It really is a doozy that some of the best-tasting foods are actually some of the worst for you, in terms of fat and calories.  I know it can be hard to avoid them, especially in places like malls where nutrition 101 usually isn’t available nor cared for.

So I took the liberty to do some work for you; take a look at a list of foods you should skip – at a mall, restaurant, or grocery store, and the alternative to each.

A 2,000-calorie-a-day diet should have no more than 66 grams of fat, less than 20 grams saturated; 2,400 milligrams of sodium; and 300 grams of total carbohydrate, including sugars.

The euphemistic phrase I hear on day-to-day bases “But I eat lots of fruit with my ice cream, that isn’t bad for you, right?” Wrong!! Ice creams are crammed with unwanted sugars and fats. Just because you add fruit doesn’t make it healthy…That’s like going to Burger King, getting a Whopper supersize meal with a diet Coke…Very counterproductive!

One bowl with 2 scoops of ice cream: 1,064 calories, 62.2g fat, 88.4g sugar and 96.6g of carbohydrates.

The Healthier Alternative:  “Chocolate Protein Shake”
Calories: 106, Fat: 0g, Carbs: 1g, Protein: 24g

In our high pace society….every one of us, it seems, has a caffeine product strapped to the palm of our hand! Sure we know its bad, but how bad is it?  This morning pick-me-up delivers nearly one-third of the maximum fat you should consume in a day, and over half a day’s saturated fat.

Starbucks’ Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino Blended Creme with whipped cream, one 16-ounce Grande: 510 calories, 19g fat, 11g saturated, 59g sugar, 300mg sodium.

Healthier Alternative: The simple thing to say is “stop drinking them…” but I wouldn’t be practicing what I preach. Your best bet is a regular cup of coffee without all the bells and whistles. If you just can’t live without a Frappuccino, make it a Coffee Frappuccino Light Blended Coffee: 130 calories, 0.5g fat, and 16g sugar.

One “Gotta Have It” from Coldstone: 2,010 calories; 131g fat, 68g saturated; 153g sugar.

The Healthier Alternative: Peanut butter/Chocolate protein shake. 22 grams of Protein (1 scoop), 31g of carbohydrates, and 9g of fat with a calorie count of only 285!!

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To your health!
Matt Carroll