Category Archives: eating out

food-portions-soda250Americans as a group simply eat too much. We have lost perspective. In the 1960s, Coca Cola was served in 16 ounce bottles and their advertising claimed that “one bottle serves a whole family.” Today, we buy 32 ounce “large-sized” drinks and then go back for a refill before leaving the restaurant.

20 years ago a coffee was about 8 ounces and contained 45 calories – and that was with a bit of milk and sugar. Today, a Grande Café Mocha at Starbucks is 16 ounces and contains 330 calories. Movie popcorn used to come in containers that held about … Read the rest

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30 Minute MealsLooking for a healthy, delicious meal in 30 minutes or less? Life is hectic and it is often easier to grab a frozen dinner or takeout instead of cooking a meal from scratch.  There is a healthy alternative. Prepare your food the old fashioned way—at home in your own kitchen. Incorporate some of these less than 30 minute meals into your weekly routine!

Breakfast
Strawberry Yogurt Parfait
Ready In: 5-10 minutes
Yogurt contains probiotics, a good bacteria that can help with digestion.  It also contains calcium which strengthens bones.  There are so many different variations of the yogurt parfait—just … Read the rest

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Brussels-sprouts-pizza200The fact is that Americans are demanding fresh vegetables when they go out to eat. And restaurants are responding with a range of options. According to one study, it is millennials who are leading the charge.

Here are the numbers: Vegetables dishes on restaurant menus have jumped 11 percent nationally over the last 3 years, and kale has seen a 400 percent increase in menu items. LongHorn Steakhouse, a symbol of the “meat and potatoes meal” if there ever was one, now serves Brussles sprouts and butternut squash, as well as other veggie dishes with its steaks. And California Pizza Read the rest

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Burger King just announced a new product – diet French fries! But, is a “diet fry” for real? As with most nutrition-related topics, the answer isn’t clearly “yes” or “no.”

Yes, Burger King’s new “Satisfries” are better than regular French fries. They contain about 30 percent less fat and 20 percent fewer calories than regular fries. And, that’s almost 40 percent less fat and 30 percent fewer calories than their closest competitor, McDonald’s fries.

No, these fries are not really “healthy,” though. A regular serving still contains 11 grams of fat and 270 calories, so they are hardly “diet” food. … Read the rest

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In a recent Forbes Magazine article, Hank Cardello, contends that fast food restaurants can no longer ignore the public’s desire for healthy food. Cardello knows a thing or two about the topic. He is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and author of the book “Stuffed: An Insider’s Look at Who’s (Really) Making America Fat.”

Even though America has a serious excess weight issue, several recent studies indicate that a growing number of people are concerned about healthier eating. The Natural Marketing Institute found that 52 percent of consumers are actively concerned about the health value … Read the rest

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