I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: You can not out-train a poor diet. So for all you lovelies out there who are sweatin’ it every week, check your mouthful. Seriously. What did you last put in your mouth? More importantly, what are you going to put in there next?
Don’t let food be the one to sabotage what you’re working so hard to achieve. Because that morsel of food will gladly steal the time you invested during your last exercise; it will steal the happiness that you should be feeling for achieving your goals; and it will steal the energy your body loses from digesting it.
But eating clean doesn’t have to be painful! Yes, some of you will struggle at first as you re-condition your taste buds to let go of the sugary, processed, chemically-laden tastes of packaged food but let’s be honest — of those three adjectives, which one are you sad to see go?! So muscle through this transitional phase and watch how quickly your taste buds adapt! Soon enough, you will be craving the fat of an avocado and the sweetness of an orange. I promise!
To show you how simple it can be to start implementing healthier choices, here are a few examples of small changes that produce a big impact on your nutritional intake:
Pick Flat Bread
instead of Pizza Dough
At around 110-140 calories per sheet, this makes the notorious-diet-killer (oh pizza, how we love to hate you) much more reasonable. The same surface area of regular pizza dough is 240 calories! That’s double the calories — and that’s just the dough! And hey bonus — you won’t feel so bloated and gross afterward from all the refined white flour sitting in your gut while it waits in line to situate itself on your thighs.
If you load up on the veggies and ease up on the cheese, you’re doing even better. Pop a few slices of fresh soft mozza on there and let the oven do it’s magic by melting it into big circles for an authentic taste and way less calories than the typical American-ized pizza with inch-thick cheese just dying to clog your arteries.
Pick my boys’ favorite “Coffee Juice“
instead of the Frappuccino
So years ago, probably right around the time my 2-year-olds started to associate the Starbucks logo with a foreign black substance that their mother seemed to inhale ever since they arrived, I stumbled upon the idea of taking a Naked Juice from the Sbux cold cooler and asking them to blend it with ice into two cups — one for each boy. It was a win-win; Mommy wasn’t hogging all the Starbucks love to herself and the now diluted fruit juice was a fairly harmless treat for the boys. And it really does taste like a delicious smoothie!
Now let’s be real — I understand the hankering for a good ol-fashioned Frapp from time to time. But if you’re in the habit of doing this regularly, you need to stop!
Here’s the math:
One Grande Mocha Frapp packs a whopping 370 calories and 130 of those from FAT. And this is not the good kind of fat, people. In fact, it’s about 23% of your recommended daily intake of fat — in one drink. Now, take the smallest size Naked Juice or whatever all-natural fruit juice your local Sbux carries. Brace yourself for the Barista to look at you funny (this is a Domestica Exclusive, folks!) and now ask them to blend it. If they look at you like you’re on a day pass from outer space, explain to them that one 10 oz. juice blends with a “grande scoop of ice” quite nicely into a grande cup.
What will result is a cold, frothy and delicious drink that packs a measly 160 calories, with zero…let me say that again…with zero calories from fat. In addition, the 32 g of sugars you get is from fruit alone. Nothing processed, nothing fake. Trust me, your body is going to like that.
Pick the Smallest instead of the Biggest
And now for a straight-up calorie smack-down.
It’s no secret that I had a thing for DQ Blizzards. I mean, they were my go-to cheat back in the day. And although I never ordered anything bigger than a small, the numbers are still absolutely frightening.
One small Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard weighs in at a KILLER 630 calories! Ladies, this is a third of your entire daily limit and 38% of your recommended fat. So unless you’re eating nothing but celery sticks and lettuce leaves for the remainder of the day, we need to kick this bad boy to the curb, and fast.
But what is one to do when there seems to be nothing else that will break that DQ Blizzard spell? You know I’m not about deprivation. It’ll often come back to kick you in the arse and flatten you right out. But thank the Dairy Queen gods that they have done the right thing and introduced a MINI size Blizzard!
Next time you absolutely need to get your fix, opt for the Mini and save yourself a boat-load of calories and fat. Although it’s still off the charts (in my opinion), the Mini Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard contains 370 calories and 22% of your daily fat intake — a MUCH better option than the Small. And don’t even get me started on the bigger sizes!
Whether it’s a DQ indulgence or a restaurant meal, think SMALL. Chances are, the small will satisfy you just fine. And if not, take it To Go and get as far away as you possibly can!