Friday, October 29, 2010

Delicious Discovery

Revolution Foods Grammy Sammy


Like I have said before...I'm always on the lookout for healthy on-the-go snacks for my daughter. So in Babies R Us the other day I found a perfect new treat. The Grammy Sammy. It's basically a graham cracker filled with yogurt, which sounds pretty gross...I know...but tastes delicious!


It is 100% whole grain, organic, and there is nothing artificial about them. There are 3 flavors: honey graham and strawberry yogurt, cinnamon graham and vanilla yogurt and cocoa graham and banana yogurt. And they aren't just for kids. They would make a great snack for anyone! With between 110 and 120 calories, no saturated fat and 2 grams of fiber--you can't beat them!


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NOTE: I will be reducing the amount of blog posts written starting next week. No worries, I will continue to seek out the best nutrition finds and give you my two cents on the latest trends...just a little bit less regularly! Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Trim Down Tip

Fitbit


Everyone knows I love a pedometer. I truly believe it is the single best way to keep you on track. There is nothing worse than looking down and seeing you have taken just 1,500 steps all day. They are incredibly motivating and help you get up and move! 


The Wellness Monitor.My one issue with pedometers is they can be really inaccurate. So, I have finally found the perfect solution: Fitbit. The Fitbit is awesome. It is super tiny...about the size of a flash drive. You literally open up the package, plug it into your computer, set up your account and voila...you are ready to move. It automatically tracks steps, calories burned and distance and then wirelessly transmits the information to your account once it is plugged in. 


Personally, I don't use the food tracker on the website, but at a glance it looks well done. The price is $99--but well worth it. I find it to be incredibly accurate. The one draw back is that the demand outweighs the supply by a huge margin--so they are backordered right now and I'm sure the situation won't improve with the holidays fast approaching. Nonetheless, I highly recommend it!!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Foods to Ponder

Almond Milk


Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Milk, Unsweetened Vanilla, 32-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 12)Almonds have received a lot of buzz in the past few years. Almond milk is a product that has been around for a while, but recently has begun to attain "rock-star" status in the nutrition world. It is made by grounding almonds and water together. Those who follow the raw food diet mentality believe it is superior to any other form of milk (raw food followers believe cooking food strips it of its mineral and vitamin content). 


One cup of almond milk has around 60 calories and 1 gram of protein. Plus it has no saturated fat making it much healthier than whole or 2% cow's milk. Almond milk comes in refrigerated versions or shelf stable varieties and a few different flavors. Many people prefer the taste to that of rice or soy milk. Plus, it is lactose free making it a great-tasting, high protein alternative to those with lactose intolerance. 


Try it!


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Friday, October 22, 2010

Delicious Discovery

Trader Joe's Turkey Meatloaf Muffins


I was reading through the trusty Fearless Flyer and stumbled upon a few new "to-tries". I thought the Turkey Meatloaf Muffins (page 6) would be a great find for my daughter. So we headed out to the store and picked them up. Good decision. 


The package comes with four muffins, frozen, fully cooked. The box says the preferred method of cooking is microwave, which is what I did, but next time I might try the oven just to see the difference. Each muffin is 220 calories and its a good amount of meat and a lot of mashed potatoes with a thin layer of spinach in between. My one drawback is the sodium content--480 mg per muffin. But, the taste was not all that salty. Just be aware of the rest of the foods you eat throughout the day in terms of sodium. 


For all of you Mom's (and Dad's!) out there...Hallie loved them. I will say it took her about 20 minutes to decide to try some but once she did she gobbled it down. Try them!




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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Trim Down Tip

Healthy Dining Finder


I was out to dinner with my husband and daughter the other night...(does Friendly's count as being to dinner?) and made a great new discovery. As I was trying to decide what I could order Hallie without it being completely fried I noticed the Healthy Dining Finder symbol at the bottom of the menu. 


I think I am pretty adept at ordering a healthy option when out of the house--however, for those of you who didn't go to school for that--this is a GREAT resource. Restaurant menus are reviewed and the healthy options are determined by registered dietitians. The majority of the restaurants on the website are chain restaurants but there are some independent spots as well.  Type in your zip code or the name of the restaurant you are looking for and out pops a list of the healthiest options offered. It even tells you what is included in the meal (i.e. no cheese, with rice and sauce etc.). I'm a big fan...and you should be too! 





Monday, October 18, 2010

Foods to Ponder

I was in the grocery store yesterday and saw my beloved pomegranates were in stock and on sale. YES! So I decided to repost one of my most popular posts on the ABC's of pomegranates...enjoy!



Pomegranates

Last week, I was in the produce section of the grocery store with my husband, Jason, and he asked me if I liked pomegranates.  My reply, honestly, I have never tried one before.  He was quite surprised--especially since I am usually up to par on trendy and in vogue foods and pomegranates have been in the news a lot recently.  He happens to love the juice, so since they were on sale (2 for $4), I deducted they must be in season and it was time for me to give a pomegranate a taste.  


What was the main reason for my avoidance of pomegranates for the past 28 years?  Well there are two reasons the first being I had no idea how to cut one and the second being I heard they are a mess to eat.  So after googling "How to Cut a Pomegranate"--I realized that I was not alone.  There are a million websites dedicated to properly cutting the fruit.  We liked this one the best because it has a pictorial along with a description of the 7 (yes, 7) step process.  The California Pomegranate website says cutting the fruit takes only 3 steps--but for a novice--I think the 7 steps are necessary and cause less of a mess!  



Needless to say--once we (and by we, I mean, Jason) cut it open (there was a slight mess)--I was pleasantly surprised and wondering why I had taken so long to try one!  They are really delicious, and actually sort of fun to eat.  The seeds are crunchy and juicy--plus they are super healthy and there are so many seeds to eat that it feels like the fruit that keeps on giving!  A medium pomegranate yields about 1 cup of seeds, known as arils, 140 calories, 32 grams of carbs, 7 grams of fiber and 410 grams of potassium.  I ate about half the seeds and saved the rest for breakfast the next morning.



Pomegranates grow on small trees and are harvested from August through the Middle of November (in the U.S.).  Peak season is right about now through December.  When purchasing a pomegranate, you should look for one that is free from imperfections, such as cracks and dense feeling (the heavier it is, the more juice it contains).  The biggest reason pomegranates have become known as a super food is because they are full of antioxidants.  (A quick side note--Antioxidants are substances in foods that help protect against oxidative damage in the body.  When cells use oxygen, they produce free radicals which cause damage.  Antioxidants basically work to reverse the damage done by free radicals.)  Pomegranates are full of antioxidants called phytochemicals--read more about the nerdy details here--I think it's really interesting, but I'm a nutrition nerd so I'll spare you the details unless you are interested too!  Basically, the health benefits of pomegranates have been found to be protective against heart disease, cancer and high cholesterol...just to name a few.  


If you don't want to deal with the process of picking out and cutting a pomegranate, you can always buy the juice.  It is located in the produce section of the grocery store--but beware--it is definitely expensive.  A 16oz bottle of POM juice is $4.  An 8 oz serving contains 158 calories, 40 grams of carbs but none of the fiber.  So--I suggest sticking with the fruit.  You will be fuller longer and have extra money in your pocket!  


The arils are a great snack, a yummy addition to a salad, dessert or as a festive garnish for the holidays.  Check out these recipes for different ideas.  Next time you are in the grocery store, take a look at the pomegranates--it may be the treat you need to change-up your diet routine.  

Friday, October 15, 2010

Delicious Discovery

Trader Joe's Savory Thin Mini Edamame Crackers


These are a different take on the crackers I recommended a few weeks ago. Just 120 calories for 38 crackers and they are delicious! Plus they are gluten free for all of you with celiac disease. 


They are really tangy and don't taste like you are eating an edamame bean--but you can definitely taste the flavor. I love love love them dipped in hummus of any kind. I think any sort of dip would be yummy...! Plus with such a large serving size, you definitely won't feel deprived. 


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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Trim Down Tip

Feel Good About Your Halloween Candy

I am not one of those dietitians who forbids candy...especially not on Halloween. Like I always say--just make good choices and do so in moderation. Halloween is all about costumes and candy--cutting out half the fun makes it boring!

Twix chocolate, Caramel Cookie Bars Minis Candy, 11.50-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4)So when faced with which candy to choose--make an informed decision. 

1. Stick with mini candy bars--avoid the king size, unless you are only having one piece...and you know that never happens.

2. When choosing between plain milk or dark chocolate always choose dark. Here's why.

3. When choosing between a plain candy bar and one with nuts, caramel, coconut etc...choose the plain one. The more ingredients in the candy bar...the more calories, fat and sugar.

Kisses, Special Dark Choclate, 12-Ounce Bags (Pack of 4)4. Don't be duped by the low-fat labels on candy like Swedish Fish or Twizzlers. They may have less fat but the sugar content is almost always higher. They dupe you by making the serving size really small--so check the label. A serving of Twizzlers is 5 and a serving of Swedish Fish is 7 pieces...yeah right!


5. My top 3 choices--York Peppermint Patty (regular, 140 calories, 2.5 grams fat), Hershey Kisses Dark - ( 1 piece, 26 calories, 1.4 grams fat) and Fun Size Twix (80 calories, 2.5 grams fat).


Pick the candy you like and enjoy it. Don't get down on yourself for eating it--one day...or one hour for that matter does not ruin a diet. 




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Friday, October 8, 2010

Delicious Discovery

Nature Valley Granola Thins


Oh My Gosh. LOVE.


My Mom came by from BJ's yesterday with a giant box of Nature Valley Granola Thins - Dark Chocolate...just to try. Big mistake. These are so incredibly yummy. Crunchy granola, sweet dark chocolate and a little bit of salty deliciousness. You can't beat it!


Nature Valley Granola Thins, Dark Chocolate, 6 oz, (pack of 3)Just 80 calories for one good size square. It's definitely worth every single calories..and maybe even a few more. They also make a Peanut Butter version which I haven't tried yet but it has to be delicious. 


There is a $.75 coupon on the on the right side of this site...click and print!


Note: There will be no post on Monday, October 11th. Happy Columbus Day!


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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Trim Down Tip

Give In


I have had a craving for Chocolate Chip Cookies for weeks...maybe months now. I go through my day and dream of them. There are days that I tell myself that there are no cookies to be had. Inevitably, I find myself grazing throughout the day on mediocre snacks that add up to A LOT more calories than the cookie would have. Plus I would have satisfied my craving for the day. And let's be honest...I end up having the cookie anyway. 


Here's my point--give in to your cravings. You will be much less likely to overeat and you won't crave the food as often. Enjoy every morsel of your "cookie" and then go on with your day!


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Monday, October 4, 2010

Foods to Ponder

Salmon


There are certain foods out there that get a lot of buzz. Salmon is one of those foods. It has so many healthy qualities and it also tastes delicious. Salmon is a great source of DHA, a type of omega-3 fatty acid that is good for your brain. DHA thought to be protective against Alzheimer's Disease too. Plus salmon is high in vitamin D--a much buzzed about vitamin.


Salmon: A CookbookIf you aren't a fish fan...I will warn you...salmon can be fishy. But if you buy good quality salmon-- think wild salmon from a reputable seafood vendor--and cook it right, you will be all set! It cooks quickly and tastes great with just a few spices or rubs. Try this recipe for a different spin on salmon. Dijon mustard on salmon is fabulous!


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Friday, October 1, 2010

Delicious Discovery

Trader Joe's Savory Thin Mini Crackers


My Aunt was over a few days ago and brought a new "Delicious Discovery" for me to try. Let me tell you--she hit a home run!


Trader Joe's "Savory Thin Mini Crackers" are so so so good. The taste a bit nutty and have a great crisp to them. Plus the serving size is 37...yes 37 crackers. At 130 calories, 2.5 grams of fat and 1 gram of fiber--you can't beat it. I'm actually eating some with hummus right now. They are a perfect midday treat!


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