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Comfort Food Makeovers

20 Dec

With the Holidays fast approaching and the cold weather already over staying its welcome, it’s easy to turn to comfort food to satisfy that need for warmth and, well, comfort!  While comfort food is nice to fill our stomachs, it’s not very kind to our waist lines.  I’ve gone on a semi quest to find ways to revamp these delicious dishes so I can enjoy them (almost) guilt free!  I found some really great videos to start out with and from those I chose the great Mac & Cheese and Brownie Makeovers!

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Snow Day Workout!

13 Dec

If you are like me, you probably dread having to shovel or clean up after a big snow storm.  It’s really not fun to have to freeze while shoveling especially since you know you will just have to shovel again within a few hours.  I don’t know if this will make shoveling or other winter activities less of a hassle, but maybe it will make it worth while!

Did you know that if you shoveled for 1 hour you would burn about 408 calories?  Surprisingly, this is the same as having about 1.5 Cafe Lattes from Starbucks, 2 cans of Coke, or about 3 bites of a Big Mac from McDonald’s.  If you generally lean towards the healthy eating, it’s also the same as eating almost 14 carrots.

Now winter isn’t all about shoveling, it’s also about snowman building and sledding!  Say you built one awesome snowman.  You just burned about 250 calories.  This would be the same as eating 2 cups slivered almonds or 4 chocolate chip cookies.  And if you went sledding, you could be burning about 420 calories, especially if the hill is super steep!  This would be the same as eating 1 cup of cranberry sauce (watch out Thanksgiving), 2 slices of french bread (minus the butter) or 5.5 cups of fresh strawberries!

Did you know that even if you just took a leisurely stroll in the snow, you could be burning about 270 if you walked for an hour?  That’s the same as eating 1 PopTart, with 2 bites of a second, or 1.5oz of Pistachios.

I guess the moral of the story is that while snow never seems to work with us, we can make it work for us!  Enjoy all of your favorite winter activities this season!

PS – finding calorie counts of your favorite foods is pretty easy.  Check out this site or this one for more information!

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These Were a Few of my Favorite Things

06 Dec

Oh the weather outside is frightful and my tummy wants something warm and delightful and with so many options of where to go, let’s get a giant peppermint mocha or pumpkin spice latte!

Maybe it doesn’t exactly rhyme, but this used to be my winter (and summer) habit.  Let’s face it, it’s cold out and for a few dollars we can get a delicious drink that can warm us up, if even for mere minutes, and it lets us forget that we have 10 people yet to shop for or 5 inches of snow to shovel at home or countless hours of work to get done by the end of the year.  It’s a great escape that also tastes good and with coffee shops popping up everywhere it’s easy to get a caffeinated liquid dessert whenever we want.  How can you say no to hot and creamy white hot chocolate with the perfect amount of whip cream and little chips of candy cane or a sprinkle of extra chocolate on top?  Sounds pretty good, right?

Unfortunately for every good and delicious thing we find, there has to be some consequence.  If you are just a caffeine or coffee junkie, you will be happy to know that having plain coffee isn’t that bad.  Downing 1 cup of black coffee will only cost you 2-15ish calories depending on the brand of coffee, but who really likes plain coffee?  Creamers were invented for a reason and it’s because coffee tastes disgusting.

Let’s get down to my favorites!  I love loved the following:

  1. McDonald’s McCafe Iced Mocha Frappe – 560 calories (16oz)
  2. Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino – 440 calories (16oz) Read the rest of this entry »
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Chicken with a Pretzel Twist

29 Nov

A few weeks ago I made a super simple and super yummy lunch for my fellow FitWits.  I got the recipe from a Hungry Girl email (which everyone should sign up for) and it turned out better than expected.  Below is the Hungry Girl recipe, but I had to make a few adjustments for myself because I was cooking for a hungry crowd.  Unfortunately I did not take a picture of my creation, but it was amazingly yummy and can be enjoyed at any time for any meal or snack!

Honey Mustard Pretzel-Coated Chicken Fingers
3tbsp. Honey Mustard
2tbsp. Liquid egg substitute, like Egg Beaters
5 oz. Boneless Chicken Strips
2  Dashes of salt
2  Dashes of pepper
1 oz  Hard Salted Pretzels (finely crushed)
2 tsp. Sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Mix honey mustard and egg substitute in a bowl.  Season the chicken with salt and pepper and then submerge in the mustard-egg mixture.  Set aside for 5 minutes to marinate.

Mix crushed pretzels with sugar and spread out on a plate

Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray.  Coat chicken with pretzel mixture and put on baking sheet.

Bake for about 20 minutes, flipping at the half way point or until chicken is cooked.

Enjoy with honey mustard, ketchup, ranch, or BBQ sauce for dipping!

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How Nibbling Adds Up

22 Nov

As the holidays draw closer, we find ourselves in the spirit of baking and cooking delicious meals.  As a person who likes to do both, it’s hard to not take a nibble of my creations.  I think we all become guilty of this at some point.  Who doesn’t love taking a test sample of the turkey or licking the spoon after a yummy apple of pumpkin pie was made?  It’s hard to not nibble, but it’s easy for the nibbling calories to add up!  I was not aware of how dangerous nibbling can get, but I found a fun slide-show that demonstrates it pretty well.  Nibblers beware!

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15 Nov

Isn’t it funny how some things come about?  This morning, for example, I was thinking of what I should blog about today.  I had a few ideas like how to eat healthy for the holidays or how to not go into a turkey coma, but then I started reading the Hungry Girl email for the day.  I was reading through the new cilantro recall and then at the bottom she talked about a new snack called Popcorners!  “Popcorners,” I thought to myself, “how do I know that name?”  Turns out when I was in NY last week I spotted and (of course) took a picture of a Popcorners truck!  I knew taking pictures of EVERYTHING would pay off!

I’ve never had Popcorners before, but their truck was obviously worth my 2 seconds to take a picture of, so why not look into this snack a little more?  Hungry Girl says it’s a guilt free snack and with only a few grams of sugar I can approve them for myself.  They are also all natural, gluten free, and have zero trans fats.  It comes in 4 yummy flavors and looks like a chip, but I guess it’s a combo tortilla chip and popcorn goodness.  Sounds good, but where can I buy them?  Read the rest of this entry »

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Healthy Food – It Tastes so Good!

08 Nov

Oh Cookie Monster, you always know just what to say!

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When Food Fights Back

01 Nov

Last night, as I was passing out Halloween candy, I had a thought of what if.  What if I wasn’t able to eat candy?  Well, yes, I am on a no sugar “diet”, but that didn’t stop me from eating a few pieces last night.  I couldn’t help it.  I was sitting out in the cold and my neighbor across the street was eating candy from his bowl, so I thought I should join in.  Even though I am on this no sugar “diet” doesn’t mean eating sugar is going to hurt me.  I won’t break out in hives or have any kind of reaction to it.  I am simply choosing to not eat it.  But what if it wasn’t a choice?

It seems to be more common to hear about people with food allergies.  I know at least a dozen people who cannot eat certain foods like apples or eggs.  All of this has got me wondering, well, what do you eat in that situation?  I found an article about a family who is filled with food allergies. From hours at the grocery store reading labels to hours spent making sure everyone can eat, it just sounds so draining!  I don’t really know enough about food allergies to comment, but why are food allergies becoming more common with kids than it was 20 years ago? Read the rest of this entry »

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I Heart Butternut Squash

25 Oct

Last week I made my first meal incorporating butternut squash, which you can see photo evidence of below.  I know I’ve had butternut squash before, but I never remembered it tasting so delicious!  I don’t know why, but I decided to write a poem about my new love for this veggie!

Ode to Butternut Squash

Butternut squash, so tastefully delicious, I add you to all of my favorite dishes

Your pair well with chicken, beef and more, oh butternut squash, how can I not adore?

Your amazing orange shade adds brightness to my day, while my stomach says thank you as I eat you away!

Oh butternut squash, why did we not meet before?

You are my new favorite vegetable and with so many options I know I will never bore!

I guess I’ll accept laughs for that poem, but I promise there will be more to come!  I usually write longer poems about things that don’t really matter, but this one just wasn’t coming to me.  I was a tad disappointed in myself…


Anyway, I made a random recipe with my squash last week and it was pretty tasty and super simple.  It’s just butternut squash, apples, and chicken.  I don’t follow recipes that often.  I like to look at them and use them as a guide or opinion, but I like to make up my own a lot.  All I did was cook the squash and apples until they were tender and added the chicken in the mix.  I also added a little butter and a touch of cinnamon.  It was pure delight!

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Peace, Love and Happy Meals

18 Oct


Last week there was a story on the news about a hamburger Happy Meal that was virtually unchanged after being left out for 180 days.  While many were surprised about these findings, I really wasn’t.  How many of us have found a fast food french fry in our cars that was who knows how old and still looked the same?  Fast food tastes good, but with all of the fillers put in that mystery meat it’s no wonder it doesn’t decay.  There is surprisingly a lot of contradictory information as to what McDonald’s uses in their food, which makes me wonder what are they trying to hide?

I don’t mean to steal ideas, but FitWit Matt posted super gross picture of McDonald’s chicken nuggets on Facebook a few weeks ago.  It was basically showing how the McNuggets are made out of some disgusting pink goop.  So much for all white meat, right?

A little off subject, but while I was reading about the stubborn non-decaying Happy Meal, I also came across an article about people who get married at fast food restaurants.  If you want to get married at McDonald’s you can get a “cake” made out of their hot apple pies and your guests get to pick their meal right off the menu!  I guess that is one way to cut down on wedding prices, but there may be more napping than dancing.

Check out the pictures of the Happy Meal and McNuggets and let me know what you think.  All natural, like the McDonald’s spokes person says or all fake like the pictures seem to reveal?

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