So we decided to stop at the Dairy Queen Friday evening and along with choosing an ice cream treat to take out with us, we also selected a couple boxed items from the freezer as we have done in the past.
Now you CAN actually make it out of a Dairy Queen without doing too much damage if you really try (and we usually do). The Cherry StarKiss Bar is 80 calories, Stars & Stripes StarKiss Bar is also 80, the Fudge Bar is 50 calories and the Vanilla Orange Bar is 60 calories - not too bad and they are also fat-free.
For some reason, this store seemed to have a more limited selection and I only saw some other treats that did not list any nutritional value on the box. It did say Reduced Fat Ice Cream but did not mention reduced calorie or fat free. Did I really comb the freezer to look for our usual lower calorie selections? No. COULD I have asked the person at the counter for the nutritional value? Sure! DID I ask the person at the counter for the nutritional value? Uh, no.
Now it's been quite a few years since I've had a Buster Bar but for some reason it was calling my name that night. I grabbed a box and it made it home with us along with a box of DQ Sandwich treats (ice cream sandwich) which I later found gave no nutritional value either inside or out. Actually, that fared better because the calorie count is about 190 according to the information on the DQ site.
For those who have not had a Buster Bar (not to be confused with DQ's Dilly Bar which is also popular I guess), it has a hard chocolate coating, full of large peanuts and it all goes over DQ's vanilla ice cream on a stick.
I decided to have the Buster Bar after lunch yesterday and it was the first time that I had opened the package since bringing it home. Well, when I read the wrapper, I practically fell out of my seat: Calories: 440; Fat: 27g; Sugar: 33g. Little consolation but it also contained 10g of protein and 3g of fiber. It was a pretty hefty bar but golly! That's almost half a day's calorie intake right there.
The question is did I eat it, share it or put it back in the freezer? The answers are: yes, no and no.
So I learned to stick with what I know, not to assume that "reduced fat" would also be okay (I know better than that) and if in doubt...ASK! I do have to admit that if I had been following a healthy eating plan that night I would have been a lot more careful from the start.
When I began this blog I mentioned that we chose a treat to take out along with the other ice cream treats. Something we ate as soon as we got home. Don't even ask what I had or the calorie count for THAT selection!
It's Sunday now and so far I've followed my healthy eating plan AND tracked so today's a better day. My husband has so much more discipline than I do and I don't think he's going to be eating too many of the Buster Bars if at all. Maybe it would be best to offer them to the neighbors so they won't have the opportunity to call my name again and rope me in.
Have a great week everyone!