5 restaurant salads that are worse than a Whopper

This is a great clip from August 18, 2010 TODAY show... (thanks Bill for sharing!)

Think just because it's called a salad it has to be healthy? Think again. Men's Health magazine editor David Zinczenko turns the spotlight on five fast-food salads that pack just as many calories as a mega-burger meal.

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Rose's Homemade Pizza with Joseph's Lavosh Roll Up

Rose's Homemade Pizza with Joseph's Lavosh Roll Up

Points Value: 8
Servings: 1

1 serving Joseph's whole wheat Lavosh Roll-Up (found at Hugos in Grand Forks)
1 tsp olive oil
1/8 medium green pepper
1/4 cup onion
1/4 cup mushroom
3/4 cup Contadina Pizza Sauce
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Rub olive oil on lavosh and bake in oven for a few minutes. Add ingredients and bake at 350-400 for about 5 minutes. Crust will get very crispy.

Submitted by Rose Ulseth - rulseth@umn.edu

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The Best Fast-Food Salads
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Walk. Polk County - Challenge Yourself, Challenge a Friend

PCPH_smalllogo.gifWalk. Bike. Run. Mow. Trim. Rake. Jog. Exercise.
Swim. Karate. Build. Jump. Swing. Clean. Hop. Skip.

Walk. Polk County
June 1 - July 15, 2010

Everyone has been hearing about how important it is to get out and move, exercise, and get fit. It helps our body and mind...and our children for their future. We would like to CHALLENGE you to WALK. Polk County this summer.

By moving your body each day, you can improve your overall health and reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other illnesses.

Regular exercise:
  • increases energy & endurance
  • slows the aging process
  • reduces stress, anxiety and depression
  • builds and maintains healthy muscles, bones and joints
  • improves your sleep
  • improves mental activity
If these reasons aren't enough...how do CASH PRIZES sound?

$20 cash prizes will be awarded to several participants from community sponsorships.

One prize will be give out on June 22 - this will be drawn from the registrations postmarked by June 15.

The remaining prizes will be drawn on July 27 from those that return a map / tracking sheet postmarked by July 20.

To learn more or to register and download the map - please visit their website - www.pcphealth.org and click on "Walk Polk County".

Questions Contact:
Tammy Conn

Find WW points this summer

There are a lot of Food Facts label databases.

One that has weight watchers points calculated is: http://www.foodfacts.com The WW points are at the bottom of the record. The database also has a detailed list of ingredients (identifying ones deemed controversial).The site creates a health score with the positive and negative aspects of the food. It also list similar items so you can compare.

A similar site is http://www.nutritiondata.com/  No WW points but you could figure them with the label.  This site has a Nutritional Target Map, Caloric Ratio Pyramid, and a Nutrient balance graph It also has information on the glycemic load and inflammation factor and a fullness factor.  It contains very detailed information on the nutritional content of the food.  Sounds boring but the graphs make reading easy and they are colorful.


Peggy's Fruit Salad

Recipe #6 from the Spring 2010 Weight Watchers at Work Potluck! 

Peggy's Fruit Salad
by Peggy Chaput

1 can apple or peach pie  (I used the sugar-free Apple Pie filling from Walmart)
½ can chunk pineapple drained  (I used the can in their own juices)
1 bag or box of frozen strawberries (if you use the box, drain most of the juice)
3 bananas
Mix together and refrigerate overnight
Add cool whip before serving

The whole recipe is 11-12 points.

Taco Soup - 3 pts

Recipe #5 from our Spring 2010 Weight Watchers at Work Potluck.

Taco Soup
1 1/2 cups = 3 points
See modifications from Richard Genereux

tacosoup.jpg1 can pinto beans
1 can red beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can corn or hominy
2 cans Rotel tomatoes or 1 can Rotel & 1 can diced tomatoes
1 package taco seasoning
1 package Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing Mix
    (Richard did not use this)
1 lb of lean ground chuck
   (Richard used lean ground beef and venison)

In a large soup pot over medium high heat, crumble ground beef and cook until brown, about 5-7 minutes.

Drain any excess grease, by placing meat in the colander to drain.

Return drained meat to large pot.

Next, add cans of tomatoes, corn, pinto beans, kidney beans, ranch dressing mix, and taco seasoning mix.

Stir mixture well and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes for flavors to blend.

Photo from: educomm.net

Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad

Here is recipe number #4 from the Spring 2010 UMC Weight Watcher's at Work Potluck.

Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad
From Trish Erdmann

1 lg can of mandarin oranges with juice (natural)
1 lg can pineapple chunks with juice (natural)
1 lg package of sugar free vanilla pudding

Other Ingredients:
12 oz fat free cool whip
1 large fat free vanilla yogurt

Stir pudding into mixture until thick. Add 12 oz of fat free cool whip and one large fat-free vanilla yogurt. Add additional fresh fruit (apples, pears, strawberries, grapes and bananas) before serving.

Servings: Unknown
Points Value: Unknown

Chocolate Better than Sex Cake - 3 points

Here's recipe #3 from the Spring 2010 Weight Watcher's at Work Potluck...thanks Sharon!

229313.jpgChocolate Better than Sex Cake
24 servings
3 points per serving

1 box Devil's Food cake Mix
10 oz Diet Cola
1 egg white
6 oz fat free caramel ice cream topping
7 oz RF or FF condensed milk
1 cup Heath Bar bits (found by the chocolate chips)
1 container of fat free cool whip

Mix cake mix, egg white and diet soda. Bake as directed in a greased 9x13 pan. During the last few minutes of baking, put caramel and condensed milk in a sauce pan and stir on medium low until smooth.  Take cake out of oven, and poke holes all over the top. Pour caramel mixture over warm cake, filling in the holes. Sprinkle Heath bits over the top, reserving some for the top. Cool completely. Cover with container of FF cool whip and sprinkle with remaining Heath bits. Put in fridge until ready to serve.

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