The Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks is one of my favorite fall treats. That said, a tall (12 oz.) latte has nearly as much sugar as a can of Coke. They also aren’t very transparent when it comes to their ingredient list. The Food Babe recently did an investigation on this issue.
Peanut butter and jelly is one of the most popular sandwiches. While it is delicious, it is basically a candy bar. Not to mention, the most popular peanut butter, jellies and breads are high in added sugar and contain toxic ingredients. I decided to give this a nutritional upgrade to something that is a little more useful to your body.
Jif Creamy Peanut Butter: Roasted peanuts, sugar, molasses, fully hydrogenated vegetable oils (rapeseed and soybean), mono and diglycerides, salt.
Pizza is delicious. It is there with its cheesy temptation at many social gatherings and whenever we are too lazy to cook for ourselves. However, nutritionally it isn’t the best. We typically eat it from pre-packaged frozen dinners or from the pre-packaged frozen dinners cooked professionally by delivery services. They usually have crust with similar ingredients as the cardboard box it was delivered in, sauce that is more high fructose corn syrup than tomato and cheese that resembles plastic. I have concocted a solution to this dilemma with a recipe that takes about 10 minutes to prepare, is nutritionally reasonable and uses real food.
Dominos Plain Pizza
Whole grain pita
1 oz. Low-fat mozzarella
1/8 cup Tomato sauce (any type with real ingredients works)
1 tbsp olive oil
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F
Fry onions in a pan
Spread olive oil on both sides of pita
Spread tomato sauce on top-side of pita
Put mozzarella on top of tomato sauce
Put cherry tomatoes (cut in halves) and onions on top of mozzarella
Bake for about 5 minutes (or until it looks ready)
Cheesecake is delicious. When I eat cheesecake, I enter a state of euphoria where I lose any capacity to feel full and there is no such thing as calories. Needless to say, it isn’t something I should do often. So, I came up with a solution to that. Don’t worry, it isn’t one of those unsatisfying bite-size cheesecakes.
Cheesecake Factory’s Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake
*Based on the data they provided, there are 205 calories unaccounted for. This would be a combination of protein and unsaturated fat. I would guess between 10-15 g of protein (40-60 calories) and 16-18 g of unsaturated fat (145-165 calories). They also didn’t say anything about how many of the carbohydrates are sugars (my guess is 50g).
Nutritionally Upgraded Strawberry Cheesecake
6 crackers of Graham Crackers
6 oz. of Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt
2 tbsp of Cool Whip (optional/ more for texture than taste)
1 tsp of Dark Brown Sugar (optional)
A few dashes of Ground Cinnamon (optional)
*FYI I don’t actually measure my food, I usually just wing it. These are estimations and you can edit them to your likings. This is to give a general idea rather than an exact recipe.
Crush the graham crackers.
Place the crushed graham crackers in the bottom of the serving bowl.
Mix the greek yogurt, brown sugar and cool whip in a non-serving bowl.
With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I thought I would give a nutritional makeover to a famous seasonal drink. I don’t think it comes as any surprise that the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake is a nutritional abomination.I decided to use that as inspiration to put my own spin on it.