Weekly Links: Celebrity Trainers' Tips and French Fries, Hold (Some of) the Guilt!

By , SparkPeople Blogger
It's Friday! Woo-hoo! Hope you've got some healthy weekend plans lined up. Before you start the weekend, check out these interesting and entertaining links from around the web.

Slim Down, Tone Up: Quick Tips That Really Work
These tricks from celebrity trainers work the parts that really matter at the gym or anywhere.
From Yahoo! Shine

French fries—minus a little guilt
French fries are an American fast-food favorite, but they catch a lot of flak—too much fat, too much salt, not to mention too many calories. But now that Burger King, McDonald’s, and Wendy’s have cut the trans fats from their fries, you can enjoy them with a little less guilt. Our taste testers recently tried the new trans-fat free fries from the three fast-food restaurants, and found some good news: they all taste about the same as they used to.
From Consumer Reports

The Perfect Pantry
Since pantry items are built to stay, it's important to spend some time thinking them over. Buy the wrong carton of juice and it's a mistake that lasts a few weeks. Buy the wrong package of noodles and those dried and twisted snakes will be laughing at you for years to come.
From Men's Health

The FITNESS 2009 Healthy Food Awards
We can't do your supermarket shopping for you, but we can make it a whole lot easier. We combed through more than 46,000 products on store shelves to find the 50 most delicious, healthiest packaged foods out there. Fill your cart and enjoy!
From Fitness

Calorie Disclosure, Drinkable Veggies, and Cigarettes Suck
Restaurants reveal the numbers, drinking veggies for a slimmer physique, and kicking the bad smoking habit.
From Fit Bottomed Girls

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I loved the article about calorie disclosure, drinkable veggies, and cigarettes. I have used V8 in past efforts to,lose weight, but that was before there was a lower sodium version. Guess I will have to start using it regularly again--it did help me in the past!! As for cigarettes, I agree. I wish my hubby would shake that habit.
Thanks for these blogs. I probably wouln't have known about these articles, otherwise. Report
I can vouch for Sabra hummus. The roasted red pepper variety is practically a staple in our house. Report
I am not sure if I believe the whole french fry thing. It would be great if it was true. Because I like french fries just as much as the next person. But you could bake them and they are still good to me. Some more local restaurants have started doing that and they are yummy. Report
I love Fitness magazine! I am a subscriber and find that I learn something new with every issue I read. I was happy to see my favorite (Kashi Trail Mix) granola bar listed as a healthy snack! Report
Real, low-sodium and/or no-sugar-added fruit and veggie juices seem to be so expensive. Any suggestions as to good options and where to find them? Report
On the 'French fries—minus a little guilt,' I was really REALLY excited till I saw, McDonald’s fries comes in at 380 calories and 19 grams of fat!! I'll stick with home baked veggies.

The Perfect Pantry claimed, The Perfect Chickpeas, Dessert, Dried Fruit, Flour, Food Bar, Grain, Oatmeal, Oil, Peppers, Seeds, Spread, Tuna, & Vegetable... & it was interesting........ but I wouldn't call a white/wheat flour perfect.

The FITNESS 2009 Healthy Food Awards? EXCELLENT!! I want to copy/print this out to use for grocery shopping!! THANKS!!

Calorie Disclosure, Drinkable Veggies, and Cigarettes Suck- Drink at least 8 oz of veggie juice w/heart-healthy diet = 4lb LOSS in 12 wks... oh, I am sooo ON IT!! hahaha!! LOVE V8!!

Gr8 Weekly Links!! :)
I am a tomato juce drinker and realy like it but it tends to give me heart burn..
great info on the fries.. i bake mine and love them Report
Can't imagine why ANYONE would waste money smoking or do that to their body when it isn't necessary. Report
I gleaned valuable tools from two of the articles. The one on quick tips that work and the 2009 healthy food awards article. Report
I gleaned valuable tools from two of the articles. The one on quick tips that work and the 2009 healthy food awards article. Report
french fries are my weakness Report
Why is everyone so surprised when things like 'veggie drinks' (most of them are not low-sodium, after all, and the ones that are fruit-flavored?) turn out to be poor nutrition choices? It's on the labels. The veggies themselves are better on all fronts, regardless of studies.

And, it's about time restaurants have to be honest about their contents. It's impossible to eat intelligently when you don't have information. People who don't care, won't read. The rest of us...yes!

Now, the big--legitimate--shocker will be when cigarette manufacturers are finally forced (and it will take major force) to disclose what sorts of junk they've been dosing tobacco with for the past 60+ years. Report
I read the slim down tips and this is what I saw:

"A Bosu ball works your abs 100 percent -- and it's difficult to cheat," Kufa says. Place the ball on the ground. Get in push-up position with your hands on the floor and your shins balanced on the top of the Bosu. Pull the ball toward your chest until your chin and knees nearly touch. Push back to original position."

Are you kidding me? Whoever suggested using a Bosu ball to do a jack knife (knee to chest) is insane! You could use a stability ball, but never a Bosu! Report
I liked the fried foods from Mcdonald's and Burger King and Wendy's. We went to Wendy's this week and I couldn't tell the FF's were cooked differently. They actually tasted better. My mom could tell a difference but she thought they were spicy which they weren't. She's a little off because of her old age. Report
OI love that restaurants will have to post their nutritional data. Report
Gotta watch the sodium on those veggie drinks.

Couldn't see anything but the intro for the pantry article. Too bad. Report
I always look forward to this entry, they are great articles that I would have missed otherwise. Please keep them coming! Report
I always love the mix of articles that are chosen for this blog!!!! Drinkable veggies and Slim down, tone up ... were my favorites! Thanks. Kath Report
Work out tips for the gym, office and home. Love all the options! Report
Ever since I got my VitaMix I LOVE drinking my veggies. I have a huge green smoothie almost everyday. Report
I love to drink my veggies. V8 is satisfying and enjoyable. It's good to hear that it can help you drop the weight as well. Report
The portion about drinkable veggies. Report
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