MORE: New Food Reviews (Satisfries/Progresso Heart Healthy Soups)

While I am focusing on being a healthy person, I am also focusing on becoming a more Christ-centered person.  It’s not about me at all, but about Christ living in me.

So I am not the one living now—it is Christ living in me. I still live in my body, but I live by faith in the Son of God. He is the one who loved me and gave himself to save me.  (Galatians 2:20, Easy-to-Read Version)

I am finding that LESS is MORE when putting Christ first.  I truly believe the reason I’ve been so successful in losing my weight and not giving up when it’s gotten hard — and believe me, every day has not been easy — is because I’m worshipping at the foot of the cross, not at the “foot of my fridge.” It’s been a struggle against putting things of the “flesh” (food) before things of the Father.  So, as strange as it may sound, in my journey to weigh LESS, my goal is MORE:

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In my quest for MORE, I’m opening myself up to new foods and discarding old foods that do not fit my healthy lifestyle. Part of becoming healthy is knowing what foods are and aren’t reliable sources of good quality nutrition.

My son, Martin, is working at Burger King while he’s in college.  I was intrigued when he came home and told me about a new menu item:  Satisfries.  I don’t eat fast food often and I never order french fries anymore, but in the interest of a scientific experiment and for the good of YOU (my faithful readers), I sacrificed myself and ordered some for lunch one afternoon last week.  (Okay, I hear all you out there laughing about my sacrifice!)

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I have always loved crinkle cut fries and that’s what the Satisfries are.  According to the Burger King advertisements, they’ve been working on the formula for these fries for ten years.  They reportedly have 30% fewer calories and 40% less fat than Burger King’s and McDonald’s regular french fries.

I did not eat the entire order.  I shared them with five other people whose opinions about food matter to me.  We all agreed that we loved the crunch of the Satisfries.  None of us could honestly tell the difference between the regular french fry taste and the Satisfries.  The clincher was my niece, Reagan, who is the pickiest eater in our family.  (This is a child who actually leaves the dessert in her lunch untouched.  And she’s related to me?  Go figure!)  Reagan gave the Satisfries her “two thumbs up” approval.  Overall, I’d say that the Satisfries did truly satisfy our french fry cravings.

All that being said, I would not call them an “optimal” food choice, but a “better” food choice if you’re going to eat fast food fries.  The biggest benefit that I see is that the Satisfries are significantly lower in sodium.  Let me share the nutritional information directly from the Burger King website.  You can decide for yourself:

Regular Fries, Small:  340 calories, 15 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 480 g sodium, 49 g carbohydrates, and 4 g protein.

Satisfries, Small:  270 calories, 11 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 300 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrates, and 4 g protein.

The air is crisp and the leaves are changing. It’s fall and my favorite time of the year — time for SOUP!  Did you know a small salad AND soup for lunch is filling and keeps your satisfied throughout the afternoon longer than a salad alone?

The big buzz at lunchtime for me in the past week has been sampling the new Progresso Heart Healthy soups.  There are ten flavors:  Creamy Tomato with Basil, Creole-Style Chicken Gumbo, Homestyle Vegetable Beef, Italian-Style Wedding Soup with Meatballs, Minestrone, Roasted Chicken Noodle, Savory Chicken with Rice, Savory Garden Vegetable, Southwest-Style Black Bean and Vegetable, and Tomato with Parmesan.

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So far, I have sampled the Tomato with Parmesan, Minestrone, Creole-Style Chicken Gumbo, and Garden Vegetable.  I LOVED EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM!  I can’t wait to try the rest.  You can find the nutritional information for all the soups here.

Please let me make something clear — Burger King nor Progresso gave me samples to try, nor paid me for these reviews.  I just think it’s important to pass on information to others who are on their weight loss journey about satisfying, healthy foods.  (Or on the flip-side, foods that will sabotage that journey!)

God bless you.



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