The other day I happened upon a TV segment which featured Matt Goulding, one of the guys who co-authored the book Eat This, Not That. Matt’s also the food and nutrition editor for Men’s Health magazine – which, in my humble opinion, is a fab book. I’m not a man, but I do enjoy reading the mag. There’s lots of great stuff in each issue.
Both Matt and the other dude involved in the project, David Zinczenko (who, by the way, was a chubby child turned marathon running cutie) have, it seems, made the rounds and been on lots of talk shows to promote their book.
Now, I have not personally had my hot little hands on a copy. I do, however, like the idea. And from watching these two do their thing on TV, I like what they’re saying. They are super informative.
It’s great to know that the 6-inch turkey sub at Subway is a better option that the Sierra Turkey sandwich at Panera Bread (330 calories and 8.5g of fat VS 840 calories and 40g of fat).
But most of what they talk about just doesn’t apply to me – swaps for milkshakes, fast food burgers, doughnuts, ice cream?
I just don’t eat that sort of fare.
I am by no means a nutrition goddess who subsists on plain lettuce and such. I DO indulge. These food items, though, aren’t on my typical menu – they hardly ever make an appearance. Sure, I like a good burger. And I like ice cream (how could you not!?!?) I just don’t often consume that stuff.
That said, seeing Matt do his thing the other day reminded me of a few pages I had pinned up on my bulletin board in my office.
These pages have some options that will take you from healthy to even healthier. And while the foods mentioned are, for the most part, all super fantastic, it’s always great to be as well informed as possible.
Being smart is, of course, super sexy.
And being well fed, well that’s downright fanfreakingtastic!
So, first up:
Grapes VS. Raspberries – Both are wonderful for you. I have no plans to stop eating either. What is interesting to consider, though, is that the berries thwart the grapes as they have way more fiber.
And the comparisons continue:
Beets VS. Asparagus – Now, beets have their place. They do, though, have a wee bit of sugar which might just mess around with your blood sugar levels. Asparagus is a good alternative. It’s yummy, and has folate and vitamin C to boot.
Ground Turkey VS. Extra-Lean Ground Sirloin – Who would have thought beef would beat out turkey? The lesson here is that, unless the label reads lean ground turkey, or turkey breast, you could just be swallowing a mixture of white meat, dark meat, and even skin (OMG! Who knew?!?!) In that case, the 95% lean ground beef would be better. For a 5 ounce serving it comes down to 325 calories, 20 g. of fat for the turkey, and 240 calories, 10 g. of fat for the beef. Plus, the beef has 5 times more iron.
Canned Chickpeas VS. Low sodium Red, White or Black Beans – For a salad, a few chickpeas are fantastic. Oh do I love them! But for your main ingredient, you might want to be all about the beans. The beans will save you some calories and some fat.
Banana Chips VS. Dried Apricots – Both sound so super healthy, don’t they? However, many banana chips go for a swim before they hit the store. Yep, most are deep-fried. Per cup, you could be getting 220 calories and 15 g. of fat. But if you have the same amount of dried apricots, then you’ll only be having 150 calories and 1 g. of fat. This is a total no-brainer.
Couscous VS. Bulgur or Quinoa – You might not know that Bulgur has three times the fiber as couscous, as well as fewer calories. And the Quinoa, also high in fiber, is a good source of protein.
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