Friday, April 5, 2013

E Is For...Empty Calories

Empty calories is basically anything you eat that has no real nutritional value.  

For example, a Hostess twinkie (some people actually love these monstrosities) has no real substantial (or otherwise) nutritional value.  Sorry to all you twinkie lovers out there, this is only my opinion (as far as the word monstrosities goes), I mean no disrespect.

When you hear people, doctors, or nutritionists talk about empty calorie foods they are usually talking about junk food and the like. Here are some examples...
  • Cakes, cookies, pastries, and donuts (contain both solid fat and added sugars)
  • Sodas, energy drinks, sports drinks, and fruit drinks (contain added sugars)
  • Cheese (contains solid fat)
  • Pizza (contains solid fat)
  • Ice cream (contains both solid fat and added sugars)
  • Sausages, hot dogs, bacon, and ribs (contain solid fat)
See what I am talking about, this stuff is pretty much empty calorie heaven (foods we love to eat but loathe what they do to our bodies).  I, much like some of you, love these foods, yet I rarely (if ever) eat any of them.  That pretty much means I eat a lot of fruit, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, very little fish and very little eggs (less than 5 a week).  I'm what some people refer to as a flexitarian or someone who eats primarily vegan/vegetarian but adds in fish (or some other lean meat)...I don't eat or drink milk products.

The food I consume is healthy and does my body good! (yes I get the pun..Milk, it does a body good) When I am in need of something sweet I'll have a Ghirardelli dark (72-74%) chocolate square. When I want pizza I make my own using a large tortilla baked in the oven til it's crispy...top with my favorite veggies, a meat substitute and soy cheese, and voilà (french pronunciation please) I have pizza too!  

Okay, so soy cheese is probably considered, by some, an empty calorie food but it's my substitute for milk based cheese, and it works (tastes great on pizza or in something, not so great on it's own) for me. So in summary, eat less empty calorie foods like cake and twinkies and more nutritionally stacked foods like an apple or a salmon fillet.

Thanks so very much for stopping by, hugs and blessings.

What type of empty calorie foods do you like best?
What type of nutritionally stacked foods are your favorite?
  

Godspeed...this comes from the Middle English expression "God spede (you)", a wish for success and fortune for one setting out on an enterprise, voyage, adventure, or travels. It may also mean good luck. 

"Limitations only exist if you let them" 

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18 comments:

  1. Soda and alcohol are about the emptiest calories out there.

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    1. Alex, how could I have forgotten those...sheesh...silly me!

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  2. Empty calories don't fill me up. Trying really hard to be better with a new app on my phone - My Fitness Pal.

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  3. I am really enjoying your A-Z blog challenge. It is so interesting to see what you come up with each day!

    I try very hard to make sure everything I eat has as much nutritional value as possible. But I have to admit that chips and dip are SO ADDICTING for me. It really is true what they say about how "you can't just eat one." Sigh.

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    1. Em, I usually eat more than one chip...that's for sure...thanks so much for coming by sweet Em

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  4. I try as well to makie sure my body is fillied with nurtition...but I've never met a cookie I didn't like. ;) So glad to have found you! Thanks for stopping by my blog...xo!

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    1. Lisa, you are so welcome...thanks so much for stopping by! I love cookies too!

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  5. You have given me some great tips. I have been told to get my BP and cholesetrol down more and with the thought of making a tortilla pizza and eating a piece of dark choc, it makes it a bit easier. Its overwhelming sometimes for me. Will be back I like this pleasant blog of yours!

    KaTy Did at: Life's Ride As I See It

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    1. Katy, now that you are aware of needing to get those numbers down, you have made the first step...your on your way to a healthier you now.

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  6. Hi Shannon! I really enjoyed your very informative post, and ashamed to say...I am guilty of the emptiness, however I do eat good things as well. I joined your site, you visited my blog for the challenge....www.sandysanderellasmusings.com I also have a crochet blog, why the rose...www.sanderellas1.com and an everyday talk about stuff blog www.sandylcampbell.blogspot.com! So if ever your in the area, just stop by and say hello....Sandy! Also love your blog and the falling rose petals!! So cute!

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    1. Sandy, thanks so very much! We all have our empty calorie moments! Blessings

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  7. I eat well but alcohol is my empty calorie treat...a beer, even though it has some nutritional value is so good on a hot day after a run!

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  8. I've been a vegetarian for 19 years but I've never managed to give up dairy.

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  9. Cheese. I am starting a "biggest loser" challenge at work and plan to do the diabetic diet I did with both pregnancies. I don't guarantee it will be empty calorie free, but hopefully more balanced than I eat today.

    I was never into Twinkies.

    Come check out my A to Z! Jen Hemming and Hawing Again

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  10. I am lucky in that I loooove just plain salad. I hate all salad dressing. Steamed and raw veggies, bring 'em on. Crisp green beans are a current fave. Thankfully, my kids are the same way. At church potlucks, my daughter will fill a plate with fruit and vegetables if she can get away with it.
    Don't get me wrong, I love my empty calories all too much. But seeing their impact in a calorie tracker like myfitnesspal helps get me to back off a bit.
    Good luck with the A-Z challenge!

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I'm so happy you stopped by...can't wait to hear all you've got to say! Blessings and hugs!

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