Sep 5, 2004, 6:33 PM
Post #6 of 14
A six-inch diameter corn tortilla has 40 calories. A six-inch diameter flour tortilla has 100 calories. A white flour roll like in a torta contains about 165-200 calories.
Salsa contains 5 calories a tablespoon. Mayonnaise, margarine or butter contain 100 calories a tablespoon. A teaspoon of light crema contains about 30 calories.
Therefore, three six-inch corn tortillas with half a teaspoon of light crema and a tablespoon of salsa on each would total a lunch or snack of 180 calories. Heat the tortillas on a gas flame or in a microwave to make them pliable if you want. Fry them in oil or butter and you've added another 100 calories per tablespoon absorbed fat.
One torta with a tablespoon of mayonnaise, butter, lettuce, tomato, and a lean turkey lunch meat or skinless chicken breast would contain at least 425 calories, and if you use a fattier meat or something like tuna salad, you raise that amount. Add cheese and it's another 100 calories an ounce. Add avocado and it's another 150 for half an avocado. Add bacon and it's another 35 calories per crisply fried and drained slice. You could easily have a sandwich of 900 calories and not even notice.
A sandwich made of two slices of Bimbo type white bread with peanut butter and jelly is around 300 calories.
My doctor tells patients, you can eat five corn tortillas for the equivalent of most white flour rolls.
Carol Schmidt, who has lost a lot of weight increasing my walking 2-4 miles a day and substituting corn tortillas and salsa for most snacks.