Friday, May 7, 2010
Friday Fun Facts!! Ten Worst and Best Foods!
1. Artery Crust
Judging by the label, Marie Callender's Chicken Pot Pie has 520 calories and 12 grams of saturated fat. But look again. Those numbers are for onlyn half a pie. Eat the entire pie, as most people probably do, and you're talking more than 1,040 calories and 24 grams of saturated fat (more than a day's worth).
2. Triple Bypass
3. Salt's On
4. Extreme Ice Cream
5. Factory Reject
6. 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 ½ grams of trans fat and 23 grams of sugar. Two-and-a-half grams of trans fat (the worst kind you can eat) may not sound like much, but some health experts recommend 2 grams of trans fat as the limit for the entire day. "My heart to yours," says the package. How sweet of the Pillsbury Bypass Boy to share!
7. Top Secret
Air-popped popcorn is a good-for-you whole-grain snack…but not when Pop Secret gets hold of it. Pop Secret Movie Theater Butter Popcorn Snack Size Bags has 9 grams of bad fat, 6 of which are trans, in just one snack-size bag (6 cups popped). Instead, try Orville Redenbacher's Smart Pop! or Smart Balance Smart 'N Healthy!, both of which are trans-fat free.
8. 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 580 calories and 15 grams of saturated fat that this hefty beverage supplies. But you can save 130 calories and two-thirds of the bad fat if you order it with nonfat milk and no whipped cream.
9. Tortilla Terror
10. Stone Cold
Into the chocolate-dipped waffle bowl of a Cold Stone Creamery Gotta Have It Founder's Favorite goes, not just a 12-ounce, softball-sized mound of ice cream, but pecans, brownie pieces, fudge, and caramel. The tab: a startling 1,600 calories and 42 grams of saturated fat. That's roughly what you'd get if you polished off five single-scoop ice cream cones.
1. Sweet Potaotes
2. Grape Tomatoes
3. 3. Fat Free (Skim) or 1% lowfat Milk (but not 2% reduced fat)
An excellent source of calcium, vitamins, and protein with little or no artery-clogging fat and cholesterol. Likewise for low-fat yogurt. Soy milk can be just as nutritious — if the company fortifies it.
5. Wild Salmon
Whole-grain rye crackers, like Wasa, Ry Krisp, and Ryvita — usually called crispbreads — are loaded with fiber and often fat-free.
7. Microwavable Quick Cooking Brown Rice
Quick-cooking (10 minutes) or microwaveable (90 seconds) brown rice is easy to prepare and more nutritious than enriched white rice. When the grain is refined, you lose much of the fiber, magnesium, vitamins E and B-6, copper, zinc, and phytochemicals that are in the whole grain.
8. Citrus Fruit
9. Butternut Squash
Steam a sliced squash or buy sliced butternut sqash at the supermarket that's ready to go into the oven, a stir-fry, or a soup. It's an easy way to get payloads of vitamins A and C and fiber.
10. Spinach and Kale
These standout leafy greens are jampacked with vitamins A, C, and K, folate, potassium, magnesium, iron, lutein, and phytochemicals. Serve with a spritz of lemon juice or vinegar.
Scary to see that my diet consists of way more things on the Worst list then the Best list! I am a mix between eating healthy and eating not healthy. I do love my cookies, donuts, chips, french fries, chicken tenders, pizza, ice cream, bread.....I try to squeeze in some grilled chicken, fish, whole grains, fruit and veggies in there but I know my diet could be way healthier! There are just way too many good foods out there!
What kind of eater are you?