Which is better, butter or margarine? I’m sorry to say the answer is neither. They’re both terrible for different reasons. Without getting too deep into the weeds on the nutritional “why,” it’s because depending on the brand and the particular ingredients they both contain unhealthy fats like saturated and trans. And they’re high in calories…about 100 calories per tablespoon. You may feel like butter is more “natural” or that margarine has the benefit of being plant-based, but we shouldn’t be striving to get more of either in our diet. Whichever one you choose, try to minimize your intake of it; less is better. That’s the bad news in this blog post. The good news is there are all kinds of other options for spreading opportunities. Let’s talk about some of my favorites including liquid fats, slightly better tub spreads, nut butters, seed butters, fruit-based spreads, and bean spreads. Continue Reading →
I get a snack craving several times a day. If I’ve planned ahead and brought some food with me, I end up making a wise choice. If I don’t plan ahead, I’m left to scrounge the available nearby options, and I often end up making a convenient, less-than-ideal choice. Most of my snack needs arise during my workday. As I’ve noted before, I feel strongly about making sure food I bring to work is healthy for my own benefit but also if there’s a chance my coworkers are going to eat it along with me. This could be at our weekly afternoon card game, at a staff meeting, or just standing around the copy room waiting for our copies to print…and grazing. Continue Reading →
I pick on Starbucks sometimes when I’m teaching my Nutrition 101 course. It’s easy to poke fun at their 430+ calorie muffins and scones. (That’s a reasonable amount of calories for breakfast…until you add a drink.) I use their Frappuccinos as an example of the shocking amount of “invisible” sugar in our beverages. (The Grande White Chocolate Creme flavor has 11 teaspoons added sugar, not to mention 400 calories.) We see the single teaspoon of sugar we add to our coffee or the drizzle of honey we stir into our tea, but it’s easy to forget about the rest of it when it’s added in by food manufacturers, restaurants, and coffee shops before we actually start sipping. And more sugar = more calories. Continue Reading →
I have a new favorite Bellingham restaurant. Nothing will ever beat out Pepper Sisters for dinner, but my heart now belongs to Big Love Juice for breakfast and lunch. They’ve been open just 6 weeks and I’ve already been 3 times. In the last 10 days. Continue Reading →
Want to improve your odds of success for eating well? Find a place that serves only healthy food and you can’t go wrong. Take your pick of menu items. Anything your heart desires is fair game, and actually good for you. No guilt, no gluttony, no regret. Just one more meal on the books where you put the right stuff in your cake hole. I’ve got to tell you, it feels good. This was the case for me on a recent trip to Vancouver BC at a darling little spot called Melu Juice and Health Bar.