Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mix Naughty and Nice

If only some nutritious foods weren't so bland (and junk food so delicious), you'd eat more of the good stuff and less of the not-so-good stuff, right???
You can get the best of both with this simple trick: Make a 50-50 blend of your favourite bite and its more virtuous counterpart!  You'll cut calories, fat and sugar without comprising the taste.  How good is that??

If you crave Salty, greasy chips
Mix up 1 oz Fritos (for example) with 1 oz air-popped popcorn
The Plus? You still get the crunch and save 50 calories and 9 grams of fat.  Popcorn is also a good source of fibre and B vitamins.

If you crave a Juicy Burger
Mix up 2 oz ground beef with 2 oz ground turkey
The Plus?  Using all-white turkey meat lets you sink your teeth into a succulent patty that sheds 14grams of  fat.

If you crave Pasta
Mix up 1 oz white pasta with 1 oz whole-wheat or other grain pasta
The Plus? Get nearly double the fibre per serving, filling you up so you'll be less likely to go back for seconds.  The healthier noodles also provide 3 x more folate.

If you crave Fruity Sangria
Mix up 3 oz Sangria with 3 oz flavoured carbonated water or sletzer
The Plus?  Quench your thirst with this fizzy sip and you'll sace about 140 calories and half the sugar.  You'll also stay hydrated while you drink - heading off a nasty hangover.

If you crave Chocolate
Mix up half a 1.7oz pack of M&M's with 23 almonds
The Plus? Slash sugar in half and saturated fat by a third.  Plus, the protein and good fat in the nuts will keep hunger at bay - ideal for satisfying afternoon munchies.  Sweet!

Use your imagination to Go half and half for better health!

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