Healthy Vending Machine Snacks
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Most of the snacks available in the vending machines might not coordinate well with a weight loss plan. Learn about healthy vending machine snacks in this video.
Transcript: Attempting to outsmart the vending machine usually ends in one of two ways. You walk away hungry or disappointed...
Attempting to outsmart the vending machine usually ends in one of two ways. You walk away hungry or disappointed or you hit D6, grab your candy bar and scurry back to work. If you have no choice but to indulge, you may as well go all the way, right? Not so fast. Most vending machines these days are stocked with a number of somewhat solid snacks. You just need to know what to look for. Let's start with that candy bar. It's true that research shows the healthy fats in peanuts may improve heart health, but I can guarantee you the people in those studies were not eating peanuts covered in chocolate and caramel. If you're set on chocolate, minty candies tend to be the best choice for an occasional treat. If any sweet will satisfy you, look for a Rice Krispies Treat. Since the bulk of the bar is cereal, it won't set you up for calorie overload when dinner time hits - but remember it's still a treat. You may think candy like licorices are a good choice because they say "a low fat candy" right on the label. But the truth is, they're little more than ropes of high-fructose corn syrup. You're much better off choosing Fruit Snacks made with 100% real fruit and fortified with vitamins C, A and E. It's about as close to real fruit as you can get at the vending machine but remember, its still a treat. When you want something salty, don't let labels like "made from whole grains" or "100% real cheese" fool you. For example, Cheez-Its are actually higher in calories than most average bags of greasy potato chips. Smarter salty snacks include: Goldfish crackers, pretzels, or a combo of crackers and cheese. The small serving sizes will hold you over until dinner and keep you from mindlessly munching through 10-serving bag. Still, there's one vending machine snack that beats all the rest -- honey roasted peanuts. The peanuts win because they're loaded with protein, fiber and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, which may even be more than you can say about a snack you'd pack from home. Just remember they do have added sugars and sodium, so you don't want to eat this snack every day. Remember this the next time the afternoon slump sets in, and you'll now be able to make much better choices. For more tips on how to eat healthy when you're away from home, check out other videos on this site.More »
Last Modified: 2012-10-24 | Tags »
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Is the movie theater making you fat? From popcorn with butter to boxes of candy, it can be! This video is full of simple tips to make movie night more diet friendly.
Transcript: Americans love going to the movies. That's nothing new. But did you know that despite the troubled economy,...
Americans love going to the movies. That's nothing new. But did you know that despite the troubled economy, with new businesses are tanking every day, the film industry's not only surviving -- it's thriving! According to media by numbers, a box-office tracking company, ticket sales at American movie theatres increases 17.5 percent in 2009, to a $1.7 billion total. And it's not just because the price of admission is higher. Attendance also jumped by nearly 16 percent. If that pace continues, it will amount to the biggest box-office surge in at least 2 decades. That's great news for Hollywood and potentially awful news for American's waistlines! The thing is, today's movie industry is more concerned with 3-d films and posh stadium seating and less concerned with dangerous trans fats and high calorie counts. The typical bag of popcorn has ballooned from about 5 or 6 cups to more like 20 cups. Today's average "medium popcorn" with butter has 1,170 calories and 90 grams of fat. Wash that down with a medium coke, and you'll add roughly an additional 385 calories and 100 grams of sugar. You'd have to eat three quarter-pounders with cheese to match that total calorie count and 33 glazed munchkins from Dunkin Donuts to rival the surge of sugar. Popcorn and soda aren't the only problem. Most theatres also offer greasy nachos with more than 900 calories and boxes of candy big enough to feed a family of four. For many moviegoers, the indulgent snacks are just a part of the experience. But, that doesn't mean you have to down an entire day's worth of calories before the final credits. There are a few things you can do to make movie night, more diet friendly. First, it's a lot easier to order smart at a restaurant than it is at the theater. So if your plans include dinner and a movie, eat dinner first! Since it takes 20 minutes for your brain to signal fullness to your stomach - by the time you hit the movie you will be feeling full and be less tempted to order a large snack. Second, always order "small." these days, there's a good chance that even "small" sizes are big enough to share, but you're still much less likely to overeat when you order a smaller size. There's even a study to prove it. When Cornell University researchers gave moviegoers different-sized popcorn buckets, those with large buckets ate nearly twice as much as those with medium buckets. But just wait, it gets worse. In some of the buckets, the scientists replaced fresh popcorn with 2-week-old kernels, and people with the large buckets still munched so absentmindedly that they put away 34 percent more stale popcorn than those with smaller servings. The scientists say this happens because it's too much effort to pay attention to both the movie and to how much you're eating. It makes sense if you think about it: who among us hasn't kept eating what's in front of them until there's nothing left. Which bring us to the last strategy for health-conscious movie fans: skip the previews. It may be up to 25 minutes before your movie actually starts, and the less time you spend waiting in a dark theater, the less time you have for mindless snacking. If you plan to come late there also won't be time to even stop for the treat!! For more tips on how to eat healthy wherever life takes you, check out other videos on this site.More »
Last Modified: 2015-02-10 | Tags »
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Latest research shows that alcohol increases cravings for greasy and fatty foods. Watch this video and decide for yourself can happy hour be healthy?
Transcript: When someone decides they want to lose weight and improve their diet, alcohol is usually one of the first...
When someone decides they want to lose weight and improve their diet, alcohol is usually one of the first things to go. And it's no secret why. The average serving of one ounce of alcohol, which is less than one shot glass, has about 90 calories. When you add sugary mixers like fruit juice and sodas, the calorie count goes through the roof. For many people, though, the real fear may be that they won't be able to resist the greasy food that goes so well with those drinks - since alcohol blurs our impulse control. Unfortunately, that fear is justified for another reason. A new study published in the Journal of The American Dietetic Association found that drinking alcohol releases a hormone in the brain that prompts cravings for fatty foods. So even if a grilled chicken salad is on the menu, you'll still be more likely to dive into a basket of fries. Of course, you don't have to sit at home every night to avoid gaining weight, and you don't have to commit to a life of vodka sodas or white wine spritzer. If your coworkers invite you to grab a beer after work, you can almost always order a bottle with less than 100 calories. MGD 64--Beck's Premier Light-- Amstel Light--- Miller Lite and Budweiser Select all make the cut. But if you prefer a little more flavor, Guinness Draught is your best bet with just 126 calories and 10 grams of carbohydrates. When it comes to wine, most glasses have about 120 calories, but only red wine has an antioxidant called resveratrol that may help you live longer and prevent cancer and heart disease. To get the most reservatol possible, order a glass of pinot noir. Mixed drinks have potential for diet disaster. The worst example is a Long Island Ice Tea. With five different liquors, a huge shot of high-fructose corn syrup from the sweet-and-sour mix, and Coke -- one glass can actually have more calories than a slice of cheesecake. In terms of calories alone, your best bets are a mojito, a vodka soda, or a glass of champagne. But in terms of overall health, there's nothing better than a bloody mary. You get a couple of servings of vegetables from the tomato juice, plus a healthy punch of lycopene, a potent cancer-fighting antioxidant. The bottom line is that happy hour has the potential to be a positive and negative experience for your body. According to most experts, enjoying one drink a day can possibly reduce your risk of heart disease. So go ahead and accept that invitation to happy hour - Just select wisely and watch how many you have. For more tips on how to eat healthy when you're away from home, check out other videos on this site.More »
Last Modified: 2013-08-07 | Tags »
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