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Chip bag sizes are deceiving….

Just noticed this today–although Fritos and Cheetos are usually packaged in the smaller bags, their calorie count is actually higher than if you buy a bag of Doritos or Ruffles. Actually, Doritos are the “healthiest”/lowest in calories among Frito-Lay regular snacks (this excludes the baked varieties and the 100-calorie packs).

It might sound confusing….you would have to look at the nutritional information (provided in the links above). 1 oz. of Fritos is 160 calories; 1 oz. of Doritos is 140 calories. Sure, it’s not too much of a difference, but it’s still noticeable.

I came to this realization today while doing preparation work for tomorrow’s carts; was kind of craving chips, and kept looking at the calories/fat grams on the chip bags. Sigh. Size doesn’t matter when it comes to chips; the “small” bag actually is deadlier in terms of calories and fat.

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Pretzels vs. Hot Dogs

Dear Female Customers,

I know you all probably look at the menu and think to yourselves “Gee, hot dogs, so fattening! I think I will be healthier and have a pretzel.”

I hate to break it to you, but a pretzel is probably unhealthier than a hot dog.

Think about it: all the pretzel is is salt (sodium, yikes!) and white bread. Simple carbs that aren’t easily broken down. No real nutrients. In addition, the salt will make you retain some water (i.e., you will feel bloated later).

Meanwhile, a hot dog at least will have some protein in it, and when you add some relish or onions or sauerkraut, you get some sort of vegetable servings.

So stop trying to kid yourself into thinking that the pretzel is healthier, because in reality, it really isn’t. I do believe a soft pretzel packs more calories than a jumbo hot dog (correct me if I’m wrong).

So anyway, what would you like to buy today? An unhealthy soft pretzel or a less-unhealthy hot dog?


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#foodie dining out health rant

"Healthy" Products and Restaurant Items

I feel really annoyed when people end up buying or ordering food trying to be healthy about their options, when in turn, a lot of “healthy” options at restaurants/grocery stores are quite the contrary. So many salad items at restaurants are still high in calorie and fat content. Sure, there are the vegetables, but there’s also the creamy dressing and other additions that really fatten up the salad. You are much better off ordering an appetizer or a light chicken/fish entree and practicing portion control that way.

Then, there’s the “healthy” food you find in grocery stores. Healthy chips, healthy packaged foods, etc. Hmm, upon close examination of the nutritional facts though, most of these foods aren’t necessarily THAT much better for you. Is it really low in calorie and fat? Is it high in fiber or protein? What about the serving size–how much is a serving? 1 bag? Or is it half of it?

It is no wonder we as a society struggle with portions and trying to be healthy–after all, most of us would pick up a “small” bag of pretzels and eat it, assuming we are consuming one serving. But then you look at the facts and realize that the bag actually holds TWO servings–so you’re eating twice the amount of calories listed on the nutrition facts. Not a fun surprise huh?

This brings me to another related rant: I feel like a lot of people think that organic = healthy. Not necessarily. Organic simply means that the food was processed in as natural of a state as possible. No chemicals used, nothing unnatural–just pure natural goodness. But there’s still the calories. I walked into Trader Joe’s a few days ago to buy groceries and was annoyed at looking at all the nutritional facts of the foods/products there. Oh, buy some pumpkin bread..but wait, 1/16th of a slice has how many calories?! 360 calories (or somewhere around there…)…that’s a lot of calories there. You could eat an equivalent of several fruits, vegetables, whole grains for that amount of calories.

Ugh…and I am sure some people venture into the store, thinking “Oh, I’m buying organic, therefore I am being healthy!” Yes, maybe you are being healthier by not consuming chemically-processed foods, but you’re still eating a ton of calories if you’re not watching your portions.

So in conclusion, be aware of what you eat–try to go for real fruits and vegetables when possible, not all these other products that claim they are healthy alternatives to the real thing. Watch your portion sizes; you don’t have to eat that whole plate of food at the restaurant if you don’t want to.

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FRS Peach Mango

Bought a can of FRS Peach Mango in San Mateo and tried it out. For about a month or so, I had been curious about this since my Hungry Girl newsletters harped a lot about FRS being a healthy energy drink. They are still offering free trials of their products, but I have been hesitant to sign up for them since apparently they begin to charge your credit card after the trial period is over.

Anyway, I tried the FRS drink out, and it was decent–I forgot to shake it up, so that might have altered the taste a little. Not too strong, not too bland–seemed to hit the spot, at least for the moment. I couldn’t really tell if it really made me feel more energized or not, though. I did go out and walk for an hour after I had the drink, just so I would spend some of that energy for something good.

Only 25 calories and they seem to feature a lot of healthy benefits and different flavors. I wouldn’t mind trying out this beverage again in the future.