Friday, April 8, 2011

Friday Favorite: Eat This, Not That! + 5 great tips from the book

I LOVE food. However, I also like staying fit (extra weight looks super awkward on my tiny frame...ever hear the term "food baby?") and maintaining my weight. Looking great goes hand-in-hand with staying healthy, and that's why I love this book:

This book helps me make good choices while grocery shopping, without having to avoid my favorite foods! I would've never known that so many calories can be saved just by switching brands. Here are some of my favorite tips I've learned from the book:

1.) When buying jams & jellies, the Polaner brand is the way to go.

I have a jar of Polaner blueberry jam in my fridge right now, and it's delicious. (Have I mentioned my obsession with blueberries?) And at 40 calories per tbsp, a healthy dose of fiber and no high fructose corn syrup, it's a better choice than Smucker's super-processed jams.

2.) Whipped butter > Olivio, Country Crock & I Can't Believe it's Not Butter
Nutritionists tend to agree that butter in small amounts is better for you than the chemical concoctions that comprise margarine. That's fine by me, because a teeny bit of butter is all it takes to make a slice of toast taste yummy, and I've always thought that butter tastes loads better than the fake stuff.

3.) Oatmeal is AWESOME.
Oatmeal is extremely low in calories, extremely filling, full of good nutrients AND delicious when a bit of sugar and fruit's introduced! I like it because I can eat a bowl and not have cravings for more food- normal cereal leaves me feeling hungry afterward. Just be sure to stay away from Quaker's Cinnamon & Spice flavor (waaay too much sugar- 1 serving has more than 3 Oreos) and stick to these two instead:

4.) Orville Redenbacher's Mini-bag Kettle Korn is a guilt-free, scrumptious snack.

I love snacking to a fault. This kettle korn variety is sweet, salty, and only 100 calories per bag! Sure beats only being able to eat 1 cookie or eat only 1 small handful of chips (the calorie equivalent).

5.) And my favorite discovery....Stonyfield After-Dark Chocolate frozen yogurt!!

I love chocolate, and I especially love chocolate ice cream. This stuff tastes like chocolate ice cream, but is made from non-fat yogurt. The entire pint has 400 calories, which is about the # of calories that one little bowl of regular chocolate ice cream has....a.k.a. indulgence that you won't regret. Yay!

Do you have any healthy eating tips to share?


Town and Country Prep said...

I so have to get that book!

Michelle said...

Yum! That chocolate looks great!

"Food baby" is new to me!! Lol! But I can safely assume that it means you look like you are pregnant, but it is really a result of food. :p

Sundresses and Smiles said...

i love this book!

Maddie said...

That fro yo looks delicious, will definitely have to try it! I suggest snacking on things like cashews and dried cherries so that if you get hungry in the middle of the day, you aren't stuffing your face with a whole other meal but just eating a filling protein snack that will hold you until dinner. I also measure a lot of my food to avoid big portions.