Myth Number Two: Veggie dishes tend to be high in fat.
Fact: Not necessarily, there are always ways to reduce the fat in any meal. It’s all about what ingredients you use. I know for me, in order to keep my meals low in fat, I cut the amount of cheese in half and try not to use processed foods when I cook.
The more organic the ingredients are, the more healthier and less fattening they will be. The article also mentions that “Copious amounts of cheese used to be the rule in early vegetarian cookbooks. These days, many flavorful ethnic cuisines deliver bold vegetarian flavors via herbs and spices—and with far less fat, says Deborah Madison, author of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.” And actually, foods that you may think are healthy for you, can actually be very high in fat, such as:
Dried Fruit- They have 5 to 8 times more calories than fresh fruit. Grapes have 60 calories per cup, while raisins have 460 calories per cup!
Salads- With the globs of dressing, cheese, croutons, and candied nuts we put on our salads, we are making them more fattening and high in calories. It’s almost as bad as an oversized dish of pasta!
Sushi- Some of the most popular rolls are slathered in cream cheese or mayo, making ONE sushi roll 500 to 600 calories! Stick to the veggie and seaweed wrapped ones.
WHAT TO EAT INSTEAD
Try Pizza Sola’s Garden Salad with Kalamata Dressing. Olives are filled with healthy monounsaturated fats, are rich in vitamin E, a fat-soluble antioxidant that neutralizes damaging free radicals, along with polyphenols and flavonoids, which have anti-inflammatory properties.