My 10 Most Tempting Fatty Foods
Temptation #4: Cheese and Crackers
A quick snack of cheese and crackers is most tempting when I get home from my long work commute and am super hungry. I love pairing sharp cheddar cheese with crunchy, savory crackers.
Luckily, there are at least a couple of truly tasty reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheeses.
Instead of 10 grams of fat (6 grams of saturated fat) and 120 calories per ounce, the reduced-fat options contain about 6 grams of fat (3.5 grams of saturated fat) and 90 calories per ounce.
An ounce of the typical fancy wheat cracker adds 7 grams of fat and 160 calories to the snack total. A low-fat whole wheat cracker trims calories and fat, and adds fiber. Look for crackers with whole wheat as the first ingredient and 3 grams or less of fat per ounce (the trans fat has mostly been removed from the cracker aisle).
Temptation #5: Vanilla Shake
To me, there is something very satisfying about a vanilla shake. All the fast food chains have them and some use hand-scooped ice cream.
That’s pretty tempting. But ordering a shake isn’t a small matter in terms of fat, sugar, and calories. For instance, a national chain's vanilla shake has 700 calories, 34 grams of fat (23 grams of saturated fat), and 75 grams of sugar.
You can practice portion control and order the kid-size shake of your choice. Or order a small frozen yogurt, reduced-fat vanilla cone, or a creamy yogurt parfait (depending on the fast food chain you are visiting). The fat grams and calories go down because of the portion size (and lighter choices for some of the options) but it will usually hit the spot.
Temptation #6: Mint Ice Cream
My husband often enjoys one small scoop of ice cream at the end of the day and one of his favorites is Haagen Dazs mint chip. Even though he sticks to the 1/2 cup serving, he still gets 19 grams of fat (12 grams of saturated fat) and 300 calories.
There are a few supermarket brands that offer a super-satisfying alternative to the higher-end ice creams. Not only are they lighter on the wallet, they are also usually 75% lower in fat and 60% lower in calories.
Safeway, Breyer's, and Dreyer's Slow Churned, for example, all make a light mint ice cream with about 4.5 grams of fat (3 grams of saturated fat) and 120 calories per 1/2 cup serving. Haagen Dazs makes nonfat sorbets and frozen yogurts in many flavors, but not mint chip.
Temptation #7: French Fries
Every since I can remember, I’ve looked forward to French fries. Many people can’t even consider eating a burger, chicken sandwich, or hot dog without a side of fries.