Sunday, November 28, 2010

SKIP the WHIP!!!

Hold the {coffee} presses!! Zowee! I know how many of us looove to drive thru on a crazy cold, hectic morning and get ourselves a nice latte at Starbucks. I want to share some alarming news with ya what may determine how you order from now on!
A grande peppermint mocha made the usual way with WHIPPED CREAM is a whopping 420 calories and 18 grams of fat!! Whoa there! You'd be better off eating a regular hamburger at Wendy's! But get this, make it a non-fat Peppermint latte with NO WHIPPED CREAM and you knock it down to 280 calories with only 3 grams of fat! Huge difference! Calories are tricky, especially when it comes to drinking them because we don't always think about it. I say, be smart and skip the whip!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

6 Foods for a Healthier Thanksgiving

I found these from the P90X, Beachbody newsletter. I thougt they were great, but also very do-able. Nothing was weirdo foods! I say eat and enjoy and hit the ground running {or kicking, or zumba-ing, or walking, or ellipticalling} on Friday!!

1. Turkey. You can't beat lean turkey breast. With 8 grams of protein and only 44 calories and 1 gram of fat per ounce, this is one of the healthiest things you can load up on. Even the dark meat only adds an extra gram of fat and 9 more calories per ounce. But skip the skin, which adds extra calories and fat, and go light on the gravy. Try the salad-dressing technique—dip the tines of your fork in the gravy before you spear your meat to get more flavor with less fat. Also, if you're cooking, baste the bird with broth, not butter, to keep the fat and calories low.

2. Cranberries. These tart little berries are bursting with nutrition, including high levels of vitamin C and several polyphenol antioxidants. Cranberries are also good for inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria in the bladder and urethra. It's also believed that cranberries contain a chemical that helps stop tooth decay, but this could be moot if the cranberries are prepared with sugar. Instead of going overboard with the sugar, try cooking cranberries in orange juice, or a little port wine, to bring out their flavor without oversweetening them.

3. Yams. These tasty tubers (not to be confused with sweet potatoes) are great sources of vitamin B6, which can reduce the risk of heart disease, and potassium, which can help regulate blood pressure. And because yams contain complex carbohydrates and fiber, they won't spike your blood sugar. Candying the yams, a popular Thanksgiving tradition, will largely negate any blood sugar benefits, however. Try having them with a little cinnamon instead. They're generally sweet enough on their own, but if your guests insist on candying them, maybe serve them with a little maple syrup on the side, so at least the sugar rush is optional.

4. Sweet potatoes. Like their relative the yam, sweet potatoes have lots of nutrients that regular potatoes don't have, including beta-carotene and vitamin C. The high levels of carotenoids in sweet potatoes also help regulate blood sugar, which will help you avoid the post-Thanksgiving "coma" that afflicts so many overindulgers after the big holiday meal. Although, once again, you can easily counteract the nutritional benefits by melting marshmallows on top of the sweet spuds. But at least marshmallows can be easily scraped off, as opposed to the poor candied yam, which would have to be scrubbed and soaked to get it back to its natural nutritious state.

5. Salad. Load up on salad! And by salad, we mean lettuce and vegetables, not a cream-based Waldorf salad or mayonnaise-laden potato or macaroni salad. This is a good contribution you can make if you're a guest at someone else's Thanksgiving dinner. Offer to bring a salad, with dressing on the side, and you'll at least be guaranteed that there will be one healthy dish on the table.

6. Pumpkin pie. When you're looking at the dessert selection, keep in mind that a slice of pumpkin pie has as much beta-carotene as an entire carrot. Take that, apple pie! It's also high in vitamin C. Unfortunately, it can oftentimes also be high in fat and sugar. But if you're making the pie, you can substitute skim milk for cream or sweetened condensed milk. Some chefs even add silken tofu to thicken the pie filling and provide the extra health benefits of soy.