Oh ReddiWhip, (of the fat-free variety) how I love thee … let me count the ways!
This stuff is seriously crack to me. It’s addictive, versatile, and so damn good.
When I’m on my game, can I go through a can every three days, no joke. It’s supposed to serve 40 people at 5 calories a serving … but I eat it in three days; 1-2 pts a day … sigh. (The whole can is 200 calories).
I eat it on top of a 1/2 T of chunky PB — so delicious. Dolloped over ff/sf cocoa — so creamy. Or even squirted straight from the can — so rebellious.
(My dad taught me that lovely habit; when my siblings and I were little kids he’d squirt whipped cream into our mouths and we’d try to see who could fit the most without laughing and spitting it all over the place — ah, memories … Thanks, Dad, LOL).
Anyhoo … I seriously can’t get enough of the stuff.
I know it’s full of chemicals (no sugar substitutes but plenty of chemicals). I know it has no nutritional value, but it does spice up some of my favorite things.
Before many trips to the grocery store I have told myself I wouldn’t buy it. Didn’t write it on the list. But I always seem to find it in my grocery cart … and then our fridge … and then the can’s in my hand and there’s no begging for mercy. My husband is grossed out by it, so it’s only me consuming the can of fat-free fluff.
My conclusion: I think I need to ban it entirely. Not because it’s particularly unhealthy — it’s actually not that bad for me calorie-wise, in moderation. But if it’s there, I eat it. It’s a crutch, and the fact that I think I abuse it says a lot.
It’s something to “fill up on” for few calories … empty calories.
But above all, it’s an expensive habit to have. (A can is usually $2.49 and I can spend my money in better ways — like good dark chocolate!)
And so … I think after the two cans in my fridge are gone, I’ll be bidding adieu to my favorite treat. For a little while, at least.
How about you? Is there a food on your radar these days with whom you’ve developed an unhealthy relationship? Did you ban it entirely?