The Best Vegan Apps

I’ve selected these apps based on their quality, user reviews, and overall reliability as a source of support for people who want to up their vegan prowess. 

Following a vegan diet means not eating animal products. This includes meats, eggs, honey, and dairy-based foods like milk and cheese. Veganism can extend beyond diet to not wearing or using animal byproducts like leather or fur.

Anyone can decide to become vegan. People choose to follow a nonanimal-based lifestyle for many reasons. Some common motivations are taste preferences, religious beliefs, opposition to animal slaughter, or health aspirations.

There are many potential benefits of vegan diets, including weight loss and ethical satisfaction. But vegans must take extra care to ensure they don’t lack vital nutrients. This is especially important for children and breastfeeding mothers.

If you’re considering a vegan lifestyle, speak with a doctor or registered dietitian. They can help you figure out the right balance of foods and supplements. Together, these can help you guarantee you’re getting critical nutrients like protein, iron, vitamin B-12, and calcium.

Your new plan may seem overwhelming, limiting, and laborious at first. Many common products contain staple animal ingredients, like eggs, dairy, and other lesser known animal-based ingredients. Luckily, with the help of a trusty app, you can find the best vegan-friendly restaurants, products, recipes, and substitutions with your phone.

Here’s this year’s list of our top picks of the best vegan eating apps out there.


HappyCow

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: $3.99

For travel-savvy vegans and vegetarians, HappyCow is a must-have. With guidance for more than 180 countries, you can find vegan eats almost anywhere you go. Search restaurants by keyword or filters. Browse interactive maps and restaurant info. Searching by currently open restaurants can save you time, especially on the go.

Read reviews to see if a place suits your taste. Then save your favorites so you know where to visit (or not visit) again. If you’ll be without mobile Wi-Fi or wireless service, plan ahead and save restaurant details offline. The app also covers points of interest like stores, food trucks, and farmers markets. There’s a free Android version with limited capabilities.


Vegan Amino

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Vegan Amino taps into the social side of being vegan. The app connects you to a community of other vegans. You can create a profile and chat with others who share your diet. Find influential vegans via the reputation score and follow your favorites. Or build a following yourself by sharing your own tips, tricks, recipes, and more.

Struggling to get a dish from their library of recipes just right? Post a question about it and let other vegan cooks share their tips and techniques. The app even offers a vegan “encyclopedia” linking to recipes, vegan blogs, nutritional info, and restaurants. Check it out for the latest news and smart lifestyle hacks.


 

Veganagogo Vegan Travel

iPhone rating: Not yet rated

Price: $2.99

Another traveler must-have is Veganagogo. This app can translate pre-crafted questions into 50 languages, helping you communicate your dietary needs. You can trust you’re asking the right questions as each is translated by a native speaker.

Veganagogo also uses graphics to help convey preferences, like no pork, fish, or dairy. With day and night modes, it’s easy to use the app anytime you want to eat.


gonutss

iPhone rating: Not yet rated

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

This app helps you find vegan recipes and substitutes for non-vegan foods and ingredients. It also highlights vegan products and raw materials. Tailor your search with filters like non-GMO, peanut-free, raw, fair trade, or sugar-free. The best features may be the app’s calculators. The egg-free baking calculator helps you adjust non-vegan recipes. The protein calculator helps optimize your protein intake for your dietary needs.


Vegan Wines

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Vegan Wines aims to help you make ethical choices about wine, beer, and spirits. The app uses open-source data to tell you which beverages are made completely animal-free. This includes production methods without animal derivatives like gelatin or seashells.

The latest version lets you filter by type of alcohol and country of origin. The app provides an offline database, too.


Oh She Glows

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: $1.99

Oh She Glows is a plant-based recipes app that draws you in. Elegant photography, crisp design, and a healthy amount of whitespace allows vibrant food colors to pop. Search by season, dish type, and more to find and try a range of delicious recipes.

Take recipes offline for convenience when you’re shopping or cooking. Customize your recipes and add your own cooking notes. The antilock capability means you won’t have to continuously unlock your phone with wet or food-filled hands.


vanilla bean | discover tasty vegan restaurants

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Vegans in or traveling to Europe can find a wide array of restaurant options using Vanilla Bean. The app boasts the widest selection of vegan restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It also highlights options in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Luxembourg. Filters, detailed descriptions, and a map feature help you find the best local options to try. Share your favorites on Facebook. Photos of restaurant interiors help you find the right ambiance to suit your mood.


Vegan Additives

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Created for vegans by a vegan, this app helps you identify additives as vegan-friendly or not. Items are searchable by name or E number. E numbers are given by the European Union to additives that have passed safety inspections. For each item, the app also provides helpful info, like a description, origin, and common uses.

Vegan Burger Recipes

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Being vegan doesn’t mean you have to give up burgers. This app has tons of recipes for creative burger options, like eggplant and pesto burgers. Each recipe tells you about the burger, the ingredients you’ll need, and how to make it. Search the catalog to find your favorites and bookmark them. You can also browse offline to shop for ingredients with or without mobile internet.


These are just some of the apps I used (when I had android) and the apps that I use now (iPhone). There are so MANY more vegan/vegetarian apps that are out there. Here is a list of more vegan iPhone apps that didn’t make my cut but deserve some love.


1.) Vegow-The Weekly Plant diet: This apps helps you track your nutrients for anyone who doesn’t eat enough vegetables. This app claims that it’s good for Vegan, Vegetarian, Keto, and Paleo followers.

2.) 21-Day Vegan Kickstart: This app is good for anyone who is interested in trying to go vegan for the month or just looking for some fun and healthy vegan recipes.

3.) Food Monster: This app will give you TONS and I MEAN TONS of vegan recipes. There is a section called Cheesy Meals and for that section, there are 135 recipes. Some sections have less and some have more. Just be careful if you have food allergies and or sensitivities because at least for me it was hard to alter the recipes.

4.) Meetup: Meetup is a social networking “type” app. With Meetup, you can not only see the fun cool stuff that is going on in your area you can also find local vegans in your area how cool is that?


 Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


Thank You!

I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

If you are a company or a person who would like to reach out so we can work together you can reach me here. Leighlei2009@gmail.com

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The Best New Year’s Resolutions

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned how that I would be extending blogmas until December 31st. These posts won’t be holiday related as Christmas has since passed (Yesterday) Happy The Day After Christmas. What I will be doing Is adding some New Year’s related content to help you continue to stay on track and I will slowly be adding more of my normal content over the next week or so.

PLEASE READ: I have been thinking that I wanted to do something different for my blog next year and that Is more content that you want to see. I know that at the and of every post I ALWAYS ask what you would like to see. I MEAN I REALLY want to do more content related to what you want to see. It can be “Diet” related, fitness, nutrition or even advice posts. I post what I post because It means something to mean I won’t post something if I didn’t believe in it. I want to take this blog to the next level and I want you all of my followers (friends) to be apart of the ride. So please don’t hesitate in reaching out with any and all suggestions. You can find all of my links at the end of every post in the “Thank You” section and in the section “Where You Can Follow Me”. 

If you have missed #Blogmas all the links are listed in the section titled Blogmas which will be in right under this.

Welcome back for #Blogmas Day 25! Blogmas Is flying right by! To catch up here are the links to the first 22 Days of #Blogmas

Blogmas Days 1-25

*I realized that my #blogmas days had repeated tagged posts and that not every post was linked. I caught the mistake and fixed it. Every link should now be clickable and days 1-18 are now linked. If you are new to #blogmas you can catch up below.

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It’s the perfect time to reflect on the year and start planning how you can become a healthier you in 2019. We’re not just talking about the first two weeks of January, either. Year after year, countless positive resolutions are made, but by the end of the month, they may no longer be at the forefront of your mind—because, well, life.

Oftentimes, resolutions die out after the first few weeks in the new year because they’re simply not sustainable. Start thinking of your New Year’s resolutions as a lifestyle change, not a crash-course diet. We asked doctors to share resolutions that they and their colleagues would consider the best New Year’s resolutions you can make for long-lasting results in 2019. Also, be sure to check out the simple, healthy habits you can change for 2019 to maximize your healthy results!

Make A Plan That You’ll Stick To Throughout The Whole Year

Don’t plan to do everything in January and don’t pick behaviors that are nebulous like ‘I’m gonna start working out more. Instead, create a plan and add behaviors, as needed, in stages throughout the year. Habits take time to form and you may feel overwhelmed, or coerced if you overload yourself. Start with one, get comfortable with it, and then add another.


Start Making Exercise Fun So You Actually Do It

Move your body. I don’t care if you walk halfway around the block or if you get on the bicycle and bike 50 miles, or go to the gym—you’ve got to keep your body moving. You either move it or lose it.

For exercise, do things that are fun. Meanwhile, schedule these to be done with a friend, so that you actually show up. For example, walking in the park and shopping are good exercises.


Seek Out Healthful Foods That You’ll Actually Want To Eat

Find healthy whole foods that you enjoy adding into your diet, instead of cutting out things you enjoy. For example, resolve to add a handful of berries to your breakfast every morning. The antioxidants have multiple health benefits. Instead of cutting things out, substitute one pleasurable thing for another. Soda and fruit juices each have three-quarters of a teaspoon of sugar per ounce, and neither is healthy. Instead, substitute with tea and sweeten with Stevia. Or add in vegetable juices.


Practice Mindfulness In Every Facet Of Your Life

Mindfulness in our behavior will go a long way in helping us achieve our goals. Mindful eating will automatically find us gravitating to health-promoting food—savoring each bite will slow down the speed with which we eat and cut down portion size. Being mindful of physical activities that are enjoyable will let us meet our fitness goals without the sensation of torture. If extended to all aspects of the day, mindfulness makes life more complete. We may just stop saying, Where did the last year go?


Stay Hydrated Throughout The Day

Drink More Water! I usually recommend four 16 ounce bottles of water consumption daily for my patients. It helps to flush the urinary tract of bacteria and also prevents stone formation. First line therapy in UTI prevention is hydration and the most common cause of kidney stones is having concentrated urine, so please drink up in 2019.

 


Limit Red Meat Consumption To Once A Week

It’s not just the fat in red meat, it’s the chemicals in red meat that increase the incidence of certain cancers. Stop eating red meat more than once a week.


Make An Effort To Reduce Your Stress Levels

Stress produces chemicals in your brain which damage every organ in your body and it impairs your immune system. For a healthy immune system, keep your stress levels low. For low-stress levels, exercise daily.


Start Eating Foods In This Order For Better Digestion And Nutrient Absorption

The order of your food intake may also be of benefit in your efforts to get healthy. As you strive to establish good habits, you may find it does your gut good to eat in this order:
 1. Start each meal with fibrous carbs such as a salad, mixed vegetables, etc. 2. After you have consumed about 1⁄2 of your fibrous carbs, start eating your proteins and fats (meat portion of the meal) along with the rest of your fibrous carbohydrates. 3. Then slowly start on healthy carbohydrates, such as quinoa or amaranth. 4. Add jalapenos, habanero, and cayenne peppers to your meal. These all contain capsaicin (gives peppers their “kick”), a chemical shown to help increase metabolism.


Get Tested For Food Sensitivities So That You Can Eliminate Discomfort And Become More Energized

Ninety-five percent of Americans suffer from food sensitivities, yet they’re among the most commonly under-diagnosed areas of clinical medicine. This is because unlike food allergies, food sensitivities are usually limited to digestive problems (like bloating, inflammation, lethargy) and the symptoms don’t always show up immediately, making it even harder to pinpoint which ingredients are upsetting your body.

When I finally decided to get tested for food sensitivities It was one the best and scariest decisions I have ever made (at that time). I found out from taking a food intolerance/sensitivity food test that my body reacted to so many different types of food. I recommend everyone to take a food intolerance/sensitivity test. You’ll be surprised at what the test may say.


Don’t Let Your Resolutions Consume You

Don’t let resolutions become chains. Instead, take them somewhat lightly. Yes, stick to them as much as possible, but don’t put too much pressure on yourself. You need to find the balance that works. After all, these changes are supposed to make your life better and not worse, right?


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


Thank You!

I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

If you are a company or a person who would like to reach out so we can work together you can reach me here. Leighlei2009@gmail.com

I just want to say Thank you to all of those who read, view, like, comment, and subscribed to my blog It means the world to me ❤️️

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How To Shed Winter Weight In The Spring

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned how that I would be extending blogmas until December 31st. These posts won’t be holiday related as Christmas has since passed (Yesterday) Happy The Day After Christmas. What I will be doing Is adding some New Year’s related content to help you continue to stay on track and I will slowly be adding more of my normal content over the next week or so.

PLEASE READ: I have been thinking that I wanted to do something different for my blog next year and that Is more content that you want to see. I know that at the and of every post I ALWAYS ask what you would like to see. I MEAN I REALLY want to do more content related to what you want to see. It can be “Diet” related, fitness, nutrition or even advice posts. I post what I post because It means something to mean I won’t post something if I didn’t believe in it. I want to take this blog to the next level and I want you all of my followers (friends) to be apart of the ride. So please don’t hesitate in reaching out with any and all suggestions. You can find all of my links at the end of every post in the “Thank You” section and in the section “Where You Can Follow Me”. 

If you have missed #Blogmas all the links are listed in the section titled Blogmas which will be in right under this.

Welcome back for #Blogmas Day 25! Blogmas Is flying right by! To catch up here are the links to the first 22 Days of #Blogmas

Blogmas Days 1-25

*I realized that my #blogmas days had repeated tagged posts and that not every post was linked. I caught the mistake and fixed it. Every link should now be clickable and days 1-18 are now linked. If you are new to #blogmas you can catch up below.

Blogmas Day 1 Blogmas Day 2 Blogmas Day 3 Blogmas Day 4 Blogmas Day 5 Blogmas Day 6 Blogmas Day 7 Blogmas Day 8 Blogmas Day 9 Blogmas Day 10 Blogmas Day 11 Blogmas Day 12 Blogmas Day 13 Blogmas Day 14  Blogmas Day 15  Blogmas Day 16 Blogmas Day 17 Blogmas Day 18  Blogmas Day 19 Blogmas Day 20 Blogmas Day 21 Blogmas Day 22 Blogmas Day 23 Blogmas Day 24 Blogmas Day 25 Blogmas Day 26


If the thought of coming out from beneath your baggy cold-weather sweaters is making you break out in a cold sweat, relax! You still have plenty of time to lose weight and look your best before sundress season arrives. Spring is actually the best season to find foods that are packed with the weight-loss-super star, fiber. This macronutrient helps fill you up, can clean you out, and makes achieving your weight loss goals a whole lot easier. What’s more, these particular foods are also bursting with micronutrients that help turn off your fat-storage genes, leading to even more rapid, sustainable weight loss.

When you eat foods that are in season, they’re not only more affordable, but they’re also fresher and packed with the highest amount of flavor and nutritional value. We’ve compiled a list of 20 fruits and veggies that are in peak season every spring—they’re all easy to find, too! Since many of them will only be on sale for a few weeks of the season, you better act fast.

So, say goodbye to stews and slow cookers and start blasting away those extra winter pounds with these spring foods. To help you incorporate them into your diet, I’ve also included some bloggers favorite recipes and ways to enjoy them.

Fiddlehead Ferns

Spring foods fiddlehead ferns

These delicate spirals are the furled fronds of a young fern, which is why they are only around for a few weeks in early spring. They’re packed with manganese, vitamin C, vitamin A, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber, which inhibits the release of the hunger hormone ghrelin, helping you to minimize munching. And if you thought bananas were the potassium powerhouse, then you’ll be interested to know these give the yellow fruit a run for its money. Fiddleheads actually have more of the bloat-banishing mineral per gram than bananas, which can also help lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke.

How to Eat It: Clean the veggie by removing any of the papery outer coatings; then soak it briefly in a bath of cold water with a bit of lemon and salt. Drain and then steam them for four or five minutes. Add the steamed fiddleheads to a skillet with a couple of tablespoons of unsalted butter and cook on each side for a minute or two. They’ll turn golden like asparagus. Add salt and pepper to taste, and enjoy!


Rhubarb

Spring foods rhubarb

This plant might look like red-hued celery, but if you’ve ever been adventurous enough to cook with it, you know that this vegetable is much more flavorful than its vibrant twin. Tart rhubarb loves to partner with fruit to become a sweet treat. (Just don’t eat the leaves—they’re poisonous!) Rhubarb is high in catechins, the same compound that gives green tea its belly-fat fighting properties. Catechins blast adipose tissue by triggering the release of fat from fat cells (particularly in the belly) and then speed up the liver’s capacity for turning that fat into energy.

How to  Eat It: Wash, dry, and trim the stalk at the root and leaves. Cut a slit under the edge of the rhubarb skin at one end and pull down the remove the stringy fibers, similar to what you would do with celery. Cut stalks into 2-inch pieces, toss with cinnamon, honey, lemon zest, and vanilla extract and roast in a 350-degree oven until the rhubarb is tender, about 30 minutes. Serve on top of some full-fat Greek yogurt and top with crunchy pistachios.


 Mushrooms

Spring foods morel mushroomsThese mushrooms are the third highest vegetable source of vitamin D (only behind two other mushrooms), serving you 23 percent of your daily value in a single cup. This vitamin has many biological functions beyond its classic role in bone metabolism, one of which is regulating your immune system. One study found that when vitamin D concentrations were low in a group of runners had a biomarker for increased inflammation. When your body is in a state of chronic inflammation, it can lead to clogged arteries, worsened insulin resistance, and even weight gain. So besides climbing out of that cold, dreary hole that you dug yourself into this winter and catching some Vitamin-D-producing rays, make sure to grab some morel mushrooms!

How to  Eat It: These wild mushrooms are prized for their smoky, nutty flavor, which pairs well with Parmesan in a risotto. First, because of their folds and ridges, they’ll need to be washed under cool water and scrubbed thoroughly. Sautée them up with olive oil, a little butter, and chopped garlic until golden brown. Season with salt, pepper, fresh thyme, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Throw on top of risotto, like this one from Pinch of Yum, with freshly grated parmesan and some lemon zest.


Asparagus

Spring foods asparagus

The ultimate spring vegetable, asparagus is rich in potassium and low in sodium, which helps your body achieve proper electrolyte balance and works to reduce bloating. Add the plant’s anti-inflammatory phytonutrients and health-promoting antioxidants—like glutathione, a detoxifying compound that helps break down carcinogens and other harmful free radicals—and you’ve got yourself a powerful weight-loss arrow in your quiver.

How to  Eat It: You probably already know that these delicious veggies don’t need much to make them taste great, but feel free to shake things up a bit with a quick vinaigrette. Whisk together olive oil, lemon zest, dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, and minced garlic. Pour half the vinaigrette over the spears and grill until tender. Once cooked, plate and drizzle the rest of the vinaigrette on top.


Red Leaf Lettuce

Spring foods red leaf lettuce

One serving of red leaf lettuce is only 14 calories, but it’s bursting with fiber. It’s one of the world’s greatest weight loss foods because it will fill you up and keep you feeling full for hours after you eat it. Even better, two generous cups of lettuce provide 100 percent of your daily vitamin K requirement for strong, healthy bones. A report from the Nurses’ Health Study suggests that women who eat a serving of lettuce every day cut the risk of hip fracture by 30 percent than when compared with eating just one serving a week.

How to  Eat It: Create a simple vinaigrette with red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, olive oil, minced shallots, a touch of honey, salt, and pepper. Combine roughly chopped red leaf lettuce with arugula, another spring lettuce, and top with spring veggies like roasted beets, orange slices, and walnuts.


Peas

Spring foods peas

You may have pushed them around your plate as a kid, but we’re hoping that stopped when you learned of their anti-aging, immune-strengthening, and energy-boosting antioxidants. Besides teeming with carotenoids and polyphenols, these little green poppers contain a hefty 7 grams of hunger-quelling fiber and 8 grams of muscle-building protein per cup!

How to Eat It: To elevate the humble pea, saute up some crispy prosciutto. Add some finely chopped white onion and a bit of minced garlic. Once tender, add in your peas, and a little bit of chicken stock, and simmer until peas are tender. Add back in the prosciutto, chopped fresh parsley, and mint, and toss it all together with your favorite pasta and freshly grated parmesan.


Artichokes

Spring foods artichokes

Unfortunately, a hefty, creamy artichoke dip will never make it onto any diet-friendly list, but one of its main ingredients does! One medium artichoke boasts an impressive 10.3 grams of fiber, including inulin, a prebiotic soluble fiber that helps promote the growth of beneficial intestinal bacteria. Incorporating it into your diet may also aid weight loss efforts—for every 10 grams of fiber you eat daily, your middle will carry almost 4 percent less flab, according to researchers. On top of that, artichokes contain a compound called cynarine, which promotes fat digestion and can serve as a natural diuretic by helping to eliminate water retention.

How to Eat It: When was the last time you ate a whole artichoke? Well, with whole artichokes fresh and in season, now’s a perfect time. Follow blogger Camille Style’s recipe for Grilled Artichokes with Lemon Garlic Aioli. She walks you through how to cut, trim, cook, and dress them with her deliciously simple parsley oil. If you feel the aioli is a little too heavy, sub it out for a plain, full-fat Greek yogurt and combine with roasted, caramelized garlic and fresh lemon juice.


 Onions

Spring foods vidalia onions

The Vidalia Onion earns the title of one of the nation’s most iconic agricultural products, having been discovered accidentally in the state of Georgia and rocketing to popularity. And just like Champagne has to be from France, a Vidalia onion has to be from Georgia. These onions are a rich source of fructooligosaccharides, a cluster of fructose molecules that lead to better gastrointestinal health and improved digestion by stimulating the growth of healthy bacteria and suppressing the growth of harmful ones. Want more ways to improve your gut health?

How to Eat It: Vidalias are so sweet, delicious, and versatile, it’s hard to pick just one recipe to share. For starters, they’re the perfect onion to add to your summer BBQ: lightly coat with canola oil, salt, and pepper and throw on the grill to get some good caramelization before adding to your burger. Looking to indulge a little? Make these Healthy, Baked (not fried!) Onion Rings from How Sweet It Is.


Radishes

Spring foods radish

After a winter of blues and grays, it’s nice to get a little pop of color in your life. Colorful vegetables are key to weight loss, and radishes are no exception. Their red hue is due to anthocyanins, a phytochemical that has been shown to burn fat and reduce the risk of diabetes. They’ve also been shown to reduce cholesterol, insulin resistance, and inflammation. In a Japanese study, rats fed radishes for three weeks showed reduced levels of bad cholesterol and insulin and a boost in good HDL cholesterol.

How to  Eat It: Eat radishes whole as a high-fiber, belly-filling snack, add a layer of slices to a goat cheese toast, use them as a salad garnish, or make them the star of the salad alongside another seasonal veggie, the carrot, in this Ginger Carrot Radish Salad by blogger, Healthy Seasonal Recipes.


Fennel

Spring foods fennel

Shimmy into those cute spring fashions with confidence by adding fennel to your meals. Although it’s known to be a winter veggie, it’s still in peak season during the early spring. Cherished for its licorice-like flavoring, fennel contains a unique blend of phytonutrients—including the flavonoids rutin and quercetin—that make it a powerful antioxidant. These active compounds help to reduce inflammation, and when combined with the fiber that’s already present in fennel, they can help eliminate potentially carcinogenic toxins from the colon to prevent colon cancer.

How to  Eat It: Make its fronds into pesto, and use the rest in raw fennel, apple, and celery salad or roast it up and add it to your creamy mashed potatoes.


Apricots

Spring foods apricot

These sun-like fruits are sure to brighten your day. While dried apricots are a good source of fiber and iron, they’re also more concentrated in sugar—which is why they’re one of the 20 Healthy Foods You Better Eat in Moderation. Pick up some fresh ones during their short season in late spring to load up on vitamin A (a nutrient that helps your skin glow) and potassium. When you don’t have enough of this essential mineral, it can make your body hold onto water, resulting in weight gain. Besides flushing out extra water weight, potassium also keeps your metabolism running high, and is crucial for the digestion of nutrients such as carbohydrates and fat, as well as the absorption of energy from these nutrients.

How to  Eat It: These juicy sweet and tart fruits are such rarities fresh, so allow them to be the star of your dish. Combine them with blueberries to make a fruit crisp, saute them up to make an apricot compote you can serve over ice cream or yogurt, make a batch of apricot jam you can enjoy throughout the summer, or eat them whole with this Roasted Apricots with Ricotta and Honey recipe from Kitchen Repertoire.


Spinach

Spring foods spinach

Spinach might be available year round, but the freshest, most tender spinach is easily obtainable in the spring. We love it because it’s rich in muscle-building protein and iron, satiating fiber and vitamins A, C, and K. It’s truly one of the healthiest greens out there. It also contains powerful appetite-suppressing compounds called thylakoids to keep your bikini body “diet” on track. A recently published long-term study at Lund University in Sweden found that having a drink containing thylakoids before breakfast could significantly reduce cravings and promote weight loss. Add this leafy spring green to your meals liberally throughout your day, and you’ll feel your cravings start to vanish.

How to Eat It: Spinach is undoubtedly one of the most versatile foods out there. Due to its subtle flavor and texture, spinach can be added to many meals undetected. Toss it in your morning smoothies, whip up a lunchtime salad or soup, use it in sauces, pasta dishes, dips, and stir-fries, or sauté for a healthy side dish.


Radicchio

Spring foods radicchio

Radicchio is the small red or purple leaf that comes in ahead about the size of a softball. It’s one of the best dietary sources of polyphenols—powerful micronutrients that serve a role in preventing disease and losing weight. A study in the Journal of Nutrition found that people who consume 650 milligrams a day of polyphenols have a 30 percent chance of living longer than those who consume less than that. A cup of chicory leaves clocks in at about 235 milligrams, so consider adding a little leafy red into your leafy greens.

How to  Eat It: Firm heads of lettuce, like radicchio, take well to the transformative powers of the grill. Halve or quarter the heads and drizzle with olive oil. Grill over high heat until the outer leaves are blackened and wilted, and the center is softened. Serve radicchio drizzled with balsamic. Get the whole recipe for Grilled Radicchio with Fig Balsamic Syrup, Parmigiano, and Honey-Roasted Almonds from A Beautiful Plate.


Fava Beans

Spring foods fava beans

Similar in likeness to edamame, these green legumes come in their own pod. Besides containing a high concentration of thiamin, vitamin K, vitamin B6, selenium, and magnesium, they’re a great source of lean protein with a whopping 10 grams per cup. Protein is essential not only for bulking your biceps; it’s also essentially in increasing feelings of fullness, as well as helping the body retain its muscle while scorching fat to increase your weight loss. For more slim down tips, don’t miss these 30 Fascinating Weight Loss Tricks You Haven’t Tried.

How to  Eat It: Fava beans have a buttery texture and a lovely, nutty flavor, making them a great addition to soups. But when you get them fresh as you would in the spring, they can really shine in a salad, like From the Land We Live On’s Golden Beet and Fava Bean Salad with Fresh Mint and Crumbled Ricotta.


Dandelion Greens

Spring foods dandelion greens

Seeing those orangey yellow dandelions pop up is definitely one of the first signs of spring. But did you know that besides being a bit of a pest in the garden, they also make a great snack? These bitter-sweet spring greens are bursting with fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. They are also a diuretic, which means they can help blast excess weight by helping your body get rid of extra fluids. A recent study found that steaming the greens increased their total antioxidant properties by 67 percent. And studies have found that this plant is protective against obesity as well as depression, fatigue, immune system problems, and even cancer.

How to Eat It: Sub dandelion greens for spinach in salads, soups, smoothies, and quiches, or blend them into a pesto.


Watercress

Spring foods watercress

Don’t be fooled by its diminutive size—this tiny herb is a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals. In fact, it’s one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet making it our reigning healthiest vegetable. Gram for gram this slightly peppery green contains four times more beta-carotene than an apple, and a whopping 238 percent of your daily recommended dose of vitamin K per 100 grams—two compounds that keep skin dewy and youthful. What’s more, it might help diminish your risk of cancer. Results from a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggest daily supplementation of 85 grams of raw watercress (about two cups) could reduce DNA damage linked to cancer by 17 percent.

How to  Eat It: Exposure to heat may inactivate its cancer-fighting compounds, so it’s best to enjoy watercress raw in salads, cold-pressed juices or smoothies, and sandwiches.


Ramps

Spring foods ramps

With a mildly sweet flavor, these wild leeks are loaded with vitamins A and C and taste similar to onions and garlic. Like all variations of onions, ramps are also a great source of chromium—a mineral that helps with the metabolism of fats, carbs, and insulin. What’s more, they can pack up to a gram of satiating fiber a pop.

How to  Eat It: You can eat them raw, make pesto, or add them to eggs (with asparagus!) for an amazingly fresh tasting spring treat. We love them in Katie at the Kitchen Door’s protein- and fiber-packed Quinoa & Cauliflower Cakes with Wild Ramps. Ramp season is quick, so grab them when you see them or else you just might miss them.


Stinging Nettles

Spring foods singing nettles

Contrary to what you might think, the common nettle is more than a pesky, stinging weed. Since ancient times, it has been used as an important source of food, fiber, and nutraceuticals. An abundant spring green, nettles are also a powerful diuretic. This plant has been used for years in the UK as a springtime cleanse to rid the body of toxins after a winter filled with fatty foods.

How to  Eat It: Stinging nettles are best enjoyed as a hot tea for cleansing the liver and ridding the body of excess fluids. By steeping the leaves in water and straining (a French press pot works great for this) you can avoid being stung by the tiny hairs that coat the leaf stems.


Broccoli

Spring foods broccoli

There’s a reason almost every diet includes a hefty dose of broccoli. The green superfood is rich in sulforaphane, a compound that not only increases testosterone and fights off body fat storage but also blocks enzymes linked to joint destruction and inflammation.  If you want to stay lean and active for life, maintaining healthy joints is a must! The green veggies are also rich in vitamin C (a mere cup of the stuff can help you hit your daily mark), a nutrient that can lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which will further aid your toned body efforts.

How to  Eat It: You’ve probably been cooking broccoli since you learned how to whip up a bowl of pasta. And with the global market extending its season year-round, we know there’s no short supply. However, if you can get your hands on this spring-season-grown cruciferous veggie, we’d recommend eating it root-to-leaf, like Sassy Kitchen does in this Shaved Broccoli Stem Salad with Lemon and Pecorino.


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Holiday Party Mistakes

Merry Christmas! I hope you enjoy today with friends, family, good food, good company and really good alcohol (Just kidding about the alcohol) or if you are drinking here is a PSA: Don’t drink and drive and have a wonderful time.

I have decided that I would extend #blogmas until December 31st. I have been having so much fun and I enjoy seeing you all enjoying my #blogmas posts (In a non-creepy way). To catch up on the first 24 days of #blogmas all the links are provided in the #blogmas section

Today’s post is a fun little post that is very helpful for anyone that is thinking or is having a New Year’s Eve party. I wish these tips were around back in my party-throwing days. I hope these tips help you as much as I wished they helped me (I didn’t know about these tips back then).

Welcome back for #Blogmas Day 25! Blogmas Is flying right by! To catch up here are the links to the first 22 Days of #Blogmas

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Getting a reservation at your favorite restaurant during the time-crunched weeks around Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas isn’t easy. Neither is ponying up the triple-digit (or more!) price tag of dinner—or the even higher cost of securing a private space. So hosting at home is the perfect solution, right? You bet, as long as you avoid these common holiday party mistakes along the way.

You forget to schedule in advance

Weekly planner with pen and camera

In today’s crazy world of calendars in the cloud and emails on your wrist, we all seem to be so busy and stretched so thin. When planning for any event, I like to give a six-week runway. By that, I mean invitations and all event planning would ideally begin six weeks before the gathering (If you have the time).

Once you’ve distributed the initial invitation via Paperless Postor Evite, set a calendar event to ping attendees with reminders three weeks out (“get excited!”) and one week out (“don’t forget…”) to keep things top of mind.


You skip the to-do list

Shopping list

Streamline the pre-event prep and avoid forgetting any important details by creating a to-do list:

  • Items to purchase (groceries, flowers)
  • Items that need to be dug out of storage or borrowed (vases, extra chairs)
  • Items to clean (bathrooms, silverware)
  • Items to accomplish before guests arrive (lighting candles, whipping the cream)

You Dismiss The Easiest Decorations

Holiday table set-up

While you’re digging out the “musts” from storage, keep your eyes peeled for easy, affordable accents. That’s right: You DON’T need to drop $30+ per bouquet to dress up your space. Small details like a bowl full of ornaments or vase stuffed full of eucalyptus can make a big impact.

Cut down on prep time and save money by choosing candles in lieu of a lot of flowers. They take less time to arrange and display as decor but they still make a splash.


You discount the benefits of online shopping

Party favors

Stop schlepping bags around town and start hitting the easy “buy now” button on your laptop.

From invitations to favors or custom pillows for the party, shopping online cuts back on time in traffic and allows for easy price comparisons. I love ordering custom party details from companies like Shutterfly. I’m also a big fan of Amazon Prime since purchases usually arrive on my doorstep within 48 hours.


You Don’t Plan Ahead For Drop-in Guests

Unexpected guests

A friend of a friend who just got dumped needs a pick-me-up. A new Tinder plus-one. A random neighbor who sees the crowds piling in. An unexpected guest is almost par for the course these days, so plan ahead for a couple extra servings of everything just in case.


You Run Out Of Spirits

Drinks

Happy hour can turn less-than-happy in a hurry if your bar runs dry.

You know your crowd better than anyone. However, in the events world, It’s estimated half a bottle of wine per person at a sit-down dinner and one cocktail per person per hour at less formal affairs. Calculate accordingly based on your menu and the time frame of your party.


You Forget The Bubbly

Champagne

If a party is thrown during the holidays and there isn’t sparkling wine involved, is it really a party?  Plus, since it’s fairly light on the alcohol-per-serving scale (generally about 12 percent, compared to 22 percent in a Long Island Iced Tea), it’s a smart choice to bring a just-right level of cheer.


You Don’t Cook Enough Food

Antipasto plate

Pound for pound, people can throw down come dinnertime.

Estimate that each adult will consume one pound of food each,” Perotti says. For bone-in proteins, such as turkey, spiral ham, or pork crown roast, purchase 1 ½ pound per person to allow for ample portions because the bones take up some of the weight.


You Attempt A New Recipe

New recipe

Practice, practice, practice. It can be tempting to tear out that trendy recipe from the latest glossy food magazine, but stick to tried-and-true options for larger gatherings to keep #kitchenfails to a minimum. Practice these Pinterest favorites, then add your winners to the menu.


You Forget To Ask About Dietary Restrictions

Friends seated around table

About one in five people have a food allergy or intolerance. Ensure there are eats for everyone by including a simple questionnaire with the RSVP. Feel free to keep it light-hearted so it doesn’t sound like you’re bothered by their bill of fare.

Try something like: I love tailoring the menu to your taste! So check the box if you’re steering clear of…

  • Wheat
  • Dairy
  • Meat
  • Anything that comes from an animal”

You Rush

Woman talking at party

Don’t go from 0 to 100 miles per hour with your party pace.

I really enjoy spending time with my friends and family, so maximizing catch-up time is crucial. I love having about an hour or so of cocktails and appetizers at the beginning to give everyone plenty of time to get in from the cold, get comfortable with the mix of guests, and begin to let their hair down.


You Ignore The Vibe For The Seating Arrangements

Holiday place cards

The way you set the spread sets the pace for the formality level of your feast. For a less formal, family-style meal, don’t assign seats, but let it be organic.


You Ignore The Aroma

Pumpkin spice latte

Candles trigger a cozy vibe, but their aroma usually stays corralled within a room or two. Pipe seasonal scents throughout your whole home (in an all-natural, affordable way) by filling a stock pot with water and these kitchen staples:

Mint Candy: Vanilla beans + peppermint essential oil
Apple Pie: Apples + cinnamon sticks + lemons
Pumpkin Spice Latte: Vanilla beans + pumpkin pie spice + espresso powder
Fresh and Festive: Rosemary + cranberries + orange


You don’t know your limits

Woman stressed

 

So what if your table decor doesn’t look Martha Stewart–fancy or your turkey wouldn’t fit the classic Norman Rockwell scene. Keep the end goal in mind.

Remember that entertaining is just that: entertainment. You should enjoy it as much as your guests. Don’t take on more than you can, and do what feels authentic. Your friends and family will be impressed with whatever you plan. And if they aren’t, then don’t invite them back! Kidding. Kind of.


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If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


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Christmas Foods That Have Common Food Allergies

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If you have food allergies, you know allergens hideout where you’d least expect them (peanut butter can be in chili; wheat in soy sauce). But for the 15 million people in the U.S. with food allergies, the holidays pose a particular challenge From homemade jams and cookie swaps to office parties and holiday dinners, there are more opportunities to accidentally eat the wrong thing and have an allergic reaction, which can progress to anaphylaxis, a life-threatening situation.

Trust me I know Holidays can be tricky for anyone with food allergies. You are often not in charge of the food, because you’re eating out or at someone else’s home.

On top of that, you’re exposed to dishes you don’t usually have. Bread pudding? Bûche de Noël? You may wonder: What is in those things? Even if a food doesn’t contain ingredients you are allergic to, there is always a risk of cross-contamination. While many restaurants have procedures for separating cooking utensils and cooking spaces to prevent cross-contact, home cooks tend to not think about whether a cutting board or cookie cutter contained a food allergen prior to re-using it.

To stay safe, consider hosting, so you control the food. Or, bring your own food to gatherings. And don’t forget to check labels, even if it means digging through your host’s trash. By FDA law, if a packaged food contains one of the top eight most common allergens—peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, wheat, fish, shellfish, or soy—that ingredient must be listed in plain English on the label (for instance, it will say “milk” not “whey”). Still, companies are under no obligation to tell you if a food could have had cross-contact with a top eight allergen; to find out, you have to contact the companies. Here are some unexpected foods that may contain the most common allergens, so you can eat, drink, and stay safe. And remember, Always bring your EpiPen with you.

Hot Chocolate

 

Watch out for: Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Milk, Soy, Egg, Wheat

Before you warm up with a cozy cup of cocoa, check to make sure you know what’s in it. Chocolate, in general, is dicey for people with peanut and tree nut allergies, because they tend to be in chocolate or made on the same factory lines with it. Also, consider the topping: If your winter drink is underneath a bed of marshmallows, you know there’s egg white in it. (Eggs are also used in some homemade hot cocoa recipes, FYI.) Better bet: Have hot cocoa at home where you can carefully read the package.


Iced Sugar Cookies

 

 

Watch out for: Wheat, Milk, Egg, Nuts

Did you know royal icing—the hard glaze on top of many Christmas cookies—is made from egg whites, and it sometimes contains milk, too? Cookies also generally pack wheat, and they can contain finely ground nuts hidden in the dough, that is why I  advise caution around baked goods outside of your own home. Steer clear of foods you would otherwise assume are safe if they are homemade unless you know all of the ingredients and how the person prepared it.


Holidays Breads

 

Watch out for: Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, Egg, Milk, Soy

Breads are another danger zone for people with food allergies. Of course, there’s wheat, but that’s not all you’ll find in that hunk of carbs. Festive, special occasion breads may be studded with walnuts, pecans, or other nuts. Some loaves are made with milk or buttermilk. And if you see a shiny coating on bread, you know it was brushed with an egg wash glaze. Meanwhile, commercial loaves tend to contain soy, in the form of soy flour or a stabilizer to extend shelf life.


Worcestershire Sauce and Other Sauces

Worcestershire sauce

 

Watch out for: Fish, Shellfish, Soy, Wheat

This classic sauce is made with anchovies, but it can also contain shellfish. Salad dressings and dips tend to be the place where fish and shellfish are inadvertently hiding out. (Incidentally, shellfish allergies are on the rise in adults, according to 2017 research.) Sauces, in general, require extra vigilance, especially at someone else’s home or a restaurant, because you can’t tell what is in them.


Restaurant Steak

Asparagus, Steak, Veal Steak, Veal, Meat

Watch out for: Milk, Soy

You’d think a steak would be safe for those with a milk allergy, but that juicy porterhouse or New York strip may have butter in it. That’s because back in the kitchen, chefs often melt a hunk of butter on top to make it extra tasty. The other potential pitfall is soy because some chefs glaze a steak in an Asian-style marinade. Be sure to tell your server about all allergies and ask them to ensure you get your beef without oil, butter, or marinade.


Gingerbread Houses

 

Watch out for: Wheat, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Egg, Milk, Soy

Whether it’s a kit you make yourself or a ready-made creation you pick up from the bakery, gingerbread houses spell trouble for many kids with food allergies. Both the cookie walls and the candy decorations may harbor wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, and soy. If you’re crafty, the safest bet is to make it yourself and decorate with safe items (like Enjoy Life chocolate chips, which are made in a peanut- and tree nut-free facility.) The good news is there are a growing number of nut-free and gluten-free bakeries, so kids with food allergies don’t have to miss out on the holiday fun.


Cocktails

Cocktail cheers

Watch out for: Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Egg, Milk, Shellfish

Don’t let down your guard at the bar. Vodka is made from fermented grains, which means it can contain wheat or soy (as well as corn, a less common allergen). And did you know that trendy vodkas are sometimes infused with peanuts and various tree nuts? Or that many gins are flavored with almonds? Also be alert for frothy cocktails, which often get their bubbles from egg whites, as well as ones mixed with liqueurs such as Frangelico (made from hazelnuts), Amaretto (almond liqueur, though it often gets its flavor from peach pits and not nuts), and Nocello (walnut liqueur).


Seafood and Fish

Salmon, Dish, Food, Meal, Fish, Seafood

 

Watch out for: Milk

You know to avoid seafood if you’re allergic, of course. But even people with milk allergies have to be careful when ordering the salmon or shrimp scampi out. Sometimes fish and shellfish are dipped in milk to help with the fishy smell.  It’s mainly restaurants that are guilty of this, but some fish markets do it, too. How can you be sure? Do your research and make sure you’re buying from a market that doesn’t de-stink their catch of the day.


Rugelach

Cinnamon rugelach

 

Watch out for: Wheat, Milk, Eggs, Nuts

You might expect these cookies to have wheat, but they often also have milk (in the form of sour cream or cream cheese, as well as butter), eggs, and a layer of walnuts or other tree nuts. Also, watch out for marzipan on the Hanukkah or Christmas table—it is almond paste.


Caponata

Eggplant caponara

 

Watch out for: Shellfish, Fish

This Sicilian ratatouille-like appetizer made with eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes sometimes serves up a surprising ingredient: anchovies or other forms of seafood. And if you buy a jarred, imported-from-Italy version, keep in mind that imported foods are not subject to the FDA law. That means you can’t necessarily trust the label to keep you safe.


Latkes

Potato latkes

 

Watch out for: Wheat, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Egg, Milk, Soy

Warning if you have peanut or soy allergies—this Hanukkah favorite is sometimes fried in peanut or oil. Soy can also sneak in when latkes are made with teriyaki sauce. And while potato latkes are not likely to be made with tree nuts, some recipes call for almond flour, so always ask the chef. Latkes generally contain egg, too, though you can find egg-free recipes online.


Asian takeout

Chinese noodles takeout

 

Watch out for: Peanuts, tree, nuts, soy, wheat, egg, milk, shellfish, fish

All partied out and ready to order in? Be super careful with Thai, Chinese, and Indian cuisines. You may encounter top eight allergens, as well as sesame, which is the ninth most common allergen (just behind soy). Thai and Indian joints thicken dishes with a paste derived from cashews or other nuts. It depends on your own comfort level and past history of reactions, but some people with food allergies steer clear entirely. Other people order only from trusted restaurants that take food allergy seriously.


Eggnog

Holiday eggnog

 

Watch out for: Milk, egg, tree nuts, peanuts

OK, so you’d expect egg and milk warnings for this holiday staple. But those with peanut and tree nut allergies should also be careful, particularly with store-bought eggnog, because there’s a cross-contact risk. And if there’s booze in that eggnog, you could get exposed to tree nuts, peanuts, or other allergenic ingredients that way. What about that nutmeg sprinkled on top? It’s not a nut, so it shouldn’t bother you—unless you’re allergic to it.


Bûche de Noël

Buche de noel

 

Watch out for: Wheat, egg, milk, tree nuts, peanuts, soy

Alas, that beautiful French chocolate cake may look heavenly, but it’s got some bad ingredients if you have food allergies: milk, tree nuts like hazelnuts or almond paste, eggs and wheat, and possibly soy if it’s from a commercial bakery (soy is sometimes used as a flour and a stabilizer in packaged breads and baked goods). And anything with tree nuts has a possibility of cross-contact with peanuts. Think of it this way: Passing it up saves you about a zillion calories.


Hot pretzels

Soft pretzel

 

Watch out for: Wheat, egg

Tempted by the hot pretzels at sporting events, the circus, and holiday vendors? If you have an egg allergy in the family, stay away. Pretzels may be dipped in egg before being dipped in salt. And any snacks from vendor carts are risky to all people with food allergies, due to the chances of cross-contact with other ingredients.


Deli Meats

Deli turkey

 

Watch out for: Tree nuts, milk, wheat, soy

Sure, that antipasto spread of deli meats or Italian combo sandwiches look tempting, but be careful if you’re allergic to pistachios, milk, or soy. That’s because deli meats can contain any of those allergens. Mortadella is an Italian pork that is sometimes made with pistachios. And soy is used in filler in some processed meats. And because the same meat slicer is used for cheeses, even a plain piece of sliced ham isn’t safe if you have a milk allergy. Fortunately, there are packaged cold cuts free of allergens (check labels).


Beer and Ale

Beer mugs table

 

Watch out for: Wheat, soy, egg, peanuts, tree nuts

Allergic to wheat? You know to skip wheat beers, naturally, but even a barley-based brew can be a problem due to cross-contamination and cross-reactivity among grains. Surprisingly, some microbrews are infused with peanuts and tree nuts (in restaurants, avoid anything advertised as having a nutty taste). And some malt beverages even contain soy, so it’s buyer beware.


Coffee Drinks

Latte

 

Watch out for: milk, tree nuts, peanuts, egg

Another drink to avoid if you have an egg allergy: frothy coffee concoctions. These products also sometimes rely on egg whites to create a frothy topping. Lattes and the like are also a potential hazard for those with peanut or tree nut allergies because nut-flavored flavored coffees and syrups introduce a cross-contamination risk.


Wreaths

Holiday wreath

 

Watch out for: wheat

Surprisingly, “non-food items are the biggest issue for wheat-allergic patients. Wheat derivatives are found in wreaths, ornaments, and other decorations, as well as soaps and cosmetics, and can cause a reaction when they touch the skin of someone who is allergic. Play-Doh also contains wheat and may trigger a reaction if it comes in contact with skin or if a child with an allergy puts it in their mouth (as little kids tend to do with everything). Non-food items don’t have to abide by FDA labeling rules , so it’s important to be alert to the kind of products wheat lurks in.


A Crackling Fire

Crackling fire with holiday socks

 

Watch out for: peanut, tree nuts, and seeds

Engineered fireplace logs are not a food, but they’re still bad news for some people with food allergies. The reason: They can get their crackle and pop from the shells of seeds and nuts. While not everyone with nut and seed allergies reacts to this type of environmental exposure, some people do. Bottom line: Skip the fire with sound effects and instead snuggle up in front of a gas fireplace, or one made from pure old-fashioned logs.


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out and I will be more than happy to answer any questions, comments or concerns you may have. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can ALWAYS find my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching you can contact me my from all of my links the I left below.

Thank You!

I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

If you are a company or a person who would like to reach out so we can work together you can reach me here. Leighlei2009@gmail.com

I just want to say Thank you to all of those who read, view, like, comment, and subscribed to my blog It means the world to me ❤️️

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How To Recover From Thanksgiving

4,500 calories. That’s how much food energy the average American consumes on Thanksgiving, according to the Calorie Control Council. That sort of energy blitz would be a major blow to your weight loss goals at any time of year. But Thanksgiving marks the beginning of a five-week period of holiday parties and other festive social events where we all want to look and feel our best—and there will be plenty opportunities to eat and drink to excess. It’s enough to make you want to throw your hands up and completely write off the whole month of December.

The hard truth? There’s no silver bullet to recovering from the gastronomic onslaught that is the last Thursday in November. But by adopting some of the small and manageable changes below, you can feel slimmer, rev your metabolism, tackle the rest of the holiday season mindfully and ring in the New Year feeling good about your health-and-fitness goals for 2019.


Add Dumbbells to Your Black Friday List

No time for the gym? Invest in a pair of dumbbells. Free weights and your own body weight are all you need to challenge every major muscle group in your body. The more muscle you can pack on, the faster you’ll be burning the extra food energy you gobbled up at Thanksgiving and will continue to consume over the holiday season.


Get to Stepping

The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is a whirl of activities, get-togethers, and obligations. That can mean you’ve got less time to work out and recover from a feeding frenzy. So do yourself a favor. Instead of waiting to be active at the gym, sneak in steps all day long. Invest in a pedometer or a Fitbit and try to hit at least 10,000 steps a day. This way, if you miss a workout, you’ll know you’ve already fit in some movement, and it won’t throw your progress totally off track.


Swap Egg Nog for Green Tea

You can get back on track ASAP by drinking green tea every day. In a recent 12-week study, participants who drank 4 to 5 cups of green tea daily, then did a 25-minute workout, lost an average of two more pounds and more belly fat than the non-tea-drinking exercisers. Why? The brew contains catechins, a type of antioxidant that triggers the release of fat from fat cells and helps speed the liver’s capacity for turning fat into energy.


Fill Up on Fiber and Protein

If you want to lose weight, it’s important to keep your blood-sugar levels stable, so you don’t overeat. That’s key when trying to recover after Thanksgiving and throughout December.  To help you stay fuller longer, make sure that every time you eat, you’re consuming a combination of fiber (one of the most satiating nutrients out there) and protein.


Work Out First Thing

The best strategy for not looking and feeling like 10lbs of sausage in a 5lb bag after Thanksgiving is to work out soon after waking up. Hit the gym, take a long stroll or workout at home and do some treadmill sprints on an empty stomach to burn fat. Your body is already in a calorie deficit, and it will ignite your body’s fat-burning ability. Glycogen levels are depleted during sleep so your body will utilize body fat as an energy source.


Stop Eating at Sunset

Make winter’s short days an advantage: Use the last of the sunlight as a cue to stop eating. This may help you lose more weight, even if you eat more food throughout the day, according to a study published in the journal Cell Metabolism. Researchers put groups of mice on a high-fat, high-calorie diet for 100 days. Half of them were allowed to nibble throughout the night and day on a healthy, controlled diet, while the others only had access to food for eight hours but could eat whatever they wanted. The result of the 16-hour food ban? The fasting mice stayed lean, while the mice who noshed ’round the clock became obese—even though both groups consumed the same amount of calories!


Take Hot Bedtime Showers

A UCLA study of some of the world’s last remaining hunter-gatherer tribes noted that drops in temperature were an important sleep cue for our paleolithic forebears. We no longer sleep under the stars that much, but you but you can recreate a sunset-like temperature dip by taking a hot bath or shower. That pause to refresh can help you fall asleep faster and make shuteye — prime pound-shedding time.


Let Some Winter in

A striking new study published in the journal Diabetes suggests that turning down the heat in winter may help us attack belly fat while we sleep. Colder temperatures subtly enhance the effectiveness of our stores of brown fat — fat that keeps you warm by burning through the fat stored in your belly. Participants spent a few weeks sleeping in bedrooms with varying temperatures: a neutral 75 degrees, a cool 66 degrees, and a balmy 81 degrees. After four weeks of sleeping at 66 degrees, the subjects had almost doubled their volumes of brown fat. (And yes, that means they lost belly fat.)


Eat an Apple Every Day

This crisp, refreshing fruit is among the most super of superfoods: Apples boast the powerful antioxidant quercetin and vitamins C and B-6, which keep your cholesterol levels low and slash your risk for heart disease. But thanks to their high fiber count, an apple a day can do more than keep the doctor away — it can help you trim down during the holidays too.


Make Healthy Cocktails

The holiday season doesn’t only bring laughter, cheer, and goodwill to all — it also brings unwanted weight gain from all those festive foods. It’s inevitable that you’ll lose gym time or splurge on “just one more” piece (we’ve all been I’ve been there this week) of the pie, but don’t let that stop you from making healthy choices. Instead of traditional cocktails like eggnog, or sugar-laden spiced cider, opt for a Hot Toddy, which is made with ginger, tea, and whiskey!


Get Intense

Interval training is the best way to shock your body back into shape, increase your metabolism, improve your cholesterol profile, and improve insulin sensitivity, especially during the holidays when you’re being pulled in every direction. At the gym, sign up for a HIIT class, or turn your favorite aerobic exercise (running, biking, even walking) into an interval workout by adding periods of intense speed (start with 30 to 60 seconds) followed by periods of rest (normal speed) for the same amount of time. Do this six to 10 times to complete a fat-slashing workout. As you get better, slowly increase the amount of time of increased intensity.


Fit in Quick Reps

A busy holiday schedule of parties, shopping and gift wrapping isn’t a reason to skip your workouts and lose some of that turkey weight. In fact, slacking off could slow your slim-down progress. Thankfully, fitting in fitness doesn’t have to be time-consuming. Trade exhaustive hourlong sessions for one daily resistance exercise (like a bicep curl, squat, lunge or shoulder press). Spending five minutes doing one daily resistance exercise is all it takes to build and maintain muscle, reduce fat, and protect bones.


Learn to Love Legumes

You’re not socially obligated to scarf cheese dip (But.. Dip). Whip up some hummus instead. Legumes such as lentils ( If you can have lentils) and chickpeas, a rich source of vegetarian protein, have been shown to reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol, promote fat metabolism and boost satiety. They’re also a source of resistant starch, a slow-digesting fiber that triggers the release of acetate, a molecule in the gut that tells the brain when to stop eating.


De-bloat with Fruit Salad

Do your pants seem to be snugger than they were just a day or two before? That rich, salty holiday meal and sugary wine could be causing water retention and constipation. Working bloat-fighting foods into your diet can ease your discomfort and help you slough off a holiday bulge. Kiwi, honeydew melon and papaya all contain compounds that kick sluggish bowels into gear and fight water retention. Use them in a fruit salad or keep them around the house to snack on throughout the season.


Take a Long Winter’s Nap

Aim for at least 7 hours of sleep a night ( I get It stress might be keeping you up) If you are looking for a natural way of destressing Click Here to learn all about meditation and how it can help with stress). Slacking on shut-eye depletes your energy levels and wreaks havoc on your hormones, causing you to eat more. Over time, this can contribute to significant weight gain, especially in the wake of a 4,500-calorie holiday meal. In fact, according to a recent study, losing as little as 30 minutes of sleep can up your risk of obesity by 17 percent!


Rooibos Tea

Rooibos tea is made from the leaves of the “red bush” plant, grown exclusively in the small Cederberg region of South Africa, near Cape Town. What makes rooibos tea particularly good for your belly is a unique and powerful flavonoid called Aspalathin. According to South African researchers, polyphenols and flavonoids found in the plant inhibit adipogenesis–the formation of new fat cells–by as much as 22 percent. The chemicals also help aid fat metabolism. Plus, Rooibos is naturally sweet so you won’t need to add sugar.


Drink Whole Milk

Studies conducted at The Nutrition Institute at the University of Tennessee suggest that consuming calcium — which whole milk has plenty of — may help your body metabolize fat more efficiently. Other studies have shown that increased calcium intake from dairy products (though not from supplemental calcium carbonate) caused study participants to poop out more fat as opposed to it sticking around on the body. (During Thanksgiving day alone, the average American eats a staggering 229 grams of fat, according to the Calorie Control Council!)


Muscle Up

Even when you’re at rest, your body is constantly burning calories. In fact, 75% of the calories that you burn each day are being used up just keeping you alive. “Resting metabolic rate” is much higher in people with more muscle, because every pound of muscle uses about 6 calories a day just to sustain itself. If you can pack on just five pounds of muscle and maintain it, you’ll burn the caloric equivalent of three pounds of fat over the course of a year. That’s especially useful when you’re overindulging over the festive period.


Make Hearty Weight-loss Soup

You know how the USDA wants you to get between five and nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day? Think of soup as your extra credit, the perfect chaser to a rich holiday meal. A well-crafted soup can give you three or four servings of vegetables and fruits, and presto, the fiber will have you feeling satisfied and less bloated.


Drink More Water

Most of us know that we need to drink water during workouts to stay hydrated, but many of us overlook the importance of sipping water throughout the day. Thirst can often be mistaken for hunger, so regularly drinking water can keep excess calories off of your holiday plate— and, more importantly, out of your mouth. Also, the extra sodium we eat during holiday meals will cause more water retention and belly bloat. You can flush it out with more water!


Order a Blender

First thing in the AM, silence your iPhone alarm, hit the shower and then make your way over to the blender. Buzzing up a fat-burning homemade smoothie for breakfast is a great way to stay full make up for some of that overindulgence on Thanksgiving.


Eat Out, Don’t Pig Out

People tend to eat at restaurants more during the holidays. That’s a recipe for packing on extra pounds. But it doesn’t have to be. When dining out, order two appetizers instead of an appetizer and an entrée. This is instant portion control, and usually, appetizers are lighter overall.


Forgo Diet Soda

Yeah, yeah, it has zero calories, but diet soda can derail your goals of staying in shape this season. Research published in the journal Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism shows that artificially sweetened beverages may screw up the body’s normal metabolic response to sugar, actually increasing appetite! Increasingly, diet drinks are being linked with weight gain, metabolic syndrome and a host of other ills.


Watch the Wine

Wine contains 120 calories per 5 oz pour. It’s easy to overlook that, especially when you’re making merry and the vino is flowing. But after a few hefty pours, you’ve consumed over 400 calories — and that doesn’t include dinner! Cut back to one 5 oz pour a day, or scale back your drinking overall by 25%, and you’ll see a few pounds come off and to blast even more fat.


Snack on Almonds

Cookies, brownies, candy canes. All kinds of empty-calorie treats are within easy reach during the holiday season, and they can add to the damage done on Turkey Day. Swap them out for almonds. Their combination of satiating protein and fiber will stave off snacking for hours! The nut is rich in the amino acid L-arginine, which can actually help you burn more fat and carbs during workouts, according to a study printed in the American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism.


Eat Three Square Meals

Bodybuilding lore holds that you must eat every few hours to keep muscles fueled and metabolism high. But don’t discount the weight-loss potential of three squares a day. A study in the journal Hepatology put two groups of men on weight-gain diets. One group had three small meals, with snacks in between, while the second group ate the same number of calories in three square meals. Although both groups gained weight, researchers found that belly fat — the dangerous kind that boosts heart-disease risk — only increased in the high-meal-frequency group.


Eat Bananas

The humble banana—botanically, actually a berry!—is perhaps the least-heralded supermarket staple, a superfood more associated with kids, monkeys and slapstick comedy than with steel-cut abs. But it can help you lose weight, reduce bloat and increase your energy.


 Ho-ho-hoing

The holiday season is all about good times with friends and family, and probably a few laughs. That’s a good thing for getting back in shape. Genuine laughter may cause a 10 to 20 percent increase in basal energy expenditure and resting heart rate, according to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity. That means a 10-15 minute giggle fest could burn up 40 to 170 calories.


Snack on Dark Chocolate

There’s plenty of chocolate around during the holidays, but you should concentrate on snacking on a little bit of the good and dark stuff. In a study by Swiss and German researchers, lucky participants ate about 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate daily for two weeks. Ultimately, these chocolate nibblers had lower stress-hormone levels and a more regulated metabolism than a control group. Scientists speculate that chemicals in cocoa, such as flavonoids, play a role in regulating metabolism by alleviating stress that can cause your fat-burning engines to go on the fritz. Should you think this is a license to go wild, take heed: I’m talking about small amounts of high-quality dark chocolate. Researchers say 1.5 ounces is enough. Not sure which brand to choose?

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Obey the 80% Rule

Holiday buffets make it easy to supplement the damage you did on Thanksgiving. Your move? Eat until you’re 80% full, then stop. In Japan, this method is called Hara Hachi Bun Me, which roughly translates to “eat until you are eight parts (out of ten) full.” Remember, you can always eat again later.


Make Detox Water

H2O can rev your metabolism, help you lose serious weight and maintain a flat belly. Now take it to the next level. Combine plain water with proven fat-burning superfoods to create detox water, and you’ll have an elixir that energizes you, fights bloating and helps you achieve your weight loss goals.


After The Turkey

Salmon may be the very best protein for your metabolism. That’s because most cases of an underactive thyroid are due to inflammation of the gland, and salmon boasts significant anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to its rich omega-3 fatty acid content. In fact, one study of weight loss and seafood consumption showed salmon to be the most effective at reducing inflammation — better than cod, fish oil, or a no-fish diet! The fatty acids may also trigger cells in the liver to burn more fat, according to a recent study published in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.


Increase Fiber

A Thanksgiving meal can really outstay its welcome. Send it on its way — ahem — by increasing your fiber intake in the holiday’s aftermath. Aim to consume more fiber from less processed sources, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. A good goal is 25 to 38 grams daily. It’s easy to ensure you’re getting enough.


Boost Your Metabolism with Coffee

In addition to green tea, coffee is one of the best drinks for weight loss because it boosts your metabolism. According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the average metabolic rate of people who drank caffeinated coffee was 16 percent higher than that of those who drank decaf! A cup of black coffee is a good choice for a pre-workout beverage, too: Researchers found that cyclists who took a caffeine supplement were able to ride about a mile farther than those who took a placebo. Make yours a venti (or a Trentsaand skip the sweeteners.


Take Vitamin D

If there’s one supplement most Americans should be taking, it’s vitamin D. It’s essential for preserving metabolism-revving muscle tissue, but researchers estimate that only 20 percent of Americans get enough in their diet. You can nail 90 percent of your recommended daily value (400 IU) in a 3.5-ounce serving of salmon, but taking a daily supplement makes a lot of sense. Other good dietary sources of D: tuna, fortified milk and cereal, and eggs.


Increase Fat Burn 73%

While drinking in moderation every so often won’t do too much harm to your waistline, making it a habit can slow down your metabolic rate. Why? When your body has a cocktail to break down, it takes precedence over any food that you’ve already eaten that’s waiting to be digested. This slows down the entire metabolic process. In fact, some researchers claim boozing can decrease the body’s fat-burning ability by up to 73 percent! On the occasions that you decided to indulge, stick to low-calorie drinks. Alternate your alcohol with water to slow your pace, and cut yourself off after two drinks. Avoid ordering high-cal bar food like fries and burgers.


Make Fat-burning Pasta

Yes, you can eat pasta and lose weight! If you’ve ever been to Italy, you may have marveled at how Italians maintain their slim figures when they consume carb-laden dishes on a daily basis. Here’s the deal: They use simple, wholesome and fresh ingredients, and they keep things small.


Final Thoughts

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Your Body On Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is here again, and if you’re one of the people who use the holiday as an excuse to stuff your face silly, I’m not judging. But we are curious about what happens to your body on Thanksgiving.

Giving into cravings —and then subsequently dozing off on the couch with your top button unfastened —is what the holidays are all about. But after the big meal enters your stomach, the situation inside is anything but serene. In fact, your entire body goes into overdrive the second you smell the holiday spread.

Today I am going to explain exactly how your system deals with the Thanksgiving dinner overload. And to get your stomach super tight after the holidays.

When You Walk Into the Kitchen

Woman cooking in kitchenThe second you walk into the kitchen and get a whiff of the turkey and other holiday fares, gastric fluids and other enzymes needed for digestion begin to secrete inside the stomach, priming the digestive system for the meal ahead.


After the First Appetizer

Pigs in a blanket appetizerOnce you start chewing the first bite of food, the stomach immediately begins to expand because it knows more food is on the way that will need to be digested. The gastrointestinal (GI) tract also perks up a bit because it knows more food is on the way. This prompts more digestive enzymes to release from the stomach, pancreas and the intestine. “Insulin, the hormone that helps glucose move from the blood into the cells, is also released when you begin to nosh and sugar from the food enters the bloodstream. This subsequently triggers a release of the hormone, leptin, which helps the brain register that we’re eating, and allows for more insulin secretion.


Five Minutes Into the Meal

Thanksgiving turkeyOnce you start digging into carbs and sugar-laden dishes like mashed potatoes and stuffing, your body releases serotonin, the feel-good hormone. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for all month: Carb-o-bliss.


Ten Minutes Into the Meal

Mashed potatoesThe serotonin then activates the reward system in the brain which tells you, ‘This tastes awesome, I’d like some more’ when you eat something delicious. This explains why it’s so hard to say no to Turkey Day two.


Twenty Minutes Into the Meal

Passing pie at ThanksgivingWhen you start feeling full, sensory nerves in the stomach and appetite controlling hormones like ghrelin activate the satiety centers of the brain, telling you you’ve eaten enough. However, those signals are easy to ignore if others around you are still munching away or the spread looks particularly appealing… Plus if you eat super fast your brain may not get the signal that you’re full until you’ve already served yourself seconds.


Five Minutes After Your Last Bite of Dessert

Apple crispAfter your last bite of pie, the stomach secretes enzymes and acids that help break down your meal into smaller pieces so it can eventually fit into the small intestine. Starchy and water-based foods are then broken down further into liquid, but fatty foods like Grandma’s buttery mashed potatoes, stick around in the stomach because they aren’t able to break down as quickly, causing that uncomfortable, bloated feeling.


Fifteen Minutes After Dessert

Man holding stomachBy now all your food has made its way from the stomach down into the small intestine. Once it’s arrived, it signals the release of enzymes from the pancreas and gallbladder that helps to digest carbs and proteins and break the food down into amino acids and simple sugars to be absorbed into the bloodstream.


Thirty Minutes After Dessert

Sleepy thanksgivingFeeling tired yet? Yup, that’s what I thought. While many people get sleepy after eating their Thanksgiving dinner, the turkey is not to blame. There just isn’t enough tryptophan in a standard serving of the meat to have that kind of effect. The fatigue is most likely a result of your stuffed stomach. Blood rushes out of the extremities into to the abdomen to assist with the digestion process which causes feelings of fatigue.


Two Hours After Dessert

Thanksgiving clean plateYour liver is beginning to break up your dinner into nutrients that your body can absorb and use to stay healthy. At this point, your body will also begin to use the food you’ve eaten for energy. Anything you don’t burn off later tonight will be stored as fat.


Two Days After Thanksgiving

Bathroom toilet paperFinally, you’ve excreted your Turkey Day meal. Anything that’s been sitting in your stomach giving you a bloated midsection should finally be out of your system! Only 363 days till next Thanksgiving! In the meantime.


Final Thoughts

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The Best Store-Bought Chocolate Cupcakes

We Tested 5 Chocolate Cupcakes, and This Is the Best One

When you’re craving a treat that’s decadent and satisfying, nothing satisfies a cocoa craving better than a chocolate cupcake. With thick frosting blanketing a fluffy cake, and perhaps even a squiggly white icing drizzle, the perfectly-portioned treat makes for a tasty, pre-portioned dessert. To find the best cupcake in your local grocery store, I had some friends taste-tested five different chocolate cupcake brands and crowned only one king or queen. See which pick you should sink your sweet tooth into.


 How I Graded Them

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Here are the three metrics I used to determine each cupcake’s final grade.

Nutrition

Let’s face it: My friends are not noshing on chocolate cupcakes because of their nutrition—these treats are for dessert purposes only! While nutrition wasn’t our top determining factor when it came to ranking these sweets, They favored brands with the least amount of sugar to help break ties.

Taste

Chocolate cupcakes should boast a rich cocoa flavor that’s obvious, but not sickly sweet. Plus, we shouldn’t have to swig an entire glass of milk to eliminate any off-putting aftertastes.

Texture

Moist and fluffy is how I like my cupcakes. Dense, sticky treats get the boot.


From Worst… To Best

 

Hostess Chocolate Cupcake

Hostess chocolate cupcake

Nutrition: Per 1 cupcake (½ package): 165 calories, 6 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 175 mg sodium, 25 g carbs (1 g fiber, 18.5 g sugar), 1 g protein

 Verdict:

Hostess’ package comes with two mini cupcakes, which boasted a chunky chocolate cake and the signature squiggly line piped with white icing. Considering Hostess is one of the oldest and most ubiquitous packaged snack brands, we expected the flavors to taste authentic and homemade. However, they were met with much displeasure after the first bite. The chocolate flavor was beyond artificial, and the aftertaste was completely off-putting. One of my taste testers asserted that the cupcake tastes just like pure frosting.


Duncan Hines Perfect Size For 1 Chocolate Lover’s Cake

Duncan hines perfect size for 1 chocolate lovers cake

Nutrition: Per pouch: 300 calories, 9 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 380 mg sodium, 53 g carbs (2 g fiber, 32 g sugar), 4 g protein

 Verdict:

My friends applaud Duncan Hines for shunning artificial preservatives and colors in its ingredient list, but this mug cake didn’t live up to our expectations. They liked that the prep was easy: You just add three tablespoons of water along with the contents of the pouch into a microwave-safe mug, stir, and nuke it for a little over a minute. The minimal effort resulted in a portioned cupcake that boasted an inconsistent texture—it was both airy and sticky—and a way-too-subtle chocolate flavor. Considering one cupcake contains 300 calories and 32 grams of sugar, They expected this pick to be more flavorful and indulgent.


Entenmann’s Chocolate Creme-Filled Cupcake

Entenmann's chocolate creme cupcakes

Nutrition: Per 1 cupcake (½ package): 155 calories, 5.5 g fat (1.25 g saturated fat), 220 mg sodium, 26.5 g carbs (1 g fiber, 18.5 g sugar), 1 g protein

 Verdict:

Upon unwrapping and sinking Their teeth into Entenmann’s creme-filled chocolate cupcake, the overall consensus was that it tasted like a glazed doughnut. The frosting that coated the top overpowered any other flavor notes, while the cake’s texture was soft and moist. Our taste testers agreed that this pick was lackluster and forgettable. It was aptly deemed “not binge-worthy.”


7-Eleven Chocolate Cupcake

7 eleven chocolate cupcake

Nutrition: Per 1 cupcake (½ package): 200 calories, 7.5 g fat (2.25 g saturated fat), 305 mg sodium, 34.5 g carbs (1 g fiber, 26 g sugar), 1.5 g protein

 Verdict:

7-Eleven’s Hostess knock-off was surprisingly lightyears tastier than its twin. While the frosting was oddly glittery and the cake was a bit oily, the flavor did not disappoint. The convenience store cupcake was perfectly moist and rich, and the chocolate flavor was pronounced by the higher sodium content and caramel undertones. If you’re choosing 7-Eleven’s pick over Hostess’, just note that it contains significantly more calories, sodium, and sugar per cupcake. If you’re in need of a chocolate fix, split this two-packer with a pal.


Tastykake Chocolate Bells

Tasty cake chocolate bells

Nutrition: Per 1 cupcake: 210 calories, 9 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 200 mg sodium, 30 g carbs (2 g fiber, 21 g sugar), 2 g protein

 Verdict:

A thick and velvety coating covers a light and fluffy cake, and the combination was oh-so-perfectly decadent that we were actually delighted to polish off the entire treat. The cupcake’s creamy filling was rich without overwhelming the palate, and it helped balance out the rich chocolate. Tastykake has been baking their treats in Pennsylvania since 1914—arguably before Hostess materialized its famous cupcake recipe—and has become a hit ever since. If you’ve got a hankering for cocoa and need a quick sweet treat, you won’t regret this classic. 

 


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out and I will be more than happy to answer any questions, comments or concerns you may have. You can find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


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I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

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Worst Frozen Foods In America

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Today’s post is a lengthy one. Today I cover 60 of what I consider to be the worst frozen foods in America. When I do these type post I always add nutritional facts to back up why it made the naughty list or the good list. Even though this isn’t the best or the worst of something this list is the worst of the worst and I don’t even recommend you eating the items mentioned in today’s post at all.
The 60 Worst Frozen Foods in America

You head to the frozen food section of your local grocery store with your meal prep plan in mind. You plan to grab some frozen kale for a dinner side and frozen berries for your post-workout shake. You emerge 20 minutes later with frozen low-cal pizzas and low-fat ice cream. Familiar with this scenario? Those tantalizing options are marketed as nutritious and convenient, so we can’t say we blame you. However, many of these insidious eats are healthy-eating enemies in disguise.


FROZEN BREAKFASTS

Jamba Juice Fruit & Veggie Smoothie, Orange Dream Machine

Jamba Juice orange dream machine smoothie

PER 8 OZ: 90 calories, 1.5 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 50 mg sodium, 15 g carbs (1 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 4 g protein

You might think you’re making a waistline-friendly decision by picking up pre-made smoothie packs, but you could be sabotaging your weight-loss efforts. Many prepared smoothie packs use yogurt made with added sugars and colorings. Sometimes the fruit itself is even sweetened with added sugar.”For example, Jamba Juice’s Orange Dream Machine smoothie kit features peaches and yogurt but also sneaks in sketchy ingredients such as modified corn starch and added sugars. Pour fruit juice into the blender, as the packaging suggests, and you’ll be looking at over a day’s worth of sugar.

Tip

St. John suggests buying unsweetened frozen fruit chunks and blending them into smoothies with plain yogurt, green tea, or almond milk. For added convenience, freeze unsweetened coconut milk in ice cube trays the night before, so you can just toss them into your blender for an icy, refreshing drink.


Bob Evans’ Sausage, Egg & Cheese Burrito

Bob Evans sausage burrito

PER 1 BURRITO (68 G): 350 calories, 21 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 810 mg sodium, 28 g carbs (1 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 13 g protein

This has more than twice the fat as a Jimmy Dean Delights Turkey Sausage Breakfast Bowl; reach for that instead.


Lean Pockets Sausage, Egg & Cheese

Lean pockets frozen breakfast sausage egg

PER 1 PIECE (127 G): 280 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 380 mg sodium, 41 g carbs (1 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 10 g protein

If you’re looking to stay satiated, starting your morning with one measly gram of fiber isn’t the way to go.


Pillsbury Apple Toaster Strudel

Pillsbury apple toaster strudel

PER 1 PASTRY WITH ICING: 180 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 180 mg sodium, 26 g carbs (1 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 2 g protein

 

This toaster snack doesn’t have nearly enough protein and fiber to help you start the day.


Kellogg’s Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles

Eggo nutrigrain waffles

PER 2 WAFFLES: 170 calories, 6 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 380 mg sodium, 26 g carbs (2 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 4 g protein

There are better fiber-rich waffles to be had.


Kellogg’s Special K Flatbread Breakfast Sandwich Sausage Egg & Cheese

Special k flatbread

PER 1 SANDWICH (116 G): 240 calories, 11 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 700 mg sodium, 20 g carbs (3 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 14 g protein

The ingredient list is a novel.


Kellogg’s Eggo Blueberry Waffles

worst frozen foods

PER 2 WAFFLES: 180 calories, 6 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 370 mg sodium, 29 g carbs (1 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 4 g protein

Real blueberries are the 15th ingredient on the list.

 


Jimmy Dean Meat Lovers Breakfast Bowl

Jimmy dean meat lovers breakfast bowl egg sausage

PER 1 BOWL (198 G): 460 calories, 34 g fat (13 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,110 mg sodium, 16 g carbs (2 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 24 g protein

Start your day with this meat-packed breakfast and you’ll consume nearly half a day’s worth of belly-bloating sodium.




FROZEN SIDES, SNACKS, AND APPETIZERS

Tyson Batter Dipped Chicken Breast Tenders

Tyson batter dipped chicken tenders

PER 4 PIECES (80 G): 190 calories, 12 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 420 mg sodium, 12 g carbs (3 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 9 g protein

You know they’re not kale smoothies, just how bad could they be? Pretty bad. Though often presented as “all natural” and “gluten-free,” don’t be fooled. “Many varieties of this breaded and fried food contain fat. They tend to be high in calories, filled with preservatives and artificial fillers.”

 Tip
You can make your own baked nuggets using a touch of honey and whole wheat panko breadcrumbs, which keeps those nuggets nice and crunchy.


Tyson Any’tizers Honey BBQ Boneless Chicken Bites

Tyson anytizers bbq chicken bites

PER 84 G: 210 calories, 9 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 510 mg sodium, 20 g carbs (0 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 12 g protein

Why would you want to pregame your meal with seven types of sugars and an absurd amount of preservatives?

 


Market Pantry Mac & Cheese Bites

Market pantry mac and cheese bites

PER 4 PIECES: 240 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 660 mg sodium, 26 g carbs (1 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 8 g protein

If cheese is what you crave, there are far less fatty and starchy ways to get your fix.


Ore-Ida Tater Tots

Ore Ida tater tots

PER 86 G: 160 calories, 8 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 420 mg sodium, 20 g carbs (2 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 2 g protein

Hoping these are better than the drive-thru’s version? Probably not. Potatoes are a healthy vegetable, but the way they’re processed they end up being high in calories, salt, and fat. And sweet potato fries don’t get a free pass: Many people think since they will cook at home without a fryer, they won’t be ‘fried. However, these products are already pre-fried, drenched in oil, then frozen to preserve them.

 Tip
You can reap the benefits of potatoes by roasting slices in the oven with a touch of olive oil and salt and pepper. You can also make your own baked sweet potato fries, which taste darn delicious.


Ore-Ida Sweet Potato Straight Fries

Ore Ida sweet potato fries

PER 22 FRIES (84 G): 160 calories, 8 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 160 mg sodium, 21 g carbs (2 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 1 g protein

Sweet potato has more fiber than russet potatoes, but once the food industry starts plowing fat into the produce, all bets are off.

 


Hebrew National Beef Franks in a Blanket

Hebrew national beef franks in a blanket

PER 5 PIECES: 310 calories, 25 g fat (10 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 590 mg sodium, 13 g carbs (1 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 8 g protein

If you’re watching your waistline, you shouldn’t consume this much trans fat in an entire day—let alone from a snack.


T.G.I. Friday’s Chicken Quesadilla Rolls

TGI Fridays chicken quesadillas

PER 2 PIECES (87 G): 210 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 300 mg sodium, 23 g carbs (1 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 9 g protein

With questionable ingredients such as phosphates, nitrites, caramel color, and modified food starch, these cheesy rolls may actually give you rolls.


Ore-Ida Onion Ringers

Ore Ida onion rings

PER 81 G: 180 calories, 10 g fat (2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 160 mg sodium, 21 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 2 g protein

Fries are almost always the better choice.


FROZEN PIZZA

Celeste Pizza for One, Vegetable

Celeste vegetable pizza

PER 1 PIZZA (159 G): 330 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 850 mg sodium, 43 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 8 g protein

Don’t let the veggie-packed topping fool you—this pie is packed with artificial colors and fattening palm oil.


Michelina’s Lean Gourmet Pepperoni Pizza Snackers

Michelinas pizza snackers

PER 11 PIECES (85 G): 200 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 350 mg sodium, 24 g carbs (1 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 7 g protein

Nitrites and soybean oil, but not much good stuff.


Stouffer’s Sausage & Pepperoni French Bread Pizza

Stouffers french bread pizzas

PER 1 PIZZA: 460 calories, 24 g fat (8 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 880 mg sodium, 43 g carbs (4 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 17 g protein

One pizza contains more saturated fat than 6 Burger King Chicken Strips.


DiGiorno Traditional Crust Four Cheese

Digiorno traditional crust pizza

PER 1/2 PIZZA: 340 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 580 mg sodium, 41 g carbs (2 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 12 g protein

Opt for the whole pie and you’ll consume about a half day’s worth of sodium and added sugars.


Red Baron Thin & Crispy Pepperoni Pizza

Red baron thin and crispy pepperoni pizza

PER ⅓ PIZZA: 390 calories, 19 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,010 mg sodium, 41 g carbs (2 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 14 g protein

Even the Baron’s thin crust pies are swamped with salt and sugar.


Tombstone Original Supreme Pizza

Tombstone supreme pizza

PER ⅕ PIZZA (125 G): 270 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 580 mg sodium, 28 g carbs (1 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 13 g protein

Indulge in an extra slice and you’ll be ingesting nearly 600 calories and a scary 24 grams of fat coming from sodium-stuffed processed meats. Yikes!


FROZEN PASTA ENTREES

Bertolli Shrimp Scampi & Linguine

Bertolli shrimp scampi linguine

PER ½ PACKAGE: 430 calories, 15 g fat (7 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 900 mg sodium, 55 g carbs (6 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 18 g protein

Bertolli takes a heavy-handed approach with sauce, as demonstrated by the exorbitant glut of saturated fat in- in this dish.


Marie Callender’s Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

PER 1 MEAL (425 G): 540 calories, 18 g fat (5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,060 mg sodium, 75 g carbs (8 g fiber, 12 g sugar), 20 g protein

This is as good as the pasta you’d find at a Marie Callender’s restaurant. Unfortunately, it’s also as caloric.


Stouffer’s Three Cheese Ravioli with Meat Sauce

Stouffers cheese ravioli with meat sauce

PER 1 ENTRÉE (251 G): 310 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat) 1,030 mg sodium, 36 g carbs (3 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 14 g protein

If you’re craving cheese-stuffed pasta, save 885 milligrams of sodium and 7 grams of fat


Michelina’s Tuscan-Inspired Garlic Chicken

Michelinas garlic chicken

PER 1 PACKAGE (227 G): 270 calories, 6 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 520 mg sodium, 42 g carbs (2 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 12 g protein

The nutrition panel doesn’t look too bad, but this Italian chicken dish’s ingredient list may scare you away.


Smart Ones Three Cheese Ziti Marinara

Smart ones ziti marinara

PER 1 ENTRÉE (255 G): 280 calories, 8 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 570 mg sodium, 41 g carbs (7 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 12 g protein

Marinara is typically the safest of the pasta sauces, but that rule fails to hold as soon as Smart Ones buries the plate under a rubbery quilt of cheese.



Stouffer’s Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo

Stouffers fettuccine alfredo

PER 1 PACKAGE (297 G): 570 calories, 27 g fat (7 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 850 mg sodium, 55 g carbs (5 g fiber, 5 g sugar) 26 g protein

Alfredo sauce contains any of the following: oil, butter, cream, and four types of cheeses. In other words, it’s a full-fat assault.


Stouffer’s Classics Macaroni & Cheese

Stouffers macaroni and cheese

PER 1 ENTRÉE: 350 calories, 17 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 920 mg sodium, 34 g carbs (2 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 15 g protein

 Tip
“If you’re craving macaroni and cheese, make a fresh batch using real cheese, and you can even mix in some fresh cauliflower or butternut squash,” suggests Amidor. This will give your meal an added nutrient boost from the veggies, and the fiber will leave you feeling fuller. Brands like Annie’s now offer organic vegan shells and creamy sauce, free of artificial flavors and preservatives. Love mac ‘n cheese?


FROZEN FISH ENTREES

Van De Kamp’s Crunchy Fish Fillets

Van de kamp crunchy fish fillet

PER 2 FILLETS (110 G): 210 calories, 10 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 690 mg sodium, 21 g carbs (1 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 9 g protein

Throw these back. “Buying fish frozen is a great way to always have a good source of protein in the house. They last longer and can be flavored the way you want them. But avoid anything breaded, or with labels like “battered” and “crunchy,” which pack on extra calories, fat, and sodium.

 Tip
Opt for either the fresh fish section or grilled filets. Frozen shrimp without any additives is also a good bet. And speaking of seafood, I dove into the nitty gritty nutritional details of every popular fish out there to analyze everything from mercury to omega-3s.

 


Mrs. Paul’s Fried Clams

Mrs pauls fried clams

PER 3 OZ: 270 calories, 12 g fat (3 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 600 mg sodium, 31 g carbs (1 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 8 g protein

Spoiling clams with partially hydrogenated oils and kidney-damaging phosphates is an abomination.


P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Shrimp Lo Mein

PF Changs shrimp lo mein

PER 1/2 PACKAGE (312 G): 420 calories, 13 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 930 mg sodium, 58 g carbs (4 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 17 g protein

Chang’s sauce is polluted with four kinds of oils.


SeaPak Maryland Style Crab Cakes

SeaPak Maryland style crab cakes

PER 1 CRAB CAKE WITH 1 OZ SAUCE: 180 calories, 10 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 760 mg sodium, 12 g carbs (1 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 10 g protein

These crab cakes almost deliver more starchy filler than actual shellfish. Somewhere, a Marylander is shaking his head.


SeaPak Shrimp Scampi

Sea Pak shrimp scampi

PER 6 SHRIMP (113 G): 340 calories, 31 g fat (12 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 480 mg sodium, 3 g carbs (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 12 g protein

Shrimp are essentially pure protein, so it’s puzzling to find that protein accounts for just 13 percent of this entrée’s calories.



SeaPak Jumbo Butterfly Shrimp

worst frozen foods

PER 4 SHRIMP (84 G): 220 calories, 11 g fat (2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 340 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (1 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 12 g protein

Each shrimp delivers more than 50 calories, and nearly half of that comes from unnecessary fats.


FROZEN CHICKEN ENTREES

PF Chang’s Orange Chicken

PF chang orange chicken

PER 312 G: 440 calories, 14 g fat (3 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 980 mg sodium, 57 g carbs (5 g fiber, 34 g sugar), 20 g protein

 Ch-Chang! This bag has nearly a half-day’s sodium and more sugar than three Krispy Kreme doughnuts pack in.



Banquet Chicken Breast Patties

Banquet chicken patties

PER 1 PATTY (68 G): 170 calories, 9 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 300 mg sodium, 13 g carbs (2 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 8 g protein

Banquet breading adds excess calories and zero value. It also gets demerits for using inflammatory soybean oil.


Michelina’s Teriyaki Chicken

Michelinas teriyaki chicken

PER 1 PACKAGE (227 G): 330 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 800 mg sodium, 61 g carbs (1 g fiber, 11 g sugar), 9 g protein

Just because they’re touted as portion-controlled and low-calorie, doesn’t mean you should stock up on these. Many frozen prepared entrees pack a surprising amount of sugar, Be especially cautious of the meals with sweet sauces—think teriyaki and sweet-and-sour.

 Tip
Instead of opting for pre-made, purchase frozen meal ingredients separately. “Buy frozen plain quinoa, frozen edamame, and frozen broccoli, and add your own sauces and flavorings so you know all the ingredients going into your dish.


Chili’s Chicken Fajita Rice Bowl

Chilis chicken fajita bowl

PER 1 PACKAGE (284 G): 380 calories, 10 g fat (3.5 saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 960 mg sodium, 51 g carbs (5 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 19 g protein

Made with more rice than chicken, there’s nothing fun about this party in a bowl.


Healthy Choice Pineapple Chicken

worst frozen foods

PER 1 ENTRÉE (280 G): 290 calories, 4.5 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 470 mg sodium, 45 g carbs (3 g fiber, 15 g sugar), 16 g protein

This bowl contains more sugar than protein—it has nearly as much of the sweet stuff as a half-cup serving of Breyers Chocolate Ice Cream.




Healthy Choice Café Steamers Sweet Sesame Chicken

worst frozen foods

PER 1 MEAL (276 G): 300 calories, 6 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 460 mg sodium, 43 g carbs (3 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 16 g protein

This poultry bowl stuffs in almost a half day’s worth of added sugars.


Banquet Chicken Fried Chicken Meal

Banquet chicken fried chicken meal

PER 1 ENTRÉE (286 G): 330 calories, 14 g fat (3 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,100 mg sodium, 40 g carbs (4 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 11 g protein

Never settle for a frozen dinner with about a half-day’s worth of blood-pressure-spiking salt.


Lean Cuisine Sesame Chicken

Lean Cuisine sesame chicken

PER 1 PACKAGE (255 G): 330 calories, 9 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 650 mg sodium, 51 g carbs (3 g fiber, 15 g sugar), 12 g protein

There’s nothing lean about breaded chicken tossed with 15 grams of sugar.


Healthy Choice Sweet & Sour Chicken

Healthy Choice sweet sour chicken

PER 1 MEAL (283 G): 390 calories, 8 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 550 mg sodium, 65 g carbs (3 g fiber, 22 g sugar, 18 g added sugars), 12 g protein

With ingredients such as kidney-harming phosphates and potentially trans fatty modified food starch, I’m wondering how this meal was labeled “healthy choice.”


Marie Callender’s Chicken & Bacon Pot Pie

Marie callenders chicken bacon pie

PER 1 CUP (200 G): 510 calories, 32 g fat (14 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 720 mg sodium, 41 g carbs (3 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 16 g protein

This cheesy and meaty meal serves up plenty of GROSS Ingredients such as nitrites, caramel color, and interesterified soybean oil. Pass up this pot pie.


FROZEN BEEF ENTREES

Johnsonville Grillers Steakhouse Onion Seasoned Patties

Johnsonville grillers onion burgers

PER 1 PATTY (113 G): 350 calories, 29 g fat (10 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 860 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 17 g protein

Thinking you’ll nestle a lean frozen burger patty in a lettuce wrap and top it with spinach and a scoop of guacamole? Sounds healthy in theory, but in practice, “One hamburger patty can enable you to invest more than half of the daily recommended maximum for saturated fat and cholesterol as well as chronic-disease-enhancing steroids and carcinogens created upon cooking.

 Tip

There are myriad options in the freezer section for all sorts of nutritious veggie burgers, some made with beans, grains, nuts, soy foods, and/or vegetables. Just make sure that your veggie burger alternatives aren’t loaded with sodium, fillers, and unfamiliar ingredients. Still, want to stick with meat? Buy grass fed. Instead of going for White Castle’s microwaveable options, go for a quality pick such as RESPECT Turkey Burgers or one of our top veggie burgers.

 


Banquet Beef Pot Pie

Banquet beef pot pie

PER 1 PIE (198 G): 380 calories, 23 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 710 mg sodium, 36 g carbs (3 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 8 g protein

A pot pie crust is essentially an oversized pastry, which is to say lots of carbs glued together with saturated and trans fats.

 Tip
Instead, try a non-dairy, vegetable-filled pie from companies like Amy’s. They also have a Shepherd’s Pie and Tamale Pie.


P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Beef with Broccoli

PF changs beef broccoli

PER 1/2 PACKAGE (312 G): 310 calories, 11 g fat (2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 840 mg sodium, 23 g carbs (7 g fiber, 15 g sugar), 29 g protein

Chang’s bagged meals suffer from the same sodium saturation that plagues its restaurant fare.




Hungry-Man Home-Style Meatloaf

worst frozen foods

PER 1 PACKAGE (454 G): 650 calories, 32 g fat (10 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,450 mg sodium, 64 g carbs (6 g fiber, 23 g sugar), 22 g protein

Word of advice to the calorie conscious: Purge Hungry-Man from your freezer for good. This is consistently the worst brand in the frozen-foods aisle.


Smart Ones Smart Anytime Mini Cheeseburgers

Smart Ones mini cheeseburger

PER 1 MINI BURGER (70 G): 190 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 360 mg sodium, 21 g carbs (3 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 9 g protein

There’s a lot of bun around these mini burgers, and if you bite into more than just one, you’re looking at a meal that will potentially cost you over 16 grams of fat.


Healthy Choice Café Steamers Barbecue Seasoned Steak with Red Potatoes

worst frozen foods

PER 1 MEAL (269 G): 260 calories, 3.5 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 470 mg sodium, 39 g carbs (4 g fiber, 18 g sugar), 17 g protein

With over a handful of different sugars, this meal will probably cost your waistline more than dessert ever would.


Trader Joe’s Steak & Stout Pies

Trader Joes steak stout pie

PER 1 PIE (283 G): 800 calories, 46 g fat (25 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,180 mg sodium, 64 g carbs, (3 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 34 g protein

Heat up one of these beer-spiked pot pies and you’ll consume as much fat as nearly three medium bags of McDonald’s fries.


El Monterey XXL Spicy Red Hot Chimichanga

El monterey chimichanga

PER 1 BURRITO (255 G): 710 calories, 39 g fat (12 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 790 mg sodium, 72 g carbs, (6 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 18 g protein

The double XL Mexican burrito is fried in vegetable oil and packs in a whole day’s worth of heart-disease-causing trans fats.


ICE CREAMS

Häagen-Dazs Low Fat Frozen Yogurt Coffee

PER 1/2 CUP (102 G): 170 calories, 2.5 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 45 mg sodium, 30 g carbs (0 g fiber, 21 g sugar), 8 g protein

This Häagen-Dazs is a Häagen-Don’t because no frozen yogurt should have that many calories for such a small serving.


Ben &Jerry’s FroYo Cherry Garcia Frozen Yogurt

PER 1/2 CUP (108 G): 170 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 55 mg sodium, 32 g carbs (1 g fiber, 24 g sugar), 5 g protein

Oh no, froyo! This one is worse than most of the full-fat ice creams in the freezer aisle.


Rice Dream Organic Cocoa Marble Fudge

PER 1/2 CUP (90 G): 170 calories, 6 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 90 mg sodium, 31 g carbs (1 g fiber, 17 g sugar), <1 g protein

Rice Dream adds vegetable oils to create a high-cal approximation of ice cream. Ick.


Blue Bunny Blu’s Birthday Party

PER 1/2 CUP (92 G): 190 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 60 mg sodium, 24 g carbs (0 g fiber, 20 g sugar), 3 g sugars

Titanium dioxide (an ingredient found in sunblock) and eight other artificial dyes are just some of the scary ingredients in this tub.


Talenti Belgian Chocolate

Talenti belgian chocolate

PER 1⁄2 CUP (99 G): 220 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 45 mg sodium, 30 g carbs (1 g fiber, 29 g sugar), 4 g protein

Even this Belgium-imported cocoa isn’t worth the belly fat.


Graeter’s Cookie Dough Chocolate Chip

PER 1/2 CUP: 330 calories, 21 g fat (12 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 80 mg sodium, 33 g carbs (1 g fiber, 28 g sugar), 4 g protein

One serving of this stuff has as much sugar as you’d find in seven Sugared Donuts from Dunkin Donuts!


Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter Cup

PER 1⁄2 CUP (114 G): 370 calories, 26 g fat (14 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 140 mg sodium, 29 g carbs (1 g fiber, 25 g sugar), 7 g protein

Eat two scoops of this and you’ll take in more calories than you would with a McDonald’s burger with a small side of french fries. So sad!



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The Worst Foods at Dairy Queen

While their gravity-defying Blizzards are what Dairy Queen is best known for, its menu is actually stocked with a variety of tasty lunch and dinner options, too. From cheeseburgers to hot dogs to onion rings and fries, you get the full American drive-thru experience. But since many of the menu items have more than a day’s worth of calories, sodium, sugar, and saturated fat, it’s best to make your DQ trips an occasional treat. What’s worse is that many of their dishes also have artery-clogging trans fats. Still, it’s possible to make a less-than-terrible choice if you take the time to examine the menu. Here, I rank worst menu items at Dairy Queen.


Quarter-Pound Bacon Cheese GrillBurger

DQ bacon cheese grillburger

630 calories, 36 g fat (14 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 1,250 mg sodium, 42 g carbs (2 g fiber, 12 g sugar), 34 g protein

When you add bacon to burger which is already known for not being a low-calorie or low-fat choice, be prepared to kick the calorie, fat, and sodium counts to skyrocket.


Half-pound Cheese GrillBurger

Dairy Queen auarter-pound cheeseburger

800 calories, 49 g fat (21 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 1,110 mg sodium, 42 g carbs (2 g fiber, 12 g sugar) 47 g protein

Increasing the size of the patty on your Cheese GrillBurger will raise the levels of calories, fat, and sodium. I say stick to the smaller version.


Half-pound FlameThrower GrillBurger

DQ flamethrower grillburger

970 calories, 68 g fat, (25 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 1,570 mg sodium, 39 g carbs (2 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 51 g protein

Between the double patties, bacon, and extra cheese, it’s no surprise this burger is a monster bomb of calories, saturated fat, and sodium. It’s best to stick to a regular cheeseburger order.


THE WORST SANDWICHES

Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwich

DQ chicken bacon ranch sandwich

500 calories, 20 g fat (8 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,160 mg sodium, 45 g carbs (3 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 33 g protein

While the calories are on the lower end and the solid protein count is a win, the high fat and sodium counts (thanks to the bacon and ranch) make this sandwich a less-than-healthy choice.


Turkey BLT Sandwich

DQ turkey blt

580 calories, 28 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,550 mg sodium, 45 g carbs (3 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 34 g protein

You’d think adding turkey to a BLT sandwich might be an effort to make it healthier, but this sandwich still ranks very high on the fat and sodium charts.


THE WORST CHICKEN OPTIONS AT DAIRY QUEEN

Crispy Chicken Sandwich

DQ crispy chicken

530 calories, 29 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 900 mg sodium, 45 g carbs (3 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 23 g protein

It really shouldn’t come as a surprise that a fried chicken sandwich would end up on the unhealthiest list. While the calorie count might not look terrible, this sandwich definitely doesn’t offer the fat and sodium make it one of the worst choices.


6-piece Chicken Strip Basket

DQ chicken strips

1,250 calories, 61 g fat (10 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 3,190 mg sodium, 121 g carbs (8 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 52 g protein

The insanely exorbitant calorie, fat and sodium counts on this basket easily make it one of the worst choices, period, on the DQ menu.


THE WORST HOT DOGS

Cheese Dog

DQ chili cheese dog

390 calories, 24 g fat (11 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 1,000 mg sodium, 26 g carbs (1 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 16 g protein

If you’ve opted for a hot dog at Dairy Queen, you already haven’t made the healthiest choice. Adding cheese simply ups the calories, fat, and sodium to even more unhealthy levels.


Chili Cheese Dog

DQ chili cheese dog

420 calories, 25 g fat (11 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 1,070 mg sodium, 28 g carbs (1 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 18 g protein

Again, while the calorie count may not seem that high, a hot dog likely won’t fill you up, and you definitely want to stay away from an item like this with that much sodium. Yikes!


Bacon Cheese Dog

DQ chili cheese dog

420 calories, 26 g fat (11 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 1,140 mg sodium, 26 g carbs (1 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 19 g protein

If there are any trends with the DQ menu, it’s that any items containing bacon have sky-rocketing amounts of sodium. This hot dog is no exception.


THE WORST SNACKS AND SIDES AT DAIRY QUEEN

Pretzel Sticks with Zesty Queso

DQ pretzel sticks

330 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 500 mg sodium, 52 g carbs (2 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 9 g protein

While its nutritional value counts, for the most part, aren’t the worst out there, 330 calories is high for a snack, and a not very wholesome one at that.


Onion Rings

DQ onion rings

PER REGULAR SIZE: 360 calories, 16 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 840 mg sodium, 48 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 6 g protein

If you’re on the hunt for a healthy snack, you definitely want to stay away from anything deep-fried, like the onion rings.


Cheese Curds

DQ cheese curds

PER REGULAR SIZE: 530 calories, 38 g fat (22 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 1,110 mg sodium, 26 g carbs (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 21 g protein

No snack item should ever contain over 500 calories and 1,000 mg of sodium. There’s nothing healthy about this pick.


THE WORST FROZEN BEVERAGES

Tripleberry Smoothie

DQ berry smoothie

PER SMALL: 290 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 85 mg sodium, 70 g carbs (1 g fiber, 64 g sugar), 3 g protein

Don’t ever be fooled by thinking that the word “smoothie” implies a beverage is healthy, especially at a fast-food joint. Believe it or not, you’re better off eating a vanilla cone, which offers fewer calories and sugar.


Caramel MooLatte

DQ moolatee caramel

PER SMALL: 470 calories, 15 g fat (11 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat) 170 mg sodium, 77 g carbs (0 g fiber, 66 g sugar), 7 g protein

This high-calorie coffee drink might wake you up at the moment, but it’s sure to send you into a sugar crash later in the day.


Midnight Mocha Frappe

DQ mocha frapp

PER SMALL: 490 calories, 23 g fat (15 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 160 mg sodium, 67 g carbs (2 g fiber, 58 g sugar), 7 g protein

Another coffee drink that’s really a dessert sugar bomb in disguise. This one isn’t your best bet if you’re just looking for a caffeine buzz.



Peanut Butter Shake

DQ peanut butter shake

PER SMALL: 640 calories, 34 g fat (16g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 370 mg sodium, 67 g carbs (1 g fiber, 54 g sugar), 16 g protein

Even if you opt for a size small, most of Dairy Queen’s shake options are terrible choices that pack in calories, fat, and sugar. Either go for a mini-size, or just a plain ice cream cone to get your fix.


THE WORST DESSERTS

Triple Chocolate Brownie Dessert

540 calories, 24 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 260 mg sodium, 75 g carbs (3 g fiber, 72 g sugar), 9 g protein

If you’re watching what you eat at all, just stay away from this dessert. 72 grams of sugar at the end of the day is not going to do you any favors.


Caramel Funnel Cake

DQ caramel funnel cake540 calories, 22 g fat (11 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 360 mg sodium, 77 g carbs (1 g fiber, 47 sugar), 9 g protein

Funnel cake is fried carnival food, so are you really surprised it’s on the high end as far as calories, fat, and sugar are concerned? There’s really nothing healthy about this dessert choice, even if it’s not the worst pick on the menu.


Fudge Stuffed Cookie Dessert

DQ fudge cookie

640 calories, 33 g fat (17 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 380 mg sodium, 80 g carbs (3 g fiber, 55 g sugar), 10 g protein

This is basically two desserts in one, and it certainly packs in the calories, fat, and sugar that would come in two items. I say just say no to this one.


Peanut Buster Parfait

DQ peanut parfait

710 calories, 31 g fat (18 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 340 mg sodium, 95 g carbs (3 g fiber, 68 g sugar) 17 g protein

Peanut butter lovers, prepare to be disappointed yet again. This dessert is way too high in calories, fat, and sugar for it to be a good choice. Again, if you really want a peanut butter fix in the form of dessert, I say opt for a mini-size version of a shake or Blizzard.


Salted Caramel Truffle Blizzard

DQ caramel blizzard

PER SMALL: 780 calories, 35 g fat (22 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 390 mg sodium, 105 g carbs (2 g fiber, 87 g sugar) 13 g protein

This one is the worst of the worst on the Blizzard menu. Even in a small size, this dessert packs in an obscene amount of calories, fat and sugar. I say consider other flavors, especially in a mini size.


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