If you’re a regular reader of SahmReviews, then you know how proud we are of our weight loss accomplishments. We’ve talked about healthy snacks, provided a fantastic low-calorie (and low-sodium) recipe for chili, and bragged about our use of MyFitnessPal in a number of posts. But one of the things we can’t ignore about our success was the simple fact that we accurately weighed EVERYTHING that went into our mouths. Without the knowledge of exactly how much we were eating, the calories on the label meant nothing. Just going over by 5% will cause the average person to gain over 12 pounds in the course of a year! Yikes!
There is another important tool that we used to combat this issue; an accurate kitchen scale. Our model did us well, but had one annoying feature that time-and-time again becomes a problem for us. It uses watch batteries. In an often-used item like a kitchen scale, those CR2032 discs just don’t last very long. And of course they go out in the middle of a recipe and you never have spares laying around. They’re super-expensive at retail, so I ended up buying them in lots of 5 or 10 off of eBay. Not very convenient.
Our new scale from Mira is their model ST85 and cures our headache by using (AND including) four AAA batteries! Now I don’t know about you, but with all the kids’ toys that use batteries, we are never in short supply of them. And I have no qualms about raiding an electronic barking dog for its batteries to make dinner if necessary.
Tonight we’re having ribeye steak cooked sous-vide. A recommended size is 3 ounces, which should be about the size of a deck of playing cards. Almost cut this piece perfectly!
Fresh asparagus from my mom’s garden. Really no limit on how much of this I can have since it is a vegetable (and cooked in a manner that doesn’t add many calories), but I still need to know exactly how much I am going to consume.
We don’t always have a starch with our dinner, but tonight are some simple pan-roasted potato wedges with sprayed-on oil & a tiny bit of salt for taste. Again, how much you eat is as important as what you eat.
Round out dinner with a serving of mandarin oranges and a small glass of milk for calcium and this is our typical meal. So much different than what we used to have. Previously the steak would have occupied a third of the plate with the vegetables taking up maybe a fifth.
If you are serious about taking off a few (or a lot of) pounds, then a good quality kitchen scale is a must. Not only were we happy with Mira’s inclusion of batteries (and picking the right type to use), but we found the screen super-easy to read and very quick responding. Switching between measurement units is a breeze and cleanup only took a wipe with a paper towel. Of course we used a plate by zeroing it out before adding the food – I don’t plan on wasting one ounce if I can afford it!
You can find one of these highly-rated scales on Amazon for under $25. If this isn’t a large enough version for your family (or you do large-batch cooking), be sure to see the other scales they have available, including one that will weigh up to 11 pounds! They’re also pretty active on Facebook and Twitter if you’d like to learn more. I’m sure they’d love to hear what you think!
Do you weigh your food when you cook? The finished product or just the ingredients for recipes?