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BAD & GOOD #8

Monday, June 27, 2011

BAD Starbucks on Steroids
The Starbucks Venti (20 oz.) White Chocolate Mocha with 2% milk and whipped cream is more than a mere cup of coffee. It's worse than a McDonald's Quarter Pounder with Cheese. Few people have room in their diets for the 580 calories and 15 grams of saturated fat that this heft beverage supplies. But you can lose 130 calories and two-thirds of the bad fat if you order it with nonfat milk and no whipped cream.

GOOD Watermelon
Watermelon is a heavyweight in the nutrient department. A standard serving (about 2 cups) has one-third of a day's vitamins A and C and a nice shot of potassium for only 85 fat-free, salt-free calories. And when they're in season, watermelons are often locally grown, which means they may have a smaller carbon footprint than some other fruits.

  
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7356WILMA 6/27/2011 4:56PM

  Good thing I like the watermelon over the coffee!!

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DDOORN 6/27/2011 12:47PM

    LOVE Starbuck's Venti: BLACK & BOLD thank you...! :-)

Just enjoyed a round of watermelon at a recent SparkRally this weekend!

Don

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BIGMAMAT 6/27/2011 6:58AM

    Yum!! Watermelon!!! emoticon

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JBGOAL120 6/27/2011 6:37AM

    YIKES!! I do admit that I indulge in a Venti Mocha Frap every once in awhile, but I may be rethinking that!!

By the way, love your background...got to see them back in May and it was AMAZING!!

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REGILIEH 6/27/2011 6:32AM

    good day

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TODAYIWILL02 6/27/2011 6:30AM

    Very good observations. I'll definitely shop for some watermelon this week, I hear what a food wonder it is from all over the place! emoticon

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BAD & GOOD #7

Sunday, June 26, 2011

BAD Transgression
"Excellent source of ALA Omega 3" declares the Land O'Lakes Margarine box. Who knew that Land O'Lakes stick margarine was so heart healthy? It isn't. Each tablespoon of the spread has 2-1/2 grams of trans fat (more than an entire day's limit) and 2 grams of saturated fat. And beware of other trans-filled sticks by Blue Bonnet, Parkay, Country Crock, Fleischmann's, and Imperial. At least those brands don't imply that a bit of ALA outweighs the harm caused by the margarine's trans and saturated fat. Shoppin tip: Look for tub margarines - most have little or no trans fat.

GOOD Garbanzo beans
All beans are good beans. They're rich in protein, fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. But garbanzos stand out because they're so versatile. Just drain, rinse, and toss a handful on your green salad; throw them into vegetable stews, curries, and soups; mix them with brown rice, whole wheat couscous, bulgur, or other whole grains.

  
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MOM4407 6/26/2011 8:48PM

    So true.

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DDOORN 6/26/2011 8:05AM

    You keep coming up with so many of my favorite foods as alternatives...gotta love those chickpeas! :-)

Don

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NWLIFESRC 6/26/2011 6:59AM

    Who knew

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BAD & GOOD #6

Saturday, June 25, 2011

BAD Burial Grands
No one thinks of cinnamon rolls as health food. But each Pillsbury Grands! Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll with Icing has 310 calories and 2 grams of saturated fat plus 2-1/2 grams of trans fat (more than a day's worth) and 6 teaspoons of sugar. Companies are dumping their partially hydrogenated oils left and right, yet Pillsbury still makes most of its rolls and biscuits with the stuff.

GOOD Crispbreads
Whole-grain rye crackers, like Wasa, Ry Krisp, and Ryvita - usually called crispbreads - are loaded with fiber and often fat-free.

  
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55WALKER 6/25/2011 10:13AM

    bwahahahaha

I used to eat the whole package. Gee, I wonder why I feel healthier and younger now.

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BAD & GOOD #5

Friday, June 24, 2011

BAD - Factory Reject
People don't expect light desserts at The Cheesecake Factory. But the Chocolate Tower Truffle Cake kicks things up a notch. If it weren't served on its side, this one would stand over six inches tall. And upright or not, the slab of cake stills weighs in at three-quarters of a pound. What do you get for all that heft? Just 1,670 calories and 2-1/2 day's worth of saturated fat (48 grams), nearly all of it from chocolate, sugar, cream, white flour and butter.

GOOD - Wild Salmon
The omega-3 fats in fatty fish like salmon can help reduce the risk of sudden-death heart attacks. And wild-caught salmon has less PCB contaminants than farmed salmon.

  
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SUNRISE14 6/24/2011 7:05AM

    emoticon emoticon

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LADYRH 6/24/2011 7:00AM

    Great info thanks.
Enjoy your weekend.
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BAD & GOOD #4

Thursday, June 23, 2011

BAD - Tortilla Terror
Interested in a Chipotle Chicken Burrito (tortilla, rice, pinto beans, cheese, chicken, sour cream & salsa)? Think of its 970 calories, 18 grams of saturated fat, and 2,200 mg of sodium as 3 6-inch Subway BLT Classic Subs! Getting the burrito with no cheese or sour cream cuts the saturated fat to 5-1/2 grams, but you still end up with 750 calories and more than a day's worth of sodium. Yikes!

GOOD - Broccoli
It has lots of vitamin C, carotenoids, and folic acid. Steam it just enough so that it's still firm and add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and a spritz of lemon juice.

  
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MOM4407 6/23/2011 7:41PM

    2 Corn tortilla 100cals
2oz chicken 100 cals
1oz cheese 100 cals
1/2 c beans 150 cals
1T plain fat free yogurt 10 cals


smash the beans and eat it with the tortilla or toast the tortilla and make it a chalupa. Under 500 cals. put some tomatoes and salad on it. Yum and filling.

Great suggestions and good advice on being selective on what we eat.

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DDOORN 6/23/2011 9:23AM

    Fresh broccoli crowns are one of my regular go-to snacks at work...yum!

Don

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RIKKI572 6/23/2011 7:48AM

    Thanks! emoticon

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