Healthy Food Makeovers

Healthy Food Review Weight Watchers Ice Cream

Hi All,

I've never been on Weight Watchers, but you don't have to be to enjoy their amazing ice cream makeovers.  Weight Watchers has a line of ice cream sundaes under their Smart Ones product line that are decadent stunners.

My favorite (and my husband's) is the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream sundae at 170 calories, 3 grams of fat and no trans fat.  A very welcome new addition to the Weight Watchers ice cream sundae family discovered on my last restocking trip to the supermarket was a very close runner up to Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough--a Peanut Butter Cup sundae with the world's tiniest peanut butter cups sprinkled on top--they are the cutest things!  Both of these flavors are fantastic substitutes for past Ben & Jerry's ice cream favorites in the same flavors at a fraction of the fat and calories.

There's also a Weight Watchers Mocha Fudge sundae version that I hoped would be reminiscent of the Baskin Robbins Jamoca Almond Fudge ice cream, but did not measure up to that high standard.  I also wasn't as happy with the Weight Watchers Mint Chocolate Chip sundae which was not minty enough, and the chocolate cookie base was very crumbly.  That's okay, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Peanut Butter Cup are clear winners!  Check out the Weight Watchers ice cream sundaes here: http://www.eatyourbest.com/desserts/index.aspx?sid=63

To get the satisfying Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream flavor, I like the Weight Watchers Mint Chocolate Chip cup at 140 calories, 3.5 grams of fat and no trans fat.  By the way, pass on the cup version of the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough--there's almost no cookie dough in it, and you'll be stuck with a cup of almost all vanilla.  To me if ice cream is not at least somewhat exotic, it's not worth the calories.  Besides for a few calories more, you get the heavenly Smart Ones Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough sundae.  Check out the Weight Watchers ice cream cups here:  http://www.weightwatchers.com/shop/categoryshowcase.aspx?pageid=1056621&navid=moreww

Neither the Weight Watchers ice cream sundaes nor the Weight Watchers ice cream cups are going to be huge portion sizes, but they are surprisingly satisfying--probably because of the cool flavors (pun intended).

With fantastic ice cream makeovers like these, its deliciously possible to achieve healthy eating without giving up this favorite comfort food.

TIP:  These Weight Watchers ice cream concoctions can be quite expensive if you get them from your traditional supermarket, even on sale.  Wal-Mart Supercenter has them at the lowest prices I have seen.  For some reason though, the Wal-Mart Supercenter stocks the Weight Watchers ice cream sundaes with the regular Smart Ones meals in entrees, and the Weight Watchers ice cream cups in the regular ice cream section, so you won't find them both together and might think they don't carry the Weight Watchers ice cream sundaes otherwise.

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

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

Check out Melanie's other Blogs:

Make Money In Foreclosures CLICK HERE

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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


Fourth Of July Healthy Food Makeovers

Hi All,

When it comes to healthy eating this Fourth Of July, I know a lot of people out there must be thinking--healthy eating on the Fourth of July?  Why don't you chill a little?

I can't chill because in Las Vegas it's 110 degrees just about every day now.  On the news, they just list the weather as "hell" everyday, no numeric temperatures needed :)  And the genius stores are clearing out summer clothes!  Anyway...

I like to celebrate the Fourth Of July with favorite comfort foods just like anyone else, but since these comfort foods are so easily made over to their healthiest forms--no need to over indulge.  I'll save that for a meal that is truly a treat like for my birthday.

Just like Memorial Day weekend, Fourth Of July food means hot dogs and hamburgers.  If you missed my Memorial Day Healthy Food Makeovers, here's the "replay" CLICK HERE and use these healthy eating tips to makeover your Fourth of July favorite foods.

Last night I found a post on another Fourth of July food tradition.  Apparently in the New England area, traditional Fourth of July fare is salmon with peas and new potatoes.  If I was a New Englander, I would do the following with my Fourth of July salmon (which I hated as a child and love now):

HEALTHY EATING TIPS:  I especially like salmon grilled with Paul Prudhomme's Seafood Magic spices on my George Foreman grill. Plus, a great healthy summer dish is to take that salmon and use it with a light caesar salad packaged kit for salmon caesar salad like you might have in a restaurant, but made over to a healthier form.

This post tells the story of Fourth of July and Salmon, as well as the latest with what's going on with farmed vs. wild salmon, possible pesticides, etc.  And yes, I wrote a comment on this post you might like to see:

http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/green/greenblog/2008/07/salmon_on_the_fourth_when_a_ho.html

Have A Happy And Healthy Fourth Of July!

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

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

Check out Melanie's other Blogs:

Make Money In Foreclosures http://www.YouCanMakeMoneyWithForeclosures.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


Healthy Food Makeovers For Your Memorial Day BBQ

Memorial Day weekend is traditionally the start of Summer and BBQ season.  While I'm all for indulging every now and then, as after all we are only human, it's actually very easy to do a healthy food makeover of traditional barbecue food.

Here are several ways to accomplish your Memorial Day barbecue healthy food makeover: Memorial day bbq

1.  Trade traditional hot dogs for products such as Morningstar Farms Veggie Dogs--each is 80 calories and just .5 grams of fat, 0 grams of cholesterol and 11 grams of protein.  Could you chain eat these and not do damage to your figure?  You bet (not that I am recommending this of course).  Grill them and add mustard and sauerkraut and you will not know the difference!

OR: substitute an extra lean turkey hot dog like Jennie-O which has half the fat of a typical hot dog--but read the label carefully, many turkey dogs are not made with the leanest cuts and could be just as fattening as a traditional beef hot dog.

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Coping With Comfort Food Bingeing, Stressed Monkeys Eat More Too

Hi All,

Just watched an interesting ABC news report video that shows a study about how comfort food binge eating might be biological because stressed monkeys eat more:

http://www.yahoo.com/s/885404

Whether it's biology, psychology or what, it's no secret that eating extra comfort food when you are feeling stressed after a rough day at the office, or a fight with your spouse, is going to put a serious crimp in your healthy eating.  Yet we are only human, so how do you cope when emotional eating urges hit and not kill your overall healthy eating habits?  Here are a few tips:

1.  Keep healthier versions of favorite comfort foods handy so if you eat extra, you're still not doing that much damage

Have a crunchy craving?  I know some people will say munch on baby carrots for example, which is good advice when you are in control, but when you're not, the carrots won't comfort you.  Have low fat snacks around like Baked Lays, Robert's American Gourmet Pirate Booty, etc.  You can crunch with less damage to your waistline.

Have a craving for sweet and creamy?  No Ben & Jerry's or Hagen Daas.  Keep one of the seemingly decadent, lighter versions of an ice cream treat around like Weight Watchers Chooclate Chip Cookie Dough Sundae (170 caloires, 3 grams of fat, 0 trans fat) or Weight Watchers Mint Chocolate Chip Premium Ice Cream Cups (140 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 0 grams trans fat).  Both are available in many other yummy flavors as well.  Not that you should, but you could eat both servings of either of these Weight Watcher's concoctions and not even come close to the calories and fat of a Ben and Jerry's or Hagen Daas.

2.  If you fall off the wagon, get up, dust yourself off and get back on track.

If you do end up giving in to less than stellar traditional comfort food, don't beat yourself up, but don't think "well I've blown it, I might as well eat more crap today".  Shrug it off like when a receiver in football takes a huge hit while making a catch, and get right back to your normal healthy eating habits.  One day of going off the deep end won't kill you, but day two, three, one hundred...just might.

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

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

Check out Melanie's other Blog for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Copyright 2008 SunLover Publishing


Healthy Food Makeovers Chicken Nuggets

Hi All,

If you or your kids love McDonald's Chicken McNuggets, Wendy's Crispy Chicken Nuggets or any of the typical fast food Chicken Nuggets offered, how do you take this comfort food and make it healthy food?

Simple!  Wait to have your Chicken Nuggets until you get home and choose Morningstar Farms' Chik'n Nuggets or Chik'n Tenders (if you like the bigger pieces), Boca Chik'n Nuggets, or if you have access to a natural foods store or have an enlightened supermarket, you may be able to find the leanest brand, Health Is Wealth

All three meatless brands found in the freezer section and ready to eat in minutes, taste delicious (you will never know they are meatless) and will seriously slash the fat content of your Chicken Nuggets by half to two-thirds, have 1 gram or less of saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, no cholesterol and will add some fiber to your meal. 

Now why don't any of the major fast food chains offer these leaner meatless varieties to their customers who want healthier choices or go meatless when they are so easily available--duh?

TIP:  Use a light variety of barbecue sauce for dipping to complement your leaner Chicken Nuggets treat!

Here's how the different brands stack up according to their web sites:

Meatless Varieties:

Boca Chik'n Nuggets are 180 calories per serving, 7 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 0 mg of cholesterol, 17 grams of carbohydrate, 14 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber.

Morningstar Farms Chik'n Nuggets are 190 calories for 4 pieces, 7 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 18 grams of carbohydrate, 12 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber.

Health Is Wealth Chicken-Free Nuggets are 120 calories for 3 nuggets, 2 grams of fat, 0 saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 14 grams of carbohydrate and protein and 2 grams of fiber.

Fast Food Varieties:

Wendy's 5-piece Crispy Chicken Nuggets are 230 calories, 15 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 35 mg of cholesterol, and 12 grams each of carbohydrate and protein.

McDonald's Chicken McNuggets (6-piece) are 250 calories, 15 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 1.5 grams of trans fat, 35 mg of cholesterol, and 15 grams apiece for carbohydrate and protein.

If you vote with your wallet, maybe one of the fast food chains will wake up and offer meatless chicken nuggets on their menu for healthy eating--who's first?  Just be sure to give me credit and free meatless chicken nuggets for life for the idea :)!

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

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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

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

Check out Melanie's other Blog 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


Healthy Food Makeovers Better Cinco De Mayo Eating

Hi All,

I love Mexican food--not just for Cinco De Mayo, but year-round!  And as a flexitarian (someone who eats mostly meatless), it is an easy meatless or fish-based choice (for those of you on the East Coast, fish  Cinco de mayo  tacos and fish burritos are standard fare in the West).  But some of the choices you make will be the difference between healthy fare vs. a diet disaster.

So in honor of Cinco De Mayo, here are some tips on making Mexican food healthier:

--Substitute low-fat, high-fiber whole wheat tortillas free of hydrogenated oil for white flour ones.  One of my favorite brands is La Tortilla Factory which makes a low carb whole wheat tortilla found in many supermarkets that is super high fiber (8 grams per tortilla, only 2 grams of fat, no trans fat and 50 calories for the small tortilla).

--Go heavy on the black beans and pinto beans in their natural state for great fiber and protein--get low sodium varieties and just add from the can; if eating out make sure they are not prepared with lard--yuck!

--Refried beans are easily found fat-free with brands like Rosarita--again another dish that can be killed with lard!

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Healthy Food Makeovers Chicken Caesar Salad, Salmon Caesar Salad

Hi All,

As the mercury hit 80 degrees today in Las Vegas, my thoughts turned to salad being what's for dinner.  My two favorite Spring/Summer salads are Chicken Caesar Salad and Salmon Caesar Salad.  Caesar Salad is notoriously fattening, and as a flexitarian, I don't eat poultry except on rare occasions, so how to make a favorite salad healthier?  Simple!

Take one bag of a Light Caesar salad like the Fresh Express Caesar Salad Kit Lite www.FreshExpress.com or Dole Foods Light Caesar Kit www.dole.com.  Both of these have 50% fewer calories and fat (100 calories, 7 grams of fat, 1 gram saturated fat per serving including croutons and dressing).

For Chicken Caesar, add Morningstar Farms Meal Starters Chik'n Strips (140 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, .5 saturated fat, 23 grams of protein per serving).

For Salmon Caesar, add a portion of salmon (I like to get the multi-pack with individual servings that's skinless from Costco to have on hand, and grill it on my mini George Foreman grill with Chef Paul Prudhomme's Seafood Magic seasoning blend (www.chefpaul.com) which can be found in many supermarkets.  It takes just minutes to get your dose of high protein and heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids this way.

So now chicken Caesar salad and salmon Caesar salad can be easy and quick healthy lunches or dinners. It even works on Fridays as a meatless meal during Lent!  Just one more example of "Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

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

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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 Blog 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


Making Better Bread Choices

Hi All,

Most people know that white bread is certainly not the most nutritious--having white flour products especially for diabetics who must watch their blood sugar--is like shooting pure sugar into your bloodstream--you might as well be having candy, as your body can't tell the difference.

I know that Sara Lee, for example, tried to cater to the white bread crowd by coming out with a product that was a "whole grain white bread".  The Center For Science In The Public Interest www.cspinet.org is not letting them get away with their false labeling as the Sara Lee's bread is not the whole grain bread it claims to be.  In this quote from CSPI's piece "Sara Lee Accused of Whole Grain Whitewash" CSPI's head litigator Steve Gardner, he makes the situation clearer:

"it would be more accurate to say that Sara Lee is brimming with the wholesome goodness of white flour and water".

You can't really expect to get true whole grain goodness from a major consumer packaged goods company. 

You can do a little better by looking for labels that say they are "100% whole wheat" or "stone ground whole wheat".  But even when you've got the grains right, you can still get much more of a blood sugar rush than you intended, if the label says the product contains "high fructose corn syrup" as many commercial breads do.  Some have partially hydrogenated oil = trans fat.  Plus, many of these whole grain breads can still contain dough conditioners--extra chemicals you don't really need.

Best choice?  Get true whole grains, no high fructose corn syrup and no dough conditioners by going with an organic brand like Rudi's Organic Bakery www.rudisbakery.com.  A delicious alternative to junky whole grain impostors.  Rudi's is the real deal!

So next time you buy bread, take the time to get the most out of it nutritionally.  There's nothing wrong with eating bread, if it's a healthy whole grain choice.

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

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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

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

Check out Melanie's other Blog 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

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Craig Ferguson Could Have Bacon And Still Be A Vegetarian If He Wanted To!

Hi All,

I was up watching the opening monologue and e-mail segments--my favorites--on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson tonight, and I found a commentary he made about how he was a vegetarian for a year, but he couldn't stick with it because he loved bacon, quite interesting. 

He also joked during the same segment that "he could hear the vegetarians writing in right now".  Hey Craig Ferguson, I'm not a vegetarian--I have my own eating style called "NMP" that is basically a form of flexitarian diet.

I love bacon too, but I can eat it in a much healthier way! 

In fact, as I shared in one of the many amusing experiences in my book Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!, there was an incident at a restaurant breakfast buffet my husband remembers all too well many years ago, before I became the predominantly healthy eater I am today.  At that time, I ate so much bacon, because I could take as much as I wanted, I felt the place was going to put up a sign saying not to let this woman near the bacon!

Today I am much reformed.

Anyway, whether you need bacon to go with eggs (which I hope are generally an egg substitute like Eggbeaters or Better 'N Eggs), or as part of a healthy BLT (made with whole grain toast I hope), all you do is substitute Morningstar Farms Veggie Breakfast Strips for traditional bacon, or even turkey bacon.  This soy-based product is not just for breakfast (although it is usually found in the breakfast section of a traditional supermarket which never seems to know what to do with meatless foods)!

The Morningstar Farms Veggie Breakfast Strips (www.SeeVeggiesDifferently.com have been made to look like bacon strips (although I could do with a little less food coloring), and after just about 12 minutes in the oven, taste just like "real bacon" with a nice crispness and nowhere near the fat and calories.  As a special treat, I will have my "bacon" (Morningstar Farms Veggie Breakfast Strips) on my own version of a BLT.  I like a whole grain bagel, with Jarlsberg Lite Swiss Cheese, the "bacon" and either organic spinach or romaine lettuce leaves.  Absolutely delicious!

You can use this idea whether you want to go meatless all the time, or just from time-to-time.  That's what it's all about--having your favorite comfort foods, but in their healthiest forms.  I don't know why people struggle with this concept so much as there have never been more healthy choices to substitute for traditional items that are so bad for you.  Hey Craig, give it a shot!

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

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

Check out Melanie's other Blog for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Copyright SunLover Publishing 2008


Your Super Bowl Party, 5 Easy Ways To Give It A Healthy Food Makeover

Hi All,

Since it's almost time for the Super Bowl, where my native New York Giants will hopefully make history and overcome the odds to win the Super Bowl, and ruin the New England Patriots' "perfect season", I thought I would share with you one of my articles that shows you how I approach healthy eating. 

It's NEVER by denying myself anything, but simply by doing a healthy food makeover to convert a favorite comfort food I love over to its healthiest possible form.

Check it out and enjoy the Super Bowl!

http://www.healthyeatingcoach.com/superbowl.html

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

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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

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

Check out Melanie's other Blog for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Copyright SunLover Publishing 2008