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Craving a Doughnut?

Sometimes we feel a craving for something “bad” like a doughnut. Fear no more! The Victor crew found a doughnut you can eat and still be good!

So what makes these doughnuts so special? For one, they baked instead of fried. So they are minus the fats you find in regular dougnuts. They use a yeast-based dough made of healthy flours. You order them and come to your door unadorned with the toppings separate.

Each doughnut is about 150 calories. They have 4g fat, 3g sugar, and 11g protein.

These doughnuts are not cheap. Right now you can get 8 flavor variety pack for $29.99. Packs of 4 go for $15-16, and a 12 pack is about $39. Shipping will run anywhere from $5.99 to $8.99 depending on where.

Each flavor has its own glaze and topping. The doughnuts are basically the same with different flavors of glaze and toppings: there’s cake batter with sprinkles, Reese’s peanut butter glaze with mini chocolate chips, and apple pie glaze with streusel crunch for example. You also get the hole.

Their shelf life is 9 days from shipping date. They can be frozen up to 3 months.

Oh, and did I mention the makers got a deal on Shark Tank?

Find out more here

Snacks for weight loss

The Victor crew found some suggestions for healthy snack for weight loss on health.com. Here are some of their suggestions:

Greek yogurt with raspberries and honey – it’s good to have snack with some protein so you will feel full longer
Grapes and walnuts – this will add fiber as well as protein
KIND Healthy Grains Bar – sometimes these are in the health section or even at the checkout stand of your grocer.
Edamame – or soybeans, this will provide fiber and protein as well.
Wheat Thins and cottage cheese – you can use the cheese like a dip – this will give you protein and fiber.
Mediterranean hummus tray – this might include cucumbers, olives, hummus (1/4 cup), tomatoes
Oatmeal and blueberries – Think outside the cereal box and eat this anytime you need a pick-me-up.
Banana with peanut butter – One tablespoon of peanut butter spread onto a small banana.
Popcorn – go easy on the additives. Use a hot-air popper.
Apple slices with cheese – a small apple with a half-inch slice of cheese fits the bill here
Cheerios and soynuts – mix half-cup of Cheerios with 1/4 cup roasted salted soynuts
Turkey rolls – roll up five slices turkey breast with two roasted red peppers and you have a bread-less sandwich
Pear slices with almond butter – Dip your pear in a tablespoon of almond butter, add some cinnamon.

Steve Victor

How Do YOU Snack?

Most likely you do. Our bodies sometimes need a pick-me-up mid-afternoon to help get us through the day. Are your snacks healthy? Are they nutritious? Are they really energizing you?

Snacks with protein along with exercise help grow muscle mass and boost metabolism and increase calorie burning. Also look for fiber to imporve digestion and keep yourself from binging on fats and sugars. So the rule of thumb is to keep a snack under 200 calories with 10 grams protein and 5 grams fiber. Let’s look at some snack ideas:

An apple and skim milk. A large apple and 1 cup skim milk will fits the above parameters. It will help relieve hunger for several hours.

Cottage cheese filled avocado. Half an avocado filled with 2 ounces 1% cottage cheese.

Canned tuna on whole wheat crackers. 3 ounces of light tuna on 6 crackers.

One cup edamame.

Asparagus and hard-cooked egg. 15 spears with one hard-cooked egg.

Try experimenting with other things like yogurt, berries, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, or nuts.

Steve Victor

Source: http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20682477,00.html

Tips to Stay Full Longer

Hunger can be unpleasant or even embarrassing when the pangs start. So what’s the secret to feeling fuller longer? Being satiated. Satiety is the feeling you get when you are no longer hunger, but neither are you over stuffed nor uncomfortable. You feel satisfied.

Jody Victor found some tips from SparkPeople:

Eat more foods that are lower in calories per gram. They tend to have more water content so you can then eat more of them. Some examples are broth-based soups; leafy greens (with fat-free dressing); fruits: apples, oranges, watermelon for example; non-starchy vegetables: asparagus, broccoli, carrots, etc.; start your meal with a bowl of soup or salad.

Eat more fiber. You can find this in whole grains, beans, lentils, legumes. Avoid refined carbohydrates.

Eat lean protein. Don’t eat more protein than necessary. Stick to lean meats, poultry, fish, lower fat dairy, legumes.

Make sure you get the right amount of fat. Going too low isn’t good either. Avoid trans-fats and go for the better fats, like olive oil.

Don’t forget about nuts. They can keep you satisfied because of their protein and fiber content. These are more calories per gram so don’t eat too many though.

Drink water. Drinking water throughout the day can help. You don’t want to drink your calories so drink water.

~ Steve Victor

Sticking to a diet when dining out is even easier…

How? Have you heard of Panera’s hidden menu? You might have if you are member of MyPanera and receive their emails. It features several limited carb menu options you won’t find on their boards. There are two options for breakfast and four options for dinner.

For breakfast there is a Power Breakfast Egg White Bowl with Roasted Turkey (190 cal, 7g carb, 25g protein) and Power Breakfast Egg Bowl with Steak (230 cal, 5g carb, 20g protein). The lunch/dinner options are: Power Mediterranean Chicken Salad (360 cal, 12g carb, 35g protein), Power Mediterranean Roasted Turkey Salad (320 cal, 12g carb, 22g protein), Power Chicken Hummus Bowl (330 cal, 23g carb, 33g protein), and Power Steak Lettuce Wraps (280 cal, 7g carb, 28g protein). These menu items are only available in the United States.

~ Steve and Jody Victor