October 3, 2011

Mamavation Monday: Foiling the Need to Nibble


Every great chef tastes as they cook, right? As long as it’s not a ‘double dip’, tasting is just part of cooking. Go ahead, just nod in agreement. It’ll make me feel better.

But what happens to all those fractional calories from tasting, nibbling, and licking the spoon? They’re free! As in free to go to my hips, that is.

Years ago I used to chew gum, constantly. Not smacking or anything, but just chewing gum as a way not to feel the need to eat. And in giving up chewing gum, long story but I no longer chew gum regularly, I’ve found that when I cook or bake tasting has become more and more a part of food prep.

As I begin the weekly challenge of stepping on the scale I am more mindful of what I eat. Especially that all those little nibbles can add up. Sure, I know there has to be some tasting along the way so I can get the seasoning right. But, it seems that there is a bit more ‘one for you, one for me’ going on than there should be.

I watch that show Next Food Network Star and get totally skeeved out when I see them tasting and putting the spoon back in. It’s starting to make me more mindful of my tasting. And it’s making me realize that there are times when I’ve tasted what would likely be more calories than I’m willing to admit?

Are you a taster? How do you stop yourself from eating as you cook?

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Andrea October 3, 2011 at 12:53 pm

I am most definitely a taster. I’ve recently popped in a piece of gum when I am baking though – mint so that nothing tastes good with it. lol It works for me! Have a good week!!

Sara October 5, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Andrea, chewing gum is a great idea! Or even brushing your teeth before if you’re like me and don’t chew gum. Thanks for the minty reminder!


Lo @LoLately October 3, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Oh, I definitely taste test. (With a separate spoon! EWWWW!!!) Now I’m stumped. I never really thought of all the fractional calories I’m eating as I taste while (rarely) cooking. I’m now going to lunge to the spice cupboard! 🙂

Sara October 5, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Lo, I think lunges around the kitchen might balance out. *makes mental note*


Julie @DutchBeingMe October 3, 2011 at 2:35 pm

My thing when cooking doesn’t work for everyone – but it deterred me enough in the past few weeks that I was able to keep my will power through all the baking I did. Here is what I did… just fill up everything with water or rinse it off before you can taste it. It helped me stay away from those licks and tastes that sucker me in so quickly. I had to put the final product in the freezer – so that kind of deterred me from eating/sampling anything that I had.

And I never noticed that about The Next Food Network Star. What if the cooks at restaurants do that!?! Ew!!! (Don’t mind me while I never eat out again with that thought.)

Hope that helps!

Sara October 5, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Julie, I went thru a phase where I didn’t eat out b/c I kept thinking about what goes on in the kitchen. I try to believe they’re cleaner than that!

Great idea to just put soapy water in things so you’re not tempted to go back and clean it with a few licks and swipes with the finger.

You’re so on top of it!

Owen's Mom October 3, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Oh, yes… a taster, a bowl and beater licker. Yes, it is not good. Though I like to pretend downing a whole batch of kale chips solo is healthy. Lol!

Mindful eating can be such a powerful thing. Best of luck. Have a great week.

Kimberly @christlikemommy October 3, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Me. I am a nibbler, bowl scraper, spoon locker. Lol it is mindless. I am going to focus this week with you and try to stop the zombie nibbling. Lol

Sara October 5, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Zombie nibbling! Love it!

Amanda - @ihavetohaveyou October 5, 2011 at 5:55 pm

I never thought of chewing gums while cooking – definitely something I personally am going to have to try to avoid tasting more than I should. (thanks for the tip.)
(also, more to ponder on the how many calories am I really taking in….another thing I pretty much never thought about, haha.)

Becca - Our Crazy Boys October 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I’m not so much a taster, but when the recipe is finished, I take it upon myself to eat what I want because “I worked hard for it.”

Last I knew, I wasn’t running on a treadmill while slicing onions, so I obviously didn’t work “that” hard.

Thanks for the thought – I’ll definitely be more mindful of my creations 🙂

Faby A. October 9, 2011 at 7:21 am

I love the food network! it is awesome that you have a passion to cook. have a great day!

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