If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. –Tony Robbins
Next time you’re in a hurry, fuel up with these quick yet healthy fast food breakfast options. You’ll be pleasantly surprised. By: Karen Ansel, RD
Originally posted on YahooGreen! on June 1, 2010. For access to the other interesting “myths” associated with vegetables, read Lori Bongiorno’s full post on YahooGreen!
Myth: Fresh vegetables are more nutritious than frozen
Fact: Studies show that sometimes you can get more nutrients from frozen veggies, depending on variety and how old the vegetables at your supermarket are. That’s because produce starts losing nutrient quality as soon as it’s picked.
Frozen vegetables are flash-frozen right after harvest so they are preserved at their peak of freshness when they are most nutritious. Your best bet in terms of taste, nutrition, and the environment is still local in-season produce. When that’s not an option frozen can be a better choice (from a nutrient standpoint) than spinach that takes two weeks to reach your table.
Myth: Cooked veggies are less nutritious than raw
Fact: It depends on the vegetable. “Cooking destroys some nutrients, but it releases others,” says Marion Nestle, author of What to Eat. It destroys vitamin C and folic acid, according to Nestle, which is why it’s not a great idea to cook oranges.
On the other hand, she says, cooking releases vitamin A and the nutrients in fiber and makes them easier to digest. It’s also easier for your body to absorb more lycopene, a cancer-fighting antioxidant, in cooked tomato sauce than from raw tomatoes.
Steam or roast veggies instead of boiling, which leaches out water-soluble vitamins into the cooking water.
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Orange Julius’ Strawberry Banana Shake (32-ounce)
600 calories, 14 grams fat (11 saturated), 87 grams sugar, 130 milligrams sodium
For the record a Snickers bar contains 280 calories, 5 grams saturated fat, and 30 grams of sugar.
A better bet: A 20-ounce Orange Julius has only 160 calories and 5 grams fat, none of them saturated
7-Eleven Double Gulp Soda (64-ounce)
A better bet: Can of soda (150 calories) or a diet soda.
300–400 calories for 20 ounces
Fruit juice isn’t always bad for you, but keep in mind many store bought juices have added sugars, and most come in a 2.5 serving or larger container.
A better bet: Stick to 8-ounce containers or kid’s containers; look for 100 percent juices; juice your own.
644 calories (approximately)
At around seven hundred calories, this drink, made with rum, coconut milk, and pineapples has more calories than a Big Mac. Other calorically heavy-hitting cocktails are Long Island Iced Teas, Margaritas, and White Russians.
A better bet: Vodka and soda with lime; glass of red wine; a beer
Looking for a healthy alternative to sugary snacks when those 3pm hunger pangs begin?
Follow these great ideas from Cooking Light to keep filled and fueled until it’s time to call it a day.