Pita & Hummus vs. Tortilla Chips & Guacamole
A day at the pool or picnic grounds sans something to munch would be an epic failure. These two are favored for their fresh and smoky summer flavors, but come with calorie counts that are less than relaxing. One three-ounce serving of tortilla chips and guacamole registers at 269 calories, 18 grams of fat, and 27 grams of carbs; and who is going to pry the bag out of your hand after three ounces? Pita slices and hummus are equally as festive, and the same serving contains 175 calories, 4.5 grams of fat and 29 grams of carbs (and 11 grams of hunger-satiating protein.) Check the label to buy wheat pita bread and you’re doing yourself well.
Frappuccino vs. Smoothie
While shopping, you’ll find yourself hankering for a frothy something to cool you down. A Grande Mocha Frappuccino at Starbucks will cost you 370 calories, 15 grams of fat (including 9 saturated, almost half of your daily allowance) and 54 grams of sugar. A Strawberry Vivanno Smoothie adds 280 calories, 2 grams of fat (none saturated) and 39 grams of sugar to your daily total. Neither of these are worth their weight, especially in liquid calories. For an icy treat that’s really a steal, try a Tall Caramel Frappuccino Light Blended Coffee for only 130 calories and 1 gram of fat.
Verdict: Order a Light Frap or leave!
Macaroni Salad vs. Potato Salad
For once, potatoes can be praised. One serving of macaroni salad, which is considered a side dish, contains 330 calories and 22 grams of fat. That’s 60% calories from fat. An equal dollop of potato salad contains 230 calories and 12 grams of fat, and while that’s still a lot of calories from fat (47%), it’s regardless the clear choice over our pasta dish foe. Make spud salad your side dish at a backyard barbeque and maintain the side dish portion.
Verdict: Potatoes can finally be championed!