When I read in the September issue of Cooking Light Magazine that the average calorie count for a bran muffin sold at a national chain restaurant was a whopping 420, I thought, what a waste. It's a bran muffin, not a scoop of peanut butter and chocolate ice cream from Baskin-Robbins, which by the way, comes in at 320 calories for a 4 oz scoop!
It used to be that picking up a carton of milk was very simple. There was only one "kind": dairy milk. Now, the cow must make room for the almond, bean, grain, seed, and even the goat.
Whether it is lactose intolerance, milk allergies, veganism, taste or health reasons, people are switching to non-dairy forms of milk. The most common reason I have heard for giving up the cow are the potential health benefits.
Question: How much money does it take to up the health quotient of the food served in our nation's public schools and feed more low-income children?
Answer: $4.5 billion -- over 10 years.
Today, the Senate approved the "Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act" which seeks, among other things, to make food served in public schools more healthy.
Athletic-Minded Traveler has posted on this important topic before:
Is it really any surprise that, according to recent research, the bevy of "toning shoes" don't deliver? No you won't suddenly achieve a muscular backside, burn extra calories, or "get into shape without setting foot in a gym."
And if you thought you would...well that is positive thinking. I should know! I'm on my fourth pair of MBTs! Yep, I'm a devotee of the "toning" shoe.
I give credit to Wendy's for making salads a big part of the fast food chain's menu. The burger joint just rolled out four new "premium" salad choices -- adding to the existing four choices. So salad eaters have 8 choices. Panera Bread is another fast-causal eatery that showcases salads. And with research lambasting frequent burger eating, substituting a tasty salad for a burger *can* be good for the body -- if you pick the right salad.
And that is the point of this post: How good/healthy are fast food chain salads?
I?m annoyed with Gatorade. And, the slumping sales figures demonstrate that I?m not the only one. Ever since Gatorade felt the need to change its labeling and branding and add new products to the mix, sales have been heading downhill like the Boston Marathon course?or Obama?s job approval numbers?or mortgage rates?pick your analogy.
Jim Kaese is Co-Founder of Athletic-Minded Traveler, LLC, which operates the largest healthy travel content site on the web at www.athleticmindedtraveler.com, creates healthy lifestyle content for various media, and generates online custom wellness and work-life solutions for Fortune 500 employers.
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