2010 Diet Trends

The Diet Trends for the new year are more about mindful eating rather than a particular diet scheme.

The big focus for 2010 is being more aware of what you eat through food journaling.  A recent study published in the American Journal of Preventive  Medicine showed participants who kept a food journal doubled their  weight loss. The simple act of writing down everything you eat and drink throughout the day makes you more aware of your eating habits and how much you are actually consuming.

Another new trend is to focus on eating more good foods, like fruits and veggies, instead of eating less bad foods.   Try consuming at least 4-5 veggies and 2-3 fruits daily.  These good foods are packed full of nutients and fiber and will make you feel fuller without all the calories and fat.

And finally, portion control.  Portion size tends to be much larger than it should.  Please refer to the attached chart for correct serving size.



Holiday Eating Tips: Surviving the Weight Gain

Holiday meals can result in overeating.  Remember the weight loss you have achieved so far and how hard you worked to get to your new weight.  Is splurging really worth it?

Please follow me @ http://twitter.com/gogirldiet for the 24 days of avoiding the holiday weight gain.

The American Dietetic Association also offers helpful tips for healthy holiday eating @ http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=11644

Strawberry Smoothie

Here it is, the GoGirlDiet Smoothie I always talk about.  This smoothie is so easy to make, low in calories and no fat.  You can drink it for a snack or you can have it for a quick breakfast and it so delish.  As they say, “it’s the bomb”!  The recipe makes 2 servings to save some for later or you can cut it in half to make 1 serving.

  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup Dannon Light & Fit nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • 2 cups frozen whole strawberries, slightly thawed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Just blend all ingredients in a blender and pour into a glass.  Yummy!  Makes 2 servings.  1 serving= 145 calories, 0 fat, 20 g CHO, 3 g fiber, 8 g Pro, 30% calcium.

Halloween Candy For 100 Calories

Here at GoGirlDiet.com the motto is to “Eat your cake and lose weight too”.  That also means halloween candy.  Who doesn’t enjoy raiding the kid’s halloween bag or want piece of candy from trick-n-treat night.  But we don’t want to sabotage the diet either.  Here are some picks for 100 calories or less (pay attention to package size):

  • Almond Joy (snack size) -80 cal
  • Butterfinger (fun size)- 85 cal
  • Nestle Crunch (fun size)- 90 cal
  • Hershey Kiss (4)- 100 cal
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup (snack size)- 110cal
  • Whoppers (10)- 100 cal
  • Jolly Ranchers (3)- 70 cal
  • Smarties (1 roll)- 25 cal
  • Skittles ( 1 fun size bag)- 70 cal
  • M&M’s ( 1 fun size package) -100 cal

Light Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cake

This cake is to die for and half the calories and fat than the original recipe.


  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 package devil’s food chocolate cake mix
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 3/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


Sprinkle marshmallows into a 13″ x 9″ baking pan sprayed with cooking spray.  In a large bowl, combine cake mix, water, peanut butter, applesauce and egg.  Beat on medium for 2 minutes or until smooth.  Pour over marshmallows and sprinkle with chocolate chips.  Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Cool.  Makes 12-15 servings.

NUTRITION INFO ( 1 serving: 1 piece):   228 Calories, 9 g fat, 2 g sat fat, 0 chol,  349 g sodium, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein

Make Time For Breakfast

It is true!  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  It literally is the ‘break’ from the over night ‘fast’.  Multiple studies have shown that breakfast skippers have a higher body mass index (BMI) than non-skippers and breakfast consumption is associated with a lower body weight.  Here are two of my favorite breakfast meals.

Egg McMuffin

  • 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1 whole grain lite english muffin
  • tomato slices

Pour egg substitute in a bowl coated with non-stick cooking spray.  Cook on high for 1 minute.  Meanwhile, toast english muffin.  Place cooked egg topped with tomato slices on english muffin.  Voila!  Only 135 calories and zero fat.

Old Fashioned Oatmeal

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup skim milk

Cook oatmeal and milk in a large mug on high for 1-1/2 minutes and stir.  Voila!  You may flavor with splenda and cinnamon.  Only 240 calories and 3 grams fat.


No time to spare in the a.m.  Here are some healthy breakfast choices you can eat on the run.

  • High fiber poptart.
  • Low-fat yogurt drink.
  • Banana or apple.
  • Instant breakfast drink.
  • Handful of nuts and raisins.
  • Cereal bar.

Summer Cocktails

If you enjoy a summer cocktail with friends at poolside or on vacation try these low calorie versions of your favorite drinks.

Strawberry Daquiri

  • 2 oz. rum
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 4 strawberries
  • ice

Blend all ingredients in blender.

Hard Lemonade

  • 8 oz. cyrstal light lemonade
  • 1 oz. grape vodka

Stir and serve over ice.


  • 1.5 oz. orange vodka
  • 1.5 oz. Oceanspray sugar free cranberry juice
  • splash of lime juice

Shake all ingredients in shaker with ice.  Pour into glass.