Friday, July 31, 2009

Popcorn Shrimp and Cocktail Sauce wins! Next question - You'll go bananas for these frozen treats

If you chose the Popcorn Shrimp and Cocktail Sauce, then you found the real treasure! This snack combo contains a modest 295 calories, 16 grams of fat (still 25% of your daily value) and 4 grams of saturated fat. When it comes to food that's fried and fast, this isn't so bad. The Parmesan Fish Bites are higher calories and fat: 360 calories, 24 grams of fat (37% of your daily value) and 5 grams of saturated fat. Shiver me timbers! You can make any of Long John Silver's meals healthier by skimping on the tartar sauce--or skipping it altogether. This high-calorie condiment contains 100 calories and 9 fat grams per serving. Cocktail sauce is always a better choice, with zero grams of fat and only 25 calories.

Cold Stone Creamery "At the Cocoa Banana Cabana" (Like It size) - VS -
Dairy Queen Banana Split Blizzard (small)
If you like bananas and ice cream, then you'll love both of these frozen concoctions. Dairy Queen's famous blizzards combine that original DQ soft serve with almost any treat you can imagine. In this case, you'll get all the ingredients of a classic banana split, blended up with vanilla soft serve. A similar treat from Cold Stone is the "At the Cocoa Banana Cabana" which includes banana ice cream, mixed with yellow cake, fresh banana, fudge and whipped cream. Both of these sizes represent the smallest sizes available at each location. Make your pick for the banana treat with 200 fewer calories and less fat.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The answer! Next...Which seafood snack won't add to your pirate booty?

Due to readers response we're now posting the next question with the previous answer!
And the answer is....
Even with very similar ingredients, these two omelets vary greatly in nutrition. Denny's Veggie Cheese Omelet is lower in calories (494), and fat (39 grams, which is still high) and saturated fat (12 grams). This is likely because it contains less cheese than Bob Evans Three Cheese Omelet, which adds three kinds of fatty cheese without the nutritional boost of any veggies. Bob Evans' omelet contains 771 calories and 67 grams of fat, and twice the saturated fat (24 grams). Eggs can be healthy, but how they are prepared, the number that you eat, and the fixings that are added will all affect their make-up in the end. Both of these restaurants will make your eggs or omelets with Egg Beaters upon request. Denny's Veggie Cheese Omelet with Egg Beaters contains more than 100 fewer calories (346), and much less fat (22 grams, 7 grams saturated). Even Bob Evans Three Cheese Omelet can be improved to 536 calories, 45 grams of fat, and 19 grams of saturated fat when Egg Beaters are used. Also ask about using egg whites whenever possible.

Which seafood snack won't add to your pirate booty?
Long John Silver's Parmesan Fish Bites Snack Box (with Tartar Sauce) - VS -
Long John Silver's Popcorn Shrimp Snack Box (with Cocktail Sauce)

Arrr, matey! When you are craving a seafood treasure, Long John Silver's is the place to be. Here are two "Snack Box" choices, weighing in at four ounces each. Although deep-fried, you can steer your ship with the one hand while popping these bite-size beauties with the other. You can avoid walking the plank by picking the lower-fat winner. Is it LJS's Parmesan Fish Bites with Tartarrr sauce or their Popcorn Shrimp in Cocktail sauce?

Which cheese omelet should you order?

Eggs have gotten a bad rap in the past because they're high in cholesterol. But we know now that eggs can be part of a healthy diet and some research even shows that it's safe to consume up to one egg daily if the rest of your diet is low in cholesterol. Here are two simple omelets from two similar restaurants. Bob Evans Three Cheese Omelet contains three eggs and a combination of American, cheddar, and Monterey Jack cheeses. Denny's Veggie-Cheese Omelet also contains three eggs. This omelet is also filled with onions, peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes. Can you order up the lower-calorie (and lower-fat) cheese omelet?

Answer at 9pm and a new question!!!

Friday, July 17, 2009

A Dog's Purpose

It's been a minute mostly because I'm adjusting to being a full-time at home. Finding my purpose if you will, so take a minute, enjoy this and know I should return full force next week.
A Dog's Purpose? (from a 6-year-old).

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old IrishWolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker 's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on.Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ''I know why.''
Startled, we all turned to him.What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

He said,
''People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?''
The Six-year-old continued, ''Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.''
Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.


Monday, July 6, 2009

Healthy Good Tasting Food

Be honest, when you hear about healthy food you think of carrot sticks and celery don’t you? Why does the concept of weight loss conjure up images of unappetizing foods?
1. Yams and sweet potatoes.
The glycemic index measures the values of various foods based on how quickly they break down and are absorbed into the bloodstream. The slower the digestion, the lower the score, the better the food is for regulating blood sugars, insulin, and overall metabolism—all of which affect fat deposition.

2. Oranges, apples and grapefruit.
These particular fruits contain high levels of the soluble fiber pectin. Fiber slows digestion, helps eliminate toxins stored in body fat, and gives you a feeling of fullness.

3. Killer sandwiches.
To lose 40 pounds in 21 weeks, eat plenty of hearty sandwiches stacked with vegetables, such as tomato, cucumber, sprouts, lettuce and onion, as well as deli meats – but always oven-roasted turkey over anything vacuum-packed. For your bread choice, its suggested anything brown with lots of seeds and heavy grains you can actually see, because less-milled ingredients contain much more fiber.

4. Cereal
They can be a little hard to find, but low-sugar cereals packed with protein and fiber are hitting the market. The Kashi brand is one of the best.

5. Salad
“If you eat a salad, make it valuable,” “Get field or Asian greens and add a yogurt dressing. Plus, you need a ton of vegetables and some good lean protein, like grilled salmon.”

6. Quiche
Made with egg whites and just a couple of yolks are protein sources. Toss in a little low-fat cheese, broccoli and spinach.

7. Yogurt
And other dairy goods that come in great-tasting, low-fat products.

8. Almonds
Nuts are loaded with monounsaturated fats—the good fats that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, known to lower cholesterol. Fats are as necessary to a healthy diet as protein and carbohydrates.

9. Peanut butter
Likewise, nut butters are a great source of those healthy, monounsaturated fats. Enjoy your favorite, but in moderation.

10. Hummus.
AKA pureed chickpeas, garlic, and a little lemon juice and they are great with whole-wheat pita bread or organic corn chips.

11. Salsa.
Another favorite for dipping, and a homemade batch is easy to make. Fresh salsa is simply tomato, onion, jalapeno and cilantro. Now, tell me, what could possibly be unhealthy about that!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Peace Cereal wins...

Peace Cereal may not be a household name the way that General Mills is, but it should be. Not only do they donate 10% of their profits to peace charities, but their organic cereals contain healthy, whole ingredients, such as "organic milled whole wheat," which is the first ingredient on this box's list. Thanks to these whole grains, this cereal will satisfy you with 10 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein! You'll find this box in the natural foods section of your supermarket. Don't let General Mills' "whole grains" symbols fool you. That doesn't mean less processed; it just means that all parts of a grain are there somewhere but not necessarily in one piece. Their first ingredient is "corn meal," and this fruit & nut concoction doesn't pack the healthy fiber and protein that you'd expect by looking at the box--3 grams fiber and 4 grams protein. Don't make your cereal choices by looking at the front of the box alone, because this can be misleading. Always read the nutrition facts and the ingredients, which are listed in descending order.