Right Stuff vs. Food Porn
"Strawberries, Blackberries, Blueberries." You don't see too many ingredient lists as simple as that.
Yet that's what you get—all you get—in a bag of Cascadian Farm Organic Harvest Berries. The fruit needs no syrups or added sugars because it's naturally sweet, and no artificial colors or flavors because it's real fruit. What a concept!
Each one-cup serving supplies 35 percent of a day's vitamin C and 4 grams of fiber, all for just 60 virtually fat-free, sodium-free calories. And that doesn't count the potassium, polyphenols, and other naturally occurring compounds that may help keep you healthy.
Best of all, Cascadian Farm makes fruit easy. No matter the season, just empty into a bowl and thaw in the refrigerator for two hours or in the microwave for four minutes. Then pour into your bowl of yogurt or cereal, into your muffin or pancake mix, or over your frozen yogurt or sorbet. For an instant ice-cold smoothie, toss some into a blender with fat-free plain yogurt and a banana.
Easier yet, just snack on the fruit while it's still slightly frozen. It's not just ice cream that tastes better cold.
Cascadian Farm isn't the only frozen-fruit purveyor in town. Welch's now offers a frozen Antioxidant Fruit Blend and a Four Berry Mix. And Earthbound Farm markets a frozen Organic Berry Basket Blend.
If you can't find fresh, fruit on ice is plenty nice.
Cascadian Farm: (800) 624-4123
Welch's: (800) 340-6870
Earthbound Farm: (800) 690-3200
"All-natural chicken, smoky bacon, all-natural mozzarella, sautéed mushrooms, Parmesan Alfredo sauce." Sounds like the makings of a steaming plate of pasta carbonara, no?
No. It's Quiznos Chicken Carbonara sub. Yessiree. Now you can watch your Alfredo sauce soak into your choice of white, wheat, rosemary Parmesan, or garlic focaccia "Artisan Bread."
Go with a large (11-inch) on garlic focaccia, and your sub packs 1,200 calories, close to a day's saturated fat (17 grams), and nearly two days' worth of sodium (2,610 milligrams). The roll alone delivers 450 calories.
Those numbers are from the Nutritional Facts Calculator on the Quiznos Web site. According to the site's Nutritional Info download page, though, the sandwich has 1,280 calories, 27 grams of sat fat, and 2,920 mg of sodium. Yikes!
Even the lower numbers put the sub in the same ballpark as a Quiznos Double Cheese Prime Rib or Black Angus sandwich. Our advice: skip the subs and the wraps (which pack about 1,000 calories each). Wrap or roll, who needs all that white flour?
Instead, try the Harvest Chicken Salad (with Granny Smith apples, grapes, dried cranberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, and pumpkin seeds). A large has just 510 calories, 6 grams of sat fat, and 790 mg of sodium, even with all the dressing. (With half the dressing, you're down to 380 calories and 550 mg of sodium.)
Not too shabby. You could almost call it a Quiz-yes.
Quiznos: (866) 486-2783
Dish of the Month
Roasted Sweets & Onions
Cut 1 lb. of peeled sweet potato into half-inch cubes. Toss with 1 large chopped onion and a mixture of 2 Tbs. of canola oil, 1 Tbs. of balsamic vinegar, 1 Tbs. of brown sugar, and 2 tsp. of reduced-sodium soy sauce. Roast on a baking sheet at 400° F until the potatoes are tender, 20-25 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.