Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Day Seventeen~ Rest Day...Change Is Here
~Here are a few popular foods that people tend to think as healthy, or as making the right choice. Just be aware of these and other foods out there. It's always smart to check the food labels and ingredients. Don't be fooled by foods having "added" nutrients...if this were a healthy food to begin with, why would they need to "add" to it??
Two percent milk sounds healthier than "whole" milk. But it still has more than half the saturated fat of whole milk.
Here's what's in a cup of milk:
Whole Milk (3.25%) = 150 cal., 8g fat, 5g sat. fat
Reduced-fat (2%) = 130 cal., 5g fat, 3g sat. fat
Skim (nonfat) = 80 cal., 0g fat, 0g sat. fat
~Food Fix: If you like whole milk, blend it with 2% for a while, then 1%, then skim, until you get used to the taste of nonfat milk.
Vitamins are commonly added to bottled water and advertised on the front label. But some brands also add sugar, taking water from zero calories to as much as 125. Often the vitamins don't contribute much, but the calories can contribute a lot.
~Food Fix: Refrigerating tap water may make it more appealing to family members. Or try packets of crystallized lemon to add flavor without calories.
Too often this nutritional superstar — rich in protein and calcium — contains shocking amounts of added sugar. Some brands add 30 or more grams of fructose, sucrose, or other sweeteners.
~Food Fix: Six ounces should be 90-130 calories and under 20 grams of sugar. Avoid sugary "fruit on the bottom," or blend sweetened yogurt with plain, nonfat yogurt.
When you see "multigrain" or "seven grain" on bread, pasta, or waffles, flip the package over and check the nutrition label. Even with more than one type of grain, the product could be made largely from refined grains — such as white flour — which have been stripped of fiber and many nutrients.
~Food Fix: Look for "100% whole grain" as the first ingredient. Or choose the brand with more fiber.
While going through my list of bookmarks, I came across this forgotten site. I found it as I was trying to get back into working out and living healthier and glad I re-found it. This is a great web site that has many links to anything health/diet/workouts you can think of. I had this bookmarked, but forgot all about how terrific it is. The site is: http://shapefit.com/ (I added this to my sidebar) go check it out :)
Here's to a healthy day :)