Club Paradise Fitness shares holiday tips for the diet-conscious

FALLBROOK – Club Paradise Fitness in Fallbrook shares the following holiday facts and tips for those who are trying to watch their waistlines during this busy time of year.

Fact: The average person gains ten pounds over the holidays. Between errands and travels, some may want to hit up a fast-food joint or coffeehouse in search of breakfast. The bad news: There’s plenty of junky temptation out there.

Here’s what to avoid, and here’s what to order:

Starbucks

What to skip: Like most coffeehouses, Starbucks’ bakery menu has plenty of obvious calorie and fat-laden items: donuts, fritters, croissants, and the like. But the Zucchini Walnut Muffin is a wolf in healthy sheep’s clothing. It has a whopping 490 calories, 28 grams of fat, and 490 milligrams of sodium.

What to order: The Strawberry & Blueberry Yogurt Parfait has 300 calories and just 3.5 grams of fat (none of it saturated), along with a satisfying 7 grams of protein and 3 grams of fat. Crave a hot breakfast? The Starbucks Perfect Oatmeal clocks in with 140 calories, 2.5 grams fat, and 4 grams of fiber.

McDonald’s

What to skip: You’d think one of those Egg McMuffins is the worst breakfast offender. Nope, that honor goes to the Big Breakfast with Hotcakes. It weighs in at a heart-stopping 1,090 calories, 56 grams of fat (including nearly all the saturated fat you should have for the day), and 2,150 milligrams of sodium.

What to order: The 290-calorie Fruit & Maple Oatmeal has 5 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. Even better, order it without brown sugar and request light cream to save 50 calories and slash the fat in half. Can’t resist the Egg McMuffin? Order it without the American cheese and it comes in at a not-so-awful 250 calories, 9 grams of fat, and 15 grams of protein.

Jamba Juice

What to skip: How bad can a smoothie be? It depends on what is ordered. Choose a 24-ounce (that’s the original size) Peanut Butter Moo’d and slurp down 770 calories before realizing it.

What to order: Lots of places are serving oatmeal these days, but Jamba’s is made from hearty steel-cut oats made with a touch of soymilk. Order one plain with a cut-up banana. It’s just 240 calories, but has 6 grams of fiber and 9 grams of protein that can be satisfying until lunchtime.

Club Paradise Fitness offers a full-service fitness facility with a small-town, family atmosphere. A variety of fitness programs and equipment is offered to help each individual reach his or her fitness goal. Stop in at 1371 S. Mission Rd. to pick up a free trial pass, ask questions, or take a free tour; or call (760) 731-0133.

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