#FoodLabelFriday: Chocolate Almond Milk

Lately I have been loving a glass of chocolate milk as a nice sweet snack!  Since I am lactose intolerant I have been trying different chocolate almond and soy milks.  I also recently realized how amazingly tasty chocolate almond milk is in coffee!  As a result of my current affinity for chocolate non-dairy milk, this #FoodLabelFriday I will be comparing two brands of chocolate almond milk.


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#FoodLabelFriday: Instant Oatmeal

For this #FoodLabelFriday I will be comparing two brands of instant oatmeal.  Oatmeal is a great choice for breakfast or a snack.  It is a fiber-rich whole grain that can help lower bad cholesterol and help you feel more full for longer by curbing appetite.  While steel-cut oats would be the ideal choice, sometimes convenience foods like instant oatmeal are the more realistic choice.

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#FoodLabelFriday: Spreadable Butter


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For this #FoodLabelFriday I will be comparing two brands of buttery spread. Both Land O’Lakes Whipped Unsalted Butter and Country Crock Original have 50 calories and 6g fat in 1 tablespoon, but one of these buttery spreads has 8 ingredients and the other only has 2. Continue reading →

#FoodLabelFriday: BBQ Sauce

I love barbecue sauce! One of my favorite quick meals is to throw boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the crock-pot with some BBQ sauce to make a super easy pulled BBQ chicken. I try to keep a jar of BBQ sauce on hand a jar for the days that I’m relying on convenience and don’t have a time to whip up homemade BBQ sauce.

For this #FoodLabelFriday I will be comparing Sweet Baby Ray’s Original Barbecue Sauce to Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Sensuous Slathering Sauce.
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#FoodLabelFriday: Cheerios Protein vs. Honey Nut Cheerios

Be a savvy shopper and don’t be fooled by marketing ploys!  I have decided that on the first Friday of every month I will compare food products and ingredient lists as a part of a new series-#FoodLabelFriday.  The first comparison I am going to look at will be Cheerios Protein vs. Honey Nut Cheerios.  Cheerios Protein, a product that, despite its name, offers per calorie virtually no more protein than Honey Nut Cheerios, costs more, and has more sugar and sweeteners.   Continue reading →

Halloween Candy Nutrition Breakdown

53127642_cc79e5b8b0_oHalloween is festive and fun, but the ingredient lists of Halloween candy is actually scary! Trans fats, corn syrup, food coloring and artificial flavors galore.

In addition to artificial and harmful ingredients, candy intake tends to put most people over the recommended daily limit for sugar. The American Heart Association recommends that women get no more than 100 calories a day from added sugar from any source, and that most men get no more than 150 calories a day from added sugar. That’s about 6 teaspoons of added sugar for women and 9 teaspoons for men. In terms of candy, 1 Snickers OR 1/2 a bag of Skittles equals the recommended total daily limit for sugar. Continue reading →

Is A Food Additive Destroying Your Gut?


CARRAGEENAN, a commonly used food additive, is an indigestible polysaccharide that is extracted from red algae, and is most commonly used in food as a thickener or stabilizer.  Although derived from a natural source, carrageenan appears to be particularly destructive to the digestive system, triggering an immune response causing inflammation, gut irritation, lesions, and even cancer.
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Halloween Candy Showdown

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The Best and Worst Children’s Yogurts

In the book “What To Eat”, Marion Nestle makes clear the high amounts of sugar calories in yogurt products marketed to children.

“Sugars constitute 55% of the 80 calories in Go-Gurt (Yoplait’s “kid-friendly slurpable yogurt in a tube”), 67% of the 90 calories in Danimals Drinkable (Dannon’s version of children’s yogurt) and 68% of the 170 calories in Danimals XL. In Stonyfield’s YoBaby organic yogurts, marketed for infants and toddlers, 53% of the 120 calories come from added sugars. Some of Stonyfield’s yogurts for older kids suggest that they are berry-flavored, but they actually have no fruit content at all; their sweetness comes from juice concentrate and sugars, and their color comes from beet juice. Stonyfield yogurt may be organic, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t “Big Yogurt” — Group Danone (Dannon Yogurt) owns 85% of the company.”

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Store Brand vs. Name Brand Greek Yogurts

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In my last post, What’s in your Greek Yogurt?, I discussed why Greek Yogurt is such an amazing food and compared brand name Greek yogurts.  Today I will be taking a closer look at the store brand or “generic” non-fat Greek yogurts, which are often on sale or cheaper.
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About Gina
Gina Consalvo-Hassick, MA, RD, LDN, CDCES, NCC is a registered dietitian and is actively involved in various food and nutrition communities. She has counseled and assessed a wide range of patients and has experience in outpatient, inpatient, and consulting. Areas of specialization include weight management, eating disorders, and wellness nutrition.
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