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Which Holiday Breakfast Will Save You from Overeating?


For many of us, Christmas morning is a time to indulge in a big, leisurely breakfast that we normally wouldn't partake in on most other days of the year. But if you're not careful, a festive a.m. meal could cause you to blow through a day's worth of calories and fat before Christmas dinner! If you were to choose a special and indulgent holiday breakfast to keep you satisfied without stuffing you silly, which would you pick: One medium-size iced cinnamon roll, or a plate of two fried eggs and two strips of bacon?
Posted 12/15/2012  6:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 34 comments   29,018 views
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How to Fuel Up without Filling Out at the Mall


The food court can be convenient when you're ravenous during a day-long mall marathon, but it can also be a minefield of extra calories, fat and sodium. Most malls have a Chinese food option, like Panda Express, which can be a decent choice if you choose correctly. If you had to pick between Broccoli Beef and Orange Chicken from Panda Express, which would you eat to fuel your shopping excursion on fewer calories and fat?
Posted 12/8/2012  10:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 23 comments   24,987 views
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Which Super Seed Packs the Most Nutrition?


If you've ever been to a health food store, you've probably seen the dozens of bulk bins filled with tiny seeds. Though they may look like bird food, don't turn your nose up at these little kernels of nutrition! Two of the most talked-about seeds are chia seeds and flax seeds. Both have been prominently featured in the media in recent years for their health benefits. If you had to choose, which seed will give you the most nutrition per ounce?
Posted 12/1/2012  10:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 53 comments   35,214 views
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Choose This Seasonal Drink to Save Over 100 Calories


Now that the Pumpkin Spice Latte craze has passed, Starbucks has rolled out a new set of hot drinks for the winter season. With enticing names like Gingerbread, Eggnog, Caramel Brulee, and Peppermint Mocha, these sweet sips sound like a fun way to kick off the holidays. But not so fast! If you're going to indulge, which one of these drinks should you choose to avoid extra pounds?
Posted 11/24/2012  10:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 43 comments   36,862 views
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Sweet Potato Fries: Are They Really Any Better for You?


Do you have sweet potato on the brain like we do? I've been eating them in every way possible this fall: Cut into wedges and roasted with spices; baked in foil and smothered with cinnamon and pecans; even blended up into smoothies! One my favorite treats is a piping hot batch of sweet potato fries. You've heard time and time again that sweet potatoes are full of good-for-you nutrients, but does that hold true when they're sliced up and fried? What do you think: Is there really that big of a difference between regular French fries and sweet potato fries? We're putting Ore Ida's Sweet Potato Fries and Golden Fries (regular French fries) head to head to find out the answer!
Posted 11/17/2012  10:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 43 comments   74,710 views
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How Well Do You Know Your Thanksgiving Portions?


Thanksgiving is coming, and let's be real: You're probably going to eat more than you normally would, and you may or may not track it. Different people take different approaches to the Thanksgiving meal. Some take a little of everything, while others just pick a few favorites to indulge in. But which is the best strategy when you're watching your weight? Here's a scenario comparing two different Thanksgiving plates.

Uncle Bob loves Thanksgiving food and wants to taste it all at least once, so he takes some of everything: Turkey, gravy, stuffing, two types of potatoes, and, of course, green bean casserole. He even saves room for a little bit of Grandma Mildred's famous pumpkin pie for dessert. Here's what Bob's plate looks like:

6 ounces turkey (white meat, with skin)
1 cup mashed potatoes
1/2 cup green bean casserole
1 cup sweet potato casserole
1/2 cup turkey gravy
1 dinner roll
2 pats butter
1/2 cup stuffing
1/4 cup cranberry sauce
½ a slice pumpkin pie

Grandpa George, on the other hand, is a no-frills kind of guy and likes to stick with the basics. Since he's watching his weight, he skips the butter and gravy. He even passes up on dessert! Here's what George's plate looks like:

6 ounces turkey (dark meat, with skin)
1.5 cups mashed potatoes
2 dinner rolls
1 cup stuffing
1 cup cranberry sauce
1 cup green bean casserole
 
Between Bob and George, who consumed the least amount of calories during the Thanksgiving feast? (No cheating by checking your Food Tracker—Make your best guess!)
Posted 11/10/2012  10:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 49 comments   27,630 views
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Don't Be Tricked by This Sweet Halloween Treat!


Halloween candy can be downright scary. All of those colorful ''fun-sized'' bars may tempt you to have just one piece, but beware—those tiny, innocent-looking treats can add up if you're not careful! Some people forgo the chocolate candies altogether in favor of low-fat choices, such as Starbursts and Twizzlers, thinking that they are doing their waistlines a favor. But does low-fat always mean low-sugar? If you were to choose between a chocolaty fun-sized bag of peanut M&Ms and a serving of Twizzlers, which one would be the least sugary choice?
Posted 10/27/2012  10:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 21 comments   19,110 views
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Which Apple Treat is a Rotten Choice for Your Waistline?


This time of year, everyone has apples on the brain. These crisp and juicy gems taste especially sweet right now, whether raw, baked, slathered in peanut butter… or even drenched in caramel. Caramel apples are as ubiquitous to fall as the changing leaves, and companies have capitalized on their popularity by injecting that sweet-tart flavor into everything from candy to hot drinks. Take Starbucks' Caramel Apple Spice drink, which is made with fresh apple juice, cinnamon syrup, and a caramel drizzle. It certainly sounds as delicious as a real caramel apple, but how do these two treats compare nutritionally? Which is the slimmer autumn pick: A grande Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice drink (with no whipped cream), or a classic caramel apple with nuts?
Posted 10/20/2012  10:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 51 comments   37,197 views
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Skip This Side Dish to Save 20 Grams of Fat


If you've spent any time looking at restaurant menus online, you probably know that ordering the wrong side dish with your meal can put you way over your calorie limit for the day. Like most family chain restaurants, Applebee's offers a side of either soup or salad with any entrée. Both of these dishes may seem like low-calorie choices at first glance. But be careful—those seemingly innocent sides can pack in hundreds of hidden calories. If you were to choose the lower-calorie side option from the Applebee's menu, which would you select: A small Caesar Salad (with dressing), or a bowl of Tuscan Bean with Chicken and Sausage Soup?
Posted 10/13/2012  10:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 33 comments   33,566 views
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Which Orange Veggie Will Save You 100 Calories?


With the start of fall last month, it seems like everyone has sweet and starchy orange produce on the brain. Butternut squash and sweet potatoes have officially taken the place of summer's zucchini bounty. Not only are these orange fall foods delicious and comforting, but they are also nutritional powerhouses that are high in fiber and vitamins A and C. But is there much of a difference when it comes to calorie content? In a food showdown between sweet potato and butternut squash, which one will give you more nutritional bang for your calorie buck in your fall dishes?
Posted 10/6/2012  10:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 42 comments   33,997 views
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Food Showdown: Can You Pick the Chip Champion?


Sometimes, you want a crunchy, salty snack—and rice cakes just aren't going to cut it. When using portion control, it's completely possible to sneak in a serving of chips for an occasional treat. But not all chips are created equal, and it can be overwhelming to choose from so many different varieties. Sweet potato chips and ''baked'' chips have cropped up in the snack aisle, both promising a better-for-you, wholesome chip. Between TERRA Crinkles Sweet Potato Sea Salt Chips and Kettle Brand Baked Potato Chips with Sea Salt, which is the chip champion?
Posted 9/29/2012  10:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 41 comments   26,434 views
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Food Showdown: It's a Wrap!


Over the past few years, the bread aisle has steadily become flooded with different varieties of tortillas. Whole wheat, low-carb, and veggie-infused, bread's flatter cousin has certainly brought more options to the lunch menu. Spinach tortillas have become especially popular, boasting a green hue and a virtuous aura of health. But how do they stack up next to multi-grain tortillas? Who wins in this war of the sandwich wraps?
Posted 9/22/2012  10:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 36 comments   22,200 views
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Food Showdown: Which Energy Bar Should You Go Nuts For?


Walk into any grocery store, and you'll find aisle after aisle of energy bars. Some claim that they will boost exercise performance, while others boast organic labels and all-natural ingredients. In recent years, energy bars made with a simple combination of fruits and nuts have become more popular. Larabar, an energy bar famous for its minimal ingredients list, has been around for years, boasting an array of flavors ranging from Carrot Cake to Chocolate Chip Cherry Torte. But now there's a new bar on the block: The Kit's Organic Fruit and Nut Bar from Clif, which also has a short, wholesome ingredients list. So what's the difference? Is one bar nutritionally better than the other? We're comparing the Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar with the Kit's Organic Peanut Butter Bar to find out!
Posted 9/15/2012  10:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 30 comments   25,980 views
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Food Showdown: The Truth about Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte


Fall is in the air, which means that the coffee shops are starting to roll out their pumpkin-flavored treats. Starbucks' infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte officially hit stores this past week, much to the joy of orange squash aficionados everywhere. Though this seasonal latte may be tasty, how does it stack up to a plain old Starbucks Vanilla Latte in terms of nutrition? Both lattes (size ''grande'') are made with 2% steamed milk and flavored syrup. So, is there really that much of a difference? Is there a winner in this battle of the bean, or do both drinks stack up pretty equally?
Posted 9/8/2012  10:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 90 comments   70,050 views
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Food Showdown: Which Shrimp Dish is the Better Catch?


If you're a health-conscious seafood lover, you probably know that shrimp makes a tasty, high-protein and low-fat dish—when prepared the right way, that is. Restaurants across the country incorporate the little crustaceans into hundreds of dishes, from popcorn shrimp to creamy shrimp fettuccine Alfredo. Applebee's includes shrimp in several of its dishes, but not all are created equal! The Signature Sirloin with Garlic Herb Shrimp from Applebee's includes a 7-oz. sirloin steak topped with shrimp in a light cream sauce, and comes with potatoes, veggies, and sliced almonds on the side. The Grilled Shrimp 'N Spinach Salad features grilled shrimp on a mound of fresh spinach, topped with bacon, peppers, onions, and bacon vinaigrette. Of these two shrimp dishes, which one contains the least calories and fat?
Posted 9/1/2012  10:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 24 comments   19,080 views
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