Drive-thru Rut?

There are times you have to hit a drive-thru. It happens. A new meal that Chick-fil-a is serving is Chick-fil-a Grilled Market Salad. It is Food Snob approved.

I actually do not like eating a salad when I am out, but this one is super yummy! Loaded with berries and apples and sprinkled with blue cheese, it has enough flavor to satisfy any appetite. Topped with grilled chicken it comes in as a low-fat, low-calorie option. Only 180 calories and a big portion you can easily say yes.

Warning: It does come with granola and roasted nut blend on the side that are not included in the caloric count. The granola is 60 calories and the nuts are 80 calories. Compared to a chicken sammy this is still a great option and sprinkle away! The recommended dressing is Zesty Apple Cider vinaigrette, but beware if you use the whole packet it is over 200 calories. A light drizzle would go a long way since there is already so much flavor. You could also pick out some blue cheese to help make up the difference if you really want to. Omit the chicken and you have a vegetarian option and fewer calories.

This meal has anti-oxidants, iron, lean protein, good fats, and great flavor. I would obviously like to see organic produce, but this is fast food after all. Rating: 8.5/10

Check it out below:


Michael Symon’s Cincinnati Chili Spaghetti Recipe Review


      Every area of the country has a specialty that shows off local flavors and inspirations. In Cincinnati, it is all about the Chili Spaghetti. It is a sweet and spicy sauce made with ground beef over a bed of pasta topped with wonders and magical sharp cheddar. Many natives that move away miss this taste. Micheal Symon from The Chew shared a recipe that comes pretty darn close to the real deal. I made it myself and found it absolutely delicious. Here are some tweaks for a healthier twist so you can still enjoy this dish in your own home.

1.  1 lb of extra lean ground beef and 1 lb ground turkey instead of 2 lbs of beef it calls for.

2.  Whole wheat pasta or Dreamfields spaghetti in place of regular enriched semolina pasta.

3. A vegetarian option could be to use portobello mushrooms or extra beans in place of meat.  

4. Go lighter on the cheese. Use good sharp cheddar and simply use less of it. Great flavor does not need to be in great volume to be treated fairly in a dish. 

5. Choose a smaller plate.

6. Use fresh organic when possible

7. Drain any meat fat after browning! (The excess fat can actually detract from the flavor)

   This recipe can feed a crowd of 6-8 so feel free to invite some friends. You could always reuse the chili sauce for a quick meal later. This meal makes for a great late Sunday Lunch without the cost of eating out.  Plus it is full of fiber, antioxidants, and nutrients that can help you feel good about what you are eating. Your tummy and wallet will thank you.

Here is the link to the original recipe:

Over all Rating: 8/10

A Simple Truth?


Do you think going organic or making healthy choices has to be expensive? Kroger (a local Cincinnati-based grocery chain) has come up with a plan to help you. Kroger launched a store-brand option called “Simple Truth.” They offer a range of products from organic vegetables to canned goods and even eggs. There are some Simple Truth products that are actually not organic, but attempt to offer a healthier option. They do label their products accordingly, but it needs to be more pronounced. The green label can cause a parent, wrangling children throughout a trip, to miss the difference. I do believe the brand offers quality products at a reasonable price. Here are a few tips when shopping for organic:

1. Read the label if you have not used that brand’s product before. You can go online and check out the label before buying. Here is the website for the Simple Truth brand:

2. Buy certain items in bulk when they go on sale. This helps you get the most out of the sale. Check out the weekly ads online for details on sales or coupons.

3. Look at the vibrancy of produce. The food should be bright and without signs of going bad. It is not going to look like the cookie-cutter non-organic, but it should still be vibrant.

4. Do not allow yourself to believe that because it is organic it is definitely healthy. You still have to read the labels and understand that macaroni and cheese is still just that. They do offer more fiber, but you still need to evaluate the total caloric intake.

5. Check cans for any dents or signs of tampering.

6. “Natural” does not mean organic. This term is very loosely regulated, so companies tend to throw it around with a pretty package. Peanut butter, however, is a good “natural” choice, if you are going non-organic.

7. Enjoy your food and get the most out of it by cutting fruits and veggies ahead of time to make them easier to access.

Happy eating!


Skipping Meals

Skipping Meals

Trying to lose those last pounds? Do not be tempted to skip a meal to hit the line. It can sabotage your efforts. When your body skips a meal it sends a message to your body that you are under stress and in starvation mode. Your body wreaks havoc on itself trying to stay alive. The hormone Cortisol is released causing you to hold on to sugar which turns into fat. Your body switches to protein as a source of nutrients and eats away at the muscle gains. You want muscle because it burns fat! Feed your muscles and body well and it will come off. Skipping is not the answer.