Calories: Fish and Chips vs. Pita Pit

You may recall I made it my personal goal to go without fish and chips for the month of January.  It may seem like an easy/silly goal, but I was indulging in this calorie-dense meal about 3-4 times a week.  It was my go-to whenever I couldn’t be bothered cooking.  They taste delicious, they’re cheap and they take care of my fat/salt cravings.

I’m proud to say that I made it through the month.  And I have no doubt that this contributed to my recent weight loss. I also think it got me out of the habit, too, as by the end of the month it wasn’t even entering my mind to get them.

Let’s look at how many calories are in fish and chips:
camerazoom2012020221221A scoop of chips (400g) has about 1000 calories
A piece of battered fish has about 500 calories.

I treated myself last night but decided to use a plate to get my portion size right.  This was half a scoop, a piece of fish and half a sausage.  My estimation is about 1200 calories.  That’s about half of my recommended daily intake. And of course, it’s mostly fat. Price:  $3.50 (NZ)

Recently I discovered a much healthier takeaway that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with.  Pita Pit is similar to Subway in that you choose your main ingredient, your salads and sauces.  But they taste so much better than Subway! 

chicken-ceasar-pitaI love the Chicken Caesar pita on wholemeal bread.  They cook your chicken, bacon, mushroom, capsicum and red onion on the grill. I then add lettuce, tomato, cucumber, carrot, gherkin and pineapple, avocado and tzatziki spreads and a light aoli sauce.  It’s absolutely delicious and full of nutrition.  A large one is about 600 calories (half of my fish and chip plate above) and costs about $10 (NZ). 

If you haven’t tried Pita Pit yet, you really should.  It’s amazing! 

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