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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Because We Need To Eat Sometime

Mental toughness is many things. It is humility because it behooves all of us to remember that simplicity is the sign of greatness and meekness is the sign of true strength. Mental toughness is spartanism with qualities of sacrifice, self-denial, dedication. It is fearlessness, and it is love.
: Vince Lombardi :


  • At 12:44 AM, Blogger The Ana Belles said…

    Portion Control:

    There is probably no single more vital change you can make in your eating habits than to establish a lifestyle of proper portion control. It is the ultimate key to success and the foundation of every secret weapon against gorging, binging, and packing on the pounds. Besides, nothing says control and perfection like the ability to consume one single actual serving in the company of those indulging in gluttonous supersized meals and excessively overpiled plates. Nothing tastes of success like it, either.

    The right portion ... Is about the size of ...

    -3 oz. of meat or poultry =
    A cassette tape

    -3 oz. of grilled fish =
    Your checkbook

    -½ cup of pasta or rice =
    An ice cream scoop

    -1 oz. of cheese = 4 stacked dice

    -1 cup fresh greens =
    A tennis ball

    -1 oz. of pretzels or other snack foods = A large handful

    -1 medium fruit or a small potato = Your computer mouse

    -1 teaspoon of butter
    or margarine = A Scrabble tile

    -1 ounce of bread or 1 small roll = A Yo-Yo

  • At 12:49 AM, Blogger The Ana Belles said…

    Got Negative Calories?

    The base metabolism of the human body expends a certain amount of energy in the performance of vital functions, of which digestion is one. Foods which create a caloric deficit in digestion are commonly termed negative calorie foods. This means the body burns more calories to digest these foods than it receives from these foods. Foods which have been considered negative calorie include:

    Asparagus, Beet Root, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower,
    Celery Chicory, Hot Chili, Cucumber
    Garden Cress, Garlic, Green Beans
    Lettuce, Onion, Radish, Spinach

    Apple, Cranberry, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Mango, Orange, Papaya, Pineapple, Raspberry, Strawberry, Tangerine

  • At 12:51 AM, Blogger The Ana Belles said…


    *FOODS WE CAN EAT*(cals)
    - sugar free jello (10)
    - flavored water (0)
    - sugar free plain applesauce(50)
    - ice(0)
    - 2 cups fat free popcorn (30)
    - sugar free altoid minis (0.9)
    - 3 saltless crackers (15)
    - carrots (35)
    - WATER (duh)
    - freeze pops (25)
    there are many more foods we can eat, so feel free to post them. along with their calories.

  • At 1:30 AM, Blogger The Ana Belles said…

    In case you haven't noticed, I'm a meat, potato, barbeque, and carbs kinda girl! But there are ways to get around that and not feel totally restricted. Everything here has under 75 calories and under 5 grams of fat. So, here we go...

    1. Dijon Chicken Drumsticks
    Servings: 16 Calories: 71 Fat: 2

    ° 16 pcs skinless chicken drumsticks
    ° 6 tbsps Dijon mustard
    ° 4 tbsps brown sugar
    ° 4 tbsps lemon juice, bottled
    ° 1/4 tsp black pepper
    ° 1/2 tsp salt

    Preheat oven to 400. Prepare a jelly-roll pan with cooking spray. In a small bowl, combine mustard, brown sugar, lemon juice, black pepper, and salt. Mix well. Place mustard mixture into a loaf pan. Dip each drumstick into mixture. Place onto prepared pan. Bake for 35 minutes more, or until chicken is no longer pink inside. *Any extra mustard mixture can be discarded or kept for another time when you make this recipe.

    2. Summer Chili
    Servings: 20 Calories: 58 Fat: 2

    ° 1/2 c onions, chopped
    ° 1 1/2 cloves garlic, minced
    ° 1/2 tsp olive oil
    ° 10 1/2 ozs chicken broth
    ° 1 c canned dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
    ° 1/4 c celery, chopped
    ° 1/4 c carrots, sliced
    ° 1 c squash, chopped
    ° 1 c zucchini, chopped
    ° 1 c bell peppers, chopped
    ° 2 c mushrooms, sliced
    ° 1/2 c crushed tomatoes, chopped
    ° 2 tsps chili powder
    ° 1 tsp cumin
    ° 1 tsp salt
    ° 1/4 tsp black pepper
    ° 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
    ° 8 ozs tomato sauce
    ° 1 tsp honey

    In a large saucepan, cook onion and garlic, in oil until tender. Add water, kidney beans, celery, carrots, squash, zucchini, pepper, mushrooms, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and honey until soft. Mix in chili powder, cumin, black pepper, salt, and cayenne until blended. Simmer all ingredients about one hour, or until bubbly.

    3. Ice Box Crescent Rolls
    Servings: 48 Calories: 68 Fat: 1

    ° 2 c fat-free milk
    ° 1/2 c granulated sugar
    ° 2 tsps salt
    ° 1 env dry yeast
    ° 3 tbsps warm water, 105 to 115 degrees
    ° 1/4 c light margarine, melted
    ° 1 whole egg
    ° 6 c unbleached flour

    In a one quart saucepan, heat milk almost to the boiling point. Add sugar and salt. Cool to lukewarm. In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk mixture, margarine, egg, and three cups flour. Mix until smooth. By hand, stir in remaining flour until well blended. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight. Dough will be very sticky. Add enough extra flour to make a soft dough. Then, punch down dough and divide into thirds. Roll each third into a twelve inch circle. Cut each circle into sixteen pie-shaped wedges. Roll each wedge into a crescent shape. Place on prepared baking sheets. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled in size. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

    4. Make Ahead Meatballs
    Servings: 42 Calories: 61 Fat: 1

    ° 2 whole eggs
    ° 2 c dry white bread crumbs
    ° 1/4 c fat-free milk
    ° 2 tsps salt
    ° 2 lbs ground skinless chicken breast
    ° 1/4 tsp black pepper
    ° 1 c chopped onions
    ° 1 tsp worcestershire sauce

    Preheat oven to 400. In a mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, chicken, onions, crumbs, salt, black pepper, and worcestershire sauce. Mix well. Shape mixture into 42-1 1/4" balls. Place meatballs in a unprepared jelly roll pan. Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned and no pink remains. Cool. Place meatballs in unprepared 13 "x 9" pan. Freeze, uncovered, for 45 minutes. Place partially frozen meatballs in each of three freezer-safe bags. Label and dates bags. Then, place in freezer for future use.

    5. Meatball Soup
    Servings: 10 Calories: 32 Fat:0.7

    ° 5 c chicken broth
    ° 1 c water
    ° 12 whole pre-cooked meatballs
    ° 1 c carrots, sliced ° 1 c potatoes o'brien, thawed
    ° 1/2 c celery, chopped
    ° 14 1/2 ozs no-salt-added whole tomatoes, pureed
    ° 1/2 tsp salt

    Drop meatballs into boiling broth and water. Add carrots, potatoes, celery, pureed tomatoes, and salt. Cook slowly for one hour, or until vegetables are tender.

    6. Best Ever Meatloaf
    Servings: 12 Calories: 73 Fat: 1

    °1 c onions, chopped
    °1/4 c ketchup
    °3 cloves minced garlic
    °2 tsps worcestershire sauce
    °1 lb ground skinless chicken breast
    °1 1/4 tsps salt
    °3/4 c whole wheat bread crumbs
    °1/2 tsp black pepper
    °1 whole egg 1/2 c ketchup

    Preheat oven to 350. Prepare a 8" x 4" loaf pan with cooking spray; set aside. In a non-stick skillet, cook onions and garlic until tender. Place in a mixing bowl. Stir in chicken, bread crumbs, egg, 1/4 cup ketchup, worcestershire sauce, salt, and black pepper. Mix well. Place mixture into prepared pan. Spread top with remaining ketchup. Bake for one hour, or until loaf reaches 185 on a meat thermometer. Let stand five minutes before slicing.

    7. Quick & Easy Barbeque Sauce
    Servings: 16 Calories: 12 Fat: 1

    °1/2 c ketchup
    °1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
    °1/4 c water
    °1 tsp chili powder
    °1 tbsp brown sugar
    °1/2 tsp salt
    °1 tbsp white vinegar

    In a saucepan, combine ketchup, water, brown sugar, vinegar, worcestershire sauce, chili powder and salt. Simmer, uncovered for ten minutes, or until heated through.

    8. Corn 'N Chicken Chili
    Servings: 8 Calories: 5 Fat: 3

    ° 1 lb ground chicken breast, skinless
    ° 2 cloves garlic, minced
    ° 1/2 c onions, chopped
    ° 1 tbsp chili powder
    ° 11/4 tsps salt
    ° 1/4 tsp black pepper
    ° 6 ozs tomato paste
    ° 2 c water
    ° 2 tbsps green chiles, diced
    ° 15 1/2 ozs canned dark red kidney beans, drained
    ° 1 2/3 c no-salt-added canned corn, drained
    ° 14 1/2 ozs stewed tomatoes, drained and chopped
    ° 10 1/2 ozs low-fat tofu, drained

    In a skillet, cook chicken, garlic, and onions until chicken is no longer pink and vegetables are tender. Add chili powder, salt, black pepper, tomato paste, water, chiles, beans, corn, and tomatoes. Mix thoroughly. Crumble tofu into the mixture. Simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

    9. Parmesan Bread Sticks
    Servings: 16 Calories: 72 Fat: 1

    ° 1/4 c egg whites, slightly beaten
    ° 1 lb frozen white bread dough, thawed
    ° 1/4 c fat-free parmesan cheese
    ° 1 tbsp garlic powder

    Preheat oven to 450. Prepare baking sheets with cooking spray; set aside. Pour egg whites into a 9 x 13" pan. In another 9 x 13" pan sprinkle with parmesan cheese and garlic powder. Divide dough into 16 pieces and shape each piece into a ball. On lightly floured surface, roll each ball into a rope, 12" long. Dip rope in egg whites, then into the parmesan cheese mixture, coating evenly. Gently twist each rope several times to create a spiraled look, then lay bread sticks on prepared baking sheets, 2" apart. Bake for 12 mintues, or until crisp and golden brown.

    10. Pepperoni Dipping Sauce
    Servings: 24 Calories: 25 Fat: 1

    °1 c pizza sauce
    °1 clove garlic, minced
    °33 slices reduced fat turkey pepperoni, chopped fine
    °1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
    °1/2 c onions, chopped
    °16 pcs Parmesan Bread Sticks
    °1/2 c bell peppers, chopped

    In a saucepan, combine sauce, pepperoni, onions, bell peppers, garlic, and Italian seasoning. Mix well. Cook over medium heat until hot. Serve warm with bread sticks.


  • At 1:59 AM, Blogger The Ana Belles said…

    Time for dessert! We all love a little forbidden food every once and awhile. At under 75 calories and 5 grams of fat these are some guiltless chocies. Get ready to treat your sweet tooth...

    1. Devil's Food Cookies
    Servings: 30 Calories: 54 Fat: 2

    ° 1/4 c margarine, softened
    ° 1/2 c Fat-Free Buttermilk* (see note)
    ° 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
    ° 2 egg whites, whipped
    ° 1 1/2 c unbleached flour
    ° 1/2 c cocoa powder, sifted
    ° 2/3 c granulated sugar
    ° 1 tsp baking soda
    ° 1/4 tsp salt
    ° 2 tsps powdered sugar, sifted

    Preheat oven to 350. Prepare baking sheets with cooking spray; set aside. In a mixing bowl, combine margarine, buttermilk* (may substitute with 1 1/2 teaspoons vinegar combined with enough skim milk to equal 1/2 cup; let stand 5 minutes.), vanilla extract, and egg whites. In another mixing bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Mix wet ingredients with dry ingredients just until moistened. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls, 2" apart onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for seven minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

    2. Pumpkin Spice Bars
    Servings: 60 Calories: 72 Fat: 2

    ° 18 1/4 ozs spice cake mix
    ° 1 whole egg
    ° 3 tbsps light margarine, melted
    ° 8 ozs fat-free cream cheese, softened
    ° 14 ozs fat-free sweetened condensed milk
    ° 15 ozs pumpkin, canned
    ° 2 whole eggs
    ° 1/4 tsp salt
    ° 1/2 c walnuts, chopped

    Preheat oven to 350. Prepare a jelly-roll pan with cooking spray and flour; set aside. In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix, one egg, and margarine. Mix until well blended. Press into prepared pan. In another mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, pumpkin, remaining eggs, and salt. Mix well. Pour over crust. Sprinkle walnuts over top. Bake for 30 minutes, or until filling is set. Cool in pan 20 minutes. Chill. Cut into one and a half inch bars. * Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.

    3. Sugar Cookies
    Servings: 42 Calories: 64 Fat: 2

    ° 1/3 c light margarine, softened
    ° 1/3 c margarine, softened
    ° 1 whole egg
    ° 1 tbsp fat-free milk
    ° 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
    ° 2 c unbleached flour
    ° 3/4 c granulated sugar
    ° 1 tsp baking powder
    ° 1 c powdered sugar, sifted
    ° 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
    ° 1 tbsp fat-free milk

    Preheat oven to 375. To prepare dough, combine margarine, egg, one tablespoon milk, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl. In another mixing bowl, combine flour, granulated sugar, and baking powder. Mix wet ingredients with dry ingredients just until moistened. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill until easy to handle. On a lightly, floured surface, roll each half of dough to 1/8" thickness. Using 2 1/2" cutters, cut dough into desired shape. Place one inch apart onto unprepared baking sheet. Bake for seven minutes or until lightly browned. Meanwhile, to prepare icing, combine powdered sugar, remaining vanilla extract, and milk in a small mixing bowl. If desired, color with food coloring. When cookies have cooled spread icing over cookies. * After icing has set, store cookies in airtight containers up to 5 days or freeze uniced in airtight container up to 3 months.

    4. No Bake Gingersnap Balls
    Servings: 20 Calories: 58 Fat: 2

    ° 3 tbsps corn syrup
    ° 3 tbsps reduced fat peanut butter
    ° 5 ozs Gingersnap Cookies, crushed fine
    ° 1/3 c powdered sugar

    In a mixing bowl, combine corn syrup and peanut butter. Mix well. Add crushed cookies. Mixture should hold together without being sticky. Roll mixture into 20 one inch balls. Coat balls with powdered sugar. Chill until ready to serve.

    5. Raisin Crisscross Cookies
    Servings: 36 Calories: 68 Fat: 2

    ° 1/2 c margarine, softened
    ° 1 whole egg white, slightly beaten
    ° 1 tbsp fat-free milk
    ° 1/2 tsp lemon extract
    ° 2 1/4 c unbleached flour
    ° 3/4 c granulated sugar
    ° 1/2 c raisins
    ° 3/4 tsp cream of tartar
    ° 3/4 tsp baking soda
    ° 2 tsps cinnamon

    Preheat oven to 400. In a mixing bowl, combine margarine, egg white, milk, and lemon extract. In another mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, raisins, cream of tartar, baking soda, and cinnamon. Mix wet ingredients with dry ingredients. Then roll into balls. Place balls 3" apart onto unprepared baking sheet. Flatten with a fork dipped in sugar, making a crisscross pattern. Bake for ten minutes.

    6. Peanut Butter Fudge
    Servings: 48 Calories: 74 Fat: 2

    °2 c granulated sugar
    °8 ozs peanut butter
    °1/2 c fat-free milk
    °7 ozs marshmallow cream

    Line a 8" square pan with foil extends over sides of pan; butter foil; set aside. In a large saucepan, combine sugar and milk. Bring to a boil and then boil for three minutes; stirring constantly. Add peanut butter; mix well. Stir in marshmallow cream; mix well. Cook, stirring for one minute. Quickly pour mixture into a prepared pan. Chill for two hours, or until firm. Turn fudge onto cutting board. Peel off foil and cut into squares.

    7. Hot Caramel Sundaes
    Servings: 24 Calories: 70 Fat: 0.3

    °1 1/2 c brown sugar, packed
    °1 tbsp light margarine, melted
    °1/3 c light corn syrup
    °1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
    °1/3 c water
    °1/4 tsp baking soda
    °3/4 c Cool Whip Free, thawed low-fat vanilla ice cream, slightly softened

    In a saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, and water. Heat to boiling over medium-high flame. Remove from heat; gradually stir in whipped topping. Cook over low flame until heated through. Remove from heat and stir in margarine, vanilla, and baking soda. Serve over vanilla ice cream.

    8. Ornamental Frosting
    Servings: 48 Calories: 38 Fat: 0

    °16 ozs powdered sugar
    °1 tsp yellow paste icing color
    °3 tbsps meringue powder
    °1 tsp red paste icing color
    °1/3 c warm water
    °1 tsp leaf green paste icing color

    In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, meringue powder, and water. Mix mixture for five minutes, or until it is so stiff that knife drawn through it leaves a clean-cut path. If desired, add coloring to frosting. With decorating bag, with small tip, decorate cookies with frosting. If mixture is too thick add a little more warm water to desired spreading or piping consistency. Keep frosting covered with plastic wrap to prevent drying out. Decorate cookies as desired.

    9. Cranberry Mini-Muffins
    Servings: 48 Calories: 38 Fat: 0

    °1 1/4 c unbleached flour
    °1/2 c raisins
    °1 tbsp baking powder
    °1 tsp orange peel, grated
    °1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
    °1 1/4 c fat-free milk
    °1/4 tsp salt
    °1/3 c egg whites, slightly beaten
    °1 1/2 c All Bran Cereal, original
    °3 tbsps olive oil
    °1 c fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped

    Preheat oven to 400. Prepare 20 miniature muffins cups with cooking spray and flour; set aside. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, salt, cereal, cranberries, raisins, and orange peel. Mix well and set aside. In another mixing bowl, combine milk, egg whites, and oil. Add to flour mixture. Mix until moistened. Spoon one and half ounces of batter into each prepared cup. Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned on top.

    10. Pineapple Freeze
    Servings: 4 Calories: 65 Fat: 0

    °16 ozs crushed pineapple, undrained

    Place unopened can of pineapple in freezer until hard. Then, place under hot running water for 30 seconds and remove from can. Place in blender half at a time and blend to slush consistency. Spoon into serving dishes.


  • At 6:27 PM, Blogger The Ana Belles said…

    Ok, so it can be fun to live life on the edge but not when it comes to what your putting in your body. Here are a few tried and tested safe foods gauranteed to keep you on the right track...and out of trouble:

    1. Fruit-2-0-plus
    This little gem is an Ana's best friend. Flavored water with vitamins added -- 25%-50% of your A, C, and most of the B vitamins -- with zero calories, zero grams of fat, and zero carbohydrates! Three flavors available: Citrus Boost, Tropical Immunity, and Berry Relaxing. Perk up your fasting days with these babies!

    2. Diet V-8 Splash
    With merely 10 calories and 3g carb in an 8-ounce serving, this tasty alternative offers 100% US RDA of Vitamin C and 130% US RDA of Vitamin A. A fabulous fasting friend and useful addition to the Fruit-2-0-plus boost!

    3. Low-sodium broth
    Chicken or beef, choose a variety which is 98-100% fat free and low in sodium to help stave off those hunger pangs. Tastes satisfying like soup or a meaty entree, yet only 10 calories per serving. The hot liquid fools your tummy into feeling full, and you get 2g of extra protein to help boost your energy level.

  • At 2:29 PM, Blogger The Ana Belles said…

    Snack Attack:

    Snacking can be a dietary disadvantage; or a nutritional edge. Here's how to make it work in your favor.

    Many nutrition experts often recommend munching between meals to maintain your energy and prevent you from devouring too much at lunch or dinner. But snacking could thwart your ability to manage the size of your middle -- unless, that is, you learn to snack smart.

    "Nutrition experts are not wrong about the healthfulness of snacking, but perhaps we haven't been clear that you should have a snack only when your stomach wants it," states Connie Roberts, R.D., a nutritionist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

    If you're one of those folks who visit the vending machine, pantry, or convenience store for reasons other than hunger, work on identifying why. Are you bored? Join a book group or call a friend. Tense? Take a lavender bath. Mad? Go out to the driving range and see how far you can hit your boss, er, ball.

    Once you learn to snack only when your stomach calls, chances are you will eat less at subsequent meals, Roberts adds. Why? She explains that it takes the food you eat about 20 minutes to start making a dent in your hunger. If you begin a meal ravenous, you may eat so quickly that you've polished off a second helping before you feel even the slightest bit full. In this case, a modest premeal snack could keep you from stuffing yourself. Which brings us to this question: When your stomach sounds like a symphony, what should you snack on?

    Use the following advice to make healthy snack selections.

    Check out the calories. Opt for 50- or 100-calorie snacks if your next meal is within an hour or two, 150 to 200 if it's going to be longer than that.Think outside the bag. Sure, it's easy to grab a bag of chips. "But look beyond the usual choices -- pretzels, popcorn and chips; and focus on fruits, vegetables and dairy products," says Leslie Bonci, R.D., a Pittsburgh-based spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. "You probably don't get too few potato chips in your diet, but chances are you're coming up short on these other foods."Focus on fiber and protein. A snack containing at least a little protein will keep you fuller longer. Snacks that are high in fiber are also more filling than low-fiber snacks. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are fiber-rich; low-fat dairy products, legumes, nuts and lean meat are packed with protein. Whenever you can, combine the two -- spread a little peanut butter on your banana, or top your whole-wheat crackers with tuna salad or hummus.Don't forsake your favorites. Sweet snacks are unlikely to contain enough protein or fiber to fill you up until mealtime. But you needn't -- and shouldn't -- banish them completely. "You just can't say, 'I'll never eat another Oreo again.' It's a surefire way to devour the whole bag," Bowers says. Try to build small portions of your favorite snack foods -- no matter how vitamin-vacant they are -- into your regular meals when you're hungry.Avoid a snack-food rut. "Have different kinds of snacks every day so you get a variety of nutrients," Bonci advises.This article appeared in similar form in the August 2000 issue of Cooking Light magazine.

    © 2000 Cooking Light magazine

  • At 7:22 PM, Blogger The Ana Belles said…

    Diet-Busting Foods That May Surprise You

    There are many foods that seem like they're healthy but are actually loaded with calories and fat.

    Beware of the counterfeit food, disguised as healthy and seemingly good for your diet, but secretly packing quite a calorie punch. There are plenty of suspects out there, ones that might seem like they should be obvious, and others that sneak past your lips without you even knowing it. Either way, they add a significant number of calories to your diet. From soup to nuts, here are the biggest culprits.


    "We frequently think of soup as a filler, but not necessarily a rich source of calories," says Susan Moores, a registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.

    So for lunch, you have a nice light salad (Warning! See below!) and a hearty soup complete with crackers, all the while patting yourself on the back for sticking to your diet. The bad news is that certain soups can be packed full of calories and fat, especially favorites like New England clam chowder or cream of broccoli.

    "Broth soups are great, but cream or milk-based soups can be fairly high in fat, with more than 300 calories for 8-12 ounces," says Moores.

    Sugar-Free Cookies

    "Sugar-free cookies fall into the fat-free phenom," says Moores. "When an ingredient considered bad -- such as fat or sugar -- is removed, often people will think that means fewer calories or even no calories."

    In other words, they give themselves a license to eat and eat and eat until the package is empty because, hey, no sugar means no calories, right? Wrong -- sugar-free doesn't necessarily mean good for your diet.

    "Checking the package label will tell the true story," says Moores. "It's not uncommon for a fat-free or even sugar-free food to have nearly the same number of calories as its regular counterpart, and taste- wise, there's no comparison to the real deal."


    Is it the other white meat?

    "Some cuts or preparation techniques make pork great," Moores tells WebMD. "Others don't."

    Depending on the cut, the piece of pork in front of you can be comparable to low-fat, low-calorie chicken, or as high in fat as a hot dog. And even if it's a lean cut of meat, adding sauce or cheese to a nice slice of pork can ruin its value to your waistline.

    "Loin cuts such as tenderloin and sirloin are lean," says Moores. "Often it's preparation or sauces that make pork a boon or a bust."


    You can't get your day started without a big cup of java, and as a stand-alone, you'll be glad to hear it's OK for your diet.

    "Coffee by itself is calorie free," says Moores.

    But start adding on accessories and your seemingly innocent morning coffee turns your diet in the wrong direction.

    "Coffee drinks can be astronomically high in calories depending on the ingredients and size of the drink one selects," says Moores. "I've seen one coffee drink that contained more than 1,000 calories for 16 ounces. Ouch."

    Salad Dressings

    Salad dressings are notorious for sneaking loads of extra calories and fat onto what might seem like a healthy meal.

    "Some studies show that women who are high salad eaters get up to 60% of their total fat each day from salad dressings," says Rick Hall, a registered dietitian and advisory board member for the Arizona Governor's Council on Health, Physical Fitness, and Sports.

    Throw on a little cheese, croutons, and bacon bits, and your lunch is starting to look less healthy, more calorie packed, and detrimental to your diet.

    Breakfast Bars

    Don't be fooled by the wrapping.

    "Some breakfast bars look healthy and even have healthy looking pictures on the box," Hall tells WebMD. "But if you look at the actual calories and extra sugars in its ingredients, it's pretty high."

    The telltale trick, explains Hall, is to see what's listed first on the ingredient list.

    "When one of the first two or three ingredients is high-fructose corn syrup, that's something to be very cautious of," says Hall. "And that's what you see with a lot of the breakfast bars."

    Dried Fruits and Granola

    "Dried fruits don't contain any water, which makes them very dense in calories," says David Levitsky, PhD, who is a professor of nutrition and psychology at Cornell University.

    Foods like raisins, dried apples, and apricots look healthy on the outside, but on the inside, they're secretly carrying more than their fair share of calories.

    "A handful is OK," says Levitsky. "But if you sit down and eat the whole package thinking they're low-calorie, you're wrong."

    The same goes for granola.

    "Granola sounds great, but it's very rich in fat, so you have to watch how much you eat," says Levitsky.

    Juice and Soda

    "You might think it's just a drink, and not even notice the calories, but they add up," says Levitsky.

    You have a juice midmorning, and a soda midafternoon, and next thing you know, you've consumed an extra 400 calories in liquids.

    "Don't get carried away with the idea that drinks other than water are calorie-free," says Levitsky. "You have that extra snack or drink each day thinking it's not a lot, but you're not thinking about the long-term consequences."

    Low-Fat/Low-Cal Foods

    "When these low-carb diets came out, people would look at a cake and see that it was labeled as no fat and low calorie, and they'd eat the whole thing," Levitsky tells WebMD.

    Unfortunately, no fat and low calorie doesn't mean you can have your cake and eat the whole thing, too.

    "At the end you have to be careful because they still contain calories," says Levitsky. "Low calorie does not mean no calorie."


    "Nuts are generally healthy," says Levitsky. "They're a good source of protein and vitamins."

    But the tricky thing about nuts is that they're only healthy if you can eat just one serving.

    "The problem with peanuts is that most people don't eat half a cup and walk away," says Levitsky. "Once you get started it's hard to put a jar of peanuts down."

    That's when your diet goes south.

    "Nuts are extremely high in fat and calories," says Levitsky. "And if you're sitting there with a bag or jar of peanuts, look out."

    By Heather Hatfield
    WebMD Feature
    Published Oct. 24, 2005.


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