agave/Honey or jam or jelly, you are still saving a massive amount of calories while still enjoying the similarity of restaurant tortilla chips without blowing your caloric budget. So next time you get the munchies and want some chips to crunch on, fix your own chips to your liking where you can maintain caloric control. Enjoy!
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