Monday, June 16, 2008

CBS Better Mornings DietTips

Now you can literally watch what you eat! Each week I share a video segment full of diet tips on a different nutrition topics for Atlanta CBS-46's Better Mornings with corresponent Tracye Hutchins.

Think about Your Drink reveals how it may be the liquid portion of portion control that's tipping the scales in the wrong direction for some folks. In fact, a recent survey found that up to 22% of daily calories are coming from beverages, not what's on your plate.

Or maybe you'd like Beat the Bloat! Beverages play a role here too, but in a good way. Did you know that drinking MORE water and "watery" foods can help you prevent water retention??

Stay tuned for more topics.........

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Summer Food Shockers

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water ......bumm..bumm..bumm..bumm....bumm.... bumm....

Look out for seemingly "light" summer menu choices that can take an ugly bite out of your bikini sized summer diet calorie budget!! From fresh fruit smoothies serving more fat than fiber and grilled corn on the cob slathered with melted butter... there are many ways that excess calories can sneak into your diet even when you're trying to eat "lighter".

Jamba Juice Chunky Strawberry Smoothie PER SERVING (12 oz.): 450 calories, 14g fat.

Krispy Kreme Oranges & Kreme ChillerPER SERVING (12 oz.): 630 calories, 28g fat.

Corn on the Cob: Every tablespoon of butter slathered on adds 100 calories. Instead crunch into freshly picked sweet summer corn that's been steamed; you won't miss the butter.

Salads aren't safe from stealth calories, either. Some are so heavily doused in dressings, cheese, croutons and other high fat/calorie might as well have ordered the hamburger! and the fries!!

And avoid drowning in these calorie laden summer drinks:

Daiquiri: With four ounces of mix and one ounce of liquor, a daiquiri weighs in at 305 calories -- almost all sugar. And these "umbrella drinks" are often served in very large quantities (12 to 16 ounces) so can be as high as 800 calories.

Long Island Iced Tea: Using TGIFriday's mixer and a 12-ounce serving adds 520 calories to your daily intake.

Pina Colada: A five-ounce glass nets 245 calories. Supersize it to 10 ounces and it's 490 calories.

Instead...quench your pool side thirst with these lighter liquid choices:

Mimosa (one part champagne and one part orange juice): At 130 calories, this traditional morning libation won't wreak havoc on your waistline. And you'll get 100 percent of your vitamin C requirement from the orange juice.

Wine Spritzer: With three ounces of wine and three ounces of club soda, wine spritzers top out at about 60 calories.

Sangria: The combination of wine, fruit juice, club soda and fresh fruit makes for a low-cal, refreshing drink, about 80 calories.