It’s the ultimate time of year for indulgence and coffee chains are jumping on the holiday spirit bandwagon by introducing festive beverages that might satisfy your sweet tooth, but also pack plenty of fat and calories by adding heavy cream, milk and extra sugar.
If you don’t want to look like Santa Claus come the end of the year, the coffee shop is a simple place to make smarter choices.
“For every high-calorie drink you forego in December, it’s an hour on the treadmill you won’t spend in January,” editor-in-chief of Men’s Health and author of the best-selling “Eat This, Not That!” series David Zinczenko told the New York Post. “If you cut out caloric drinks, you can pretty much eat whatever you want this year.”
Times are tough and a lot of companies are trying to cut back on costs. Less benefits, less hours, no healthcare, no bonuses, and more have become the norm, but that hasn’t stopped a large handful of companies from doing everything they can to provide corporate fitness benefits.
Ikea recently had 12,400 custom bicycles made as Christmas gifts for their U.S. employees. The bikes (which are silver with blue, yellow and white stripes- Ikea’s colors) served as a ‘thank you’ for a great year and also a reminder that an active lifestyle is key to a happy life. Employees were pleasantly surprised and it encouraged some who weren’t previously bicyclists to take up the healthy hobby. Ikea might be wow-ing us with their thoughtful and creative gifts, but they aren’t the only company to take ethical responsibility for the health crisis we are in.
Even though it’s my personal philosophy that if you’re going to have a treat, it should be a really good, high-quality treat in a smaller-than-average portion, especially if you’re trying to lose pounds or maintain a certain number on the scale.
Of course, there are times when a tablespoon of chocolate chips just won’t do and purchasing an entire pint of premium ice cream for just a few bites is more dangerous then it’s worth. For those times, I have a few go-to sweets to tide me over until I’m ready to go for a bigger splurge.
Everyone knows that it can be hard to prevent weight gain on vacation. Between dinners out, hotel breakfast buffets and bottomless frozen margaritas, it can be difficult to prevent the scale from tipping when you hit the road.
Whether you’re planning a pre-holiday getaway or racking frequent flier miles on business travel, start your trip off on the right foot by choosing healthy snacks and meals at your first stop: the airport.
Between boredom and stress-related eating, people tend to make unsavory choices when parked at the terminal. Here are a few tips that real travelers shared for Diets In Review readers who are clocking in miles this year. (more…)
UPDATE [1/18/11]: Starbucks is introducing the Trenta size in 14 states across the U.S. today for a selection of iced coffee drinks. The larger size will be available in all Starbucks stores starting in May and will cost about 50 cents more than the Venti version.
You can order a drink in tall, grande or venti size, but until recently, you had to order a second drink if you wanted more than 24 ounces of a cold beverage at Starbucks. No longer – Starbucks is now testing a new, larger cup size for both iced coffee and iced tea beverages. Tentatively titled Trenti (or Trenta, depending upon your source), the new 31-ounce cup is being tested in the Phoenix and Tampa markets. This is not the first time that Starbucks has delved into a larger beverage size – in 2008 they dabbled with a “Double Grande” size, but it was quickly discontinued. For the moment, Starbucks is only offering iced coffee and iced tea in this size, but there are rumors that Frappuccinos and other blended drinks, already dietary bombs, will be sold in this size by the summer. (more…)
Fall is a special time. Lots of great things occur. My kids go back to school. Football season starts again. I can finally stop wearing shorts and can (hopefully!) get back into my favorite jeans. But, even more important to an entire legion of my friends is the return of the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. I have friends who wait all year long to be able to order this drink. It’s immensely popular and stores have a tough time keeping the syrup on the shelves. Have you ever wondered if this drink was worth it? Let’s take a look. (more…)
This week Starbucks launched a whole line of new foods and beverages all inspired by customer ideas submitted at My Starbucks Idea. Customers have been clamoring for healthier food choices on the website and Starbucks has delivered with a new line of healthy smoothies (a personal star from me because I have not been able to find a commercial smoothie comparable to something I could make at home), new 300-calorie salads, and healthier breakfast baked goods. They also reformulated their products to adhere to guidelines customers suggested. In my opinion, Starbucks has taken their healthy approach to food to a whole new level. Most of their foods and beverages are under 500 calories. They have made company-wide improvements in the quality of their foods by listening to their customers ideas. That’s setting a standard for the industry.
Here’s the skinny on the changes: (more…)