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September 2008

Pet Peeves About Fellow Gym Members - A Public Service Message

Hi All,

Those of you who are readers of The Healthy Food Review (thanks!) or who follow me on Twitter know that I do my best to lead an active life, and I love to go the gym.  Yesterday, it just seemed like one of those days when more than the fair share of my fellow gym members were being annoying (although I am sure most did not realize it).

So I thought it would be fun, and a public service to identify those "Pet Peeves About Fellow Gym Members" here:

1.  Trying to use all your unlimited cell phone plan minutes blabbering away on the gym equipment

It's annoying and rude.  You keep the people around you from being in their fitness zone, and unless you are doing the fitness "talk test" at that moment, you probably aren't focusing on your workout or getting in the zone yourself as much as you should.

2.  Having A LOUD conversation with the person on the machine next to you Annoyed person

Sorry folks, but if I can hear your conversation six treadmills away over the song rocking out on my iPod, you need to turn down the volume!

3.  Leaving a big sweat spot at the top of the weight bench or ab machine 

Big yuck!  It's called a towel--please use it!

4.  Not re-racking weights

This causes two problems.  First, there is nothing more annoying than having only one of two hand weights of a certain pound size, or not finding the weight you want at all.  It's no fun spending half your workout time wondering around the gym looking for just the weight level you need or a hand weight's lost soul mate.

Second, if you leave a really heavy weight plate on a machine like the Hammer Curl ones, the next person may not be able to match your abilities, and they are stuck having to ask someone to remove it for them, or skip that machine.

5.  Don't ask me to work in 5 seconds after I finally get on the machine I have been waiting 20 minutes for.

You saw I just got here after waiting my turn.  It's not like I'm hogging that piece of fitness equipment after 5 seconds.  There's just got to be something else you can do and cut me some slack.

And if you do work in, don't leave the pin at 200 lbs when it's my turn to switch back!

And now I'd like to invite you to check out the natural pain relief secret I personally use regularly to keep those aches and pains we all get from time to time from our workouts and other ailments at bay CLICK HERE.

Melanie small version for web--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

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Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Consulting and Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

Check out Melanie's other Blogs and Podcasts:

NEW! NEW! NEW!  Melanie's podcast on infopreneuring--What You Know Is Worth More Than You Know(TM) at http://www.WhatYouKnowIsWorthMorePodcast.com

What You Know Is Worth More Than You Know - The Blog For Infopreneurs at http://www.WhatYouKnowIsWorthMore.com

Vegas Inside Scoop for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Copyright SunLover Publishing LLC 2008


Flexitarian Diets What Are They And Are They For You

Hi All,

I tend to freely use the term flexitarian diet, or flexitarian healthy eating style, and don't always realize for those of you who have not read my book Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too! (or at least the free book excerpt I offer) that you may not know what the heck I am talking about. 

It happened today when I was participating in a new healthy lifestyle community called Iowa Avenue when I guess someone checked out my profile, saw the term flexitarian, and didn't know what it meant.

Well, no worries.  Here's the deal on a flexitarian diet.

Years ago I created my own healthy eating style based on all the research I had absorbed from healthy eating experts that I thought made sense to me, and who had some ideas I could live with.  Then heavily incorporated my own need to be able to eat all my favorite comfort foods without limitation.  I didn't ask for much, huh?

At that time, I called my healthy eating, mostly meatless style "NMP" (no meat or poultry, yes to fish except for a few built-in special occasion "cheat" meals a year).  I did that because even though the term pesco-vegetarian was accepted by dietitians, devoted vegetarians hated the term, and did not hesitate to tell me so in early marketing tests for my book, so I dropped that term.

In recent years, I found that I didn't have to keep explaining my healthy eating style as "NMP" once I Flexibilityfound the term "flexitarian".  It's accepted, even though many people have yet to understand what it means.  Plus, I like it because it implies more freedom, and yes, flexibility, in one's diet.  And that's what it's all about! 

I still believe (as research has my back on this), that the closer anyone can come to a mostly plant-based diet, the better their chances for long-term health.  Wait, don't stop reading!  However, I think that it does NOT have to be an all or nothing proposition.

Most people cannot wrap their minds around being completely, or even mostly meatless, so I believe that ANY steps someone takes to adopt more of a plant-based diet, are steps in the right direction.  And a flexitarian diet is just that...flexible. 

Just don't say that you're eating french fries more often, so you are moving towards more of a vegetarian diet!

And now I'd like to invite you to learn the secrets of how it is deliciously possible to achieve healthy eating and weight loss without giving up ANY of your favorite comfort foods through my unique approach to flexible, flexitarian diets, by getting free access to two chapters from my book Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  You can download them for free by going to http://www.healthyeatingcoach.com/bookexcerpt.html

Melanie small version for web--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

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Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Consulting and Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

Check out Melanie's other Blogs and Podcasts:

NEW! NEW! NEW!  Melanie's podcast on infopreneuring--What You Know Is Worth More Than You Know(TM) at http://www.WhatYouKnowIsWorthMorePodcast.com

What You Know Is Worth More Than You Know - The Blog For Infopreneurs at http://www.WhatYouKnowIsWorthMore.com

Vegas Inside Scoop for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Copyright SunLover Publishing LLC 2008


Healthy Food Review Barbaras Bakery Shredded Oats Cereal Vanilla Almond

Hi All,

This Barbara's Bakery Shredded Oats Cereal is one of those healthy, fun, not just for breakfast cereals.  It's firm texture and individual piece size hold up to travel, and the delicious vanilla almond oat taste makes it a great snack cereal--no milk needed.  It's like having oatmeal on the go, just pop a portion into a ziploc bag and off you go!

Don't let the shredded oats name fool you, these are not the mini bird nests you get in a portion of a cereal like Kellogg's Shredded mini wheats.  They are a lot like the Quaker Oats Oatmeal Squares cereal but without the chemicals. 

Barbara's Bakery Shredded Oats have 220 calories for a one cup serving, 7 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, and zero trans fat or cholesterol and 3 grams of fat (.5 saturated fat).  And because of the nice protein and fiber level mix, it's a meal or snack that definitely stays with you.

Barbara's Bakery is well known for its Puffins cereals, which my husband used to like, but he actually switched to the shredded oats with me recently because he liked them even better.

And now I'd like to invite you to learn the secrets of how it is deliciously possible to achieve healthy eating and weight loss without giving up ANY of your favorite comfort foods by getting free access to two chapters from my book "Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!" You can download them for free by going to http://www.healthyeatingcoach.com/bookexcerpt.html

Melanie small version for web --Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

Don't miss a post--subscribe to The Healthy Food Review feed.  It's easy!  CLICK HERE

Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Consulting and Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

Check out Melanie's other Blogs and Podcasts:

NEW! NEW! NEW!  Melanie's podcast on infopreneuring--What You Know Is Worth More Than You Know(TM) at http://www.WhatYouKnowIsWorthMorePodcast.com

What You Know Is Worth More Than You Know - The Blog For Infopreneurs at http://www.WhatYouKnowIsWorthMore.com

Vegas Inside Scoop for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Please note that I do not have an affiliation with any of the companies featured in this post--they are simply products I am personally familiar with.  The views expressed are my opinion only and you should decide, along with your healthcare professionals, on the appropriateness for your personal use.

Copyright SunLover Publishing LLC 2008


Organic Food Shopping Tips

Hi All,

The opportunity to buy organic food has never been greater as even most supermarkets will at least pay lip service to organic food offerings by having a small section in their stores.  But let's face it, buying organic food is always going to be more expensive.  In these tougher economic times, just how much of what you buy needs to be organic, and what doesn't?

1.  Reserve the biggest part of your organic food budget for organic produce.

You want to be able to avoid the heaviest pesticide-filled crops, as well as genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  Plus, organic produce has been shown to have more nutrition (see my prior post Study Says Eating Organic Food Has More Benefits Than We Originally Thought).  While it would be ideal to buy all produce as organic produce, you can use The Environmental Working Group has a list of the produce with the most pes ticide residues to prioritize which are organic must-haves.  Also consider buying organic produce for those items you eat the most.

Look for organic produce in fresh, canned, jarred and frozen versions, as well as their related products.  Fruits and vegs For example, not just tomatoes, but diced tomatoes in cans, ketchup and spaghetti sauce in jars.  Not just organic potatoes, but organic french fries (avoids trans fat to boot).

2.  Buy organic baked goods and cereals

This is a great way to avoid high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils (trans fat) and a laundry list of chemicals and additives that you cannot possibly pronounce.  Organic products cannot have any of these ingredients.

3.  Buy organic dairy products

I only eat fat free organic dairy products, but always do get organic dairy whenever possible to avoid growth hormones, and antibiotics in traditional dairy offerings.  I think this one is very important for those of you with kids.

4.  Don't waste your budget on far-fetched organic products

Yes, you can buy organic gummy bears, but that's a bit over the top.

5.  Save money with store brand organic food products.

For certain items you'll definitely want the brand name.  I strayed from my Newman's Own Organic Marinara sauce once to try the cheaper store brand and it was horrible.  Nothing but Paul's sauce on my whole wheat pasta after that. 

For other purchases, you can buy the store brand.  I got I think a 5 lb bag of mixed organic garden vegetables from Costco for a song and there's no difference at all between that and the organic brand names.

And now I'd like to invite you to learn the secrets of how it is deliciously possible to achieve healthy eating and weight loss without giving up ANY of your favorite comfort foods whether you go organic or not, by getting free access to two chapters from my book "Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!" You can download them for free by going to http://www.healthyeatingcoach.com/bookexcerpt.html

Melanie small version for web--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

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Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Consulting and Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

Check out Melanie's other Blogs and Podcasts:

NEW! NEW! NEW!  Melanie's podcast on infopreneuring--What You Know Is Worth More Than You Know(TM) at http://www.WhatYouKnowIsWorthMorePodcast.com

What You Know Is Worth More Than You Know - The Blog For Infopreneurs at http://www.WhatYouKnowIsWorthMore.com

Vegas Inside Scoop for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Copyright SunLover Publishing LLC 2008


Wal-Mart Diet Exists According To New Study

Hi All,

As I always say, you have to just love the way the media spins research.  According to a new study from two University researchers (hopefully not sponsored by Wal-Mart, I'm not too cynical am I) having a Wal-Mart in your area could help you lose weight. 

People who live near a regular Wal-Mart are connected with a .5 pound weight loss.  Those lucky enoughWeight loss to also have a Super Wal-Mart are associated with another .18 pound weight loss.  They think it has something to do with the ability of lower economic people to be able to buy less expensive fruits and vegetables. 

I find that amusing because I do shop at my local Super Wal-Marts, but I generally find minimal selection of organic produce, and often a lot of their other produce just isn't as nice as that of some of the major supermarkets (maybe it's the Vegas heat), or certainly the natural foods stores like Whole Foods and some of the local stores in this genre.  Although Wal-Mart does have good produce prices--I get my bananas there all the time.  Plus, I can see where if you are on a tight budget, Wal-Mart would be a blessing to help you maintain proper nutrition.

My theory?  Shopping at a Wal-Mart Super Center especially gets you walking a lot more than it does at a smaller store.  In fact, when I lived in Colorado, my local Wal-Mart Super Center was in quick walking distance in cold snowy, weather, and my husband and I would purposely go to get out and do a bit of a walking workout.  In Las Vegas, I've been doing it all Summer in the triple digit temperatures.

Sometimes, I also find new healthy food products roaming around, like when I discovered Flatout Bread (see my previous post, Healthy Food Review Flatout Bread Wraps).  So I guess that could also contribute to the Wal-Mart Diet effect.

So in summary, I believe it's not so much that there is a Wal-Mart Diet, as we are talking about less than a pound difference after all, but extra walking, and possibly access to some healthy food products that have been included in Wal-Mart's offerings, could be contributors to an overall healthy lifestyle.  Just stay out of the giant chips, cookies and ice cream aisles if you don't have the willpower to make the healthier choices there.

Here's another take on it from Conde Nast: http://www.portfolio.com/views/blogs/odd-numbers/2008/09/09/the-wal-mart-diet

And now I'd like to invite you to learn the secrets of how it is deliciously possible to achieve healthy eating and weight loss without giving up ANY of your favorite comfort foods whether you live by a Wal-Mart or not, by getting free access to two chapters from my book "Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!" You can download them for free by going to http://www.healthyeatingcoach.com/bookexcerpt.html

Melanie small version for web--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

Don't miss a post--subscribe to The Healthy Food Review feed.  It's easy!  CLICK HERE

Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Consulting and Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

Check out Melanie's other Blogs and Podcasts:

NEW! NEW! NEW!  Melanie's podcast on infopreneuring--What You Know Is Worth More Than You Know(TM) at http://www.WhatYouKnowIsWorthMorePodcast.com

What You Know Is Worth More Than You Know - The Blog For Infopreneurs at http://www.WhatYouKnowIsWorthMore.com

Vegas Inside Scoop for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Copyright SunLover Publishing LLC 2008


Wendys Baconator Are You Kidding Me

Hi All,

I was watching the first NFL football kickoff game to see if my Super Bowl champion New York Giants could pick it up where they left off.  I was not disappointed.

What was disappointing was one of the few commercials I happened to catch was for Wendy's new dietary monstrosity The Baconator.  First the ad mocks those who are vegetarians presumably by having one character talking about being a "Meatatarian" (and yes there is a whole counter culture apparently who focus on eating meat almost to the exclusion of vegetables).  Apparently, this is one of Wendy's hot new target markets.

Then they describe this killer hamburger sandwich as having 6 strips of bacon, two quarter pound  Shocked woman hamburger patties, two slices of American cheese, and mayo.  I give Wendy's credit though, on their web page they clearly indicate the nutritional info for the Baconator as being 830 calories, a stunning 51 grams of fat (including 23 grams of saturated fat and 2.5 grams of trans fat) and 195 mg of cholesterol.  Can you just feel your arteries slamming shut just by reading the nutritional content of that Wendy's Baconator?

And that's not including the fries and shake they advertise with it.

This is America, and to each their own I suppose.  And no one should be expecting to go into Wendy's or any other fast food place to find health food (although some have healthier options than others).  Besides, let's face it, Wendy's is in business to make a profit, so if there extensive consumer research before launching this product didn't show that someone would buy it, they wouldn't have made it.  What does that say about the American Diet?

But how about this?  Even though I would never use as large a portion of food as Wendy's does--I could do a healthy food makeover of even The Baconator.

Simply substitute:

--A whole wheat bun

--2 Boca Burgers or Morningstar Farms Grillers (you could even use the large, restaurant size Boca Burgers)

--6 strips of Morningstar Farms Veggie Bacon Strips (which is overkill but I wanted to match the number of Baconator bacon strips to be fair)  

--2 slices of fat free American Cheese

--your favorite reduced fat mayonnaise

--your favorite ketchup

My Baconator healthy food makeover is 590 calories, 24 grams of fat (3 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat) with just 5 grams of cholesterol, and my version adds 12 grams of fiver.  That's 240 less calories, and VERY importantly, 27 fewer grams of fat, 20 fewer grams of saturated fat and 2.5 grams less of trans fat!  Boy with thumbs up

Thats' waaaaay better than the Wendy's Baconator.  Hey Wendy's how about making this vegetarian version?  We flexitarians have to eat too.  You make it, I'll buy it.  Remember you heard the recipe here first! 

And now I'd like to invite you to learn the secrets of how it is deliciously possible to achieve healthy eating and weight loss without giving up ANY of your favorite comfort foods, just like I showed you above with the Baconator, by getting free access to two chapters from my book "Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!" You can download them for free by going to http://www.healthyeatingcoach.com/bookexcerpt.html

Melanie small version for web--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

Don't miss a post--subscribe to The Healthy Food Review feed.  It's easy!  CLICK HERE

Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Consulting and Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

Check out Melanie's other Blogs and Podcasts:

NEW! NEW! NEW!  Melanie's podcast on infopreneuring--What You Know Is Worth More Than You Know(TM) at http://www.WhatYouKnowIsWorthMorePodcast.com

What You Know Is Worth More Than You Know - The Blog For Infopreneurs at http://www.WhatYouKnowIsWorthMore.com

Vegas Inside Scoop for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Copyright SunLover Publishing LLC 2008


Healthy Food Review Annie's Organic Whole Wheat Shells And White Cheddar

Hi All,

In my opinion, the basic ingredient in any healthy food makeover of favorite comfort food macaroni and cheese, has to be Annie's Organic Whole Wheat Shells And White Cheddar.  I know that since Annie's uses shells instead of macaroni shaped pasta, that this technically takes the macaroni out of the macaroni and cheese.  But let's not focus on such tiny details.

When I was a struggling college student, I had to stretch my food budget, and at the same time unfortunately also stretched my jeans size buying the standard macaroni and cheese you'd find 4 or 5 for a dollar.  Yay, I could afford to eat!  Today, with Annie's, I still get the one box dinner convenience of those other famous boxed macaroni and cheese brands, but in its healthiest version.

I use fat free organic milk and just a trace of Smart Balance Light Buttery Spread to make the Annie's macaroni and cheese come to life as healthfully as possible.  The dish is easy to make; you just need to be sure to blend the organic cheddar cheese powder from the packet well with the rest of the mixture as like with any powdered cheese product, you can get clumping of the cheese if you aren't careful.

How does it taste?  Great!  The white cheddar gives the dish a nice tang and actually it's fun to have shells which tend to hold the cheese sauce better in its indentations anyway.  Plus, I love that it uses an organic dairy product, and you don't have a laundry list of chemicals and food coloring a mile long on the box.  At 270 calories per portion before cooking with just 5 grams of fat, 11 grams of protein and a nice amount of fiber to boot, it's a nutritional bargain.

Annie's Organic Whole Wheat Shells And White Cheddar is an EASY way to get whole wheat pasta into your kids--including the big kids known as other adults in your family! 

TIP:  Make this delicious macaroni and cheese even better by making a tuna casserole out of it.  After cooking up the Annie's Organic Whole Wheat Shells And White Cheddar, just add a can of drained tuna in water, steamed broccoli and carrots and blend together.  I then add a generous sprinkling of fat free cheddar cheese on top, let the cheese melt on top of the concoction in the microwave and serve.

FREEBIE:  Annie's will send you "free loot" as they call it in the form of their trademark bunny logo refrigerator magnet, or "Think Organic", "Recycle", "Be Green" or "Peace" bumper stickers with a stamped, self-addressed envelope.  Check it out here: http://www.annies.com/?id=30

Melanie small version for web --Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

Don't miss a post--subscribe to The Healthy Food Review feed.  It's easy!  CLICK HERE

Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Consulting and Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

Check out Melanie's other Blogs and Podcasts:

NEW! NEW! NEW!  Melanie's podcast on infopreneuring--What You Know Is Worth More Than You Know(TM) at http://www.WhatYouKnowIsWorthMorePodcast.com

Vegas Inside Scoop for

Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Please note that I do not have an affiliation with any of the companies featured in this post--they are simply products I am personally familiar with.  The views expressed are my opinion only and you should decide, along with your healthcare professionals, on the appropriateness for your personal use.

Copyright SunLover Publishing 2008


Mommy I Want Junk Food Problem Kids' Diets And What To Do About Them

Hi All,

I was recently traveling in the Northeast back to my NYC roots (yes thats' why I hadn't posted in a bit).  I was walking along the Northern New Jersey shore on a beautiful day when the following took place. 

Two Moms were pushing toddlers in their strollers with two slightly older children--maybe about age six or so--walking alongside.  I heard one of the kids say "Mommy I'm hungry".  To which I was very surprised to hear the Mom reply "No problem, I have a nice granola bar for you."  That was the first surprise as this was an East Coast beach scene, not a California beach scene.

What happened next was a shocker.  The little girl yelled back at the Mom at the top of her lungs "I WANT JUNK FOOD", and simultaneously, ripped a small bag of what looked like potato chips out of the stroller child's tiny hands.  Mom looked quite pained and now had to deal with a stubborn child, and a crying toddler.

This little six year old was already having junk food cravings and literally called them that despite Mom's best efforts to have her eat healthy.  And she was even moved to a bit of violence against her sibling to get the junk food she wanted.  That's positively scary.

Now I don't know whether this effort to change the kid over to a granola bar was a new thing or not, but I think when it comes to having kids eat healthy, it's got to start at a very early age.  Here are some tips for doing just that:

1.  Parents must set a great example themselves--if they eat junk food all the time in front of the kids, you can't exactly expect the kids to not mimic that. 

I hate to say it, but I have some pretty strong memories as a kid myself of my parents eating some very unhealthy things in large portions, and I used to copy it when I could.  In fact, I thought it was something grown ups did, and I thought it would be rite of passage to be able to do the same as an adult.  Instead it was something that took me years to unlearn.

2.  Call the healthier version of what you want the kid to eat the same name as the not so healthy food--a perfectly acceptable white lie. 

I did it with my young niece when she was a baby and was getting addicted to Cheetos as soon as she could chew.  I gave her Robert's American Gourmet Pirate Booty (which I was addicted to and still am), and called it a Cheeto (no offense to Pirate Booty) and she loved this much healthier version of the same cheese puff snack and was none the wiser.  In fairness, we didn't have Baked Cheetos back then like we do today, or I could have given her those at least instead.

When I lived in Southern California, I noticed Moms in the local Golden Spoon frozen yogurt chain would tell the kids to pick out their "ice cream".  Did they know any different with the great tasting treat before them?

Maybe if the Mom in the scene I witnessed called the granola bar a candy bar she would have avoided a war.

3.  Pick out fun finger foods that are also healthy or healthier ones.  A bag of baby carrots.  Dinosaur-shaped healthy Ian's chicken nuggets.  Healthy cereals like Cheerios.  A whole grain mini bagel. 

If it looks fun to eat, they don't have to know it's healthy--only you do.  They can appreciate you for helping them to grow up healthy and adopt healthy eating habits from a young age when they are old enough to appreciate your genius.

And now I'd like to invite you to learn the secrets of how it is deliciously possible to achieve healthy eating and weight loss without giving up ANY of your favorite comfort foods, by getting free access to two chapters from my book "Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!" You can download them for free by going to http://www.healthyeatingcoach.com/bookexcerpt.html

Melanie small version for web--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

Don't miss a post--subscribe to The Healthy Food Review feed.  It's easy!  CLICK HERE

Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Consulting and Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

Check out Melanie's other Blogs and Podcasts:

NEW! NEW! NEW!  Melanie's podcast on infopreneuring--What You Know Is Worth More Than You Know(TM) at http://www.WhatYouKnowIsWorthMorePodcast.com

Vegas Inside Scoop for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Copyright SunLover Publishing LLC 2008