Why Too Much Sugar Is Bad for You

When it comes to sugar we are told it’s bad for us but yet here we are consuming more and more sugar. Today I discuss the nasty side of sugar and why it’s time for you to consider going totally sugar-free or the very least cutting back on your sugar intake.

From marinara sauce to peanut butter, added sugar can be found in even the most unexpected products.

Many people rely on quick, processed foods for meals and snacks. Since these products often contain added sugar, it makes up a large proportion of their daily calorie intake.

In the US, added sugars account for up to 17% of the total calorie intake of adults and up to 14% for children (total added sugar intakes).

Dietary guidelines suggest limiting calories from added sugar to less than 10% per day (What Are Added Sugars?).

Experts believe that sugar consumption is a major cause of obesity and many chronic diseases, such as diabetes.


Ways Sugar Can Cause Weight Gain

Too Much Sugar

Rates of obesity are rising worldwide and added sugar, especially from sugar-sweetened beverages, is thought to be one of the main culprits.

Sugar-sweetened drinks like sodas, juices and sweet teas are loaded with fructose, a type of simple sugar.

Consuming fructose increases your hunger and desire for food more than glucose, the main type of sugar found in starchy foods (Differential effects of fructose versus glucose).

Additionally, excessive fructose consumption may cause resistance to leptin, an important hormone that regulates hunger and tells your body to stop eating ( leptin resistance).

In other words, sugary beverages don’t curb your hunger, making it easy to quickly consume a high number of liquid calories. This can lead to weight gain.

Research has consistently shown that people who drink sugary beverages, such as soda and juice, weigh more than people who don’t (Sugar-sweetened beverages and weight gain).

Also, drinking a lot of sugar-sweetened beverages is linked to an increased amount of visceral fat, a kind of deep belly fat associated with conditions like diabetes and heart disease (cardiometabolic risk).

Consuming too much added sugar, especially from sugary beverages, increases your risk of weight gain and can lead to visceral fat accumulation.

May Increase Your Risk of Heart Disease: High-sugar “diets” have been associated with an increased risk of many diseases, including heart disease, the number one cause of death worldwide (Cardiovascular Disease).

Evidence suggests that high-sugar “diets” can lead to obesity, inflammation and high triglyceride, blood sugar, and blood pressure levels — all risk factors for heart disease ( Coronary Heart Disease).

Additionally, consuming too much sugar, especially from sugar-sweetened drinks, has been linked to atherosclerosis, a disease characterized by fatty, artery-clogging deposits ( metabolic syndrome).

A study in over 30,000 people found that those who consumed 17–21% of calories from added sugar had a 38% greater risk of dying from heart disease, compared to those consuming only 8% of calories from added sugar (Added sugar).

Just one 16-ounce (473-ml) can of soda contains 52 grams of sugar, which equates to more than 10% of your daily calorie consumption, based on a 2,000-calorie “diet” (Cocoa Cola).

This means that one sugary drink a day can already put you over the recommended daily limit for added sugar.

Consuming too much-added sugar increases heart disease risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, and inflammation. High-sugar “diets” have been linked to an increased risk of dying from heart disease.

Foods with a high glycemic index, such as processed sweets, raise your blood sugar more rapidly than foods with a lower glycemic index.

Sugary foods quickly spike blood sugar and insulin levels, causing increased androgen secretion, oil production, and inflammation, all of which play a role in acne development (acne vulgaris).

Studies have shown that low-glycemic diets are associated with a reduced acne risk, while high-glycemic diets are linked to greater risk (The effect of a high-protein, low glycemic-load diet).

For example, a study in 2,300 teens demonstrated that those who frequently consumed added sugar had a 30% greater risk of developing acne (Acne: prevalence and relationship with dietary habits).

Also, many population studies have shown that rural communities that consume traditional, non-processed foods have almost non-existent rates of acne, compared to more urban, high-income areas (The blemishes of modern society).

These findings coincide with the theory that diets high in processed, sugar-laden foods contribute to the development of acne.

High-sugar diets can increase androgen secretion, oil production, and inflammation, all of which can raise your risk of developing acne.

 Increases Your Risk of Diabetes: The worldwide prevalence of diabetes has more than doubled over the past 30 years (National, regional, and global trends in fasting plasma glucose and diabetes ).

Though there are many reasons for this, there is a clear link between excessive sugar consumption and diabetes risk.

Obesity, which is often caused by consuming too much sugar, is considered the strongest risk factor for diabetes (Risk Factors Contributing to Type 2 Diabetes).

What’s more, prolonged high-sugar consumption drives resistance to insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas that regulates blood sugar levels.

Insulin resistance causes blood sugar levels to rise and strongly increases your risk of diabetes.

A population study comprising over 175 countries found that the risk of developing diabetes grew by 1.1% for every 150 calories of sugar, or about one can of soda, consumed per day (The Relationship of Sugar to Population-Level Diabetes).

Other studies have also shown that people who drink sugar-sweetened beverages, including fruit juice, are more likely to develop diabetes (Intake of Fruit Juice and Incidence of Type 2 DiabetesAssociation between sugar-sweetened beverages and type 2 diabetes).

A high-sugar “diet” may lead to obesity and insulin resistance, both of which are risk factors for diabetes.

First, a “diet” rich in sugary foods and beverages can lead to obesity, which significantly raises your risk of cancer (Obesity as a Major Risk Factor for Cancer).

Furthermore, “diets” high in sugar increase inflammation in your body and may cause insulin resistance, both of which increase cancer risk (The Links Between Insulin Resistance, Diabetes, and Cancer).

A study in over 430,000 people found that added sugar consumption was positively associated with an increased risk of esophageal cancer, pleural cancer, and cancer of the small intestine (Sugars in diet and risk of cancer).

Another study showed that women who consumed sweet buns and cookies more than three times per week were 1.42 times more likely to develop endometrial cancer than women who consumed these foods less than 0.5 times per week (Sucrose, high-sugar foods, and risk of endometrial cancer).

Research on the link between added sugar intake and cancer is ongoing, and more studies are needed to fully understand this complex relationship.

Too much sugar can lead to obesity, insulin resistance, and inflammation, all of which are risk factors for cancer.

Consuming a lot of processed foods, including high-sugar products such as cakes and sugary drinks, has been associated with a higher risk of depression (Sweetened beverages, coffee, and tea and depressionDietary pattern and depressive symptoms).

Researchers believe that blood sugar swings, neurotransmitter dysregulation and inflammation may all be reasons for sugar’s detrimental impact on mental health (Long-term inflammation increases risk).

A study following 8,000 people for 22 years showed that men who consumed 67 grams or more of sugar per day were 23% more likely to develop depression than men who ate less than 40 grams per day (Sugar intake from sweet food and beverages, common mental disorder).

Another study in over 69,000 women demonstrated that those with the highest intakes of added sugars had a significantly greater risk of depression, compared to those with the lowest intakes (High glycemic index diet as a risk factor for depression).

A “diet” rich in added sugar and processed foods may increase depression risk in both men and women.

 

 May Accelerate the Skin Aging Process: Wrinkles are a natural sign of aging. They appear eventually, regardless of your health.

However, poor food choices can worsen wrinkles and speed the skin aging process.

Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) are compounds formed by reactions between sugar and protein in your body. They are suspected to play a key role in skin aging (Advanced glycation).

Consuming a “diet” high in refined carbs and sugar leads to the production of AGEs, which may cause your skin to age prematurely (The rapid increase in metabolic diseases).

AGEs damage collagen and elastin, which are proteins that help the skin stretch and keep its youthful appearance.

When collagen and elastin become damaged, the skin loses its firmness and begins to sag.

In one study, women who consumed more carbs, including added sugars, had a more wrinkled appearance than women on a high-protein, lower-carb diet (Dietary nutrient intakes and skin-aging appearance among middle-aged women).

The researchers concluded that a lower intake of carbs was associated with better skin-aging appearance (Dietary nutrient intakes and skin-aging).

Sugary foods can increase the production of AGEs, which can accelerate skin aging and wrinkle formation.

 

 Can Increase Cellular Aging: Telomeres are structures found at the end of chromosomes, which are molecules that hold part or all of your genetic information.

Telomeres act as protective caps, preventing chromosomes from deteriorating or fusing together.

As you grow older, telomeres naturally shorten, which causes cells to age and malfunction (Nutrition and lifestyle in healthy aging).

Although the shortening of telomeres is a normal part of aging, unhealthy lifestyle choices can speed up the process.

Consuming high amounts of sugar has been shown to accelerate telomere shortening, which increases cellular aging (Effects of nutritional components on aging).

A study in 5,309 adults showed that regularly drinking sugar-sweetened beverages was associated with shorter telomere length and premature cellular aging ( Associations Between Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption ).

In fact, each daily 20-ounce (591-ml) serving of sugar-sweetened soda equated to 4.6 additional years of aging, independent of other variables (Soda and Cell Aging).

Eating too much sugar can accelerate the shortening of telomeres, which increases cellular aging.

 

 Drains Your Energy: Foods high in added sugar quickly spike blood sugar and insulin levels, leading to increased energy.

However, this rise in energy levels is fleeting.

Products that are loaded with sugar but lacking in protein, fiber or fat lead to a brief energy boost that’s quickly followed by a sharp drop in blood sugar, often referred to as a crash (A high sugar, low fiber meal leads to higher leptin).

Having constant blood sugar swings can lead to major fluctuations in energy levels (Effects of high sugar and high fiber meals ).

To avoid this energy-draining cycle, choose carb sources that are low in added sugar and rich in fiber.

Pairing carbs with protein or fat is another great way to keep your blood sugar and energy levels stable.

For example, eating an apple along with a small handful of almonds is an excellent snack for prolonged, consistent energy levels.

High-sugar foods can negatively impact your energy levels by causing a spike in blood sugar followed by a crash.

 Can Lead to Fatty Liver: A high intake of fructose has been consistently linked to an increased risk of fatty liver.

Unlike glucose and other types of sugar, which are taken up by many cells throughout the body, fructose is almost exclusively broken down by the liver.

In the liver, fructose is converted into energy or stored as glycogen.

However, the liver can only store so much glycogen before excess amounts are turned into fat.

Large amounts of added sugar in the form of fructose overload your liver, leading to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a condition characterized by excessive fat buildup in the liver (fatty liver disease).

A study in over 5,900 adults showed that people who drank sugar-sweetened beverages daily had a 56% higher risk of developing NAFLD, compared to people who did not (39).

Eating too much sugar may lead to NAFLD, a condition in which excessive fat builds up in the liver.


Other Health Risks

Aside from the risks listed above, sugar can harm your body in countless other ways.


Research shows that too much added sugar can:

Research on the impact of added sugar on health is ongoing, and new discoveries are constantly being made.

Consuming too much sugar may worsen cognitive decline, increase gout risk, harm your kidneys and cause cavities.


How to Reduce Your Sugar Intake

Excessive added sugar has many negative health effects.

Although consuming small amounts now and then is perfectly healthy, you should try to cut back on sugar whenever possible.

Fortunately, simply focusing on eating whole, unprocessed foods automatically decreases the amount of sugar in your diet.


Here are some tips on how to reduce your intake of added sugars:

  • Swap sodas, energy drinks, juices and sweetened teas for water or unsweetened seltzer.
  • Drink your coffee black or use Stevia for a zero-calorie, natural sweetener.
  • Sweeten plain yogurt with fresh or frozen berries instead of buying flavored, sugar-loaded yogurt.
  • Consume whole fruits instead of sugar-sweetened fruit smoothies.
  • Replace candy with a homemade trail mix of fruit, nuts and a few dark chocolate chips.
  • Use olive oil and vinegar in place of sweet salad dressings like honey mustard.
  • Choose marinades, nut butters, ketchup and marinara sauce with zero added sugars.
  • Look for cereals, granolas and granola bars with under 4 grams of sugar per serving.
  • Swap your morning cereal for a bowl of rolled oats topped with nut butter and fresh berries, or an omelet made with fresh greens.
  • Instead of jelly, slice fresh bananas onto your peanut butter sandwich.
  • Use natural nut butters in place of sweet spreads like Nutella.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages that are sweetened with soda, juice, honey, sugar or agave.
  • Shop the perimeter of the grocery store, focusing on fresh, whole ingredients.

In addition, keeping a food diary is an excellent way of becoming more aware of the main sources of sugar in your diet.

The best way to limit your added sugar intake is to prepare your own healthy meals at home and avoid buying foods and drinks that are high in added sugar.

Focusing on preparing healthy meals and limiting your intake of foods that contain added sweeteners can help you cut back on the amount of sugar in your “diet”.

Eating too much added sugar can have many negative health effects.

An excess of sweetened foods and beverages can lead to weight gain, blood sugar problems and an increased risk of heart disease, among other dangerous conditions.

For these reasons, added sugar should be kept to a minimum whenever possible, which is easy when you follow a healthy “diet” based on whole foods.

If you need to cut added sugar from your “diet”, try some of the small changes listed above.

Before you know it, your sugar habit will be a thing of the past.


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Worst Things About Chocolate

Sorry, but filling your sweetie up with gross additives and tons of nutrient-deficient calories doesn’t sound so sexy to me does it sound sexy to you? Although it’s true that dark chocolate is full of anti-inflammatory antioxidants and has been shown to provide mental and cardiovascular benefits, these bonuses don’t extend to the low-quality candies you mindlessly pick up in a drugstore on your way home from work.

It may appear like a well-intentioned gesture, but your loved one isn’t going to be happy with you once they read these nasty facts about certain Valentine’s Day candies. My vote that you stick to the flowers, spa treatments, and homemade cards instead.

Most of It Is Made With Alkalized, or “Dutch,” Chocolate

cocoa spice

Cocoa powder is naturally acidic, and this can be a major flavor turnoff for many people’s palates. Thus, most American candy manufacturers process their cocoa with alkali, a process known as alkalizing or “Dutch processing” the chocolate. This results in a more mild-tasting, neutral cocoa. There’s just one problem: this technique significantly reduces levels of the main antioxidant that lends its anti-inflammatory properties to chocolate. And when we say significantly, I’m talking a nearly 90 percent decrease in these flavanols, according to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. So don’t try to justify another piece by referencing chocolate’s known benefits.


Sorry, but Chocolate Is Probably Not an Aphrodisiac

couple in bed sad

Unless you’re eating super dark chocolate, which may help turn you on, don’t rely on that box of wax-coated chocolates to be a libido-booster. Most factory-made chocolates are low in the antioxidants that can increase your energy and sexual desire, and chocolate isn’t the magical aphrodisiac we think it is. In fact, according to a 2006 study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, when adjusted for age, women who reported high chocolate consumption had similar levels of sexual desire and satisfaction than those who reported low chocolate consumption.


White Chocolate Is Barely Even Chocolate

various chocolates

White chocolate is a little like white, refined flour: they’re both over processed and devoid of nutrients. The only “chocolate” part of white chocolate is cocoa butter (the rest of the treat is milk solids, milk fat, and a sweetener), and even that ingredient typically loses any traces of antioxidant properties during a “deodorizing” step. Without the dark cocoa solids, white chocolate doesn’t contain any antioxidant flavanols or gut-healthy prebiotics, which help reduce inflammation and fight weight gain. It also lacks the ability to stimulate the euphoria-inducing chemicals that real chocolate does, including serotonin.


Chocolate Triggers Loss of Consumption Control

godiva chocolate heart valentines box

Don’t worry, you’re not alone in feeling out of control when gifted a chocolate box. It’s a combination of construction and the nature of chocolate itself. First, the variety of flavors entices you to try each one and eat more than you had planned. Second, the combination of sugar and cocoa in chocolate make it hard to stop yourself from going back for seconds. According to a 2011 Drexel University study, this dynamic duo is extremely addictive, and just tasting chocolate can trigger feelings of euphoria, just like addictive drugs can. As a result, you may feel a loss of control when gifted with a box. Even if a food is considered healthy, portion control is still key.


You May Get a Stomachache

woman holding stomach

You didn’t plan for this to happen, but as we just explained, it’s almost too easy to overeat those creamy chocolates. Whether it’s because they’re bite-size, downright delicious, or we get caught up in the holiday-esque moment of Valentine’s Day, many of us can miss certain satiety cues that we’ve eaten enough. As a result, you could suffer from the post-overindulgence stomach ache of pain, gas, and indigestion.


You Might Experience Acid Reflux if You Eat Too Much

man holding chest in pain

It’s unfortunate but true. Chocolate is one of a group of foods that causes your lower esophageal sphincter (a muscle that normally works to keep the acid down in the stomach) to relax. As a result, it causes the acidic stomach contents to travel back upwards and gives you a burning sensation in your chest, aka heartburn. It’s all thanks to two compounds in chocolate, caffeine, and theobromine, which weaken your lower esophageal sphincter. Something tells me having chest pains wasn’t on your checklist of sexy V-day activities.


You’re Eating More Sugar Than Chocolate

sugar spoon

After looking at all the popular Valentine’s Day candy sold in drug stores, we found that the average serving size of chocolate contains over 21 grams of sugar. Although serving sizes range from one piece to three, when I took a look at nutritional information per gram of candy, most pieces of chocolate were made up of more than 50 percent sugar. In other words, you’re eating more sugar than you are chocolate. That’s not so sweet if you ask us.


High-Sugar Chocolates Can Harm Your Immunity

sugar sick valentines

Since chocolate is so bitter, manufacturers love adding sugar to it. But sometimes, they go a bit overboard. Consider this: If you eat just 10 pieces of Ghirardelli’s Dark & Strawberry squares (three times the recommended serving size, but hey, it could happen), you’ll be consuming just shy of 100 grams of sugar. It sounds extreme, but a 2015 study found that consuming this amount of sugar could drastically decrease the number of white blood cells (your immune system’s first responders) in your body. Even if you don’t eat a whopping 100 grams in a single sitting, just eating the three squares will set you back 29 grams of sugar or 58 percent of your recommended daily intake of added sugars per day. Too much of the sweet stuff can lead to issues that range from dental cavities to insulin resistance and metabolic disease.


You’ll Consume a Lot of Calories

woman eating chocolate bar

Thanks to being high in fat and sugar, chocolate is usually very high in calories. And you know the drill: eat more calories than you burn and you can pack on the pounds. That being said, one day of indulgence isn’t likely to break your clean-eating streak.


You May Be Consuming a Carcinogen

palm fruit oil

Palm oil, a vegetable oil that contains mostly saturated fats but also polyunsaturated fats, comes from the palm fruit. Although a well-researched 2015 review published in the journal World Journal of Cardiology found that palm oil can be consumed as part of a healthy, balanced diet without concern of its limited effects on cholesterol levels, a different conclusion was reached by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA, similar to the U.S.’s FDA). In May 2016 and after reviewing a study published in the world-renowned journal Nature earlier that year, the organization claimed that palm oil “generated more of a potentially carcinogenic contaminant [palmitic acid] than other vegetable oils when refined at temperatures above 200 degrees Celsius.” The EFSA did not recommend consumers to stop eating it—yet—and are now looking into the potential risks.


Or a Banned Substance

chocolate candies

A few V-day heart-shaped boxes (like those from Russel Stover and Elmer) still list partially hydrogenated oil (PHO) among their long list of artificially-manipulated ingredients. In this case, you can see the heart-shaped box as a sign that you should watch your heart health. PHO is a type of man-made trans fat that the FDA has banned from being used in our food beginning in 2018.


You’re Not Eating Quality

hershey chocolate valentines day triple

If your standards are high for your partner, you should at least maintain those high standards for the candy you’re about to gift him or her. Candies like York Peppermint Patty Hearts and Hershey’s XOXO bars contain an ingredient called PGPR in their bite-size candy bars. Instead of using high-quality cocoa butter as a fat and emulsifier, lower-grade candy bars use PGPR (Polyglycerol polyricinoleate): a yellowish, viscous liquid of fatty acids. It’s cheaper to manufacture the candy with this ingredient than to use the real stuff, so the quality gets sacrificed for quantity in this situation. 


You Could Be Eating Insects or Mouse Poop and Hair

mouse eating

Excuse my language, but yes, the FDA actually allows mouse poop in your food—although, they do use a pretty scientific term for it, “mammalian excreta.” According to their guidelines, trace amounts of the brown stuff, up to 10 mg per pound, can be found in cocoa beans. At least you can take solace in knowing there are over 450,000 milligrams in a pound, so that’s a very small fraction. Additionally, you’re only allowed a single rodent hair per 100 grams. That’s comforting—I guess. Want to be grossed out even more? The FDA has a pretty lax upper limit on insect pieces: 60 insect pieces per 100 grams of chocolate. Apparently, an average chocolate bar contains 8 insect parts. Yuck. Part of this gross fact makes sense, though, since cocoa beans are harvested and then fermented on-site outside in large wooden vats.


Your Sugar-Free Chocolate Can Be a Laxative

bathroom stall

Think you’re safe having just one more of those sugar-free chocolates? Think again. Because chocolate is already high in calories thanks to the energy-dense cocoa butter or vegetable oils added to emulsify the cacao solids into a creamy bar, many manufacturers opt to include zero-calorie sweeteners like maltitol. When eaten in excess (which can be likely when you think a food is “healthier” for you since it doesn’t have sugar), this sugar alcohol effectively acts as a laxative and can cause stomach pain, excessive internal gas, and flatulence. That just put a damper on your night.


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Why Chocolate IS Popular On Valentine’s Day

Since Valentine’s Day is only 5 days away I thought why not throw in a  Valentine’s post. Today I talk about and discuss why chocolates are so much more popular on February 14th. If you missed yesterday’s post you can click here to learn all about Gluten Sensitivity.


February 14 will soon be upon us, and while many people will choose cards, flowers, or jewelry as gifts to give those they love for Valentine’s Day, chocolates are a perennially popular way to show someone you think they’re special. Heart-shaped boxes filled with chocolates are a relatively recent tradition, but the bond between chocolate and love actually goes back thousands of years.

Hold on to your sweet tooth as you read on to find out exactly how and why we give each other chocolate on Valentine’s Day.


It Starts With An Ancient Tradition

Mayan chocolate

The Mayans very clearly appreciated the magic of chocolate as they drank it, first roasting cacao beans and then grinding them into a paste that was mixed with chiles, cornmeal, and water. In addition to using chocolate in religious ceremonies and savoring it at the end of feasts, they were the first culture to make the connection between chocolate and love. Some Mayan wedding ceremonies included a ritual where the bride and groom ceremonially sipped chocolate.

So there you have it, the first big display of chocolate and love coming together.


Introducing An Aphrodisiac

Chocolate in different forms

The Aztecs also prized chocolate and traded with their Mayan neighbors to obtain it in vast quantities. Sixteenth-century ruler Montezuma II allegedly consumed chocolate in vast quantities in order to stoke his libido. Spanish explorers were quick to realize the appeal of chocolate though, and mixed cacao paste with cinnamon and cane sugar to cut the bitterness.


From Britain With Love

Heart box chocolates

Although chocolate became popular throughout Western Europe after its introduction by Spanish explorers in the 16th century, it was so expensive that it was mostly consumed by the wealthy. It wasn’t until the mid-19th century that British company J.S. Fry & Sons created the first-ever chocolate bar by combining cacao powder and sugar with cacao butter. Within a few years, filled chocolates became wildly popular, with Fry & Sons competitor Cadbury introducing the first box of chocolates—dubbed the “Fancy Box”—in England in 1861.

Just seven years later, the company produced its first heart-shaped box of fruit, ganache, and nut-filled chocolates in time for Valentine’s Day gifting. Because the decorative boxes could be used to store love letters and other mementos long after the chocolates inside had been eaten, they proved to be thoughtful as well as toothsome gifts.


Thinking inside the box

Box of chocolatesGiving chocolate on Valentine’s Day proved just as popular in the United States as it was in Britain. Hershey’s introduced its petite, romantically named Hershey’s Kisses in 1907, and the iconic yellow Whitman’s Sampler debuted in 1912. Whitman’s even turned to movie stars like Jeanne Crain and Elizabeth Taylor to promote their sweet treats.

Meanwhile, chocolatier Russell Stover began marketing their distinctive line of heart-shaped boxes—which to this day include the petite Red Foil Heart” and the lace-covered “Secret Lace Heart”—across the Midwest in the 1920s before expanding to be the number-one boxed-chocolate brand in the United States.


Chocolate reign

Chocolates and flowers

Wondering what to get your sweetheart this February 14? Go ahead and say you love them with chocolate, because that’s what everyone else is doing. If history is any predictor, chocolate will outshine cards and flowers this V-Day, as it’s always done.

According to data gathered by Nielsen, Valentine’s Day candy generated $695 million in sales in 2017—and chocolate played a major role. In fact, Americans spent $11 billion on chocolate throughout the year.

So, when it comes time to show the ones who make you feel all warm and fuzzy how much they mean to you, there’s a good chance you’ll be saying it with some chocolate. And if anything, you’re just honoring an age-old, very sweet tradition.


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How To Get Back On Track After You’ve Broken Your New Year’s Resolutions

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So January 1 is (here), and you started the year off with a clean slate—a fresh perspective to set and tackle your goals, and make 2018 your best year yet. But a few weeks went by and you found your motivation waning and yourself sliding back into your old habits. After all, willpower can only get you so far in achieving your goals.

When the excitement wears off is where the real work sets in. If you promised yourself you’d get back in the gym, finally lose those 20 pounds, get more sleep, or drink more water, here’s how to make sure you stay on track, even if you’ve veered off in the last several weeks.

Set Specific Goals Rather Than Broad Ones

woman thinking

Keeping your goals focused can help keep you focused on your goals, too. Knowing exactly why you want to achieve your goals is the first step to crushing them. “Identify your why and really go into detail, Not like, I want better health. I don’t know what that means. Maybe it’s, I want to keep up with my two dogs or not get tired when I walk.  Post it everywhere and emotionally connect to it. Because let’s be honest: Pizza is going to taste better than chicken any day of the week.


Overcome Your Weight Loss Plateau

Woman tying shoes

The key to losing weight is to exercise intelligently and to truly challenge your body every time you hit the gym. If you do the same workout all the time, you won’t make progress,” says Dan Roberts, celebrity trainer and creator of Methodology X. Once you switch up your workouts and challenge yourself, such as by adding a HIIT routine or using heavier dumbbells, you’ll drop the pounds faster and continue losing weight.


Finally, Enjoy Cardio

treadmill intervals

There’s a reason the treadmill is also known as the “dreadmill”—the seemingly endless run is definitely not something we’d consider fun. Amp up your workout without spending an extra minute on the dreaded machine with one simple trick: All it takes to torch 15 percent more calories on the treadmill is a little incline. The stronger adrenaline boost and higher calorie burn is a great way to get you back on the cardio track sooner than you thought!


Log More Shut-Eye Hours

woman sleeping

According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night to function properly. Inadequate shut-eye hours can lead to a decrease in leptin levels, which, in turn, increases your appetite and derails your weight loss efforts. Motivate yourself to get to sleep earlier by changing your environment. If you have trouble sleeping, don’t force it. Get green sheets, as the color provides the best relaxation benefits for sleep. Tart cherry juice contains natural melatonin, and wearing socks to bed keeps body temperature regulated to help you fall asleep faster. I also suggest taking a detox from electronics right before bed since the blue light delays your melatonin production.


Stop Drinking Your Calories

girl sipping soda

Cut out sugary drinks, soda, juices, and especially alcohol. These drinks cause weight gain, bloat, and pack on extra pounds. By simply substituting caloric drinks for water, you can see immediate changes and lose weight over time. If you find water boring, jazz it up with some sliced lemon, lime, oranges, mint or cucumber.


Sign Up At A Gym

hotel gym

Did You Know?: 12% percent of all gym goers sign up in January and it takes 24 weeks for most members to quit, according to the Fitness Industry Association, Whether it’s because the gym is too far or usually too crowded, you can beat the statistics with a few simple tricks. Shop for a gym like you’re shopping for a car. Ask for a free trial and make sure the people at front desk are happy and enthusiastic enough to attract you in. If you’re making the investment to join a gym, you should let it keep you there. Also, ask for free personal training sessions and talk to members to find out what they like about each spot,


Go To The Gym More Often

assortment of gym accessories

If you’re already a member of your local gym, you might set goals to frequent it more often come the new year. To increase your chances of actually sticking to your goals, why not try adopting effective rituals, such as packing a gym bag the night before and placing your sneakers on the side of your bed. Having your workout gear in plain sight and ready to grab and go will make it much easier to pursue your goals.


Drink More Water

drinking water at gym

If you want to stick to something, you have to make it as simple as possible. Complexity is the enemy of execution. Tell yourself, Today I will drink a cup of water before dinner.’Starting small and set a simple goal will make it easier to accomplish.


Sculpt A Six-Pack

woman abs workout

It’s not a myth—abs are definitely made in the kitchen. Protein- and healthy fat-rich foods like lean fish, eggs, beans, and leafy greens into your “diet” will help keep you full while revealing those abs! Replace refined carbs and processed foods in your pantry with these staples to ensure you incorporate them into your “diet”.


Stay Motivated to Work Out

happy woman outside

Before breaking a sweat, take a moment of gratitude for your health. Doing so completely changes the energy of your workouts and can inspire you to push yourself harder.


Clean Up Your Diet

woman buying produce

Diets don’t work, but behavioral change does. When you want to create a meal plan that works, stick to addition rather than deprivation. If (thefood)goes bad, that means it’s good for you. When you go shopping, avoid the bulls-eyed zone, as it is eye level with shoppers. This is where leading brands place items that can run up your food bill. Instead, save money and look up and down for local- and smaller-named brands, which will help the savvy shopper stay within budget.


Cook More Meals At Home

older couple cooking

There Is Good News: cooking a nutritious meal at home doesn’t require hours of slaving away in the kitchen! Even if you have less than a half hour to spare, you can still sit down to a healthy lunch and dinner. The key is to stock up on healthy and nutritious foods that are easily thrown together.  It starts with a store-bought rotisserie chicken, which saves loads of time, and it’s made up of any odds and ends you may have in the fridge.


Unplug and De-stress

yoga man

Vow to “unplug from technology for an hour a day and spend that time reading a real book (yes, they still exist), doing yoga, taking a walk, meditating—whatever relaxes you and makes you happy! The constant attention-grabbing chirping that our phones, tablets, and computers make has an impact on our stress levels, sleep, and perspective. And since stress and sleep both plays a role in health and weight loss, powering down can help you stay trim, too.


Eat More Veggies

gardening vegetables

We all know that vegetables are packed with fiber and essential vitamins and nutrients, but most of us still don’t get enough of the stuff on a daily basis. In fact, according to Health Day, only one in ten Americans eat the daily recommended amount of veggies.


Cut Down On Added Sugars

reading food label grocery store

The sweet stuff has a stealthy way of sneaking into the most healthy-sounding foods (think of: granola and whole-grain bread). So if your sweet tooth kicks in, cutting back on desserts like cookies and ice cream may not be enough. Make sure to actively scan nutrition labels of foods that don’t even taste sweet. Sugar is hiding everywhere—even bacon has sugar in it!  You’ll be able to eat all your favorite foods and strip away unnecessary sugars—losing weight at a rate of up to one pound per day, while still enjoying the sweeter things in life.


Reach Your Step Goal

couple walking dog in nature

If we can sit less and walk more, it’s possible to make great physical improvements. Thankfully, there are so many ways to move more throughout the day: Take the stairs, park your car farther away from your destination, get a standing desk or walk around while you talk on the phone. Get an activity tracker and aim for 10,000 steps each day.


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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Paleo “Superfoods”

In today’s post, I talk about some “superfoods” that you might think is but really aren’t.

I like the idea behind the paleo “diet”. It seems sensible to try to emulate the “diet” our ancestors ate while we were evolving.

However… even though I like the idea, I don’t like the way the “diet” is prescribed in many cases. It seems to have gone beyond just science and started becoming more about ideology. There are many modern foods that are healthy but actively discouraged on the paleo “diet”. I think this is a huge mistake.

Nutrition should be about science and doing what works best for the individual, NOT ideology. Humans evolved eating a variety of foods and our genes have changed (not much, but some) since the paleolithic period. I think the idea of a paleotemplate is more reasonable.

That is, eat the foods humans evolved eating, then add the modern foods that you like, tolerate and science has shown to be healthy.

Here are 4 foods that technically aren’t paleo, but are still super healthy.

1. Full-Fat Dairy Products From Grass-Fed Cows

One of the pillars of a strict paleo diet is the elimination of all dairy products.

I think this is a mistake… because plenty of people can tolerate dairy just fine.

Although a large part of the world is lactose intolerant, many populations have acquired an enzyme to break down and make full use of lactose, the main carbohydrate found in milk (Milk).

Full-fat dairy products are particularly healthy, as long as they come from grass-fed cows. This includes foods like butter, cheese, and full-fat yogurt.

Full-fat dairy contains bioactive fatty acids like butyrate, which is potently anti-inflammatory (234).

Best of all, full-fat dairy products are loaded with Vitamin K2, a powerful but often ignored nutrient that regulates calcium metabolism in the body.

Most importantly, Vitamin K2 helps to keep calcium inside our bones and outside of our arteries (56).

Studies have shown that Vitamin K2 is highly protective against fractures (lowering the risk by 60-81%) and cardiovascular disease (78). The Rotterdam study showed that people who had the highest K2 intake had a 57% lower risk of heart disease and a 26% lower risk of death from all causes, over a 7-10 year period (9).

In countries where cows are largely grass-fed, consuming full-fat dairy products is linked to major reductions in the risk of heart disease (101112). One study from Australia showed that those who ate the most full-fat dairy had a 69% lower risk of dying from heart disease than those who ate the least (13).

A lot of people are concerned that because full-fat dairy is high in fat and calories, that it can cause weight gain. However… the evidence disagrees. In fact, eating dairy fat is linked to a reduced risk of obesity in numerous studies (14).

That being said, there are some people who can’t tolerate dairy. If you get some sort of negative reaction from eating dairy products, then by all means avoid them. But for people who do tolerate and enjoy them, then there is absolutely no scientifically valid reason to avoid quality dairy products from grass-fed cows.

Unprocessed, full-fat dairy products from grass-fed cows are incredibly healthy. They are high in important vitamins like Vitamin K2, as well as beneficial fatty acids like butyrate.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is one of those rare indulgent foods that happen to be incredibly healthy and nutritious. Derived from cocoa beans, it is one of the best sources of antioxidants in the world. One study showed that cocoa was even higher in antioxidants than blueberries and acai berries (15). Dark chocolate is very high in fiber and minerals like magnesium, iron, copper, manganese and various others (16).

One problem with chocolate, in general, is that it often contains some sugar. However, if you choose dark chocolate with 70-85% (or higher) cocoa content, then the sugar amount will be minimal and the benefits will far outweigh the negatives.

There have actually been numerous studies on the health benefits of dark chocolate and cocoa, especially for heart and brain function (1718).

Dark chocolate and cocoa can lower blood pressure, raise HDL cholesterol and protect LDL particles from oxidative damage (19202122).

There are also studies showing that dark chocolate can reduce insulin resistance, a major risk factor for metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and heart disease (2324).

In some studies, people who eat the most cocoa and dark chocolate have a 50-57% lower risk of heart disease, which is an insanely high number (2526).

Of course, these types of studies are observational in nature and can not prove that the chocolate caused a reduction in risk.

But given the confirmed effects on important risk factors like blood pressure, insulin resistance and LDL oxidation, I find it plausible that dark chocolate and cocoa could, in fact, reduce heart disease risk (27).

That being said, the benefits of dark chocolate don’t end with the heart. There are also studies showing that it can cause major improvements in brain function (at least in the elderly) and give the skin natural protection against sunburn (2829).

Dark chocolate wasn’t available in the paleolithic period, but it’s still one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Just make sure to choose quality, organic dark chocolate with a high cocoa content… and don’t eat a lot of it, think of it more as a supplement.

One or two squares per day or a few times per week should be enough.

Dark chocolate is a “modern” food, but numerous studies show that it has powerful health benefits, especially for heart health.

White Potatoes

The original paleo diet book took a hard stance against potatoes.

I don’t think this makes a lot of sense… because potatoes are a root vegetable that was available in the paleolithic period.

Some other versions of paleo, like the Perfect Health Diet, actively encourage foods like potatoes, which they refer to as “safe” starches.

Potatoes are actually incredibly nutritious. A single potato contains lots of Vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, manganese, iron and various other nutrients (30).

Really… potatoes contain almost every nutrient we need in some amount, including a decent amount of protein with all the essential amino acids. There have even been accounts of people living on nothing but potatoes for long periods of time, without any apparent negative effects on health.

Another important feature of potatoes is that they may just be the most fulfilling food in existence. In fact, they score higher on a scale called the satiety index than any other food tested (31). What this means is that by eating potatoes, you will feel naturally full and end up eating less of other foods instead.

If you want to make your potatoes even healthier, you can allow them to cool after cooking them. This greatly increases the resistant starch content, which is an indigestible type of starch that functions like soluble fiber (3233).

The only problem with potatoes is the high carb content, so people who are on a very low-carb diet may want to avoid them.

But for people who are active and metabolically healthy, potatoes are pretty close to being nature’s perfect food. It makes absolutely no sense why they shouldn’t be allowed on a paleo diet. They’re as “real” as a food can get.

White potatoes were discouraged in the original version of the paleo diet. However, they are incredibly healthy, highly nutritious and among the most fulfilling foods in existence.

Coffee

Despite having been demonized in the past, studies have now shown that coffee is actually very healthy.

It is loaded with antioxidants… people who eat a Western diet actually get more antioxidants from coffee than fruits and vegetables, combined (343536).Studies have consistently linked coffee consumption to a lower risk of many diseases, especially type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and liver diseases (37383940).

Not only that, but numerous studies suggest that people who drink coffee live longer than people who don’t (4142).

Coffee is actively discouraged in the original paleo diet book, although others like The Primal Blueprint (my favorite version) to allow for coffee. Although some people are overly sensitive to caffeine, most people can tolerate coffee just fine.

As long as you don’t drink too much and don’t drink it late in the day (which can have negative effects on sleep), then there is absolutely NO reason to avoid coffee if you enjoy it.

Coffee was probably not consumed in the paleolithic period (neither was tea, for that matter), but it’s still very healthy and incredibly enjoyable.

Just make sure to choose quality coffee and don’t put sugar in it.

Some Thoughts

The truth is, we don’t even know exactly what our paleolithic ancestors ate and there is also no “one” type of paleo diet.

What people ate varied greatly between regions, depending on the food that was available at the time. Some ate a high-carb diet high in plants, others a low-carb diet high in animal foods.

The one thing I do know for certain is that paleolithic humans didn’t eat anything made in a factory. This includes refined sugar, refined grains, trans fats, veggie oils and any sort of processed food that is impossible to make naturally.

Humans evolved eating real food… plain and simple. That’s what we should be focusing on. It is a good idea to consider the foods humans evolved eating because it is likely that these foods will be both safe and healthy for our bodies. But there are plenty of “modern” foods that are healthy too. Just because it’s new, doesn’t mean it’s bad.

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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How To Perfectly Crack An Egg

As the title suggests today’s post is all about how to crack that perfect egg every time. If you missed yesterday’s post you can click here.

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I think too many people fall victim to eating bits and pieces of crushed eggshell after incorrectly cracking an egg into a bowl of batter or atop a greased skillet. It definitely puts a damper on that breakfast or brunch staple you wanted, right? Put an end to noshing on eggshell residue and start cracking eggs like a pro with this step-by-step guide to a truly flawless technique.

How to crack an egg:

Get a small bowl and one egg.

  1. Hold the egg in your dominant hand, focusing on the thumb, index and middle finger.
  2. Carefully, but with controlled force, crack the egg on a flat surface (like your countertop) enough to break the shell.
  3. Over the small bowl, gently push into the crack made and release the egg.
  4. If you happen to get any shell, use one of the cracked half egg shells to scoop it out.
Eggs in a bowl

That doesn’t seem too hard, right? It’s all about having that flat surface.

Where Should You Aim When You’re Cracking An Egg?

Don’t forget the other important factor: The point at which to strike the egg is crucial for a clean crack. An egg cracks best around its equator (aka its center). Cracking the egg in the equator (center) exhibits the strong association between an egg’s shape or geometry and its rigidity or—in more technical terms—its mechanical property. 

Striking the egg at its weakest point—which is where the curve is most prominent in the center—will allow for a seamless crack because it’s more brittle there. Also, just one sharp smack is much more effective than several light taps, so get your technique right!

 

Now, it’s time to head off to the kitchen to get cracking! Now that you’re armed with exactly how to crack an egg, the possibilities for breakfast are endless! Just remember: stop cracking your eggs on the side of your bowl, and switch to doing it on a flat surface instead. You’ll break the shell, without ending up with shards in your food, something you and everyone else you’re cooking for will greatly appreciate.

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 Difference Between White Eggs And Brown Eggs

Happy New Year!

Blogmas is officially over. If you missed the first 31 days here are all the links to the month-long blogmas.

I just want to take a moment before I get into today’s post to wish everyone A Happy New Year’s Eve. I also want to take a moment and say thank you to every and each one of you for being on this journey with me. I set out to blog every single day and I have. For 2019 I want to include all of you (my followers) (read below). I hope you all have fun and let’s have fun. Remember to have fun but also drink responsibly.

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND I WILL SEE YOU ALL IN THE NEW YEAR!

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 31! Blogmas Is flying right by! To catch up here are the links to the first 31 Days of #Blogmas

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When shopping for eggs, it’s inevitable to notice that the brown eggs almost always cost more than the white. Some may think that one is better than the other, but the truth is they’re not very different at all. There is a difference between brown eggs and white eggs, but it might not be all it’s cracked up to be. Let me eggsplain (lol).


What’s The Difference Between Brown Eggs And White Eggs

Eggshells get their color due to the breed of chicken they come from. For example, breeders have found that many white-feathered chickens with white earlobes lay white eggs, and red-feathered chickens with red earlobes lay brown eggs. While earlobe color can be a predictor of egg color, it is not always the rule.

For example, one breed of red-earlobed chickens—called the Aracuana breed—often lays blue eggs, but may also lay eggs that are green, pink, or even lavender, according to nonprofit organization Aviculture Europe.


Why Are Brown Eggs More Expensive Than White Eggs

Because brown eggs tend to cost more, people assume they are more nutritious and more delicious. But that is not the case. Brown eggs are more expensive because of the size of the hen that lays them. Red-feathered chickens tend to weigh more than white-feathered chickens. Because larger chickens require more food and land to remain healthy throughout production, higher production costs lead to more expensive products in the end when you’re shopping for eggs in the grocery store.

Some people also think that one color shell is harder than the other, or that there are different colored yolks. These factors are due to the age and feed of the chicken. The coloring of shells or bird has nothing to do with this.

Whether you prefer to eat eggs scrambled and fluffy, runny atop a slice of avocado toast, hard boiled in a salad, or fried on top of a burger (trust me on that one), you can’t go wrong when picking between brown eggs and white eggs.


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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Water To Help You Drink Water

While there’s no official recommendation for how much water you should drink daily, staying hydrated is essential for warding off weight gain, maintaining mental clarity, and even regulating body temperature. If you haven’t been making use of that fancy new reusable water bottle you have in your cabinet, stocking up on sparkling water may be the better solution for you.

Below, I’ve listed my go-to sparkling water brands that will help you stay hydrated and crush soda cravings without all the added sugars soft drinks are spiked with. Stock up and get to sipping!

Vita Coco Sparkling Waters

Vita coco sparkling waters

Per 1 can (12 fl oz): 25 calories, 0 g fat, 85 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (0 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 0 g protein

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The makers of your go-to coconut water recently debuted a new line of sparkling beverages that combine the tropical fruit’s electrolytes with the bubbles you crave, and I’m obsessed. Vita Coco Sparkling Waters come in four fruit-juice-sweetened flavors—Grapefruit, Lemon Ginger, Raspberry Lime, and Pineapple Passionfruit—that make for delicious cocktail mixers or enjoyed on their own.


Bubly

Pepsi bubly

Per 1 can (12 fl oz): 0 calories, 0 g fat, 10 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

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After soda giants experienced plummeting sales due to changing consumer demands, Pepsi decided to ride the sparkling water wave and debut Bubly. Its new line of sparkling waters come in colorful cans and eight refreshing fruity flavors—with zero added sugars or artificial flavors.


Spindrift

Spindrift sparkling water

Per 1 can (12 fl oz): 1–15 calories, 0 g fat, 0–3 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0–3 g sugar), 0 g protein (range dependent on flavor)

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Depending on the flavor you choose, Spindrift’s calorie, carb, and sugar contents will fluctuate. However, all flavors are sweetened with real squeezed fruit that lends the bev a subtle yet invigorating flavor. I love adding the Strawberry flavor to a glass of chilled white Zinfandel for an easy take on wine spritzers.



Perrier

Perrier sparkling water

Per 1 can (8.5 fl oz): 0 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

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Craving fizz but not the boatloads of sugar regular soda serves up? Perrier packs its slim cans with effervescent mineral water and natural flavors, which translates to zero grams of the sweet stuff. If you’re not too keen on regular ol’ H2O or need an afternoon pick-me-up, Perrier will become your new go-to.


Tickle Water

Tickle water

Per 1 can: (8 fl oz): 0 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

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Tickle triple-filters its water for maximum quality before it adds carbonation and natural flavors. The company’s mission is to encourage both kids and adults to drink more water and less sugary beverages like soda. The brand does just that by offering mouth-watering flavors such as Watermelon and Orange Mango.


Poland Spring Sparklers

Poland Spring sparkling water

Per 1 can (12 fl oz): 0 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

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Staying true to its brand, Poland Spring crafts its sparkling water with spring water from Maine before spiking it with fruity flavors and fizz. Forgot to grab some chasers for Saturday night’s soirée or this weekend Halloween Parties? You’ll likely find this pick at your local grocery store or bodega (convenience store, corner store or deli) depending on where you are from.


Final Thoughts

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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 Best On-The-Go Protein Shakes

In yesterday’s post I did the worst of On-The-Go Protein Shakes If you are interested in reading it you can Click Here. The best part about the best list is that some of these products are Vegan, Gluten-Free and Organic.

Most of the products mentioned today will have links to Amazon so you can check them out for yourself.

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My top picks for the best grab-and-go protein shakes contain no artificial sweeteners, high-fructose corn syrup, or hydrogenated oils. In addition, each one has at least 12 grams of high-quality proteins that deliver the right blend of amino acids required to build and repair muscle tissues. Unless otherwise mentioned, all products are sweetened with either stevia or stevia and monk fruit extract, two of our favorite non-nutritive sweeteners.


CalNaturale Svelte Organic Protein Drink

Protein shakes

Per 15.9 fl oz bottle: 260 calories, 10 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 190 mg sodium, 29 g carbs (5 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 16 g protein

Organic soy milk (and thus, non-GMO soy) is both the source of protein in this resealable shake and the first ingredient, followed by rice syrup and cane sugar (there’s also some stevia added). Rice syrup is being used more often in products because of its high glucose and low fructose content, meaning its sugars are mostly used for energy and fewer (i.e. the fructose) molecules are sent to be processed by the liver, where they could cause fatty liver disease. The high fiber count will help slow digestion and give you sustained energy. This certified gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and kosher shake boasts 8 vitamins and minerals, has 35 percent of your daily value of calcium, and 30 percent of your DV of vitamin D (which can not only help strengthen bones, but it can also help you lose belly fat).

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Skinnygirl Protein Shake

Protein shakes

Per 11.5 fl oz bottle: 80 calories, 1.5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 350 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (1-3 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 12 g protein

If you need something to tide you over until dinner or are planning a long car trip, this shake is for you. With no sugars to spike your blood sugar and incite nagging hunger pangs, this is a great option for those who are looking for just a high-protein snack to curb tummy rumbling. It also contains one of the shortest ingredient lists, including just water, milk protein concentrate, cocoa, natural flavors, cellulose gel and gum, salt, and the sweeteners stevia and monk fruit extract. Don’t rely on this one regularly, though. The combination of milk protein and use of carrageenan can cause bloating in those with sensitive stomachs.

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Organic Valley Organic Fuel High Protein Shake

Protein shakes

Per 11 oz bottle, chocolate: 260 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 105 mg sodium, 27 g carbs (1 g fiber, 26 g sugar), 26 g protein

Upgrade your Core Power High Protein Milk Shake with this organic version from Organic Valley. Made with filtered skim milk, cream, and fair-trade unrefined cane sugar, this product is likely safe for those with lactose intolerances due to the addition of lactase enzyme. There’s no carrageenan like there is in Core Power. Instead, the emulsifier is replaced with gellan gum—a water-dwelling-bacterium-derived product hasn’t been studied as well in humans, but the few studies that are out there have found no ill effects from ingestion.

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Muscle Milk Organic Non-Dairy Protein Shake

Protein shakes

Per 12 fl oz bottle: 170 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 180 mg sodium, 14 g carbs (0 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 20 g protein

Unlike traditional Muscle Milk, this shake gets its milk protein concentrate from organic-certified cows, which means they are required to spend at least four months a year grazing in pastures, their feed was grown without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or genetically modified seeds, and the cows are not treated with hormones or antibiotics. All of which are important as milk protein concentrate, which has a lower percentage of protein than whey isolate, contains more bioactive compounds found in the milk fat that positively influence metabolism and immunity. They keep the sugar count low by adding some cane sugar but supplementing the sweetness with non-nutritive stevia as well. Like SkinnyGirl shakes, this product uses carrageenan, which could cause inflammation and gastrointestinal problems when consumed often. Enjoy as an occasional treat.

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Orgain Organic Nutritional Shake

Protein shakes

Per 11 fl oz bottle: 255 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 260 mg sodium, 32 g carbs (2 g fiber, 12 g sugar), 16 g protein

Besides Organic Valley’s Organic Fuel, this is the only protein shake I could find on the market that isn’t sweetened with non-nutritive sweeteners like monk fruit extract, stevia, or sugar alcohols—just good-old-fashioned sugar and brown rice syrup. So if you’re looking for a real-sugar sweetened drink that doesn’t have as much protein as Organic Fuel, Orgain has you covered with this blend of only 16 grams of protein, 23 vitamins and minerals, as well as 10 fruits and veggies with the perfect 2:1 ratio of carbs to protein optimal for muscle recovery.

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Odwalla Strawberry Protein Shake

Protein shakes

Per 15.2 fl oz bottle: 300 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 250 mg sodium, 36 g carbs (0 g fiber, 33 g sugar), 25 g protein

This real-fruit-puree-, cane-sugar-, and stevia-sweetened strawberry shake from Odwalla contains about 300 calories and a ratio of carbs to protein that is ideal to refill your fuel tank and to build and repair muscle tissue after a long cardio workout. The protein source is both milk protein concentrate and isolated soy protein—both are organic. If you’re looking for flavors with more carbs, Odwalla’s vanilla and chocolate flavors each come with 46 grams and 53 grams, respectively, but note that these are almost entirely simple sugars—great for after a workout, but not so great if you’re just sipping on this flavor at your desk job.

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Orgain Vegan Nutritional Shake

Protein shakes

Per 11 fl oz bottle: 220 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 160-185 mg sodium, 25 g carbs (2 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 16 g protein

We’re big advocates for using plant protein powders. Unlike whey powders, plant protein won’t lead to bloat are less likely to include nasty artificial sweeteners, and have been found to be just as effective in building muscle and strength, according to a Nutrition Journal study. Sweetened with stevia and monk fruit extract, this nutritional shake gets its protein power from a blend of brown rice, chia seeds, flax seeds, and hemp. This combo is ideal as single plant-based varieties aren’t complete proteins, which means you’d miss out on key muscle-strengthening amino acids. Along with protein, this box comes with an additional 21 vitamins and minerals as well as an organic fruit and veggie blend.

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FitPro GO!

Protein shakes

Per 14 fl oz bottle, vanilla: 200 calories, 2.5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 400 mg sodium, 10 g carbs (2 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 35 g protein

These hormone-free, milk-based drinks are lactose-free due to an ultrafiltration process, which removes most of this naturally occurring sugar (the sugar you see is from added cane sugar, and it’s also sweetened with stevia and monk fruit). FitPro is flavored with natural vanilla and cocoa, emulsified with gellan gum instead of carrageenan, and is an excellent source of 18 vitamins and minerals. This shake stands alone in providing the most protein with the fewest ingredients—all of which are approved by me!

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Coco Libre Protein Coconut Water

Protein shakes

Per 11 fl oz carton: 140 calories, 1 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 280 mg sodium, 16 g carbs (3 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 7 g erythritol), 15 g protein

Sweetened with a touch of erythritol and stevia, this is a new breed of protein shake; made primarily of electrolyte-rich coconut water, Coco Libre also supplies more protein than three eggs with the addition of organic, grass-fed milk protein concentrate—for a fraction of the morning prep time. The benefits of coconut water are that its electrolytes will help rehydrate you while the nutrients in milk proteins replenish glycogen stores and help muscles recover. After a particularly strenuous workout, pair it with a piece of fruit to boost healthy carbs available for your body’s recovery.

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Orgain Grass-fed Protein Shake

Protein shakes

Per 11 fl oz bottle: 140 calories, 2 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 200 mg sodium, 10 g carbs (3 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 20 g protein

For the whey protein crowd, this choice of grass-fed milk protein concentrate is prime. The cows are free of growth hormone rBST, steroids, antibiotics, and GMOs, it’s free of refined sugars (instead, sweetened with agave, monk fruit extract, and stevia), and it’s free of inflammatory carrageenan. With its low sugar count, this shake is perfect for busy professionals, moms on-the-go, or students who need something to get them through that 3-hour seminar.

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Café Au Lait Grass-Fed Protein Drink

Protein shakes

Per 11.5 fl oz bottle: 130 calories, 2 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 8 g carbs (4 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 20 g protein

Made with natural ingredients like grass-fed milk protein isolate, cocoa powder, sea salt, and real Colombian Coffee (yes, there are 180 mg of caffeine—about what’s in two 8-ounce cups of coffee—in this bottle!) this is one of the better bottles in the supplement store. It’s very rich in protein, and it’s perfect for muscle building and maintenance because it also contains calcium and vitamin B12.

I love this stuff! I prefer drinking this every day before a workout or if I need a pick me up.

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Organic Balance Milk Protein Shake

Protein shakes

Per 11 oz bottle: 190 calories, 3.5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 160-210 mg sodium, 24 g carbs (1 g fiber, 23 g sugar), 16 g protein

When you’re drinking milk products, ultrafiltered milk products, or protein products with “milk protein concentrate (not necessarily isolate) you want to see words like grass-fed or pasture-raised, and organic. This means that the cows aren’t fed a conventional “Diet” of corn and soy products that for starters, can sicken cows enough to require the use of antibiotics, and two, cause high levels of unhealthy fat build-ups, like bad saturated fats and inflammatory omega-6s—which all get passed on to you. Sweetened with unrefined cane sugar and a touch of stevia, this Organic Balance is a great option after a workout, but maybe a little high on the sugar front for a meal replacement or snack.

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Stonyfield OP Organic Protein Vanilla Smoothie

Protein shakes

Per 11 fl oz bottle: 190 calories, 2 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 170 mg sodium, 26 g carbs (1 g fiber, 15 g sugar), 15 g protein

Exactly what I want to see in any product made with yogurt: “live active cultures!” Which means this shake is full of healthy-gut-promoting probiotics. Made with Orgain’s Organic Milk Protein Concentrate along with cultured low-fat milk, two natural prebiotics (pectin and inulin), and 9 vitamins and minerals, this shake is a great pick for your daily dose of protein. Although the milk and cane sugar (it’s also sweetened with erythritol) drive both the protein and sugar content, we can’t scoff at the 1:1 protein to sugar ratio when most companies struggle to get close to 1:2.

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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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