Thursday, August 5, 2010

I'd Rather Take 5 Seconds to Read the Label than Pad My Booty

I never used to want to take the time to read labels. I figured if I exercised enough and ate moderately healthy that was enough. Well, that probably worked ok when I was 25, 30...well now I'm 40 and...not so much. Gone are the days when I'd buy frozen Healthy Choice meals on a regular basis because they were under 300 calories, and well after all the word "Healthy" was right there in the title!! Pay no mind that the sodium milligrams would be enough to keep your tropical fish going in a fresh water tank!

My latest favorite thing to eat as my mid morning snack at work is Greek yogurt. When comparing labels I was shocked to find that across several brands, any "flavor" that had fruit on the bottom were at least 16 grams of sugar. Maybe everyone has a little different threshold for sugar grams, but in all honesty when I tried these yogurts I felt that they were too sweet. Rather than immediately stirring the fruit into the yogurt before eating it, I would dip my spoon in vertically and take just a little dab of the fruit to slightly flavor the yogurt. After the fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt supply that I had purchased was gone, I went back to the store. This time I came back with a very large container of  Fage plain Greek yogurt.  I actually took it to work and put it in the refrigerator, so I don't have to worry about having to bring an individual serving size yogurt with me every day. I just bring a hand full of fresh blueberries or strawberries in a container with me to the office in the morning. Now I don't have to worry about over indulging in some fake-tasting high fructose corn syrup soaked fruit. The fresh stuff isn't just better for you, it tastes better! The 20 grams of protein per serving will keep you going until lunch time too. You also gotta love the fact its 100% natural.


  1. Hi there!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Now I'm your newest follower! I really enjoyed reading this post and can relate as I am in my 40's. After using an on-line food journal, I realized how much sodium I was consuming and have also stopped eating the "lean" frozen dinners. I don't eat the healthiest things all the time, but I'm definitely a label reader and yogurt lover!

    I look forward to reading more of your posts. Have a great weekend!


  2. Thanks for reading! I am far from perfect, but I am always trying little things that hopefully make a bit of difference when you add them all up. Have a great weekend too! p.s. your blog buttons are cute!

  3. I totally agree with you. Fresh is always better. I really have to give Greek yogurt a try, heard so much about it.

    Thanks for stopping by


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