Dinner Last Night

Dinner last night at Emerald Coast

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The menu with toooo  many choices for my sanity

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Yummy Yummy Seaweed Salad

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Steamed veggies and shrimp with the sauce on the side, gotta keep it healthy

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Kept it healthy until I got home and had a bite of my moms cheesecake and flan…ugh… yet so GOOOOOOOD

Grazy Grazer!

Self

I am a bonafied grazer. I eat snacks through out the day plus my 3 main meals. I am true believer of the “eating every three hours” school of thought. My body needs fuel, especially when I wake up at 5 am in the morning to workout, geez. Why wouldnt you do it if it was the best way to stay fit and healthy? Alot of times its fear of gaining wait, but oh contrar, it is the best thing for losing weight, but only if you are consuming the right foods.

So I was so excited when I saw an article from Self.com of 3o healthy snacks. For me anything that is a list of alot of healthy things makes me smile and makes my life a little bit easier.

Below are a list of foods categorized by craving that are under 200 calories:

Craving salty?

  • 5 olives (any kind) (45 calories)
  • 1 small Martin’s pretzel (50 calories)
  • 2 oz Applegate Honey and Maple Turkey Breast wrapped around 2 bread-and-butter pickles (80 calories)
  • 1/4 cup hummus, 3 carrot sticks (80 calories)
  • 1 Laughing Cow Light Swiss Original wedge, 3 pieces Kavli Crispy Thin (85 calories)
  • One 1-oz package tuna jerky (90 calories)
  • 1 oz buffalo mozzarella, 1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes (94 calories)
  • 1 bag Baked! Cheetos 100 Calorie Mini Bites (100 calories)
  • 15 Eden’s Nori Maki Crackers rice crackers (110 calories)
  • 1 cup unshelled edamame (120 calories)
  • 50 Eden’s Vegetable Chips (130 calories)
  • One 1-oz package of Planters NUT-trition almonds (130 calories)
  • 1/4 cup Trader Joe’s Chili con Queso, 18 baked tortilla chips (140 calories)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds in shell (143 calories)
  • 2 pieces (30 grams) prosciutto, 4 dried figs (154 calories)
  • 1 Subway Turkey Breast Wrap (190 calories)

Craving sweet?

  • 1 package Original Apple Nature Valley Fruit Crisps (50 calories)
  • 1 packet O’Coco’s Mocha cookies (90 calories)
  • 1 Jelly Belly 100-calorie pack (100 calories)
  • One 100-calorie pack Trader Joe’s Chocolate Graham Toucan Cookies (100 calories)
  • One 100-calorie Balance Bar (100 calories)
  • 1 Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino bar (120 calories)
  • 1 package Back to Nature Honey Graham Sticks (120 calories)
  • 1/2 banana rolled in 1 tbsp frozen semisweet chocolate chips (123 calories)
  • 2 tbsp Better ‘n Peanut Butter, 4 stalks celery (124 calories)
  • 1 bag Orville Redenbacher’s Smart Pop Butter Mini Bags topped with a spritz of butter spray and 1 tsp sugar (126 calories)
  • 24 Annie’s Chocolate Chip Bunny Graham cookies (140 calories)
  • Half of a 1.08-oz container of M&M’s Minis mixed with 1/3 cup lowfat granola (145 calories)
  • 1 McDonald’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt Parfait (160 calories)
  • 1 container Fage Greek Total 2% fat yogurt, 2 tsp honey (173 calories

It can’t get any easier!

Lunch With The Competitor

Lunch time is when you really see how someone is fueling their body and if they are getting the right nutrients from their food. My competitor for “The Challenge” contest ate a plate of salad with carrots and a morning side chicken patty sandwich. In my opinion it did not look to appetizing ( I still luv you Aurora).

I on the other hand had a Tomato Bisque soup from Life Food Gourmet, a spicy black been burger from Morning Side, and a handful of prunes. I definitely enjoyed my food :)

The Aspartame Health Debate

Ok….. I’m at work drinking my Crystal Light Lemonade and my co-worker asks me what I was drinking and I told her “Crystal Light”. She takes a look at the ingredients and says “Oh it has Aspartame” and I am looking at her thinking and your point, so she says “Aspartame is bad for you, I do not drink anything with Aspartame” then another co-worker jumps in and says how bad it is. So I wondered what exactly is Aspartame and why is it bad, I was concerned. I went home and looked through all the ingredients of juices and foods I had in the house and to my surprise many of the items I consume on a daily basis had Aspartame, including my precious diet coke… ugh!

SO what is Aspartame

Aspartame (or APM) (pronounced /ˈæspərteɪm/ or /əˈspɑrteɪm/) is the name for an artificial, non-saccharide sweetener used as a sugar substitute in many foods and beverages. In the European Union, it is known under the E number (additive code) E951. Aspartame is the methyl ester of aphenylalanine/aspartic acid dipeptide. So in a nut shell its products like Splenda Equal all that stuff.

Here is a cool picture of the Aspartame components

So Why is Aspartame known to be bad?

Aspartame is known to be bad becasue supposedly breaksdown and dissolves into chemical that you body holds on to for long periods of time.

But is is really bad?

Of course anything in an excessive amount is bad for you but there has been alot of research out there that does not link aspartame to cancer or other types of diseases. The National Cancer institute even did studies to find out if aspatame was linked to cancer. Below are some key point the National Cancer institute provided on their findings.

Key Points

  • A study of about half a million people, published in 2006, compared people who drank aspartame-containing beverages with those who did not. Results of the study showed that increasing levels of consumption were not associated with any risk of lymphomasleukemias, or brain cancers in men or women. (Question 2)

  • Researchers examined the relationship between aspartame intake and 1,888 lymphomas or leukemias and 315 malignant brain cancers among the participants of the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study from 1995 until 2000. Development of these cancers was not associated with estimated aspartame consumption, refuting a recent animal study with positive findings for lymphomas and leukemias and also contradicting claims regarding brain cancer risk

Basically, there is no real  link between cancer and aspartame. Of course anything that is artificial is not really good for you and if you are going to have something with Aspartame just be aware of your daily intake. However, it is all a matter of opinion and this is just information I found, but live your life people, and just remember not to live in excess.