Happy Middle Of The Day!

It’s 3 p.m. here in Florida (OK, 3:02 p.m.) and I’m taking a few minutes from a story to type up a quick blog post. I am completely in awe of the food bloggers that can document the food they make for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I’m lucky to get one post in per day. But I’m working on it!

Anyway, it occured to me yesterday that I have gotten in the habit of looking up the nutrition for chain restaurants. My colleagues wanted to go out to lunch, and I was hesitant after eating out so much the past few days because of my trip. They first suggested Moe’s, a Tex-Mex place, which I vetoed, saying I wanted healthier options. (AKA dishes that aren’t 1,000 calories wihtout the sides) So, we ended up at a sub place where meals can range from about 360 calories to somewhere in the 800s.

My point is that you don’t have to not know what’s going in to your body.  A lot of restaurants do publish their nutritional content somewhere, and there are Web sites that can help you analyze your own recipes.

Calorie King — It’s great because it does have chain restaurant calorie counts on the site in addition to the regular, everyday foods.  It also dispenses nutritional advice and lets you track your diet.

Nutrition Data — I love this site because I can look up the calories in everything from an apple to an egg. It’s great for analyzing your recipes. It also gives tips for people who are trying to lose weight or cope with diabetes.

American Dietetic Association — The national group offers great advice on nutrition as well as recommended reading for those who are trying to eat and drink healthier.

OK, I gotta get back to my real job now! I’m planning on attempting butternut squash lasagna later tonight, so more about that later!


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