The 'more is more' mentality when it comes to food is pretty bizarre, if you really over-analyze it. No one says: "you know, Casablanca is a pretty good film, but it's awfully short, so why don't we see Lawrence of Arabia instead?"
However, people tend to equate 'more' with 'better' when it comes to food, although they deny it. Oh, they swear that Weight Watchers is wonderful and they know so many friends who lost SO much weight counting points, and how they love that they "can have anything they want, as long as it's portion-controlled."
Then watch them get excited when the kid at Five Guys accidentally gives them an extra-large serving of fries in their bag. Because, you know it is still a single 'serving size' if the underpaid employee dishes it out to you, regardless of the fact that the bag contains enough potatoes to have quelled the entire Irish potato famine.
I'm half-convinced that is why so many people like to go out to eat. Somehow calories don't relate to ounces (or pounds) of food if it's put on your plate, making it 'okay' to over-indulge.
After my parents divorced, when my father would take me out to dinner sometimes, he'd always call the day before. I'd be crestfallen when he did, because I knew that it meant both that I would be starving and I would gain weight. Here is why: "I hope you're not eating," he'd say. "We're going to have a big meal." My father liked to order several appetizers, and an entree which also often included a salad or soup. The bread basket was also obligatory to eat (again, because if it wasn't okay to eat bread with a heavy meal, the restaurant wouldn't have served it). Of course, Chinese restaurants don't serve bread, so my father would have to make do with the crispy fried noodles. He'd always order a side of fried rice, along with the white rice that was served, to make sure that we had 'enough' to eat.
If I didn't match him, bite for bite, he'd get very angry. Once, I ordered a vegetable plate and didn't eat bread because I wasn't hungry (I had 'caved' and gone out for pizza with friends the night before and hadn't much of an appetite). He sulked the entire meal. Because if someone overeats along with you, the calories don't matter, either.
And yes, during my adolescent dieting years, I was one of those women who used to stand in line at the Tasti-d-Lite and order a LARGE container of whipped, aspartame-saturated low calorie fluff (although not apparently as low-calorie as it was advertised) and heaven forbid the guy gave me less than a mountain of the processed goo. It's pretty amusing in retrospect if you walk past any 'low calorie' fro-yo place--I've seen very thin NY women devouring PINTS of the stuff in public in the summer. "But it's ONLY 10 calories an ounce!" So what if it makes you vaguely ill and full--yet still leaves you hungry at the same time?
Exercise pretty much saved me, and I learned that to enjoy exercise, I had to eat moderately, and healthfully.
As a 'eat to live, rather than live to eat person' now who finds it physically uncomfortable to overeat, I no longer ride the blood sugar roller coaster, and eat plenty of vegetables, protein, and regular meals, and stop when I'm full. Er, most of the time, with the exceptions of some foods like roasted cauliflower, salted cashews, cheese, and peanut butter...and a few others... anyway, it took many many years of trial and error to learn: 'if it is offered in unlimited quantities (buffet, free food at work)--beware!'
These cookies are incredibly easy to make for a quick treat, and are perfect as a portion-controlled snack. And, dare I say it, so cute! Baby cookies!
Kisses Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies (half batch)
Adapted from Hershey's
--makes 24 cookies--
1 stick of melted butter (I used salted)
2 1/2 tablespoons PLUS 1/2 teaspoon of light brown sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons PLUS 1/2 teaspoon of granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup mini chocolate semi-sweet chips
24 unwrapped (ha!) Hershey's Dark Chocolate Kisses
(Note: You could substitute other flavors of Kisses, other types of candy, or even leave out the Kisses if you'd like to try your own variation)
1. Preheat oven to 375F. Line one baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Beat the butter, sugars, and vanilla together until smooth. Spoon in the flour until incorporated into the wet mixture.
3. Fold in the chips.
4. Using a cookie scoop, portion out a small lump of dough (using slightly less dough than will fit in the full scoop). Mold around one of the kisses. Repeat until all of the dough and all of the kisses have been used.
5. Bake 10-12 minutes until very slightly golden at the edges. Cookies will look slightly underdone.