Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Healthy Alternatives to Fight the Freshman 15!

"I love college..."

Now that Labor Day has officially come and gone, it's time to put away the Hawaiian Tropic and pull out the Jan Sport buried deep in the closet. Yup -- it's back to school time, which means long days of learning filled with even longer nights of meeting and greeting (this is especially true in my grad program, where everything seems to be done over pizza and beer!).

Let's be real here, with all this eating, drinking and lack of sleep, it's super easy to gain the dreaded Freshman 15. Luckily, my older and wiser self (marred by a slower metabolism), has found some simple but effective foodie tips that have helped in keeping me trim and my the social calendar on a roll. Check out my tips -after the jump!

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Foodie Tip #1: Diet Alcoholic Drinks
College is a mecca for drinking at all times and those two, four, seven drinks a day can really add up (case in point: an average sized pint of beer packs in more than 200 calories!).  Plus, if you're a girly-girl like me, you probably secretly hate the taste of beer / liquor, and wish you were spending those 200 plus calories on something that actually tasted good -- like a cookie. My solution? Mike's Hard Lite Lemonade and Cranberry Lemonade (aka the Girl Beer). With only 109 calories per 12oz bottle, this all-natural and gluten-free beverage tastes just like a fruity punch -- you totally cannot taste the alcohol at all. Not to mention, it also looks super coordinated with my pastel swimsuit while chilling poolside!

Foodie Tip #2: Turkey Burgers
Most fully loaded beef burgers top out at over 800 calories, which spells trouble for the waistband. Therefore, whenever I attend a BBQ party, I always make sure to bring a box of Jennie O Turkey Burger patties for the grill. These babies, coming in at ~170 calories per patty, are much less fatty and caloric than the traditional beef burger, but just as yummy and juicy (and pre-seasoned too!). Topped with lettuce, tomato and ketchup (NO MAYO FOLKS!)-- this turkey burger makes one satisfying and fulfilling meal that doesn't break the calorie bank.

Foodie Tip #3: H2O
It's a proven fact that not staying hydrated can lead to weight gain, so I always make sure to carry a bottle of water with me wherever I go (in fact, I only buy handbags that are big enough to fit a 16 oz water bottle). Since I am deathly afraid of unfiltered water (sorry but I'm high maintenance), I rely on my Zero Water pitcher to provide clean, fresh and sediment free water to quench my thirst and keep the hunger pains away. This water filter, which I find far superior to my old Brita filter, remove both organics and the heavy metals dissolved in the water (ordinary carbon filters used by the Brita pitcher normally remove organics matters only). The result -- cleaner and crispier water that I happily imbibe. Plus, each pitcher set comes with a water testing meter that shows the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) -- so rest assure, you water is for sure pure!
So there you have it -- a few quick tips to stave off the pounds while enjoying the college experience!

***Giveaway***

Congrats #78 - Harris!

Jennie O Meats has teamed up with financefoodie.com to help one lucky reader start the school year (or Fall season) off healthy by giving away two $10 gift certificates good  for any Jennie O retail or deli meat product.

There are THREE ways to enter
1. REQUIRED: In my comments section, tell me what you what is your favorite healthy snack. Also please include your email address so I can contact you if you win!
2. Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter (leave separate comment telling me this)
3. Reblog / Retweet this giveaway (leave separate comment telling me this)

Contest ends Friday, September 9, 2011 at 5pm EST. Winners will be chosen via random integer generator on random.org announced on the financefoodie.com site shortly afterwards that night!

Full Disclosure: The prize pack has been provided by Jennie O. I was not compensated for this post. 

Photo Credits: Jennie O / Financefoodie.com / Jenny Zhang

115 comments:

mar said...

My favorite heathly snack is a toasted bagel with low fat cream cheese.

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dddiva said...

I like frozen fruit- melon cubes and grapes particularly.
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debbie c said...

i love eggplant dip and pita triangles.

debbie c said...

I love eggplant dip and pita triangles.

debbie c said...

i love eggplant dip and pita triangles.

slb3334 said...

I like cheese and crackers.

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buzzd said...

I like trail mix with almonds, sunflower seeds and raisins

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The Crazy Gengler Boys said...

i like pretzels for a healthy snack -- aggiegrad02@gmail.com

BethElderton said...

We like Hummus with pita bread and veggies for a healthy snack.
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mrs.mommyy said...

frozen yogurt

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bored2quickly said...

I love frozen grapes more than anything! Thanks for the great giveaway!
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ferriz said...

im a sucker for edamame or sugar snap peas.

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Simone said...

My favorite healthy snack is a little package of cocoa dusted almonds.

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sweepmom said...

My favorite healthy snack is greek yogurt with fresh fruit.

Gayle C said...

My favorite healthy snack is popcorn. I have it often and love it.

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Anonymous said...

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MY FAVORITE SNACK IS AN APPLE, BANANA (A PIECE OF FRUIT)

catrinkaleigh said...

my favorite healthy food snack is baby carrots
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crystletellerday said...

hummus and pretzels crystletellerday@yahoo.com

Linda said...

I love a veggie snack!
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Laura C said...

I like grapes.
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MissAmyLynn said...

My fav snack is hummus! I just love it with anything :)

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traciet said...

My fav snack is hummus with veggies! tracietrump@yahoo.com

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kygirl said...

My favorite is veggies with lowfat ranch dressing
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Hotsnotty2 said...

I love fruit and cheese, thanks

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Diane52 said...

My favorite snack is fresh fruit salad
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Gary E said...

My favorite healthy snack is White seedless grapes.

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Derk Thomas said...

hummus and vegetables

Anonymous said...

I'm a big fan of tortilla chips. They hit the spot when I want a salty snack.

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janna @ feedyourpig said...

humus and pita
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JC said...

My favorite healthy snack is grapes.

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Emily Reviews said...

I love cut up apples. For some reason apples seem more fun when they're cut up.

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Lana Bradstream said...

I love a small piece of corn on the cob. Just plain.

stracey2010 said...

my favorite healthy snack is baby carrots
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Bonnie said...

I like watermelon or cantelope in summer
oranges or bananas in winter
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Anonymous said...

I like dried fruits.
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Bonni said...

I really enjoy having my spinach salads in the summer time...there are so many ways that you can change them up...turkey with strawberries and almond slivers or turkey with sliced egg and crummbled cheese:) yumm

Kristie said...

My favorite healthy snack is popcorn.

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Donald said...

My fav healthy snack would have to be carrots and peanut butter (or celery) Also almost every fruit with yogurt!
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erma said...

My healthy snack is peanuts.
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McKim said...

My favorite healthy snack are raw carrots.

laurasloves said...

My favorite healthy snack is apples and raisins.
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kalei said...

My favorite healthy snack is unsalted roasted peanuts in the shell. paglossian at mail dot com

debsweeps4 said...

My favorite health snack is grapes. debsweeps4@yahoo.com

Tammy said...

Fresh Fruit!

Melodic Mom said...

Fiber One bars or Kelloggs Fiber Plus bars

Anonymous said...

I like the walnuts!

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daveshir2005 said...

My favorite healthy snack is watermelon.

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Storm, The Psychotic Housewife said...

I love yogurt as a snack.

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Vee said...

I love crosscut carrots and hummus.

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Yona said...

My fav healthy snack is fruit. Email: yona(at)pricelesswriters.com

Tabathia said...

I like popcorn
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ard1977 said...

My fave healthy snack is frozen grapes! Thanks! ard1977@gmail dot com

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h. mcnaron said...

I like homemade pita chips dusted with cumin, or else a spoonful of peanut butter to tide me over.

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babytrees said...

popcorn (natural...not lots of butter)

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natashagt said...

My favorite healthy snack is a strawberry and banana smoothie with skim milk and honey. It's even better than ice cream!

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rdazer said...

my favorite healthy snack is low-fat yogurt

mail4rosey said...

Plain yogurt with strawberries, blueberries, and a sprinkle of granola is my fave.

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Amy said...

Hummus and veggies are my favorite snack. It gives me the crunch fix without the calories in chips and dip.

WWillows6 said...

My favorite healthy snack is yogurt with apple slices.
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susansmoaks said...

my favorite healthy snack is fresh fruit
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Kate said...

My favorite healthy snack is veggies & hummus

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kathy pease said...

my favorite health snack is carrot sticks with a lowfat spinach dip

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purango said...

Bananas are my favorite healthy snacks. garrettsambo@aol.com

tiff715 said...

My fav healthy snack is mini bagels and organic peanut butter
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clynsg said...

My favorite healthy snack is fruit, especially nectarines.

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degood said...

My favorite healthy snack is a cup of non-fat greek yougurt.

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Nick Hilleshiem said...

I like rice cakes with some peanut butter!
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Niko said...

My favorite healthy snack is a mix of chopped up fruits made into a sort of fruit salad mix!

Thanks,
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Niko said...

I also follow you on twitter! (niko2k4)

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RaettigFamily said...

Fresh fruit is my favorite

kendra22 said...

turkey is a great food snack--otherwise we love our fresh fruits here!!
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Atreau said...

I love apple slices or almonds!

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Lauren said...

My favorite healthy snack is cucumber with laughing cow cheese.

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Anonymous said...

lunchmeat and cheese roll-up
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Anonymous said...

My favorite healthy snack is fresh fruit. Thanks!
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phillipanddanielle said...

My favorite healthy snack is baby carrots!

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Heather said...

My favorite snack is the Fiber One 90 calorie brownies. YUM-O

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