Too Much Salad?



Q: Does portion size matter when I’m eating salad with supper instead of bread or potatoes? I heard that you can eat as much salad as you want, as long as the dressing is the suggested serving size.

A: Not all salads are created equal. Lettuce — like iceberg, romaine, and arugula — is low in calories, as are tomatoes, carrots, celery, radishes, and green and red peppers. However, once you start adding sunflower seeds, chick peas and other cooked beans, and nuts, the calories start adding up.Dressings can also be high in calories — one serving (two tablespoons) packs about 100 to 200 calories. You can create a salad that’s low in calories and high in nutrient value by mixing all the greens mentioned above plus a hard-boiled egg and a can of tuna packed in water. Make a nutritious dressing by mixing a small amount of olive oil (one tablespoon) with some red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar and some herbs. Alternatively, you can use a store-bought fat-free or low-fat dressing.


September 28, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Interesting Articles, Weight Loss Tips. 2 comments.

After “The Worst Drinks in America” what can we have this summer?


A reader told me that the new iced coffees from McD’s weren’t a calorie trap, so I investigated and came up with a list from a few places that we can hit up this summer!

  • McD’s small iced coffee, 120 calories, 6g fat, 16g sugar
  • McD’s Rolo small iced coffee 120 calories, 11g fat, 28g sugar
  • Tim Horton’s small iced cappuccino with milk, 150 calories, 1.5g fat, 3g sugar
  • Diary Queen Small Chocolate Cone, 240 calories, 7g fat, 34g sugar
  • Diary Queen Small Chocolate Sundae, 120 calories, 6g fat, 16g sugar 300 calories, 7g fat, 46g sugar (I know 46 is high but I do like the occasional sundae)

Most places, especially fast food places have their nutritional menus online.  When I get a craving, before going to indulge I take a look online to see what the damage would be…hence knowing that you can have 2 DQ sundaes for the damage done by a Baskin Robbins one…although I love Baskin Robbins.  Their ice cream does not irritate my stomach (lactose intolerance) they way “milk products” do.  And you can have a mint choc chip/gold medal ribbon sundae…

Baskin Robbins does have “sugar not added” ice cream which saves some calories.  BR has a nutritional menu for each ice cream.

July 12, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Fast Food, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Kraft recipes – Pork Lo Mein


This recipe is really easy and tastes good!  Try it – or others on .

260 g whole wheat spaghetti, uncooked
1/4 cup  KRAFT SIGNATURE Asian Sesame Dressing
1 lb. (500 g) pork tenderloin, cut into strips
2 cloves  garlic, minced
3 cups frozen stir-fry vegetables, thawed, drained
1/2 cup  25%-less-sodium beef broth
1 Tbsp. KRAFT Light Smooth Peanut Butter
1/4 cup  lite soy sauce
2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro

COOK spaghetti in large saucepan as directed on package.

MEANWHILE, heat dressing in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add meat and garlic; stir-fry 3 min. Add vegetables, broth and peanut butter; stir-fry an additional 3 to 4 min. or until meat is cooked through.

DRAIN spaghetti; return to pan. Add meat mixture and soy sauce; mix well. Spoon onto serving platter; sprinkle with cilantro.

June 8, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Recipes. Leave a comment.

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