Hello fellow Tasty Planners! I have been asked to be your culinary guide from the refrigerator to the stove to your stomach. I gladly accepted this offer and am here to to begin my cooking blog adventure with you.
Cooking is one of the most practical hobbies known to man. Everyone has to eat, so why not make it excellent? Many people find cooking to be quite laborious but I find it relaxing and the end result quite worth the effort. Before I delve into cooking terminology and in-depth flavor and food profiles, I would like to begin with the top 10 foods you need to stop eating right now (according to Nutrition Action, but you can’t argue with the nutritional information). Cooking is not difficult so after reading about the horrifically processed foods below, please peruse Tasty Planner to find some healthy alternatives to the following death traps.
10. Cold Stone’s Deathly Grasp
Into the chocolate-dipped waffle bowl of a Cold Stone Creamery Gotta Have It Founder’s Favorite goes, not just a 12-ounce, softball-sized mound of ice cream, but pecans, brownie pieces, fudge, and caramel. The tab: a startling 1,610 calories, 43 grams of saturated fat, and 3 grams of trans fat. That’s roughly what you’d get if you polished off five single-scoop ice cream cones but without a brain freeze of course.
9. Chipotle’s Tortilla Terror
If ice cream’s not your thing, may I interest you in a Chipotle Chicken Burrito (tortilla, rice, pinto beans, cheese, chicken, sour cream, and salsa)? Think of its 1,180 calories and 19 grams of saturated fat as three Subway Steak and Cheese 6-inch Subs. Plus, it has 2,900 mg of sodium! Mmmm.
8. Salt’s On!
Campbell’s Chunky, Select, and red-and-white-label Condensed soups are brimming with salt: Half a can averages more than half of a person’s daily quota of salt. I know a lot of folks that will eat a whole can themselves ON TOP of the rest of the sodium in their diet. Desiccation anyone?
7. BK Stack Attack
Unless you’re suicidal, why on earth would you want to wolf down a Burger King Quad Stacker — 4 hamburger patties, 4 slices of cheese, 8 strips of bacon, plus sauce and a bun? That’s half-a-day’s calories (1,000), one-and-a-half-days’ worth of saturated fat (30 grams), 3 grams of trans fat, and more than a day’s sodium (1,800 mg). Who needs 4 burgers and 8 strips of bacon?! Honestly!
6. Ruby Tuesday’s Angioplasta
“Fresh chicken and broccoli over pasta with Parmesan cream sauce,” says Ruby Tuesday’s menu entry for its Fresh Chicken & Broccoli Pasta. Some diners may know that the cheese and cream sauce add saturated fat, but how much harm could they really do? Enough to turn the dish into a 1,700-calorie megameal — that’s like swallowing two one-pound orders of BBQ baby back ribs. I’d rather have the ribs…sheesh.
5. Starbucks on Steroids
The Starbucks Venti (20 oz.) Caffè Mocha with whole milk and whipped cream is more than a mere cup of coffee. Think of it as a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in a cup. Few people have room in their diets for the 450 calories and 13 grams of bad fat that this hefty beverage supplies. But you can lose all the bad fat and all but 170 calories if you order a tall (12 oz.) with nonfat milk and no whipped cream. Just thinking a bit before ordering like a zombie could save you some hefty change AND keep you alive longer! Double bonus.
4. Everlasting Dove
Dove squeezes some 300 calories and an average of 11 grams of saturated fat (half a day’s worth) into a tennis-ball size serving (half a cup) of its Dove Ice Cream. That puts it in the same ballpark as Ben & Jerry’s and Häagen-Dazs. With names like “Unconditional Chocolate,” Dove is trying to link chocolate with romance. A scoop of its ice cream will fill your heart all right … but not with love.
3. Cheesecake Factory Reject
Each slice of The Cheesecake Factory’s 6 Carb Original Cheesecake has 610 calories — that’s the same as you’d get from a slice of its Original Cheesecake. Think of it as an 8-ounce untrimmed prime rib for dessert — with 29 grams of saturated fat, a 1½-days’ supply. Thank goodness you’re watching your carbs!
2. McD’s Strip Tease
McDonald’s Chicken Selects Premium Breast Strips sounds healthy. In fact, ounce for ounce, the Selects are no healthier than the chain’s Chicken McNuggets. A standard, five-strip order has 630 calories and 11 grams of artery-clogging fat. That’s about the same as a Big Mac, but the burger has 1,040 mg of sodium, while the Selects hit 1,550 mg — a whole day’s worth — even without the salty dipping sauce.
1. Pepperidge Farm Artery Crust
Judging by the label, Pepperidge Farm Roasted White Meat Chicken Premium Pot Pie has 510 calories and 9 grams of saturated fat. But look again. Those numbers are for half a pie. Eat the entire pie, as most people probably do, and you’re talking more than 1,000 calories and 18 grams of sat fat. In other words, pass up the easy dinner dish, unless you want to fall victim to pie heart.
Well that wraps up the 10 worst foods. Believe me when I say there are thousands more equally, if not worse, than these ferocious foods. Instead of these artery clogging sodium packed food nightmares try something vegetable
filled, grilled, or some tasty fresh fish! Happy cooking!