Last night, Marc, and my brother and I were having a lengthy conversation about eating healthy, getting ready for summer, and hitting the gym. The topic of eating-the-best-you-can at a fast food restaurants naturally came up, and I did some digging. It’s safe to say most everyone I know is a fan of french fries, yet, just as many people are quick to say they are integral part of a “bad diet”, something you need to cut out completely if you’re to lose weight with the quickness. Generally, I must agree. But on your “cheat days”, you definitely can pick between a “bad” and “worse” french fry, based on location and serving size. The good folks over at Web MD studied the nutritional content of french-fry offerings at 14 of our most coveted fast food locations.
This type of noodle is made of naturally water soluble fiber with no fat, wheat, sugar or starch, which means it contains zero not carbohydrates, zero calories and no gluten. It’s made of a healthy natural fiber called “Clucomannan”. It’s also very kosher and easily absorbs the flavors of any soup, dish or sauce you integrate it with. The product comes in many varieties, some of which include angel hair, fettucini, rigatoni and can be purchased from the Miracle Noodle website. Let us know if you’ve tried it and have an opinion!
Can it be? A healthy deep fryer? Just as George Forman’s epic Lean Mean Grilling Machine did for grilling, this new product from George Forman’s line seems to promise a healthier frying experience. The descriptors on this product mention knocking out up to 55% of the fat that a normal fryer may induce. The technology that allows for this fat reduction is apparently in the new Smart Spin technology, which sends the food spinning around the compartment leading to the dismemberment of many grams of fat! I guess only time will tell if this machine will fair as well as Mr. Forman’s previous efforts. Regardless, if you’re trying to get your healthy fry on, you can pick up one of these bad boys for around $100 at Amazon.com.
Baskin’ Robbins is determined to win back some clientelle that has been on the health tip and making the transition to frozen yogurt. Keeping this in mind, Baskin Robbins has put together a new line of healthier ice cream aptly titled “BRight Choices“. So far, the selections come in the form of Premium Churned Reduced Fat Ice Cream, Real Fruit Sorbet, and Frozen Yogurt. The ice creams have no sugar added and comes in Vanilla, Milk Chocolate, Raspberry Chp, Butter Almond and Pineapple Coconut flavors. All the choices on the new BRight menu have between 80-140 calories, and range from 0 – 7 grams of fat. Not bad if you’re trying to avoid getting your Oprah relapse on. Eat on! Oh yeah, here’s a coupon for a dollar off.
Usually when going to get fast-food, we don’t think to eat “healthy”. But SONIC is trying to make you think differently. Why not eat something you want, but have it be good for you at the same time? Thus, Sonic Drive-In brings us the Grill Chicken Wrap, a wholesome wrap filled with white meat chicken and veggies. Lettuce, tomatoes and light ranch mix great with the grilled chicken, but if that is too healthy for you, get your chicken breaded! If you want some more choices from SONIC, check out their Everyday Value Menu.
Last year, a good amount of the food news revolved around some of the new items and restaurants that would be showing up in 2009. It’s a good thing a lot of that news is coming true, and quickly too! Today we bring some new items out of the Pizza Hut kitchen, two all-natural pies called The Rustica and Natural Pepperoni. Each creation is made up of 100% natural ingredients like multi-grain crust, all natural pepperoni and sausage, natural mozzarella cheese and sauce made from vine-ripened tomatoes.
The Natural Pepperoni version comes with multigrain crust, all natural pepperoni and all natural mozzarella cheese, while The Rustica boasts Rustica sausage, sliced marinated Romas and fire-red peppers. Healthier? Presumably. Hungrier? Definitely. Eat on!
Flame Broiler used to be an afterschool delicacy during my high school years. My friends and I would pile into our chick-magnet ’88 mafia inspired Mercedes and head out to our local Fullerton, CA branch of The Flame Broiler. “Flame B” as we used to call it, because we were cool, always boasted filling bowls of chicken, beef or veggies with healthiness as a central ingredient in their food preparation. Lucky for us, the Flame Broiler franchise has expanded greatly since our highschool escapades, and now boast almost 50 restaurants across California and Arizona…one of which is the new Irvine location pictured above. Join us as we check it out!