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Fast Day #6: Foiled by Math Again - Palak Paneer 300 calories

My lunch today was not good. A protein bar does nothing in the long run for me. But I slogged through the afternoon (with a nap) and made it to 8 pm and dinner.

I was so excited because I had a great Trader Joe's frozen entree waiting for me. Actually I had two. A Paneer Tikka Masala and a Spinach and Paneer dish. I looked at the nutrition panel and the tikka masala had many more calories (300) versus the spinach one (250). The tikka masala had rice but not enough so I figured that I should go with the spinach dish and add in a piece of bread (50 calories). Sounds good right?

WRONG. I cannot do math. The spinach dish has TWO, 2 servings per tray. Seriously?!? I really like this entree but man half of this tray is a serving? Let me tell you this did not lift my mood. But I had already heated up the dish so I was stuck with a tiny portion. At least I was able to have a piece of bread.

Trader Joe's Palak Paneer and toast: 300 calories

and a side of disappointment

I'm so upset at this revelation that I may never buy this entree again. Maybe I should look into a home made version where I can reduce the calories somehow.

P.S. my hubby made the point that ALL manufactures do this - play with the servings per container. I know this. Hell I used to make these nutrition labels for my clients. But most people aren't on a 500 calorie per day limit. I can still be disappointed especially because the tikka masala was 1 tray, 1 serving. I could have had a much better dinner.

Lesson learned: be better at reading the nutrition label.


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