Fountain Park Chautauqua: Cake Walk

by Brooke on July 22, 2014

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My family has been going to Fountain Park’s Chautauqua, since before I was born.  The idea of a Chautauqua was imagined back in 1874 in New York by John H. Vincent.  The Chautauqua movement brought education and culture to many cities across the United States until the Great Depression.  Now, there are only three left in the country and Fountain Park is one of them.  At Fountain Park, there are 73 cottages in a large circle with a tabernacle, restaurant, and hotel in the middle.

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As a tradition, we always attend the kick-off chicken dinner and cakewalk.  A cakewalk is very similar to playing musical chairs.  It is a fundraising event where everyone buys raffle tickets.  It costs one raffle ticket per round to play.  Basically, everyone stands in two circles (one inside and one outside) and walks until the music stops.

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Once the music stops, a number is drawn.  If you happen to be standing on the lucky number you win a cake.  Is it funny that a dietitian loves this game? 

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The key to having fun at this event is to make sure you have backup dessert at home just in case your group leaves without a cake.  In the first round, my sister won a cake! It was quite an odd tasting cake, but we still had fun!

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Be happy, healthy, and eat cake in moderation!

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How to Drink Healthy at Networking Events

by Brooke on July 15, 2014

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Both business and social networking events are often centered around food and drinks.  If you are trying to lose weight or maintain weight it can be quite the challenge watching your waistline at these events.  However, it can be hard to pass on the cocktails floating around the room.  Especially since no one wants to look or feel awkward if their co-workers or the other attendees are drinking and they are not.

So, what should you do?  Is it worth drinking a glass of wine to relax and/or feel like you “fit in.”  Or should you stick to water to avoid those excess calories?

WATCH YOUR SERVING SIZE!

Feel free to enjoy your favorite alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink at these events just watch the quantity to limit calories.  If you are not trying to lose weight most drinks fit into a healthy lifestyle.  However,  if your goal is to loose weight I recommend skipping the booze!  Not only will it help limit your calorie intake, but it can also help you to stay focused during those networking conversations.

Here is a quick reference guide for calories per serving of alcohol:

Beverage Serving Calories
Beer
Regular 12 oz 150
Light 12 oz 60-100
Non-alcoholic 12 oz 60-75
Distilled Spirits
Gin, rum, vodka, whisky, & scotch 1.5 oz 100
Brandy, cognac 1 oz 75
Sparkling Wine
Champagne 4 oz 100
Cocktails
Bloody Mary 5 oz 116
Daiquiri 2 oz 111
Manhattan 2 oz 178
Martini 2.5 oz 156
Old-fashioned 4 oz 180

How Low Can You Go

Limiting your portion sizes is a great method to help with both weight maintenance and weight loss at networking events.   Another trick is to choose drinks that make a lower calorie impact!  Here are a few healthy drink tips:

  • Choose a calorie-free mixer!  Mix your next drink with mineral water, sugar-free tonic water, club soda, or diet coke.
  • Stay hydrated.  Water is a great mixer.  It helps you stay hydrated why you drink and mingle!
  • Fill your glass up with a lot of ice.  It will help you stay closer to that “healthy” portion size.
  • Choose drinks that are not made with juices, heavy creams, or high-calorie mixes.   For example, every 4 oz. of juice adds an extra 80 calories to your beverage.
  • Watch the rim!  If your drink comes with a sugar or salt rim ask the bartender to just add the sugar/salt to only half the rim or just skip it all together.

Fake It Until You Make It

For individuals trying to lose weight with a busy business or personal social life just remember to fake it!  Choose drinks that look like you are enjoying yourself, but don’t pack the calories that their real counterparts do.  One booze savvy tip is to ask the bartender to get you a Pellegrino, club soda, or sugar-free tonic water with a lime or lemon.  Guests of the event will just think you are drinking a vodka tonic and enjoying yourself, so you can mingle with ease.

 

 

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With more and more self serve frozen yogurt (froyo) places popping up like Forever Yogurt and Red Mango it can be really easy to overdo it on this healthier summer treat.

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These places provide you with very large cardboard bowls that welcome you to fill them up to the brim.   Each bowl can hold upwards of two cups or sixteen ounces.

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To help keep this treat on the healthier side.  Check the calories per ounce on each flavor.  This can be found on the labels next to each froyo dispenser.

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I chose the Slam Dunk froyo flavor for my treat the other night.  It’s sign shows that it has 30 calories per ounce.  The problem is it can be really hard to put only a three to four ounce serving in the gigantic bowls these froyo places provide you with.  The size of the bowl is a marketing ploy, because these companies make more money on every ounce in your bowl.  Luckily, I have dietitian super powers and am very skilled at eyeballing portion sizes.

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When filling your bowl, try to imagine only filling up one-fourth of it.  This visual should help you keep your portion size to a minimum.  After you fill your bowl with a healthy serving, the next challenge that greats you is the display of endless toppings.

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In the words of the Grail Night in Indiana Jones, “You must choose. But choose wisely.”

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Here is a list of types of toppings that can be added and the calories per two tablespoons to help you choose wisely.

Froyo Toppings
Type Calories (2 Tbsp)
Strawberry slices 7
Pineapple chunks 9
Dried cranberries 47
Blueberries 11
Rainbow Sprinkles 40
Coconut flakes 73.4
Walnuts 96
Chocolate syrup 109
Frosted Animal Crackers 39 (2 crackers)
Crushed Butterfinger Bar 115
Chocolate chips 83
Reese’s Pieces 117
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I would recommend that you weigh your froyo serving prior to adding any toppings to help you estimate the calories you are consuming.  As you can see, here is my serving of the slam dunk froyo weighed before any topping was added.  This amount based on the flavor sign (30 calories per ounce) equals to 117 calories.

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Adding the topping after checking the weight will help you better estimate the calories you are consuming at a self serve froyo place.  Weigh, pay, and enjoy in moderation!

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