Let’s face it – once in a while you’re gonna have a food-court feast. But some choices are better than others. So here’s what to choose when junk food is definitely on the menu. I found this on YahooHealth.com.
- First, you’re at the mall food court, and you need a tide-me-over. Should you get: A) a soft serve ice cream cone, B) one of those giant soft pretzels, or C) the Cinnabon MiniBon? The answer: A) a soft serve ice cream cone. A small is only 150 calories, and less than half of the calories of your other choices. Plus, the ice cream will give you an extra dose of bone-boosting calcium. And it because takes longer to eat, since you lick it instead of biting it, you’ll feel more satisfied.
- Next, it’s 3:00 in the afternoon, and you’re on a vending machine run. What should you reach for: A) Peanut M&M’s, B) Nature Valley Granola bar, or C) a bag of Trail Mix? Reach for B), the granola bar. The low fat versions are only 180 calories – less than half as much as the trail mix. And the complex carbs in the granola will give you lasting energy in a pinch.
- If you stop at Starbucks, what’s better for your waistline: A) Pomegranate Frappuccino juice blend, B) Coffee Frappuccino Light, or C) an Iced vanilla skim latte? The answer: The Coffee Frappuccino Light. It’s 110 calories. if you skip the whip. The Frappuccino juice blend has twice as many calories and it’s loaded with sugar and hardly any real fruit juice.
- Finally, what’s the best snack at the movies: A) medium bucket of unbuttered popcorn, B) Twizzlers, or C) Raisinettes? None of them are low-calorie, but the winner is: C) Raisinettes. At 410 calories, they have 100 fewer calories than Twizzlers, and half the calories of a medium plain popcorn. How can that be? Because the popcorn is popped in tons of oil. Another reason to go for the Raisinettes. Research at the University of Illinois found that the nutrients in raisins stop the bacteria growth that leads to tooth decay and gum disease.