Healthy Eating Tips

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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Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition TV Show Review

So as a fan of the show Biggest Loser, I naturally had to check out ABC's new show Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition and see how it compared.

In the first three episodes (of eight total to come in season one), highly likeable trainer Chris Powell (who is a Bob Harper-style trainer), worked to successfully transform three different "super obese" people--those who have more than 200 pounds to lose,  Sounds like Biggest Loser, but how is it different?  Extreme-makeover-weight-loss-edition

Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition doesn't have competition between participants, and takes a longer-term view.  Each episode focuses on just one individual's weight loss journey over the course of a year. 

Chris Powell starts each episode with a bootcamp and immersion in healthy lifestyle tactics for a week at a California health institute, and then moves in with the story subject for the first three months to make sure that healthy habits take hold.  This explains why there are only eight episodes of the show, but it has already been picked up for a second season, where I imagine Chris will have to move in for a shorter period of time to make the show work--maybe more like a week like Jillian Michaels did in Losing' It With Jillian (which I wish had another season).

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The Healthy Food Review In Woman's World Magazine

Update:  5/23 We're featured again in another round-up piece on healthy hot dogs for "You Deserve The Best!"

The Healthy Food Review blog was included in a round-up piece for the You Deserve The Best column in the January 24th issue of popular weekly magazine Woman's World out now.Ww_logo

I was asked by the columnist for my opinions as author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too! and health blogger for this blog, The Healthy Food Review, on healthy soup choices and I'm so honored that I was included (I'm in the one for Progresso Lentil Soup--please see below).

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Food Packaging Labels Hide Portion Sizes Even In Healthy Food Products

You've really got to read the fine print when it comes to food packaging labels!  Question mannequin   

Food manufacturers are getting sneakier and sneakier about hiding the portion sizes to which their nutrition information applies!  Even healthy food labels are not innocent.  

Now I'm usually quite vigilent when it comes to reading food labels. I scan those ingredients for any trace of partially hydrogenated oil (trans fat), high fructose corn syrup, acesulfame potassium, too much saturated fat, and too little fiber and protein.  But what I missed recently was what I felt was a deceptive food package label for a new Clif Bar product.

I decided to give the new Clif Crunch Granola Bar (peanut butter flavor), a try after seeing them on display at a Whole Foods Market during my visit to Chicagoland.  I thought they tasted great, but the way the bar had a separation line in the middle with peanut butter in-between made it more challenging to eat.  I figured, I was used to traditional Clif Bars that are soft and chewy, so I guess I just wasn't used to the hard Clif Crunch Granola Bar.

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Acesulfame Potassium Is It Safe

If you're like me, you drink a lot of zero-calorie and low-calorie beverages that tend to have artificial sweeteners in them.  My preference is always towards those that use sucralose (also marketed as Splenda) because it is generally considered safe. 

In case you were wondering, aspartame was recently identified in some studies from Italy as possibly increasing the risk of leukemia, lymphoma and breast cancer (CSPI's Nutrition Action cover story Chemical Cuisine: A Guide To Food Additives, May 2008).  The problem is that it's getting harder and harder to find sucralose without another chemical paired with it known as Acesulfame Potassium (a.k.a Ace-K).

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So what's the big deal about Acesulfame Potassium?  It's been "poorly tested" and those tests from the 1970's showed that it may cause cancer, yet the FDA has refused to require more and better testing according to The Center For Science In The Public Interest, publishers of the excellent non-advertiser supported Nutrition Action's May 2008 issue, and when these guys say something is questionable, as an independent, not-for-profit organization, it gets my attention.

For awhile I tried to tell myself, it's okay if at times I drink something with Acesulfame in it, but when I took a good look at what I was drinking, I realized I was subjecting myself to the chemical a lot more than I thought.  So out went the Powerade Zero I was drinking almost daily, all those powdered "flavor on the go" sticks for my bottled water, Lipton Diet Citrus green tea and so on.

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A Holiday Healthy Eating Tip Inspired By A Visit To Clearwater Beach

I was in Florida over the Thanksgiving holiday, and one day we went to Clearwater Beach and took a nice long walk on the beach on a crisp, but beautiful sunny day. 

After walking for about an hour and a half we took a break on this landing that overlooked the beach and I decided to snack on my favorite Peanut Toffee Buzz Clif Bar.  I had taken one bite, and then I noticed my husband looking up and I felt a strong tug on the Clif Bar simultaneously.  Next thing I know the Clif Bar is ripped out of my hand and there are about 30 seagulls circling over us!  It looked like a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" and we ran away from there leaving the 30 birds to fight over the Clif Bar that was aggressively stolen away from me.Clearwater Beach 2 1208

Those were some aggressive birds--must have flown down from New York to be that tough!

Anyway, after laughing about it and vowing never to eat at the beach again, the incident got me thinking that this would make a great holiday healthy eating tip!  Especially around the holidays, when we are knee deep in favorite comfort foods, sometimes it's hard to control how much you're eating when you get caught up in all the festivities.  Wouldn't it be nice to have a seagull like the one who stole my Clif Bar around to keep you on track, so whenever you were eating too much, or something you really shouldn't be, it could swoop in and save you from unnecessary pounds?

It's not an arrangement you can likely make, but what you can do is play the scene in your mind.  Before eating extra food or too many treats (after all you are only human and you need some treats in moderation), ask yourself if you'd really miss it, and if it wouldn't be a favor instead, if a seagull swooped down and took it away from you. 

If the answer is yes (like it was for me--that was my lunch on the go after that nice beach walk), go ahead and eat it.  If the answer was, no you wouldn't wrestle the seagull for the food it would swoop in and take, "let it go" as Tim McGraw sings!

There's already a South Beach Diet, but maybe this can be the Clearwater Beach Diet!

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Your Thanksgiving Emotional Eating Survival Guide

Hi All,

Write down the following sentence and it to keep with you to refer to constantly during your Thanksgiving holiday.

Don't allow guilt to guide your Thanksgiving food choices!

I'm a flexitarian who goes meatless about 99% of the time, as you may already know as a loyal reader of this blog.  Thanksgiving is one of my planned "cheat days", where I will eat some turkey.  And think about the meaning behind that. I've actually re-programmed my mind to view turkey as a treat food, instead of an everyday item. 

That said, if you are a strict vegetarian or vegan, don't feel pressured into eating anything you don't want.Thanksgiving  Bring along something that you know you'll eat, whether it be Tofurky or whatever vegetarian or vegan dishes you enjoy as a contribution to the meal.  Maybe others will join you.

The same goes for the traditional fattening favorites offered up by well-meaning family members.  If it's a food you really like have a little--again, the operative word here is a little.  But if it's something you feel obligated to have because Dad made it, or Auntie made it and you'll hurt their feelings if you don't have some, don't eat it for that reason.  You're eating guilt, and you'll only feel worse later on. 

 

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A Healthy Thanksgiving How To Have One

Hi All,

I'm sure you're seeing tons of helpful tips on having a healthy Thanksgiving (and the holiday season in general), and to not let it be the pig out fest it tends to be for so many.  I've got my own opinions on how to do a healthy Thanksgiving, so here's my two cents on the subject (There's also part two of my healthy Thanksgiving blog post called Your Thanksgiving Emotional Eating Survival Guide CLICK HERE). 

1.  Thanksgiving is not a day to be dieting

I know people who try to keep up a diet they may be on even in the face of Thanksgiving dinner.  I say don't do it.  Why?  Simple.  It's too much pressure to be an absolute angel on Thanksgiving.  And pressure and feelings of being too restricted, will only lead to an eating binge, which will ultimately be worse than if you had lived it up a little on Thanksgiving.

Notice I said a little.  Give yourself a bit of a treat of your favorite comfort foods, but save some of the Thanksgiving feast for the rest of the people there!

2.  A healthy Thanksgiving begins with filling at least half to two-thirds of your plate with fruits, Thanksgiving salad and vegetables

If you make the majority of your plate fruit and veggies, you've taken a giant step towards a healthy Thanksgiving meal.  Just make sure it's not a fattening vegetable dish, but the good stuff like a great salad of mixed vegetables with low-fat dressing, organic vegetables in their natural low-calorie and low-fat state (not green bean casseroles and fried potatoes).  Not on the menu?  Bring it as a goodwill gesture to your host or hostess.

 

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A Healthy Baked Potato How To Add The Right Toppings

The poor potato tends to start out nutritiously and then tends to get a bad rap because of its transformation into french fries that tend not to be prepared as healthfully as they could be, loaded baked potatoes and the whole all carbs are bad carbs misunderstanding.

Now that even my current home area of Las Vegas is starting to feel crisp weather, a baked potato can be a great comfort food choice if done right.  It's not the potato, which is rich in B vitamins, potassium and fiber (if you eat the skin), has zero grams of trans fat, and just 130-160 calories (small to medium size), that's the problem.  The secret to a satisfying, delicious and healthy baked potato is to use the right healthy baked potato toppings.

Here are a few suggestions for healthy baked potato toppings:Baked potato

1. Instead of butter or margarine, use a substitute like Smart Balance

2. Sour cream should be fat-free ideally and certainly low fat otherwise

3. Make a pizza baked potato out of marinara sauce and fat free shredded mozzarella cheese

4. Give the yummy, but notoriously fattening, bacon and cheddar baked potato a healthy food makeover by using fat free shredded cheddar cheese and a Morningstar Farms Veggie Bacon Strip crumbled on top

5. Make a Southwestern baked potato with low fat taco Sauce, black beans and fat free shredded cheddar cheese

6. A broccoli and cheese baked potato is just right with fat free shredded cheddar cheese and broccoli florets.

BONUS TIPS:  Make your baked potato faster by using a pre-washed, cellophane-wrapped and ready to microwave version available at your local supermarket.  Make it organic if you don't mind a little more work.  And if you like sweet potatoes, you get extra nutrition, so give yourself and A+!

Challenge yourself to make your baked potato a healthy one by being creative with healthy toppings.  What is your favorite?  We want to know!

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Healthy Halloween Trick Or Treat Tips

Thinking about all the potential Halloween candy that is about to be given out this Friday, I am reminded of one of my first-hand accounts about what chocolate and sugar can do to kids' bodies.

My niece, who was 3 at the time, was really into the movie Shrek, so trying to be the cool Aunt in for a visit, I had bought her a teeny-tiny sample tube of Shrek-colored limited-edition mini M&Ms as a treat.  I figured her Mom would dole them out to her over time so no harm done.  My niece has always been a handful and we got into playing while she was snacking on a couple after she had asked her Mom's permission.  I'm an Aunt, not a Mom, and I figured she knew how many she was allowed to have.  The next thing I know the M&Ms had vanished.  Not misplaced, just gone, and apparently in my niece's stomach.002_2A

She was fine, but boy was she wired!  My niece often stayed up late night with adults (that's another parental issue), but it's 11 p.m. and we're playing with a high bounce ball on the vinyl floor in the kitchen and she is showing no signs of letting up.  Her Mom comes in annoyed and says "I have to go to work tomorrow, you let her eat all those M&Ms, you deal with it!"  I think we were up till 1 a.m. before she finally was over the sugar rush and crashed.

The moral of the story translates into some healthy Halloween treat tips:

1.  Choose Halloween treats that are not candy.  I've seen pre-packaged bags of pretzels and even mini-granola bars for example.

2.  Choose Halloween candy that is not among the worst offenders in terms of fat and calories like fun size Three Musketeers, York Peppermint Patties, Gummi Bears and Candy Corn.

3.  Portion control is everything!  Dole out the Halloween treats.  My Mom used to let me have just one Halloween treat item a day.  It also used to make the Halloween treats last till at least Thanksgiving.

4.  It is Halloween, it's okay to have treats, just try to make better picks when you can.

It's a challenge to do a healthy Halloween because at home, you can control things.  For Trick or Treating, many healthy snacks you'd want to give out for Halloween are just too darn expensive to distribute in large quantities.  Also, you don't want your efforts to go to waste and end up in the garbage unloved and be the equivalent of the rock that poor Charlie Brown got every time he tried to Trick or Treat.

Plus, many are not in sealed packaging and when it comes to Halloween, safety has to come first.  For example, little raisin packages would be ideal, but they are not sealed.  Even years ago when I was a kid, my Mom automatically tossed any Halloween treat, even from known people that was unwrapped and/or unsealed.

Apple slices or baby carrots have cost and spoilage issues although they are sealed (I can just imagine most kids' faces if they got baby carrots in their trick or treat bag--they would rather have Charlie Brown's rock). 

It would be nice to see healthy treat manufacturers step up with an affordable, sealed Halloween snack solution.  Oh well, maybe next year.

Question: Are you giving out a healthy, sealed, affordable snack this Halloween I didn't think of?  I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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Melanie Jordan is an ACE Group Fitness Certified and licensed Zumba Instructor, Turbo Kick Instructor, ZIN Member and IDEA Member currently teaching Zumba in Western Chicagoland in Oakbrook Terrace, Lombard and Downers Grove, IL for class schedule CLICK HERE.  She is also a Wellcoaches and ACE Certified Health and Wellness Coach.  Melanie is the author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too! and blogs at The Healthy Food Review. When she's not teaching Zumba, Melanie heads up SunLoverPublishing.com, her media properties, publishing and marketing coaching/consulting company.

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