Mouthwatering Munchies and Menu Monsters

March 2, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This weeks power snack? A kicked-up version of Banana’s & Peanut Butter!

1 medium banana, 1 tbsp almond butter, 1/2 whole wheat pita pocket

If you’re still not convinced, here are a few reason’s why you should be: Almond butter contains healthier fats than its peanut counterpart while still remaining high in protein. The half pita gives you a full serving of whole wheat and the banana provides your body with potassium, fiber and other essential vitamins. At around 250 calories, this snack is easy to prepare and requires no refrigeration, just leave the banana unpeeled until you’re ready to add it into the pocket.

On our minds:

Here at JMU, Spring Break starts Friday. Whether you’re flying to an exotic locale or planning to vacation at home with the family, chances are you’ll be treating yourself while traveling. When trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, eating out can be challenging.  You may be  trying to eat a responsible amount of vegetables by ordering, say, the TGIF Santa Fe Chopped Salad. After all, it has tomatoes, red onion and a garden lettuce mix. Unfortunately, this salad also comes with 1800 calories. The verdict? You might as well stick with a burger.

Salad Sabotage

The best way to work around these fat traps is to do a little research beforehand. Most restaurants include nutritional information on their website (smartphone anyone?) and some even have additional nutritional information on the menu. If these aren’t an option, read through the ingredients carefully. Avoid anything with the words fried, creamy, buttered, battered, crispy, country-style and glazed.

*For more health conscious picks when eating out, check out SheFit’s restaurant advice.



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