I guess I feel luckier & smarter knowing that never in my life have I chosen the foods you've used a restaurant examples, however this was not a helpful comparison to the choices I might make when having to eat out due to travel/ working meals out. I usually order an omelet/eggs w/fruit or Oatmeal/fruit combo when dining out.
7/27/2014 7:54:44 AM
I thought this was a good article, but I wish they had made a greater effort to compare "like" items; for instance, how about comparing the soup and sandwich lunch from home with a similar soup at Panera (ie tomato) and a smaller sandwich. I try really hard to make the better choices when in restaurants, so why not compare home to restaurant with better restaurant choices?
I love the examples of meals you can make at home, but sometimes you have to eat out. Business meeting, travel, ect. So how about and article that shows us how to choose food "out there"? Foe example, What IS a healthy option at McDonalds? Appleby's, Chili's. Sometimes I don't have a choice as to WHERE I eat.
7/26/2014 1:18:34 PM
I don't think this article is a good representation, since the restaurant foods shown in the right column are not of the same foods as shown on the left. Of course tomato soup is less calories than a creamy potato soup. Of course pasta with a cheese sauce is higher in calories than a pasta with marina or tomato-based sauce. The same for the comparison between the Eggo waffles and "stuffed pancakes". What's that old saying about not comparing apples with oranges????
Wow, it shows how many calories are packed into the usual take out and processed foods. I try to avoid them, or choose wisely and use a smaller portion when i do use them. I think breakfast is hard for most people. The fruit shakes are good, and for those of us who eat of all the foods that God created, eggs can be done quickly. I usually eat a Nature Valley Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Protein bar, or some whole grain cereal with a little flax seed, and 1/2 a banana with skim milk. 4 oz of prune juice and some tea with milk and I'm good to go. It's not purist, but it works for me, and low calories compared to Ihop. I have to live in the real world.
you know, when I have time, I like nothing better than to cook a great, healthy meal from scratch. But there are times when I do have to rely on a lean cuisine or weight watchers product to have a portion controlled meal. It sure beats grazing through the fridge trying to come up with something fast that probably won't be balanced and cost more in calories than a frozen dinner. I think planning ahead is the key, no doubt, but sometimes you just have to punt. And keeping an open mind when that happens probably puts one in a better place than they'd be without keeping all options open.. Just my 2 cents.
Interesting perspective for sure. Not a huge fan that there were so many processed foods on the homemade list (I mean, a Lean Cuisine... seriously?). Other than that it really does prove you can make healthier options at home.
6/6/2014 1:49:44 PM
Wow, what an amazing difference changing a few things can make. Definitely helps seeing it broken down by item in this way.
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