Calorie Bargains: Cookware, Crackers, Books, and Whole Wheat Pizza
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Calorie Bargains: Cookware, Crackers, Books, and Whole Wheat Pizza

Our partners at Diet Detective are always looking for Calorie Bargains to help you live a healthier lifestyle -- here are their latest finds.

Age-Defying Fitness

Age-Defying Fitness: Making the Most of Your Body for the Rest of Your Life (Peachtree, 2006, $19.95) by Marilyn Moffat, Carole B. Lewis

The Why

Do you have any aches and pains? Well, this book is about three important components of fitness: posture, flexibility, and balance. Everyone who wants to enjoy life should own this book. The authors are physical therapy experts.

The Health Bonus

An exercise band comes with the book; all the exercises are explained, including the reasons they are important and how to do them with weights or the exercise band.

What We Liked Best

The descriptions are very clear, and the quantity and quality of the exercises are impressive.

What We Liked Least

The book needs more photos -- they're in there, but it would be nice to have a series of five or six photos for each exercise. Also, color photos would help take the "boring" out of the images.

What It Replaces

Not doing any posture, flexibility, or balance exercises.

The Price: $19.95

Other Offerings: The American Physical Therapy Association Book of Body Maintenance and Repair by Steve Vickery and Marilyn Moffat (Holt Paperbacks, 1999, $24)

Where to Buy: BN.com, Amazon.com, or your local bookstore

 

Ingredients: Chapter 1: Assessing Your Body; Chapter 2: Posture; Chapter 3: Strength; Chapter 4: Balance; Chapter 5: Flexibility; Chapter 6: Endurance

Mary's Gone Crackers

Mary's Gone Crackers -- Original Seed Cracker

The Why

There is so much that we liked about these crackers. They're crunchy and tasty. Plus, these nutty flavor treats are wheat-free, gluten-free, and organic. Each cracker has only 10.5 calories, compared with other crackers that range from 12 to 20 calories.

The Health Bonus

They're organic and have fiber and flax seeds.

What We Liked Best

They don't have any added sugar and they're hearty, which means you don't have to eat too many to be satisfied.

What We Liked Least

They're a bit dry.

What It Replaces

Wheat Thins, Ritz crackers, chips.

The Price: $4.50 per box

Other Offerings: Caraway, Black Pepper, Herb, Onion

Where to Buy:

 

Nutritional Information: (13 crackers) 140 calories, 5g fat, 21g carbs, 3g fiber, 3g protein, 190mg sodium

Ingredients: Organic short-grain brown rice, organic whole quinoa, organic brown flax seeds and organic brown sesame seeds, filtered water, organic wheat-free low-sodium tamari (water, whole organic soybeans, salt, organic alcohol), sea salt

Infinite Circulon Cookware

The Why

They're constructed of durable, even-heating, hard-anodized aluminum and are dishwasher safe and compatible with all types of stoves. The charcoal gray nonstick exterior provides quick cleanup and resists staining. Also, the grooved interior cooking surface really minimizes the need for extra cooking spray -- saving calories, which we like.

The Health Bonus

If you have good pots and pans, there's an outside chance you will use them more -- possibly for cooking healthful foods.

What We Liked Best

Cleaning is simple, and you can use a lot less cooking spray.

What We Liked Least

The pans are very heavy and can be a bit pricey.

What It Replaces

Your current nonstick cookware, which may have scrapes on the cooking surface. Also, going out to eat all the time.

The Price: The 10-piece set is $299.99

Other Offerings: Circulon Elite, Circulon 2

Where to Buy:

 

Ingredients: (10-piece set) 1.5-quart and 2-quart covered saucepans, 8-quart covered stockpot, 10-inch/3-quart covered saute, 8-inch and 10-inch skillets

Papa John's Whole Wheat Crust Cheese Pizza

The Why

Because pizza with a whole-grain crust is better than pizza with a regular crust.

The Health Bonus

Fiber has loads of benefits -- and with one slice you get 5 grams, or 20 percent of your daily needs.

What We Liked Best

Taste was pretty good (you have to be a fan of Papa John's pizza), and if you're already a whole wheat eater, you will probably prefer this taste to the regular.

What We Liked Least

This is still pizza, and it was pretty greasy. We wish they made it with a little less dough and cheese. For instance, a slice of the thin crust pizza is actually lower in calories -- 240. If you ask them to go light on the cheese it will certainly help lower the calories and make this pizza work. Also, keep in mind, while this has a stamp from the Whole Grain Council saying that it's 100 percent whole grain, the crust is not entirely whole wheat flour -- there are other ingredients. Oh, and the sodium is very high, as it is in almost all fast and frozen foods.

What It Replaces

Traditional pizza.

The Price: $11.49 (but may vary by market)

Other Offerings: Pizza, in every style

Where to Buy:

 

Nutritional Information: (one slice, 14-inch pie) 280 calories, 12g fat, 38g carbs, 5g dietary fiber, 13g protein, 730mg sodium

Ingredients: Papa John's Cheese Pizza: Part-skim mozzarella (pasteurized milk, cultures, salt, enzymes), food starch [derived from corn], powdered cellulose (added to prevent caking), whey protein concentrate, sodium propionate (added as a preservative), Ultragrain Hard White Wheat Flour, water. Pizza Sauce: Vine-ripened fresh tomatoes, sunflower oil, sugar, salt, spices, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and citric acid, coarse whole wheat flour, sugar, soybean oil, salt, wheat gluten, vanilla extract, baker's yeast

Charles Stuart Platkin is a nutrition and public health advocate, founder and editor of DietDetective.com, the health and fitness network. Copyright 2008 by Charles Stuart Platkin. All rights reserved.

 
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