Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Apple is the New Tot!

I picked my little girls up from preschool today and they asked for Sonic. Immediately, I sigh. I have been running my very long driveway every morning and really trying to stay on track with eating healthy. I will not lie. It is not easy. Is it easy for anyone? You can ease the burden a bit by being creative, though, and that sigh will be followed by an "I can do this".
We pulled up and I decided to order myself a grilled chicken sandwich (no mayo), a diet coke and I substituted the apples and fat free caramel dipping sauce for my beloved TOTS! I love their tots. I got home and ate the sandwich with some buffalo sauce (our fave) and was pleasantly surprised at how delicious the apples were! I looked up the nutrition info on the site and the apples and dip side item has a total of 115 calories! I went and calculated my whole meal and the total calories were 389! That really isn't bad at all. So many restaurants have meal calculators where you can plug in items and come up with a total that works for you!
Here is the kicker: I entered in what I would normally eat if I were not watching what I ate. Crispy chicken sandwich (548 cals), Medium tots (203 cals) and the medium Dr. Pepper (157 cals)! My meal can be either 389 or 908! Wow! The food is gone, people. Whether I ate the healthy meal or the fattening meal, it is GONE now. Which makes you feel better afterward?
I tried to find a low cal caramel dip to share, but decided I would need to try it first anyway, so here is a dip I have tried many times! I LOVE it.
Pampered Chef Fluffy Peanut Butter Dip
*Make this regular or substitute the lower cal ingredients to make it healthier! Just make it!
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (use the lower cal kind)
1 8oz container vanilla yogurt (lite or fat free)
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup thawed frozen whipped topping (again, lower cal)
Apples or pears for dipping
Mix together PB, Yogurt and Cinnamon until thoroughly blended.
Gently stir in whipped topping and place in a chilled bowl.
This dip is great to take to parties for a healthy alternative or even a great way to get your fruit in!
Happy cooking...or mixing! :)
Thanks for looking!


Theresa said...

I am proud of you! I never eat mayo and have just stopped getting fries with whatever I eat. If I eat Chick-fil-a, I just eat the sandwich and NO fries! I love a good apple! Enjoy your afternoon my sweet daughter!

Love you! Mom

VKT said...

And I wonder where all these pounds I am packing on are coming from. Your post made me perk up at the difference in the calorie count of the two!! I am going to have to make that peanut butter dip. It really does sound scrumptious!

...with ♥, SB said...

wow.. you did really good on your choice! Thanks for sharing this dip.. I cant wait to try it!