Food and Drink

Cheerios Protein Cereal - Protein Miracle or Hype?

The prominent end cap display at the store filled with boxes of Cheerios Protein cereal caught my eye just Cheerios proteinlike it was meant to do.  I'm known to have little snack baggies of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios handy at all times--like Moms do for their toddlers, to combat crunchy snack attacks and the need for a quick burst of carbs on the go that are light on the stomach for my frequent Group Fitness Instructor role. 

Cheerios with more protein?  This I wanted to see.

The first step was to carefully eyeball the packaging and here was General Mills' first marketing trick--below the big "Cheerios Protein" label, the big 11 grams of protein featured in the circle below these words had the added qualifier "with milk."  Aha, so someone reading the package fast sees 11 grams of protein and thinks, "wow, they really fortified those cheerios with that protein!"  Not really--that half cup of skim milk they are assuming you're having with the Cheerios Protein, accounts for four of the seven grams of protein.  So the cereal needs a milk buddy to get to that 11 grams of protein claim, as the Cheerios Protein really has just seven grams of protein.

But wait the trickery goes further!

 

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Chick-Fil-A Grilled Chicken Sandwich and More

I always tell my weight loss coaching clients that eating out can absolutely be part of your overall healthy lifestyle--it's all about the choices you make.  Well Chick-Fil-A has just made healthy eating on the run just that much easier with its new grilled chicken menu items.  Best choices are the Chick-Fil-A Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Bites and Grilled Market Salad.   Chick fil a logo

The Chick-Fil-A grilled chicken sandwich is just 320 calories and 5 grams of fat with a powerful 30 grams of protein.  If you choose mustard, fat-free honey mustard or just enjoy the seasonings of the grilled chicken itself and skip the

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Burger King Satisfries - A Healthier French Fry?

Burger King is trying to make it possible for you to say "yes" when asked if "you want fries with that" by coming out with healthier french fries called Satisfries.   Satisfries_Main

A small portion of Burger King Satisfries are 270 calories, 11 grams of fat (1.5 grams saturated fat), zero grams of trans fat and 300 milligrams of sodium.  To put that in persepctive, a small regular Burger King fry order is 340 calories, 15 grams of fat (2.5 grams saturated fat) and 480 milligrams of sodium.  So you're saving 70 calories, 4 grams of fat (1 saturated) and 180 milligrams of sodium by ordering Satisfries.  Still not exactly health food, and there's a lot of other foods you could spend 270 calories on, but every bit helps.

So how do Burger King Satisfries taste?  I knew Burger King would do a free promotion on Satisfries, so

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Mayor Bloomberg Sugary Drink Ban - Why It Backfired

As a New York City native and Certified Health and Wellness Coach, I've watched this whole issue of Mayor Bloomberg banning soda and other sugary drinks with great interest. I heard the first anti-New York City Sugary Drink Ban campaign ads on the radio when I visited New York last Summer and thought that it would be an interesting battle.  Soda drinking kid

The whole sugary drink ban is a tough call because no one likes to be told what to do when it comes to making healthy choices.  And New Yorkers, in particular, do not like being told what to do. 

Newsflash--healthy habits happen when people are ready to make a change and choose to go with what's good for them, not when they're forced into it.  And if you restrict what people can have, it also will tend to make them want to do the opposite and rebel against it. 

On the other hand, regular soda and sugary beverages are definitely contributors to obesity and diabetes in adults and children.  Children can't decide for themselves, but their parents sure can.

But the "ban" didn't limit getting 2-liter bottles from the supermarket or convenience store, and someone could just buy two drinks to make up for the smaller quantity.  I think you would have seen a lot of businesses offering BOGOs for 16-ounce drinks and there goes the ban anyway.

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