Thursday, March 5, 2009

Good Health Habits

Wondering what you all do as far as eating healthy + low fat + good tasting?

As far as it goes here we have to pick one. Are we going to have a healthy meal (I'm talking organic) with no butter, low sugar, lots of veggies and without high fat or dressings OR are we going to have a low fat meal with low-fat dressings and low-calorie substitutes OR just a good tasting high everything meal. 

So far we usually mix it up and I have to announce to everyone, "This is Healthy so eat it" and then we go and blow it with Kevin's favorite Fried Fish and Mashed potatoes the next night. 

So is it better to go with a low-calorie substitute as most diets recommend or to go organic and get rid of all substitutes and just deal with a different (bad) taste?

On the Today show this morning they had the author of the great book "Eat This not That" and he showed two of my favorite salads that are calorie disasters. 
1. TGI Friday's salad Pecan crusted Chicken salad = 1,300 calories = 6 1/2 glazed donuts
2. Chilies Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad = 1,100 calories = Medium Pizza from Dominos

I couldn't believe it. I'm sure my other favorite salad is a disaster too. The Zackby's fried chicken house salad with honey mustard dressing. It is yummy though!

So what are you eating? I would love to hear your comments! 


Kami said...

That is sooo disappointing! I have had that pecan crusted chicken salad from Friday's about 3 or 4 times in the past few weeks. I love it! I can't believe how many calories it has. I guess if you want something that actually tastes good, you just have to have it in moderation, and you have to eat healthy the rest of the time. And if it's healthy, it's probably not going to taste so good. Thanks for your post Christina!

Karey said...

That's funny that you bring this up, because I get the Eat This, Not That emails and I was just looking at their lists on their website before I read your post! It is too much for me to remember when I am at the store, so I'm going to take your suggestion and make myself a master list of the good items and take it with me to the store instead of trying to look everything up in the book when I'm on the crowded aisle with my coupons and the kids. But now since Mom's last email about the artificial sweeteners, I have to consider that too. Like others, this book always recommends the things that have fewer ingredients and are closer to natural, the way God made them. I just threw out a ton of expired salad dressings yesterday (which all have TONS of ingredients!) and I think I will make fresh and homemade from now on. It's really easy, tastes good, and you can use olive oil-- and I'm sure I'll use lots of lemon juice since I love it! I really like these books and keep them in the car. You can look things up on their website here: But beware of the "Boost your sex drive" ads! Also, since I have quit Diet Dr. Pepper, I realized the other day that I haven't had to take any ibuprofen, which I was practically addicted to! (for headaches) So that tells me something about the artificial sweeteners. Also, I like to buy frozen vegetables and add those into every meal that I can. The Green Giant Immunity Boost are one of our favorites. I don't think they are organic though. I buy organic anything that has thin skin, but it's sometimes hard to find and a pain to go all the way to Whole Foods. I'm hoping they'll put one in over by us! The other night Brian made us grilled tilapia in the George Foreman grill with Citrus Grill seasoning, and it was really good. This is probably way too long, so I'd better quit! :)

Karen said...

Regarding the chicken salad, I'm thinking the calories came from the chicken. If it is cooked in bad oil and a lot of white flour that makes it higher in calories. Olive oil is high in fats but it is a better fat and Biblical, but too much is "fattening". Also, they salad dressing oil used is high calorie. It's still healthier than the donuts. What nutrional value do they have?