Good versus Bad

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

So, do you ever bite the bullet and let yourself indulge in whatever you want to eat?? Rarely, I give myself the OK to say to hell with my “healthy diet” and gorge on a few of my favorite things… granted, this doesn't happen often enough and only when I dont have an important event coming up, but still nonetheless, we have to treat ourselves every now and then right??
With that in mind, I went searching on the world wide web for things you assume would be terrible, but in all reality, truly aren’t THAT bad to satisfy that salty/sweet craving you’re having—here are some of the winners:
(as an FYI, I chose these based on calorie count, as that is what I use as my rule-of-thumb… not what everyone does, but this works for me)

1. Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnut—200 calories
(just don’t eat a dozen like my fiancé has been known to do)
2. Baskin Robbins Very Strawberry Ice Cream—220 calories for a 4 oz scoop
3. California Pizza Kitchen – BBQ Chicken Pizza (1/3 of pizza) – 290 calories
{you can also eat the frozen kind too!}
4. Cracker Barrel Chicken n’ Dumplings – 14 oz. equals 390 calories
 5. Krystal Regular Cheese Krystal – 180 calories {late night craving, right??}
6. McDonald’s Southern Chicken Sandwich – 400 calories (similar to Chick-Fil-A)
7. Panera’s Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup – 200 calories
8. Classic Italian Sub from Quizno’s (small) – 370 calories {my fav!}
9. Pineapple Pleasure Smoothie from Smoothie King (20 oz) – 313 calories
10. Junior Burger from Sonic (no cheese) – 320 calories
11. Starbucks Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte (the tall AKA my vice) – 90 calories
12. Steak n Shake Onion Rings (small) – 334 calories
13. Whitt’s BBQ sandwich – 305 calories

On the other hand, I stumbled across a few establishments that are the places you should just stay clear of including: Captain D’s, The Cheesecake Factory, Red Robin, Chili's, Macaroni Grill, KFC {unless you get it grilled!}, and PF Changs... I'm sure the list goes on to include others, but these were the few that caught my attention.
Sorry if this has brought a little bit of sadness--as it did to me--but this really made me think about how a balanced diet keeps you on track, but still we can treat ourselves!!
And, I assure you that this helpful tip REALLY works: "everything in moderation" =)


  1. This is so sad. Why does all of the bad stuff have to taste so good? CPK is my favorite! I need to get back on track with my eating. Do you count calories? Or just use common sense?

  2. Girl! You made me hungry. And I'm stuck at work. Great post. I need to be more concious of what I am eating. My problem is, I have a high metabolism and can eat anything without gaining wait, so it makes it really hard to choose healthy foods. Plus I always eat really tiny portions which helps me give myself permission. I gotta start thinking healthy rather than just about weight. Thankfully, I have great health, I'd like to keep it that way.

  3. Jeeze - I am hungry now! haha. This was a great post though! I like seeing that some of my favorite indulgences aren't too terrible.

  4. Oh Krispy Kreme! Sometimes I don't even let myself have 1 because if I do, I know I will want another. My hubby has been known to eat more then a few too! Not fair! ha ha!

  5. Ive never seen anyone take such great pictures of food!! Great looking Blog.

  6. Always good information to have...thanks, Natasha!

    Liesl :)

  7. this is a great post!!!
    Who would have thought a Krispy Kream is healthier than a Jumbo Juice!!!

  8. i heart the cheesecake factory, that makes me sad.... but i know deep down its true.

  9. you're self-control amazes and motivates me! :)

  10. about once a month..the "monster" hits and i have a day where i eat everything in sight. terrible, but thats the deal. :)

  11. I ate like a fat kid on our honeymoon...and I didn't even feel bad about it! ;0

  12. Great Post! Just wondering if you have any tips on how you stay focused on eating well. I seem to let myself "slip" more often than not. Let me know if you have any good advice that works for you.


  13. So hungry now lol...and it's 12:45 at night.

    You're right though, everything in moderation. Now if I could just grasp that concept...hehe

  14. Haha, I'm sitting here eating a peanut butter brownie as I read this...I don't want to even know how many calories. I will pretend that it healthy...protein!