Packaged Food

Chicken Meatballs are one of America’s Healthiest Foods

Al Fresco’s Tomato and Chicken Basil Meatball‘s have been deemed by Health Magazine as one of America’s #1 healthiest things to eat.

The chicken meatballs contain 60 percent less fat and 40 percent less sodium than regular beef or pork meatballs. Al Fresco’s are made with lean, skinless chicken along with fresh herbs and spices. The product was tested among focus groups and rated 5 out of 5.  Al Fresco’s offers a variety of other healthy meat products.

Definitely sounds delicious, definitely sounds healthy.

[THX: Perishable News] Photo Credit: Al Fresco’s


Toys Make Kids Healthier?

So it looks like playing with toys will make kids healthier.

A study conducted by the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing shows that children’s taste preferences for either healthy or fast food can be influenced. The children, through various studies, were given toys that correlated to different foods. The more “collectable” the toy was, the healthier it was. The toys that came with the fast foods were deemed “non-collectable.” The children would then choose the healthier options.

Unfortunately, this also means that kids can be enticed to eat unhealthier by toys as well. Sound familiar? Yup, that’s the American Fast Food Industry for you.

Futurity goes into the study in detail.

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Eat Fit: Burn Calories As You Eat

Feel the burn with this “Dumb-Bell Cutlery” from Eat Fit. I feel like maybe a gym would be easier, but what do I know. The cost for the Dessert Spoon is $70. $120 for the knife and and fork, and $160 for the whole set. Go ahead and “eat yourself skinny.”

Fast Food

A Look at McDonald’s New Multi-front Nutritional War

Yesterday was a big day for McDonald’s. They’ve long been in a tense battle with opposition who’ve criticized their highly accessible brand and the lack of nutritional options available to their broad customer base. On July 26th, the McDonald’s USA president Jan Fields announced the company’s long-term comprehensive plan entitled “Commitments to Offer Improved Nutrition Choices.”

While McDonald’s has expressed interest in offering more nutritionally viable menu options in the past, their plans have never been presented with such tangibility as they have in their most recent initiative.

One of the biggest parts of the new initiative is the roll out of their new Happy Meal in September 2011.

The new Happy Meal will automatically include apple slices and a new smaller size French fries (1.1 ounces) along with the choice of a Hamburger, Cheeseburger or Chicken McNuggets. The beverage choice will include a new fat-free chocolate milk and 1% low fat white milk. Upon request, you can ask for two bags of apple slices in place of the French fries. McDonald’s hopes to have these new Happy Meals available at all 14,000 restaurants by the end of 2012’s first quarter.

The estimated impact will be a 20 percent reduction in calories of the most popular Happy Meals, according to McDonald’s. Along with the apples, the company plans to include nutrition and/or active lifestyle messages in 100 percent of their national kids’ communications.

By 2020, McDonald’s aims to reduce added sugars, saturated fat and calories through “varied portion sizes, reformulations and innovations.” More interestingly, by 2015 the brand aims to reduce sodium an average of 15 percent overall across its national menu of food choices.

To increase information flow, McDonald’s has made available mobile apps across the major smartphone platforms to allow customers to access nutrition information on-the-go. Free apps are currently available for the iPhoneiPadBlackberry, and Android devices.

For more on everything that’s going down with McDonald’s new commitment to long-term changes, read the full press release here.

Does this feel like a legitimately genuine effort by McDonald’s? Or is this yet another public display for the sake of a public display?

Celebrity Grub

Jonah Hill Has Shed Serious Weight — Here Are His Thoughts

Actor Jonah Hill has made his mark being an overweight comedian, but he’s going to attempt to break the same stereotype he helped further — “no one wants to see a physically fit man do comedy.” The quote, a line from his 2009 performance in the film Funny People, seemed to encapsulate a common undertone in comedy, or at least one that Hill’s character was perpetuating.

As of several appearances over the past couple months, it was becoming noticeable that the actor was losing some weight, but no appearance more noticeable than ESPY Red Carpet walk yesterday. The actor isn’t making a huge fuss (feel like such a tabloid writer), with LA Times quoting his explanation as, “Yeah I started working out and eating healthier — I thought it was important to be healthier.”

As many of those who ween off their regimen of unhealthy foods will profess, Jonah Hill mentioned, “If I eat something unhealthy now…I feel a little weird.” Good for you Jonah Hill! Enjoy being a #foodbeast, but ain’t nothing wrong with being healthy and active!

Image Credits: Hulu/E!, LA Times, IMDB, Universal Pictures

Fast Food

Carl’s Jr. Switches Gears With a Line of Healthy Turkey Burgers

A few days ago we confirmed Hardee’s launch of a line of healthier, low-calorie Turkey Burgers and now we are privy to the varieties being offered up at Carl’s Jr. locations. While Carl’s Jr. has spent a considerable amount of time catering to a hungry, manly demographic, they’ve ultimately switched gears with this line of healthier options. The burgers, similar to those available at their sister brand Hardee’s, will be available on toasted wheat buns with all three available options clocking in under 500 calories.

Packaged Food

Vitalicious Brand Presents Low-Calorie Frozen Breakfast Sandwiches

With Frozen Food Week coming up March 21st – 25th, we decided to get a jump start on the coverage with some interesting and new products, starting with VitaSandwiches. For many, breakfast is arguably one of the best meals of the day, but with so many on tight budgets, tight schedules and even tighter diets, it’s often hard to find a way to get a decent meal in during those morning hours.

This is where VitaSandwiches, a subsidiary brand of Vitalicious is trying to fit in. The “healthy lifestyle” promoting brand has pushed out two 150 calorie frozen breakfast sandwiches, an Egg N Cheese and an Egg N Cheese With Veggies. With each sandwich promoting only 2 grams of fat, a minimal 150 calories, a rich combination of vitamins, and 14+ grams of protein per sandwich, we’re  definitely looking at a unique breakfast alternative.


Baked Potato Nachos

If you still don’t know what to make/eat for your upcoming Super Bowl party here is yet another healthy, but delicious option: Baked Potato Nachos. These Baked Potato Nachos are super delicious and won’t kill your calorie count.  Get some regular old potatoes and cut them into wedges, salt, pepper and drizzle them in olive oil. Bake until they’re golden brown and have a nice crisp, and BOOM, you have the base to your nachos!