Healthy eater extraordinaire

by Katie on October 11, 2010

As I was unpacking all the bags of gear from the big elk hunt this year, I kept pulling can after can after can of vienna sausage out of the canned goods container.

When I reached the bottom, I counted.

“Brandon! Seriously? Fourteen cans? What on earth are you going to do with 14 cans of vienna sausage?”

“Uh…eat ’em.”

“Good luck with that. You’re going to have this same batch of sausages in 2012.”

“Well they don’t go bad.”

And then, in the days following my discovery of the sausage stash, he kept bringing up something about “lettuce and vienna sausage” in relation to a diet. As in, a diet where you’re trying to drop a few pounds, eat better than you normally do.

Finally, after several mentions of vienna sausage in this context, I asked him, “Why do keep bringing up the whole vienna sausage and lettuce thing? You know they’re not healthy, right?”

“What do you mean, ‘not healthy’? Really? I thought they were pretty good for you.”

“Are you kidding me? Something that processed, soaking in oil in a can, formed into the shape of a stick? I know it’s loaded in sodium, and I can only imagine the calories. You really thought they were good for you?”

“Well how bad can they be?”

So, I take a little trip to the pantry to enlighten my husband a bit.

“Well, each one of these tiny cans is supposed to have 2.5 servings, if that tells you anything.”

“Nah-uh!”

“Oh yeah, and we’re just getting started.”

We ended up finding that each of the 2.5 servings he would have consumed with crackers yielded 12 grams of fat, 260 milligrams of sodium, and 130 calories.

I wouldn’t suggest looking in his direction for any dietary recommendations. He might have you choking down a fistful of Crisco.

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