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A skip, in time, saves pounds

March 10, 2010

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Skipping dessert on weeknights and staying away from sodas can result in 1,500 fewer “empty’’ calories per week. For all children, those calories would be better spent on healthier foods - fresh fruit, low-fat milk - that don’t leave them hungry for more. And for kids who are overweight, 1,500 fewer calories each week translates into a savings of close to 2 pounds a month.

MONDAY

Brigham's Big Dig ice cream, 1/2 cup: 210 cal

12 oz. can Coca-Cola: 155 cal

TUESDAY

Brownie (2-inch square): 112 cal

12 oz. can Mountain Dew: 168 cal

WEDNESDAY

Chocolate pudding, 1/2 cup: 124 cal

12 oz. can orange soda: 190 cal

THURSDAY

3 Oreo cookies: 160 cal

Sweetened lemonade: 96 cal

FRIDAY

Watermelon Jell-O, 1/2 cup with whipped cream: 133 cal

12 oz. can root beer: 152 cal

TOTAL FOR THE WEEK: 1,500 cal

Compiled by M.E. Malone

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